Gas prices have risen above $3.50 a gallon in most of the US. With gas prices rising, Americans are cutting back on trips to the pump.
Current foreign aid models don't fit 21st-century needs, a World Bank report suggests. Ending people's fear of their own rulers – through better governance – is the key to development.
The State Department's annual human rights report highlights some 'very positive' trends, but also suggests that China is spearheading trends in global repression.
Italy continued searching for survivors of a boat that capsized after leaving Libya for Lampedusa, the Italian island where thousands of migrants have landed since the start of Arab unrest.
For more than four decades, Libya's self-declared 'Brother Leader,' Muammar Qaddafi, has waged a brutal form of psychological warfare against his own people, analysts say. Rebel forces have also been shaped by that violent history.
Secretary Gates and King Abdullah share concerns about Al Qaeda in Yemen and Iranian influence in the region. Meanwhile, Libya's rebels demand more of NATO, and Syria's unrest simmers.
Tech stocks got a mild boost from Texas Instruments' bid for National Semiconductor. While tech stocks edged up, however, the Dow and S&P fell slightly.
Libya's rebels want Brega's oil resources to finance their troops. Meanwhile, the US increasingly sees Yemen's Saleh as a destabilizing factor.
Dow rises 23 points to close at highest level in 34 months. But stocks on Nasdaq edge down.