Retailers report modest gains for April Americans spent briskly during the early spring months in the latest sign that they’re encouraged by the economic recovery. Falling gas prices, a rallying stock market and gains in the job market all fueled Americans’ shopping habits even as cold weather tempered their desire to buy spring fashions. More
Stocks surge to new highs after hiring climbs A big gain in the job market is lifting the stock market to new milestones. The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 15,000 for the first time early Friday, and the Standard and Poor's 500 index, a broader market measure, broke through 1,600 for the first time. More
In Germany, a U.S. beer invasion Almost 65 years after Allied planes flew Western supplies into blockaded Berlin, a new American import is arriving by air: craft beer. The beer is being flown in as part of a new surge of German interest in American brewing, upending a centuries-old relationship in which German beer defined the golden standard for brewing and Americans emulated it. More
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A former southwest Missouri postmaster has been sentenced to three years and eight months in federal prison for plotting to rob a convenience store.
The plan included using the employee's access information to gain entry after the store was closed, but that changed after the employee was fired.
Vincent Ehmann of Belmar says he believes it was improper for the governor to take sides on his town's referendum during a town-hall style meeting Christie held on Wednesday.
Ehmann says he believes it crossed the line for Christie to make a political endorsement during a government-funded event.
U. S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in June, providing momentum for the economy going into the second half of the year.
Consumer spending is closely watched because it accounts for two-thirds of economic activity.
 the employment growth may raise alarms for investors, some of whom fear the Federal Reserve might increase short-term interest rates sooner than expected.
In addition to reporting July's solid gain, the government on Friday revised up its estimate of the job increases in May and June by a combined 15,000.
In the April-June quarter, the economy expanded at a seasonally adjusted 4 percent annual rate after a steep 2.1 percent contraction in the first quarter.
Americans stepped up their spending, particularly on autos, furniture and other big-ticket items.
The Conference Board's consumer confidence index jumped to its highest level in nearly seven years in July.
The public is getting the rare opportunity to view Buffalo's Lake Erie waterfront from the top of the city's landmark lighthouse.
The Buffalo News reports (http://bit.ly/UPX4XK ) that the old lens has been removed from atop the 180-year-old Buffalo Lighthouse while a new 650-pound lens is being made by a Florida engineer who specializes in building classic lighthouse lenses.
Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric appealed to Iraqi politicians on Friday not to make themselves "an obstacle" in the country's transition as the deadline looms for selecting the next prime minister.
The next government is expected to grapple with an unprecedented blitz offensive by Sunni extremists from the Islamic State group, which in June seized a large chunk of the country's north and west.
Militants with the Islamic State have also destroyed ancient shrines and mosques in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, claiming they stray from hardline Islamic practices and instead promote apostasy.
To the north, Ninevah and Salahuddin have seen heightened violence since militants seized parts of both provinces, including the provincial capitals of Mosul and Tikrit.
In Haditha, a town in Anbar near a strategic dam, fighters with the Islamic State group launched a three-prong assault on Friday, using a suicide oil tanker and trucks, Lt.