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Bipartisan negotiators reach modest budget pact

Posted: 12/10/2013 - Negotiations on Capitol Hill have yielded a modest budget agreement to ease automatic spending cuts and replace some of them with savings from future-year cuts.

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US job openings reach 5-year high

Posted: 12/10/2013 - U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in more than five years in October, and the number of people quitting also reached a five-year high. The figures are an encouraging sign for the unemployed.

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Finalists for Heisman trophy announced

Posted: 12/09/2013 - Florida State's Jameis Winston, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Alabama's AJ McCarron, Auburn's Tre Mason and Boston College's Andre Williams are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.

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Senators: Put cameras on train tracks, engineers

Posted: 12/08/2013 - After a New York commuter train derailment killed four people, two federal lawmakers want trains to be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.

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Friend: Mandela not on life support in final hours

Posted: 12/08/2013 - A close family friend who visited Nelson Mandela in his last hours says he wasn't on life support, appeared to be calmly sleeping and that it was obvious he was "giving up" in what would be his last struggle.

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In 2nd week, 'Frozen' tops box office with $31.6M

Posted: 12/08/2013 - In its second weekend at the box office, the Disney animated tale "Frozen" cooled off "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and the lone new release "Out of the Furnace."

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Sleet, ice, deep freeze hit large swath of U.S.

Updated: 12/08/2013 - As north Texas banks on warmer temperatures to melt an icy glaze, most of Virginia is bracing for a storm that already has brought rain, sleet, snow and freezing rain to the state.

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Feds balk at paper health application

Posted: 12/07/2013 - Federal health officials began quietly urging counselors around the country this week to stop using paper applications to enroll people in insurance under the health overhaul because of concerns those applications would not be processed in time.

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Snow, ice, deep-freeze hit large swath of U.S.

Updated: 12/07/2013 - A late fall cold snap that has gripped much of the country and forced people to deal with frigid temperatures, power outages by the thousands and treacherous roads has Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic in its icy sights next.

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China seeking to export apples to US

Posted: 12/07/2013 - China has its sights set on exporting its fruit to the United States. And growers in Washington, who harvest the bulk of America's apple crop, are OK with it.

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Pearl Harbor ceremony marks bombing anniversary

Updated: 12/07/2013 - About 3,000 people are expected to gather at Pearl Harbor to commemorate the anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II.

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Jay Z tops Grammy nominations with 9

Posted: 12/06/2013 - Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations with nine, but left-of-center hip-hop stars Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were among a group of young performers who took many of the major nominations.

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US consumer spending up 0.3 percent in October

Posted: 12/06/2013 - U.S. consumers increased their spending in October even though their wages and salaries barely increased, raising questions about how strong the economy will grow at the end of the year.

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EU regulators raid offices of Philips, others

Posted: 12/06/2013 - European Union antitrust regulators have raided the offices of several companies that make and sell consumer electronics and domestic appliances online, in an investigation into whether they artificially boosting the prices of goods online.

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