<p>NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market had its biggest drop in two months on Monday, led by a decline in energy stocks as the price of crude oil slumped. The retreat continued a weak start to the year on the U.S. stock market.
<p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans and Democrats are squabbling publicly over legislation to resurrect federal unemployment benefits, at the same time they privately discuss possible steps toward compromise.
<p>A Southwest Airlines flight bound for the main airport in Branson, Mo., instead touched down at a much smaller nearby airfield that gave the pilots only half as much room to stop.
<p>NEW YORK (AP) - Target's pre-Christmas security breach was significantly more extensive and affected millions more shoppers than the company reported last month.
<p> <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - In a move that some fear could compromise care for Medicare recipients, the Obama administration is proposing to remove special protections that guarantee seniors access to a wide selection of three types of drugs.
<p>ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a man stole 12 bottles of hand sanitizer from a central Pennsylvania hospital so he could mix it with orange juice and drink it for the alcohol it contained.
<p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The nation's tobacco companies and the Justice Department have reached an agreement on publishing corrective statements that say the companies lied about the dangers of smoking and requires them to disclose smoking's health effects.
<p> <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added a scant 74,000 jobs in December, the fewest in three years. The disappointing figure ends 2013 on a weak note and raises questions about whether the job market can sustain its recent gains.
<p> <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, a Pentagon report finds, reflecting a culture of disrespect that permeates the schools and their sports teams and fuels reports of sexual harassment and assaults.
<p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress and the White House can significantly soften the initial impact of the "fiscal cliff" even if they fail to reach a compromise by Dec. 31. One thing they cannot control, however, is the financial markets' reaction, which possibly could be a panicky sell-off that triggers economic reversals worldwide.
<p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures.
<p>Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a tea party favorite who has bucked party leaders to back challenges to centrist veterans he didn't view as conservative enough, said Thursday he was resigning to take the helm of a conservative think tank.
<p>CAIRO (AP) - Supporters and opponents of Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi fought with rocks, firebombs and sticks outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday in large-scale clashes that marked the worst violence of a deepening crisis over the disputed constitution.
<p>An heir to the British throne is on the way - and Americans may be as enthralled as the Brits.
<p> CHICAGO - Powerball officials say tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record the record $579.9 million jackpot. Now the hunt for the winners begins.
<p>AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - To 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the tracking microchip embedded in her student ID card is a "mark of the beast," sacrilege to her Christian faith - not to mention how it pinpoints her location, even in the school bathroom.
<p>CHICAGO (AP) - Eight months after a trio of ticket buyers split a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot to set a world lottery record, Powerball is offering up a prize that would be the second highest.
<p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Home prices increased in September in most major U.S. cities, more evidence of a housing recovery that is providing a lift to the fragile economy. <p>Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller reported Tuesday that its 20-city index of home prices rose 3 percent in September compared with the same month last year. Prices also gained 3.6 percent in the July-September quarter compared with the same quarter in 2011.
<p>President Barack Obama is hailing a cease-fire agreement to end a week of deadly fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.
<p>Paula Broadwell is telling friends she is devastated by the fallout from her extramarital affair with retired Gen. David Petraeus, which led to his resignation as head of the CIA.
<p>GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip on Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 94 and devastating several homes belonging to one clan as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel.
<p>Lawmakers are digging into the tangled tale of emails that exposed an extramarital affair ending <a href="../../../../section/173/article/34293/">David Petraeus' CIA career </a>and led investigators to a questionable relationship between a Florida socialite and the general commanding the war in Afghanistan.
<p>A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to pass a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children stood in the cold Tuesday at an intersection holding a sign warning people about idiots.
<p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The sex scandal that led to <a href="../../../../section/173/article/34293">CIA Director David Petraeus' downfall</a> widened Tuesday with word the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is under investigation for thousands of alleged "inappropriate communications" with another woman involved in the case.