Although consumer spending is up, consumer confidence is at its worst since March 2009, at the height of the recession.

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Occupy Oakland protesters carry away a man who was hit by a police tear gas canister Tuesday near the Oakland City Hall.

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Libyan Transitional National Council fighters said Moammar Gadhafi was captured Thursday in this graffitti-filled culvert in Sirte.

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The Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Adel al-Jubeir, speaks to the press in Annapolis, Md., in 2007. The U.S. government said Tuesday that elements in the Iranian military plotted to kill the ambassador.

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Steve Jobs speaks announces the new iPhone OS4 software in Cupertino, Calif., in 2010.

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The price of gasoline stood at $3.17 earlier this week in Wakefield, Mass. That's more than 20 cents less than the national average for regular gas.

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U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed Friday in a U.S. airstrike in Yemen. U.S. officials say he was linked to several major terrorist plots in recent years. Anonymous/AP hide caption

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