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Hostess Brands closing for good

Hostess Brands -- the maker of such iconic baked goods as Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Wonder Bread -- announced Friday that it is asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to close its operations, blaming a strike by bakers protesting a new

Foreclosure mess awaits states hit by Superstorm Sandy

Before Superstorm Sandy, some of the hardest-hit areas in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were experiencing a huge spike in foreclosures.

BP to pay record fine for Gulf oil spill

BP will pay a record U.S. fine to settle criminal claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a Department of Justice official said Thursday.

Jobless claims shoot up after Sandy

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.

Florida teen gets a year in jail for impersonating a health worker

A Florida teenager was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail after he was convicted on four felonies linked to his impersonation last year of a physician assistant in a hospital emergency room.

Petraeus affair continues making waves in Washington

David Petraeus' extramarital affair ended months ago.

Save on last-minute holiday travel

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and affordable holiday travel options are fading just as quickly.

Man says relationship with Elmo puppeteer 'adult, consensual'

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.

Michael Jackson's assistant accuses promoter in star's death

Michael Jackson's last personal assistant claims concert promoter AEG owes him money because, he says, it was responsible for the pop icon's death.

Robotic system may help stroke patients

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.