Fed will reduce bond purchases by $10B in January
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has decided to reduce its stimulus for the U.S. economy because the job market has shown steady improvement. The shift could lead to higher long-term borrowing rates for individuals and businesses.
AP Sources: Task force urges limit on NSA snooping
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Wednesday will make public a broad surveillance review board report recommending changes to the National Security Agency, including a proposal that the NSA's collection of Americans' telephone records be stored by telephone companies or another third party, not the agency.
Lucky lotto tickets sold in Atlanta, San Jose
ATLANTA (AP) — Two lucky winning tickets were sold in this week's near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing: one at a tiny newsstand in Atlanta, the other more than 2,000 miles away at a gift shop in California.
Insurers allow more time to pay under health law
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers anxious over tight insurance deadlines and lingering computer problems during the holidays will get extra time to pay their premiums under President Barack Obama's health care law, insurers announced Wednesday.
Defense bill gives Obama rare Guantanamo victory
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many detainees at Guantanamo Bay may be closer to heading home under a bipartisan deal reached in Congress that gives President Barack Obama a rare victory in his fight to close the prison for terror suspects.