A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

Iran seeks U.S. concessions for help with Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS - Iran is ready to work with the U.S. and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program in exchange.  Full Article | Related Story 

Sigma-Aldrich, Dresser-Rand among premarket actives 8:24am EDT

NEW YORK - Sigma-Aldrich shares were surging on Monday, up 34.4 percent to $137.60 after German drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA said on Monday it agreed to acquire Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion in cash to boost its life science business.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd founder Jack Ma (2nd L) poses as he arrives at the New York Stock Exchange for his company's initial public offering (IPO) under the ticker"BABA" in New York September 19, 2014.      REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Alibaba IPO ranks as world's biggest

HONG KONG - Alibaba Group's initial public offering now ranks as the world's biggest at $25 billion, after the e-commerce giant and some of its shareholders sold additional shares.  Full Article 

Traders sit at their desks at IG Index in London September 9, 2014.   REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Scotland relief gives way to stagnation worries

BRUSSELS - Scotland's rejection of independence and a lack of any fireworks at a Fed meeting last week have calmed investors enough to shift the focus back to what some call the "Great Stagnation", and how to avoid it.  Full Article 

President Barack Obama talks in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, September 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama tries Reagan touch on economy

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has gone to lengths to change the public's impression of the economy ahead of November's congressional elections.  Full Article 

A Massachusetts Water Resources Authority wind turbine turns in front of a 1951 megawatt fossil fuel power plant in Charlestown, Massachusetts September 18, 2013.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Rockefellers to announce fossil fuel divestment

The Rockefellers, who made their vast fortune on oil, and other philanthropies and high-wealth individuals will announce pledges to divest a total of $50 billion from fossil fuel investments.  Full Article 

The General Motors logo is seen outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan in this file photograph taken August 25, 2009.  REUTERS/Jeff Kowalsky/Files

GM recalls cars over parking brake fire risk

WASHINGTON - U.S. car manufacturer General Motors Co is recalling hundreds of thousands of cars over a defect in the parking brake that could cause a fire, a letter by the top U.S. auto safety regulator showed.  Full Article 

Islamic State is the tip of the iceberg: Paddy Ashdown

Sept. 22 - A global alliance, that should include Russia, must not only deal with IS but a widening regional struggle between Sunnis and Shias, says former UK Liberal Democrat Leader Paddy Ashdown.