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America's Black Friday Craziness Has Crossed The Pond

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday is in full swing in U.S. stores and online, with shoppers across the country hoping to snatch up Christmas bargains.

The National Retail Federation forecasts a 4.1 percent increase in holiday sales over the same period last year, bringing the total to $616.9 billion. It would be the ...


Mystery Writer P.D. James Dies At 94

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Mystery writer P.D. James, who brought realistic modern characters to the classical British detective story, has died, her publisher said. She was 94.

Faber and Faber said publisher said James died Thursday at her home in Oxford, southern England.

James’ books, many featuring sensitive sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, sold millions around ...


Ferguson Decision: No Indictment

Monday, November 24, 2014

A grand jury has decided not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old.

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Judge: Confession Can Be Used in Etan Patz Trial

Monday, November 24, 2014

A suspect with a low IQ understood his rights when he told investigators two years ago that he choked a 6-year-old boy to death in 1979, a judge ruled Monday.


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigns

Monday, November 24, 2014

President Barack Obama says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded it’s an “appropriate time” for him to complete his service.

Obama says Hagel will stay in place at the Pentagon until a successor is confirmed.

Hagel has had a rocky tenure of nearly two years in which he’s struggled to ...


Key Elements Of Obama's Actions On Immigration

Friday, November 21, 2014


President Barack Obama’s sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system could shield nearly 5 million people here illegally from deportation, without going through Congress. A look at the key executive measures Obama announced Thursday:


Protect from deportation and make eligible for work permits approximately 4.1 million people ...


Met Opera Ends Season with $22 Million Deficit

Friday, November 21, 2014

But the opera company said Thursday that steps including new labor contracts are expected to bring in enough savings to balance the budgets in 2015 and 2016.
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Mike Nichols, Renowned Film and Theater Director, Dies at 83

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The director behind such stage and screen hits as "The Graduate" and "Monty Python's Spamalot" died Wednesday. In 2012, he spoke at The Greene Space with Philip Seymour Hoffman.


Brooklyn Prosecutor Lynch Is Obama's U.S. Attorney General Candidate

Friday, November 07, 2014

Loretta Lynch would be the first African American woman in the position.


Detroit Bankruptcy Plan Approved By Judge

Friday, November 07, 2014

A judge has approved Detroit’s plan to get out of bankruptcy by cutting pensions, erasing billions of dollars of debt and promising nearly $2 billion in better services for a city desperate for a turnaround.

Detroit’s exit from the largest public filing in U.S. history took less than 16 months, ...


Special Coverage: Remarks From President Obama And Sen. McConnell

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Note: Here & Now is providing special coverage of these two news conferences, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Audio for this special coverage will be posted here shortly after 4 p.m. Eastern time.

President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress are adjusting to a new political ...


Giant Bit Drills Subway Car

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The construction drill bit pierced the ceiling of a subway tunnel in Queens, coming into contact with an occupied train a short distance away from a station platform.
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Biking While Quarantined

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nurse Kaci Hickox defied Maine's mandatory isolation again Thursday when she went on a bike ride with her boyfriend.


Fed Keeps Rate At Record Low, Ends Bond Buying

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Federal Reserve plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low to support a U.S. job market that’s improving but still isn’t fully healthy and help lift inflation from unusually low levels. As expected, it’s also ending a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term ...


Police: Student Shooter Dead After School Attack

Friday, October 24, 2014

A lone shooter was dead Friday after an attack at a high school north of Seattle, police said.

Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said the shooter was a student, but he did not have any additional information including where the shooting took place and if anyone else was killed or ...


Highlights From NY Governor Debate

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger traded insults and clashed over the economy, corruption, and race politics during the only scheduled debate of the governor's race.

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Soldier, 1 Suspect Dead In Shooting At Canada's Parliament

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Note: This is a developing story and we will post updates as they become available.

A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country’s capital was shot to death Wednesday, and gunfire then erupted inside Parliament, authorities said. One gunman was killed, and police said ...


What's Behind Falling Stock Prices?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stocks are falling sharply as traders dump risky assets and park their money in investments seen as relatively safe, such as U.S. government bonds.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 272 points, or 1.7 percent, to 16,042 as of 11:51 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday. It plunged as much as ...


French Economist Wins Nobel Prize

Monday, October 13, 2014

French economist Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for research on market regulation that has helped policymakers understand how to deal with industries dominated by a few companies.

His work is credited with helping drive the deregulation of industries in developed economies in the 1980s and 1990s, ...


New Jersey School Cancels Football Season

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Prosecutors says there is evidence of wide-scale harassment, intimidation and bullying on the Sayreville War Memorial High School football team.