This was the year, finally, that promised relief, opening with foreclosure moratoriums and a highly touted Obama administration initiative to keep millions of desperate borrowers in their homes.
The stock market looked to end 2009 on a down note as institutional investors made some last-minute adjustments to their portfolios.
Republican attorneys general in 13 states say congressional leaders must remove Nebraska's political deal from the federal health care reform bill or face legal action, according to a letter provided to The Associated Press Wednesday.
For all their differences, Americans largely agree on two things: 2009 was a lousy year for the nation, and 2010 is likely to be better.
Desperate times, desperate measures.
U.S. stocks slipped Wednesday, led by consumer and energy sectors, as preliminary oil-inventory data were mixed.
The use of credit-default swaps, or private, insurance-like contracts, exploded in recent years into a murky, $60 trillion worldwide market with little government scrutiny.
In a first, Toyota led the U.S. auto industry in recalled vehicles this year, thanks to its largest safety-related problem since it began selling vehicles in the United States.