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Retailers Hope For Good Start On Black Friday

Posted: 11/18/2012 - The pall of the fiscal cliff looms over a holiday shopping season that begins in less than a week. The National Retail Federation has been projecting $586 billion in holiday spending , a four-point one per cent increase over last year. But with America's fiscal future still a question mark, storeowners now are holding their breath.

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Officials: Vets' Float Crossed Track After Signals

Posted: 11/18/2012 - A parade float filled with wounded veterans that was struck by a freight train had crossed onto the railroad tracks after warning signals were going off, investigators said Saturday.

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Coast Guard: Body Found Near Burned Gulf Oil Rig

Posted: 11/18/2012 - Divers hired by the owner of an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico that caught fire recovered a body near the site Saturday evening, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and the rig's owner.

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2 Police Choppers Collide In L.A. Area, 6 Hurt

Posted: 11/18/2012 - Federal officials are investigating a collision involving two police helicopters in the Los Angeles area that left five officers and a civilian with minor injuries.

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Obama: Israel Has "Right To Defend Itself"

Posted: 11/18/2012 - As Israeli airstrikes into Hamas-controlled Gaza expand from government targets into civilian areas, President Obama reiterated his support of Israel's "right to defend itself."

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Judge: No Bond For Kan. Doctor In Abortion Case

Posted: 11/17/2012 - A Kansas doctor won't have to post a bond while appealing the revocation of her medical license over referrals of young patients to the late Dr. George Tiller for late-term abortions.

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FedEx, UPS Probed Over Online Pharmacies' Packages

Posted: 11/17/2012 - FedEx and UPS have disclosed they are targets of a federal criminal investigation related to their dealings with online pharmacies, which are at the center of an international crackdown on prescription drug abuse.

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5-Hour Energy CEO Stands By Product's Safety

Posted: 11/17/2012 - The owner of 5-Hour Energy says a ban of his product over reports that some people with heart conditions experienced dangerous side effects would make about as much sense as banning peanuts because some people who eat them are deathly allergic.

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N.Y. District Attorney Admits To Porn Star Past

Posted: 11/17/2012 - An upstate district attorney admitted on Friday that he had previously worked as a pornographic actor in the 1970s, despite previously repeatedly denying working in the adult film industry.

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Details of Hostess Brands Closing Its Operations

Posted: 11/16/2012 - Hostess Brands -- the maker of such iconic baked goods as Twinkies, Drake's Devil Dogs and Wonder Bread -- announced Friday that it is asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to close its operations.

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2 Missing, 11 Hurt in Louisiana Oil Rig Blast

Posted: 11/16/2012 - The platform is for production and not drilling, authorities say. The fire has been put out, reports the Houston-based firm in charge of the platform.

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Police Identify 4, Killed In Texas Veterans Parade

Posted: 11/16/2012 - At least four veterans were killed and 16 other people were injured when a train slammed into a parade float carrying returning heroes to a banquet to honor them in West Texas, officials said Friday.

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Petraeus Testifies On Benghazi Attack

Posted: 11/16/2012 - Former CIA Director David Petraeus gave closed door briefings to Congress today that focused on not on his affair or his resignation, but on the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and when exactly U.S. officials knew there were terrorist elements involved.

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2 Missing, 4 Badly Burned In Gulf Platform Fire

Updated: 11/16/2012 - The Coast Guard was searching Friday for two workers missing after a fire erupted on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, sending an ominous black plume of smoke into the air reminiscent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that transformed the oil industry and life along the coast.

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Hostess Brands Closes

Updated: 11/16/2012 - The company that makes Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread announced it is going out of business. Hostess Brands could not survive a labor strike that crippled its operations.

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Petraeus Anxious To Clear Up Misrepresentations on Libya

Posted: 11/15/2012 - The recently-resigned CIA Director also believes confusion has emerged over two separate intelligence questions. First, who was responsible, and second what was the motivation of the attackers.

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Benghazi: Lawmakers Shown Video of Envoy Being Dragged Out

Posted: 11/15/2012 - A source said one GOP House member "got into it" with intelligence officials at a session where lawmakers were briefed on the attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya. Petraeus will testify to clear up "misrepresentations" he told Congress, possibly when he testifies on Friday.

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Retail Employees Rail Against "Black Friday" Creep

Posted: 11/15/2012 - Part-time Target employees will forgo Thanksgiving with family because of the opening at 9:00pm. More than 40 petitions on Change.org ask retailers to "give Thanksgiving back to employees" Target says employees still get overtime, holiday pay for working certain hours on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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