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Fewer Layoffs Expected as Recession Loosens Grip

First, the good news. Workers probably got slapped with fewer pink slips in July as the worst recession since World War II winds down.

Couple Seeks New Home for Statue of Soldier

A Massachusetts couple is looking for a new home for a granite statue they built to honor American troops fighting overseas after the town that they planned to donate it to declined their offer after residents complained.

Iraqi Lawmakers Want to Ban Smoking in Public Areas

After six years of war and terrorist bombings, Iraq is moving against a different killer in its midst — smoking.

Director John Hughes Dead at 59

Famed director John Hughes died of a heart attack Thursday, according to a report from TMZ.

Hacker Attack Silences Twitter Users

A hacker attack shut down Twitter on Thursday morning, and Facebook also said it was 'looking into' possible site problems.

'Clunkers' Saved From Junkyard

Dems say they have enough votes to extend 'cash for clunkers' program until Labor Day | FULL COVERAGE

Heavy-Handed on Health Reform?

Conservatives say White House acting 'Orwellian' after blog post asking about 'fishy' e-mails on health care plan

Slate Wiped Clean forFannie Mae, Freddie Mac?

Obama is reportedly considering restructuring mortgage giants, stripping them of troubled loans | FULL COVERAGE

Report: U.S. Considers Revamp of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

The Obama administration is considering an overhaul of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that would strip billions in bad loans and create a new home-loan organization, according to the Washington Post.