MOSCOW - From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost about half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global equities markets rallied on Thursday, with Wall Street up more than 1 percent for a second straight day on what investors viewed as a favorable result from the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting.
The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits dropped last week and stayed near 14-year lows, the latest evidence of labor-market improvement.
Rite Aid Corp. (RAD:US) surged the most in more than a year after quarterly profit and revenue topped analysts' estimates, helped by an increase in sales of prescription drugs, and the retailer boosted its annual earnings forecast.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.