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ChicagoPMI-103114.jpg Business activity in the Chicago area unexpectedly increased at a notably faster rate in the month of October, according to a report released by MNI Indicators on Friday. MNI Indicators said its Chicago business barometer jumped to 66.2 in October from 60.5 in September.

Shopping-103114.jpg Consumer sentiment in the U.S. improved by more than previously estimated in the month of October, according to a report released by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan on Friday. The report said the final reading on the consumer sentiment index for October came in at 86.9 compared to the mid-month reading of 86.4.

A highly trained team of US soldier-scientists who are part of an Army expeditionary laboratory unit is deploying to Liberia for up to a year to establish four labs outside the Liberian capital Monrovia and contribute to the U.S. effort to halt Ebola outbreaks in West Africa. The 1st Area Medical...

PersonalIncome-103114.jpg Personal spending in the U.S. unexpectedly decreased in the month of September, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Friday, with the drop in spending accompanied by weaker than expected personal income growth.

US police have arrested a man who has been on the run for seven weeks after the fatal shooting of a police officer. Eric Frein, the alleged shooter of two Pennsylvania State Police troopers, has been taken into custody, Pennsylvania State Police confirmed on Thursday. The 31 year-old fugitive, who...

The United States reiterated its call on the Ethiopian government to release journalists imprisoned for exercising their right to freedom of expression. An Ethiopian court on October 27 sentenced journalist Temesgen Desalegn to three years in prison for "provocation and dissemination of inaccurate...

Nine leading human rights organizations have urged US President Barack Obama to take up the Chinese government's crackdown on civil society as a barrier to bilateral relations on his upcoming visit to China. According to Human Rights Watch, a New York-based international rights group, the appeal...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a telephonic conversation with his Malaysian counterpart highlighted the importance that he and the Defense Department place on the US relationship with Malaysia and the Asia-Pacific region, according to a Pentagon spokesperson. Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear...

senator-103014.jpg Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is seen as a long shot for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, and his chances may have gotten worse after he was recorded joking about the prospects for "white men" if he were elected president.

Cory-mark-103014.jpg Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Col., has expanded his lead over incumbent Sen. Mark Udall, D-Col., in the closely watched Colorado Senate race, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday.

GDPChart-103014.jpg U.S. economic activity increased by more than expected in the third quarter of 2014, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday. The Commerce Department said GDP increased by 3.5 percent in the third quarter compared to 3.0 percent growth expected by economists.

JoblessClaims-103014.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits saw a modest increase in the week ended October 25th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said initial jobless claims edged up to 287,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level of 284,000.

A California judge has dismissed a lawsuit from former Panamanian leader Manuel Noreiga, claiming that the Call of Duty video game damaged his reputation.

A team of US Air Force medical trainers has arrived in Liberian capital Monrovia to train non-U.S. medical personnel in the fight against ebola. In a meeting with reporters at the Pentagon, spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren discussed the team's arrival as well as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's validation...

Orbital Sciences Corporation has named Dave Steffy as the permanent chairman of a permanent Accident Investigation Board (AIB) that probes the launch failure of its supply rocket bound for International Space Station. Initially, Rich Straka, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager of Orbital's...