A car was hit by an Amtrak train in Waverly, Virginia on Thursday morning after a man ignored the warning lights and crossing bar and attempted to drive around it. Reuters reports that according to Virginia State Police, at approximately 6:00 a.m., the man tried to go around the crossing bar restricting him from crossing the train tracks when the train, traveling at a speed of 79 miles per hour.
Business inventories in the U.S. rose by much more than expected in the month of October, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday. The report said business inventories rose by 0.7 percent in October following a 0.6 percent increase in September. Economists had been expecting inventories to increase by a more modest 0.3 percent.
Import prices in the U.S. fell for the second consecutive month in November, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday, with the decrease reflecting another sharp drop in prices for fuel imports. The Labor Department said its import price index dropped by 0.6 percent in November, matching the revised decrease reported for October.
After reporting a notable drop in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the previous week, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that initial jobless claims rebounded by much more than anticipated in the week ended December 7th.
Suggesting that the holiday shopping season began on an upbeat note, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday showing that U.S. retail sales rose by slightly more than expected in the month of November. The report said retail sales rose by 0.7 percent in November following an upwardly revised increase of 0.6 percent in October. Economists had expected sales to increase by 0.6 percent.
Nearly 230 million children under the age of five have not had their births officially recorded, excluding them from education, health care and social security, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported Wednesday.
The figure denotes approximately one in three of all children under five...
The United States and the United Kingdom have suspended all non-lethal aid, including equipment and supplies, for the Syrian opposition after the Islamic Front, an umbrella group of six major radical rebel groups, seized control of bases belonging to the mainstream West-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA).
Well-publicized problems with the rollout of Obamacare seem to have taken their toll on Americans' opinions of the Democratic Party, according to the results of a Gallup poll released on Wednesday.
Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., announced Wednesday that his chief of staff Ryan Loskarn has been fired over allegations of child pornography. Alexander, who previously served as Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, said he was informed that law enforcement agents conducted a search of Loskarn's personal residence.
Spotify on Wednesday unveiled a new ad-based service that will permit mobile users to access to its 20 million song catalog for free. Mobile streaming was previously only available for premium subscribers paying a $10 per month fee.
"Today we're giving people the best free music experience in the...
Amid continued public dissatisfaction with the rollout of Obamacare, the Department of Health and Human Services sought to highlight a jump in enrollment in the health insurance exchanges in the month of November. An HHS report released on Wednesday showed that November saw more than a quarter million enrollees in state and federal marketplaces.
A top ratings agency has downgraded its U.S. growth outlook for 2014, CNBC reports.
Standard & Poor's (S&P) warned of significant downside risks from federal spending cuts in lowering its GDP growth forecast to 2.6 percent from a previous prediction of 3.1 percent expansion.
However, the forecast...
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has extended the term of its Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen until 30 September 2014.
The North Atlantic Council took the decision on Wednesday "to enable him to prepare and preside the NATO Summit which will take place in South Wales on 4-5 September...
The United States has expressed its disgust with the decision of Ukrainian authorities to meet the peaceful protest in Kyiv's Maidan Square with riot police, bulldozers, and batons, rather than with respect for democratic rights and human dignity.
"This response is neither acceptable nor does it befit...
Two independent United Nations human rights experts have voiced concern about the fate of an Algerian man, who was recently transferred from the Guantanamo Bay detention center to his home country last week.
Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane fled Algeria two decades ago to escape persecution.
He and countryman...