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America slides deeper into depression as Wall Street revels

The labour force contracted by 661,000. This did not show up in the headline jobless rate because so many Americans dropped out of the system. The broad U6 category of unemployment rose to 17.3pc.

Former Kennedy seat surpisingly up for grabs

The policy differences between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown were as clear during last night’s debate as they have been throughout this short special-election campaign.

New Jersey assembly approves medical marijuana

The New Jersey Assembly approved a measure on Monday that would make the state the first in the region and the 14th in the nation to legalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons.

Mark McGwire admits to steroid use

UNDATED - Just four-and-a-half short years after his debacle at Capitol Hill, Mark McGwire is finally ready to talk about the past.

Dodd: Health care "hanging on by a thread"

It's not so much that Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd said health care reform's outcome could hinge on a couple of swing votes — everybody knows that — but rather how he said it.

Palin signs on with FOX news

UNDATED - A Fox News executive says the network will shortly announce that the former vice-presidential nominee is signing on as a contributor.

Global trend towards colder weather beginning

UNDATED - The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world’s most eminent clima

Groundbreaking gay marriage trial begins

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today to block for the first few days videotaped coverage of a federal trial in San Francisco that was supposed to be aired on YouTube.

China ends U.S.’s reign as largest auto market

China supplanted the U.S. as the world’s largest auto market after its 2009 vehicle sales jumped 46 percent, ending more than a century of American dominance that started with the Model T Ford.

US Republicans call on Senator Reid to quit post

WASHINGTON - The Republican Party chief called on Senator Harry Reid on Sunday to step down as Senate majority leader over racial comments about President Barack Obama, while Democrats tried to put the issue behind