Retail sales jumped 0.7% in November, topping economists' forecasts, as strong gains in auto sales and categories like furniture offset the effect of lower gasoline prices.
Federal regulators shut down 52 bus companies in a nationwide safety crackdown partly prompted by a February bus crash near San Bernardino that killed eight people and injured 30 others.
WASHINGTON (AP) - As one part of the federal government looks to remove restrictions on making phone calls from airplanes, another agency is apparently considering its own prohibition.
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U.S. stocks mostly slid on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 extending losses into a third session, as investors considered the timing of any reductions in the Federal Reserve's monetary stimulus.