November 27, 2012 Consumers purchase more than two-thirds of all goods and services. If they're feeling better, that's a good omen for the overall economy.
November 27, 2012 Signs that the housing sector is recovering have been popping up in recent months. Today's news adds to the evidence. Prices were up earlier this fall in nearly all major cities.
November 27, 2012 Also: Deal reached on Greek debt and aid; Arafat's grave is opened; North Korea may be preparing a rocket test; Powerball jackpot continues to grow.
November 27, 2012 President Mohammed Morsi's power grab has angered many Egyptians and led many of those who filled the streets during the Arab Spring to renew their protests. The clashes are expected to continue throughout the day.
November 27, 2012 The Palestinian leader died eight years ago. Earlier this year, his widow gave investigators some of his clothes and tests showed what might be traces of lethal polonium-210. His remains will now be tested.
November 26, 2012 A fake press release about a $400 million purchase sent one company's penny stock up sharply. News outlets that reported the story missed some telltale signs that it might be a hoax.
November 26, 2012 The state's otter population has exploded from 100 just a few decades ago to more than 15,000. They're eating their fill at ponds and fish farms, and are expected to soon double again in population if left unchecked. That's led Illinois to open the first otter trapping season in 83 years.
November 26, 2012 Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro will step down on Dec. 14. President Obama has designated SEC Commissioner Elisse Walter to be her successor.
November 26, 2012 Known as "Dollar Bill" Jefferson after $90,000 was found in his freezer, the Louisiana Democrat is now set to stay in jail until 2023. He was convicted on corruption charges in 2009.
November 26, 2012 What weighs about 20,000 pounds, is 17-feet high and 60-feet around? Answer: The pile of leaves that three guys in Utah assembled. Then, they did what comes naturally. They jumped into it.
November 26, 2012 Also: Outrage in Bangladesh after factory fire kills scores; "Cyber Monday" gets going; battle for Damascus is said to be on; Powerball jackpot hits record $425 million.
November 26, 2012 More than 100 workers died in Saturday's blaze, at a factory that had previously been cited as a "high risk." Clothes were made there for retailers in the U.S. and around the world. Today, thousands of workers protested and hundreds of factories were shut down.
November 26, 2012 There are clever names for many of the holiday season's key shopping days. Today's is in honor of what's said to be the biggest online shopping day. Tuesday's aims to get people to be charitable. Maybe Wednesday's should be for when the bills come in?
November 21, 2012 Ash is spewing thousands of feet into the air from a volcano in the New Zealand national park where Lord of the Ring's climatic scenes were shot. Scientists are warning that the peak that served as a stand-in for "Mount Doom" may soon erupt.