Washington � The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.
The stock market moved broadly higher on Tuesday as investors awaited the outcome of a two-day Federal Reserve meeting. All 10 industry groups in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index rose Tuesday, led by health care, utilities and energy companies.
“Yes� side: Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond says the pound is just as much as Scotland's currency as the rest of the U.K.
Sears Holdings Corp. is borrowing $400 million from Chief Executive Edward Lampert's hedge fund, giving the retailer an infusion for the holidays after it burned through cash over the summer.
McDonald's is running a free-coffee promotion for two weeks in an effort to boost the company's flagging U.S. same-store sales.