US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more.

Snow makes Thanksgiving travel 'a little hairy'

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor.

US economy posts even stronger growth in Q3

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The U.S. economy grew even faster in the third quarter than initially thought, posting the strongest six months of growth in more than a decade and pulling further ahead of other big economies of the world.

Congress nears deal to avoid tax increases, Obama vows veto

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Deductibility of sales taxes in Taxes is part of a congressional proposal involving $450 billion in tax deductions in Washington. The White House is calling it a bad deal and is threatening a veto.

Asian shares mostly higher on China stimulus hopes

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday on hopes for more stimulus in China. Hong Kong's market was steady after the arrests of dozens of pro-democracy protesters as police acted on court orders to clear barricades from major streets.

3 Reasons holiday shoppers will spend cautiously

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low.

US new home sales up 0.7 percent in October

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Sales of new U.S. homes edged up modestly in October, led by a big jump in activity in the Midwest.

Saudis suggest no need for OPEC output cut

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Top OPEC producer Saudi Arabia suggested Wednesday there is no need for the cartel to cut its output ceiling despite a plunge in prices that has poorer members of the organization hurting.

Weak consumer, business demand may slow US growth

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

U.S. consumers and businesses spent cautiously last month, a sign that strong growth during the spring and summer may decelerate in the final three months of the year.

Applications for US jobless aid jump to 313,000

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.