By GEIR MOULSON and JUERGEN BAETZAssociated Press
BERLIN (AP) - German lawmakers on Friday approved Europe's new budget-discipline pact as well as the eurozone's permanent €500 billion ($623 billion) rescue fund, hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel defended concessions
By DANIEL WOOLLSAssociated Press
MADRID (AP) - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hailed an accord Friday that allows the euro countries to bail out banks directly rather than via debt-laden governments as a road map toward shoring up the 17-nation eurozone after more than
By PETER ORSIAssociated Press
HAVANA (AP) - Marathon swimmer Penny Palfrey powered through the Straits of Florida on Friday as she attempted a record 103-mile (166-kilometer) unassisted swim from Cuba to Florida that tests the limits of human endurance and the will of the high
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Inflation in the 17 countries that use the euro was an annual 2.4 percent in June, a figure that leaves the door open for a possible interest rate cut by the European Central Bank.
The figure was the same as in May and matched average
By ALAN FRAM and JOAN LOWYAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress emphatically approved legislation Friday preserving jobs on transportation projects from coast to coast and avoiding interest rate increases on new loans to millions of college students, giving lawmakers
By JULIE PACEAssociated Press
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - President Barack Obama absorbed the devastation of Colorado's wildfires Friday, visiting a neighborhood struck by the flames and taking in the acrid smells of charred homes while plumes of smoke rose from the
By AMY TEIBELAssociated Press
NAZARETH, Israel (AP) - Israel's plan to overhaul its military draft has veered into turbulent new territory with the government's abrupt proposal to mobilize the country's Arab minority for civilian national service.
By DON MELVIN and TOBY STERLINGAssociated Press
BRUSSELS (AP) - After 18 disappointing summits since the start of the debt crisis, Europe's leaders appeared Friday to have finally come up with quick fixes and long-term plans that show they are serious about restoring
By The Associated Press
APPLICATIONS DIP: The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell only slightly last week to a seasonally adjusted 386,000, the Labor Department said. That's down from 392,000 the previous week, which was revised up.
By The Associated Press
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, but the level of applications remains too high to signal a pickup in hiring.
Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in weekly unemployment