The central bank plans to buy debt directly from companies for the first time in decades.
A debut novel about the Salem witch trials draws on the author's own ancestry.
If Monday's stock market crash seemed like a signal for Congress to do something, many Americans still cringe at the idea of government bailouts.
As Washington works to bail out firms laden with bad debts, discussions begin on preventing a recurrence.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson warns of measures that could slow the bailout bill, but says, "I share your frustrations" on executive pay.
Exams tied to school curricula may be a viable alternative for admissions assessment, a year-long study says.
The administration's bailout plan would make him temporary overseer of the US financial system.