The number of people filing for first time unemployment benefits soared 78,000 last week to the highest level in more than a year and a-half, as the effects of Hurricane Sandy the previous week were reflected in government data.
A man who alleged he was 16 when he started a relationship with the puppeteer who provides the voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street" now says it was an "adult consensual relationship," according to his lawyers.
More than 700,000 people in the United States have a stroke every year. A leading cause of disability, a stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is disrupted, either by a clot or a burst blood vessel in the brain.
If the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman, many same-sex couples could be in for substantial tax windfalls.