Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi acknowledges applause before leaving parliament's lower chamber in Rome on Saturday. Berlusconi resigned after the lower chamber passed an austerity package.
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Billings, Mont., has a diverse economic base, as evidenced by the confluence of stockyards, oil refineries and natural beauty. The unemployment rate for Billings' Yellowstone County was 5.3 percent in September, far lower than the national average.
Republican presidential hopefuls participate in the South Carolina presidential debate at Wofford College on Saturday. It was the first debate of the season focused on foreign policy.
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., accompanied by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday to discuss committee action on legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Prices are about a third lower than they were in 2006, and they are continuing to drop in most cities. The National Association of Realtors says that this summer, prices fell nearly 5 percent compared with last year.
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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain addresses the media on Tuesday in Arizona. Cain said he would not drop his bid for the Republicans' presidential nomination in the face of decade-old allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior.
Stephen King came up with the idea for 11/22/63 in 1971, but at the time he wasn't ready to take on a project of such scope. Perhaps it was for the best: "I think that the wounds were a little bit too fresh then," King says. "I'm glad that I waited."