Consumer sentiment in the U.S. has improved by much more than anticipated in the month of December, according to a report released by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan on Friday. The report said the preliminary reading on the consumer sentiment index for December jumped to 82.5 from the final November reading of 75.1. Economists had been expecting the index to edge up to 75.5.
While the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing an unexpected drop in U.S. personal income in the month of October, the report also showed continued growth in personal spending. The report said personal income edged down by 0.1 percent in October after rising by 0.5 percent in each of the two previous months.
In another upbeat sign for the U.S. labor market, the Labor Department released a report on Friday showing that stronger than expected job growth in the month of November pushed the unemployment rate down to a five-year low. The report showed that non-farm payroll employment rose by 203,000 jobs in November following a revised increase of 200,000 jobs in October.
An Italian court has convicted an Egyptian Muslim cleric who was kidnapped as part of a CIA-led rendition program of terrorism charges.
The court in Milan on Friday sentenced Abu Omar, originally known as Osama Mustafa Hassan, in absentia to six years in prison.
Abu Omar was living in Italy when...
The US Defense Department has offered the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) a technical solution for removing the worst chemical weapons from war-torn Syria by December 31 and is readying the capability for early January if the OPCW accepts, American Forces Press Service quoted...
The U.S. military boosted its alert status across the Middle East following Thursday's militant bombing of a defense ministry hospital in Yemen.
A suicide car bomb attack followed by a gun battle in Yemen's capital Sanaa killed 52 people and injured more than 100 others.
"The United States military...
The National Security Agency gets billions of cellphone records worldwide a day and is tracking individuals worldwide, the Washington Post reported.
The more-than five billion records collected daily go into a database that stores the information.
The 71-year-old wife of an Ohio judge was arrested for allegedly poisoning and nearly killing her husband with antifreeze, police said. Police arrested Carla Rae Hague Monday and charged her with felonious assault, ABCNews.com reported Wednesday.
The body of a 44-year-old man was found under 50 tons of corn in Roy, Washington, police said. The silo fell Monday afternoon at Wilcox Farms and during that time damaged two other silos and filled the farm's business offices with corn, the Bellingham Herald reported Wednesday.
Indiana University Southeast was temporarily placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon following reports that a gunman had been spotted on the school's campus. Local radio station WFPL reports that those on the school's campus were urged to seek shelter until the situation was under control. An 'all clear' was given about an hour after reports of the gunman were issued.
Dominic Joyce, who is the manager of the John Lewis store in Cambridge, said he wanted to seek out the girl who signed her note "Faith," to thank her for the "adorable gesture" of mailing an apology letter and a $3.27 payment for the Christmas decoration she broke while visiting the store, the Mirror reported Thursday.
The former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela has passed away on Thursday at the age of 95, reports say. President Jacob Zuma made the televised announcement late Thursday.
Anti-apartheid icon and former South African President Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95 in his Houghton home surrounded by his wife and family. South Africa's current President Jacob Zuma announced on national television that Mandela, also known affectionately as Tata Madiba, had "departed" and was at peace.
A majority of Americans expect the gridlock currently plaguing Washington to persist or potentially even get worse next year, according to the results of a United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll. The poll found that 57 percent of Americans think President Barack Obama and Congress have cooperated less than usual in 2013.
MSNBC host and commentator Martin Bashir has resigned in the wake of crude remarks he made about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Last month, Palin compared federal over-spending to slavery. Her commentary sparked a harsh rebuke from Bashir, who called Palin a "world class idiot" while also suggesting...