Protests spread across U.S.

FERGUSON, Mo - Some 2,000 National Guard troops dispatched to the St. Louis area helped police stave off a second night of rioting and arson, as sympathy protests spread to several U.S. cities.   Live Coverage | Full Article 

U.S. consumer, business spending data point to slowing growth 9:22am EST

WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer spending rose modestly in October and a key measure of business spending plans on equipment fell for a second straight month, suggesting some slowing in the pace of economic growth.

Then Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich (left) and Dmitry Firtash, one of Ukraine's richest men, in 2012, at the opening ceremony of a new sulphuric acid plant in Crimea. The friendship between the two men benefited both, as well as Moscow. REUTERS/Mykhailo Markiv

Putin allies funneled billions to Ukraine oligarch

Over the past four years, Russia has lent billions of dollars and sold vast quantities of cheap gas to Dmitry Firtash, an influential Ukrainian businessman with interests in industry and media.   Full Coverage 

Former Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy, CEO of the Center for a New American Security, participates in a panel discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/Files

Flournoy opts out of defense secretary job

WASHINGTON - Michele Flournoy, a former top Department of Defense official widely tipped as a possible replacement for Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the job.  Full Article 

A policeman jumps over a barricade before it is dismantled under a court injunction to clear up the main Nathan Road at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong November 26, 2014.  REUTERS/Liau Chung-ren

Hong Kong riot police clear protest site

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police cleared one of the largest protest sites that has choked the city for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in what could be a turning point in the fight to wrest greater political freedom from Beijing.  Full Article 

Customers visit the fruit and vegetables department of a Carrefour grocery store in Brussels September 4, 2014.    REUTERS/Eric Vidal

Europe feels sting in the tail of Russia sanctions

BRUSSELS - As EU governments consider blacklisting more Ukrainian separatists and potentially more Russians and companies over the crisis in Ukraine, anecdotal evidence and new EU data show the economic costs for Europe of pressuring the Kremlin.  Full Article 

Thanksgiving Day holiday shoppers line up with discounted television sets at the Target retail store in Chicago, Illinois, November 28, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

Behind Black Friday's giant, cheap TV deals

NEW YORK - You might need two carts to walk away with what may be this year's biggest Black Friday bargain (at least by size): a 65-inch Vizio television at Walmart for $648.  Full Article 

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Protests spring up for a second night

Demonstrators take to the streets across the US for another night to protest the grand jury decision not to indict a white officer in the shooting death of a black teen. Julie Noce reports.