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  • Stocks mixed; Dow rallies late

    After dropping as much as 94 points earlier Thursday, the Dow rallied late in the day to close up 19 points, at 13145.

  • Dow 13000 mark close, but not quite

    The Dow made another run at 13000, finishing up 46 points at 12984. Despite coming within four points of the mark,  early losses kept the index from reaching 13000.

  • Sears posts $2.4 billion loss, shedding some stores

    The disclosures of the store plans came as the Hoffman Estates, Illionis-based company reported it swung to a loss in the fourth-quarter while revenue fell 4 percent to $12.48 billion.

  • Bullish on jobs? These 10 cities are.

    Our list of the 10 metro areas that saw the most job growth in 2011 might surprise you.

  • Opinion Four ways to relieve overcrowded prisons

    America’s  addiction to incarceration as a curb on crime must end. The evidence is staggering. Prison overcrowding is ubiquitous and shows few signs of abating: Between 1970 and 2005, the nation’s inmate population grew by 700 percent.In California, 54 prisoners may share a single toilet and 200 prisoners may live in a single gymnasium. As a result, the Supreme Court ruled in May 2011 that California prisons were in violation of the Eighth Amendment and its prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Here, attorney Arjun Sethi offers four solutions to improve the overcrowded US prison system.

  • Opinion Four ways to relieve overcrowded prisons

    Finally, America is beginning to tackle overcrowded prisons, prompted by financially strapped states that can no longer afford them. The road to prison reform, and less crowding, includes revamping 'three strikes' laws, as in California, and limiting pre-trial detention.
    12/29/2011 12:51 pm

  • Sears closings: After store closures, little hope for a rebound

    Kmart and Sears closing will effect 120 stores nationwide. But these Sears closings might not save the company, says one analyst.
    12/28/2011 09:21 pm

  • Sears closings: At least 100 stores to be shuttered

    Sears closings intended to shore up company's profits. Sears closings will affect Kmart stores, too, but not word on layoffs.
    12/27/2011 12:17 pm

  • 'Layaway angels' and gold coins: Americans find new ways to warm hearts (VIDEO)

    'Layaway angels' and the phenomenon of jewelry and coins being dropped into Salvation Army kettles shows Americans may be looking for social connections in their giving this holiday season.
    12/21/2011 02:45 pm

  • Stocks fall for the second day in a row

    The Dow dropped 134 points to close at 11770 amid renewed worries about Europe's debt crisis
    11/17/2011 06:10 pm

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Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
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