Mississippi tornado plowed through Hattiesburg, and the University of Southern Mississippi, causing widespread damage and more than a dozen injuries. A single tornado traced a path of destruction through at least two counties.
President Obama's opening offer in 'fiscal cliff' talks includes $255 billion in stimulus spending – tax cuts, incentives, and more. It could be a bargaining ploy or a bid to offset rising taxes on the rich.
Economists view Black Friday as a litmus test for consumer confidence, which is showing signs of weakening. Whether Washington can come to terms to avert the fiscal cliff – and tax hikes – is a wild card.