- Signs of weak holiday spending send retail stocks lower Updated: Nov-30-15 3:28 pm
NEW YORK - Stocks were lower in quiet trading Monday as traders returned from the Thanksgiving holiday. Retail stocks led the declines as early signals about the strength of the holiday shopping season failed to impress. Investors are focusing on central banks in Europe and the U.S., which are going in different directions on interest rate policy.
- Grain mostly higher, livestock lower Updated: Nov-30-15 10:50 am
CHICAGO - Grain futures were mostly higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.
- Taiwan says it has swapped convicted spies with China Updated: Nov-30-15 8:45 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Old foes China and Taiwan have swapped high-level convicted spies in a sign of goodwill linked to the first meeting ever between their presidents.
- Urbana chef taps family members for his kitchen staff Updated: Nov-30-15 8:38 am
URBANA, Illinois - There's soul food cooking in the kitchen, and the sisters are working quietly but efficiently.
- Montgomery County's zinc eagle flies again Updated: Nov-29-15 9:45 am
CHRISTIANBURG, Virginia - In the fall of 1909, Montgomery County administrators received a large crate that had been shipped from Lynchburg.
- Frederick company wants to monetize farm manure Updated: Nov-29-15 9:09 am
FREDERICK, Maryland - Triea Technologies has big plans for manure.
- Ore. county opts against test for arsenic at former dam site Updated: Nov-28-15 9:40 am
GRANTS PASS, Oregon - The Josephine County Board of Commissioners reversed itself and terminated a $135,000 contract with a private laboratory to test for toxic chemicals at the former Fielder Dam site near Wimer.
- Learning to ride mass transit leads to independent seniors Updated: Nov-28-15 9:00 am
RESTON, Virginia - Eleven older people boarded a Fairfax County Connector bus for a run-through of something that seems, on the face of it, so simple: how to get from Point A to Point B using the region's network of buses and Metrorail.
- Farmers struggling to make profit as price of cotton drops Updated: Nov-27-15 3:27 pm
ROBERTSDALE, Alabama - The days of high cotton are over.
- Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation against IS Updated: Nov-27-15 12:58 am
MOSCOW - The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad.
- La.-Lafayette custodian recycles trash into dolls Updated: Nov-26-15 4:54 pm
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana - She wears a gray cotton dress, black Crocs and her blonde hair in a bob.
- Fred Rutherford is set to retire after nearly 40 years Updated: Nov-26-15 4:52 pm
TUPELO, Mississippi - At 65, Fred Rutherford is ready to step away from the jeweler's bench where he's created and repaired countless pieces of fine jewelry over the years.
- Wild Divers: Searching for Chesapeake gold Updated: Nov-26-15 9:05 am
CLAIBORNE, Maryland - There is another hour before the sun rises when Derek Wilson and Nick Hargrove finish fueling up their boat, load up the empty bushel baskets and head out onto the Chesapeake Bay.
- Heritage turkeys keep Minnesota couple in touch with land Updated: Nov-25-15 9:27 pm
FOUNTAIN, Minnesota - Every Bourbon red heritage turkey Steve and Mary Berg sell is a meal and a message.
- Beef, long tops in Malheur County, now No. 1 in Oregon Updated: Nov-24-15 1:51 pm
JAMIESON, Oregon - For the first time in two decades, beef is Oregon's No. 1 agricultural commodity.
- Group wary of new mosque and any refugees in Gillette Updated: Nov-23-15 7:29 pm
GILLETTE, Wyoming - In the masjid, the room is quiet, a pair of ticking of clocks the only sound. Then, perhaps in protest, a truck rumbles loudly by, the driver revving his engine.
- Rules of the road for motorists include open range in Idaho Updated: Nov-23-15 2:58 pm
BOISE, Idaho - In March 2004, a motorcyclist riding through Lincoln County came over a slight rise in the road, hit a calf and died. In that moment, new West and old West collided, and not for the first or last time.
- Auburn band member performs at games that he can't see Updated: Nov-23-15 10:55 am
COLUMBUS, Georgia - As he grew up in the Mobile, Alabama, area with a family full of Auburn University alumni, it was natural for Tripp Gulledge to root for the Tigers.
- Butterfly food: Residents urged to grow milkweed Updated: Nov-22-15 1:31 pm
CONWAY, Arkansas - Conservationists are working with wildlife lovers, gardeners, schools, farmers, cities and even highway representatives to make the annual journey of one small migrant more welcoming.
- Project sheds light on homelessness in Iowa Updated: Nov-22-15 11:37 am
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa - The plight of the homeless is a story not many people are interested or comfortable in learning.
- North Iowa home economics club celebrates 50 years Updated: Nov-22-15 11:35 am
MASON CITY, Iowa - From troubleshooting the earliest microwave models to cooking for meat safety-related panels, women who are part of a North Iowa home economics group have done it all.
- Chesterfield woman considers goats her pets Updated: Nov-22-15 9:52 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Kristi Orcutt often carries her work home with her. Sometimes her work sits on the couch and watches TV with her.
- Bracelet maker's work started out of need to stay busy Updated: Nov-21-15 11:54 am
BECKLEY, West Virginia - Kayla Cantley is not afraid to stand out in a crowd.
- Can these men clean up Iowa's water as part of task force? Updated: Nov-21-15 10:54 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - Neither Larry James nor Steve Bruere like to dwell on what divides environmentalists and the ag community when it comes to Iowa's issues with water quality.
- Editorials from around New England Updated: Nov-21-15 10:38 am
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers: