Giving Ben Bernanke a second term as Federal Reserve chairman was the politically safe course for a president beset by multiple crises and wanting no new battles.
They run hospitals, have doctors on salary, and manage health care for hundreds of thousands of consumers.
With the toll of bank failures surging, regulators are expected Wednesday to ease rules they proposed only last month for private investors seeking to buy failed institutions.
Four years ago this week, the City of New Orleans was deep under the waters splashed ashore by a raging Hurricane Katrina.
It was a race to the finish for dealers and customers alike as the government's Cash for Clunkers program headed into its final lap on Monday.
Wall Street may have discovered a way out from under the bad debt and risky mortgages that have clogged the financial markets. The would-be solution probably sounds familiar: It's a lot like what got banks in trouble in the first place.
It's a rare summer when Phyllis Davenport misses the annual reunion in her family's east Texas hometown. But this July, the single mom and her teenage daughter stayed home.
Gold coins. Gold bars. Gold stocks. Gold funds. Americans have gold fever.
Immediately after arriving at a closed airport on Sunday afternoon, though, the Obamas' "normal family vacation" got off to a not-so-normal start.
Nigeria's latest plan to end militant attacks in the volatile Niger River delta that have cut oil production to a 20-year low appears to have collapsed.