Stocks fell initially on Japan's latest earthquake, but recovered some of their losses. The Dow average dropped 17 points; the S&P 500 index fell 2 points.
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.
The Epsilon breach involved millions of addresses at some of America's best-known companies. Some security breaches can cost hundreds of dollars per compromised record.
Dow gains 84 points, up nearly 5 percent over the last six trading days.
Removal of aging highways is a strategy some cities are using to try to boost their downtown districts.
US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, targeted in last week's Arizona shooting, continues to improve; a Tucson Safeway store reopens; and investigators work to build their case against Jared Loughner.
Local utilities and states push to add car charging stations in anticipation of more E-cars hitting the road.
Hackers gained access to a McDonald's database containing an unspecified number of customer email address and birth dates. No mention of passwords stolen.