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 

Stock futures slightly higher, investors await flurry of data 7:05am EST

NEW YORK - U.S. stock index futures were very slightly higher on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a flurry of economic data that will be released throughout the morning, which could indicate whether the market's record levels are justified.

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 

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 

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 

Same-sex couples await their number to be called to receive their marriage license at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Arkansas in this file photo taken May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Jacob Slaton

Judges overturn bans in Arkansas, Mississippi

LITTLE ROCK, Ark./JACKSON, Miss. - District judges struck down as unconstitutional same-sex marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi, separately overturning measures that voters approved a decade ago in both socially conservative Southern states.  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