Top News & Analysis North America

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    Whatever happened to the private office in the workplace? A look at the open plan office, the motivations to switch over to one, and its benefits.

  • U.S. stock index futures are adding to gains after a better-than-expected increase in new jobs in July. While stronger than anticipated, the jobs report may still leave open the door for additional stimulus from the Federal Reserve.

  • Stocks closed down for a fourth session, but well off their lows, after ECB chief Mario Draghi disappointed markets by not undertaking immediate steps to stabilize the euro zone. While Draghi left the door open for additional policy measures in the coming weeks, investors were expecting concrete actions today after the central banker pledged to "do whatever it takes" to save the euro last week.

  • U.S. stock index futures are pointing to a sharply lower open, after the European Central Bank fell short of market expectations at its meeting today. The ECB failed to take undertake immediate action to buy bonds. ECB chief Mario Draghi only said that the central bank may undertake outright open market operations within its mandate and that it will design plans over the coming weeks for such measures.

  • Stocks closed lower in a see-saw session Wednesday after the Federal Reserve maintained its current monetary policy but left the door open for additional stimulus should conditions warrant. The Fed said it will continue to hold interest rates low through at least 2014 and continue Operation Twist through the end of the year.

  • U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open on Wall Street as investors await the Federal Reserve's policy announcement this afternoon for hints of additional stimulus measures to spur growth.

  • Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney walks back to greet journalist while boarding a campaign plane

    Mitt Romney says the media was partly to blame for his controversial week-long foreign tour that ended with the GOP candidate receiving a warm reception in Poland after a series of gaffes and missteps.

  • Stocks closed out another quiet session with modest losses, as investors maintained a wait-and-see approach to the Federal Reserve policy decision tomorrow and the ECB meeting on Thursday.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday, as investors await announcements later this week from the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank and scrutinize a handful of U.S. economic reports.

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    Yet another key benchmark in the financial industry is under scrutiny.  Now, it's the Municipal Market Data, or M.M.D. index,  the New York Times reports.

  • Stocks closed slightly lower after fluctuating in a narrow range for most of the session Monday as investors appeared reluctant to make big commitments ahead of the news from the U.S. and European central banks later this week.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open Monday ahead of Geithner's meeting with Germany's finance minister and as investors awaited news from the ECB and possible hints of more stimulus from the Federal Reserve.

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    Germany’s finance minister ruled out making more concessions to help Greece, on the eve of talks with U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who has urged euro zone leaders to act, the FT reports.

  • Stocks closed out a volatile week with sharp gains Friday, with the Dow crossing above 13,000 for the first time since May, amid optimism that the Federal Reserve and the ECB may provide further stimulus to prop up the global economy.

  • Amyl nitrate is a medical treatment for heart disease and cyanide poisoning. It’s also used as an inhalant that goes by the street name “poppers,” and it’s been abused ever since the disco era.

    The marketplace for narcotics isn’t what it used to be. Read ahead to see a list of dangerous drugs that are legal in many American states.

  • U.S. stock index futures held modest gains Friday after the latest GDP report showed a slowing economy in the second quarter, fueling expectations for further action from the Federal Reserve.

  • Stocks finished sharply higher Thursday following a pair of better-than-expected economic reports and after ECB President Mario Draghi said the central bank would do whatever it takes to support the euro.

  • U.S. stock index futures added to sharp gains Thursday following a batch of better-than-expected economic news and after encouraging remarks by the ECB President.

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    A land of opportunity, opening its arms to the rest of the world: that is the promise of North America. But today, amid a lingering global economic downturn, foreigners seeking jobs in the U.S. might not feel particularly welcome, the FT reports.

  • Man walking on classifieds

    A land of opportunity, opening its arms to the rest of the world: that is the promise of North America. But today, amid a lingering global economic downturn, foreigners seeking jobs in the U.S. might not feel particularly welcome, the FT reports.