Thursday, February 10, 2011 As of 6:46 PM EST
The stakes are high for Duncan Niederauer as he navigates the deal to merge NYSE Euronext with Deutsche Börse.
U.S. earnings season saw strong revenue growth, but the rising cost of raw materials, from copper to cotton to corn, is squeezing profit margins more than many analysts had anticipated.
The White House's budget proposal for 2012 would shave $1.1 trillion off of the federal deficit over 10 years, mostly through spending cuts, a move White House officials believe would bring government spending into a healthier balance.
Key Republicans signaled they would block renewal of the Build America Bonds program as the Obama administration prepared to reinstate the bonds in the 2012 budget plan due Monday.
Investigators looking into the cause of a gas explosion that killed five people in Allentown, Pa., last week are focusing on an "imperfection" in a pipe near the blast site.
Complaints about bad snow etiquette are flying like snowballs this winter, as one blizzard comes on the heels of another.
Video: Snow-Shovel Thief Caught on Tape
Los Angeles County health officials are investigating reports that dozens of people contracted respiratory illnesses after a fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion that was part of a larger conference in Santa Monica.
A Catholic priest who admitted having a sexual relationship with a high school girl more than 40 years ago was removed his position, and a high-ranking official who oversaw the background checks of priests resigned.
Top officials in three states hammered by the BP oil spill have emerged as some of the harshest and most combative critics of claims czar Kenneth Feinberg.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told shippers it could no longer guarantee it would dredge parts of the lower Mississippi River to certain widths and depths, a change that could increase transportation costs and delays.
House Republican leaders released a detailed plan Friday evening for cutting federal spending by $61 billion for the remainder of this fiscal year.
Investigators on Friday combed through the debris of an apparent natural-gas explosion in Allentown, Pa., earlier this week, searching for clues about the cause of the blast that killed five people.
States are taking new steps to expand their oversight of town and city finances to stay ahead of any brewing fiscal troubles.
The U.S. trade gap widened in December to $40.58 billion, with the full-year trade gap registering its biggest percentage increase in 10 years. Exports continued their upward trend, but were outpaced by imports.
The U.S. proposes to reduce the ceiling on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans to $625,500 from $729,750 as of Oct. 1.
The Obama administration outlined its plans to begin shrinking the government's broad support of the nation's crippled mortgage market, a process that officials said could take several years and would include phasing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Video: Consensus on Fannie, Freddie
Heard: Obama Can't Fix Housing Without a War
Turmoil in Egypt
Obama said the departure of Hosni Mubarak as Egypt's president marks the beginning of a new chapter in the country, one that he thinks will be difficult but more democratic.
Life & Culture
Los Angeles engineers planning to clean up a 143-year-old lake are ruffling the feathers of a celebrity couple. It would be a typical L.A. story—with paparazzi, gawking fans and a music video cameo—except for the fact that one half of the couple is a goose.
Photos: Man's Best Friend -- A Goose
House Republican leaders got a rude jolt from tea-party insurgents on the budget this week, but potential GOP presidential hopefuls hewed Friday to tea partiers' views on spending.
Video: Final Day of CPAC Conference
Egypt's new military leadership dissolved the parliament, suspended the constitution and said elections for a civilian government would be held in about six months. The military also started to restore normal conditions to central Cairo and Tahrir Square.
The Numbers Guy
Just how much beef is in fast-food meat? It can be tough for consumers to know, since the data on the content of some of their favorite food items are limited and confusing.
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