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.   Full Article | Slideshow 

U.S. jobless claims rise above 300,000 last week 8:40am EST

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week rose to the highest level since September, but the underlying trend remained consistent with a firming labor market.

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 

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 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) are pictured before a meeting in Vienna November 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Ronald Zak/Pool

Domestic pressures in U.S., Iran threaten talks

VIENNA/WASHINGTON - A seven-month extension in talks between world powers and Iran on a deal to curb its nuclear program emboldened critics in Washington and Tehran, threatening to undermine further talks.  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.