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Pancreatic Cancer Could Be Treatable With Vitamin D

The discovery has led to human trials for pancreatic cancer, even in advance of its publication in the journal Cell.


Dollar Slows Despite Dovish Talk From Charles Evans

The dollar was mixed Monday, staying near its highest in six years versus a basket of major rivals despite dovish talk from a top official at the Federal Reserve.


Consumer Spending Sees Healthy Rise in August

Americans boosted spending by 0.5 percent in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year.


U.S. Consumer Spending Inched Up in August

Consumer spending increased 0.5 percent in August after remaining flat the previous month, the Commerce Department said Monday.


New Jury to Decide Life or Death for Arias

Jury selection is beginning in the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias, as prosecutors again seek a death sentence in the Arizona case that became a tabloid TV sensation.


Economists See Steady Growth, Mixed Outlook

Investments by businesses and government will grow at a faster rate than previously forecast, but consumer spending will be down because of lagging wage growth, according to a survey released Monday.


Ash, Gas Halt Search for Volcano Survivors

Toxic gases and ash were still coming from the Mount Ontake volcano Monday, halting the search for more victims and the recovery of the bodies.


Hikers Feared Dead Near Japan Volcano Summit

Japan's national media has reported that 30 hikers have been found in a state of "cardiopulmonary" arrest near the peak of the volcano that erupted on Saturday.


U.S.-Led Int'l Coalition Strikes IS Stronghold in Syria

The U.S.-led international coalition carried out airstrikes Saturday on Islamic State positions in the city of Raqqa, the Sunni militants' main stronghold in Syria.


U.S. Military Will Allow Some Undocumented Immigrants to Join

New regulations allowing some young undocumented immigrants to join the U.S. military will probably only affect a few dozen, officials said.


Marvel Settles With Comics Legend Jack Kirby's Estate

Marvel and the estate of Jack Kirby, the creator of many of Marvel's recognizable characters, have settled their long-standing legal disputes just days before their case was due to be considered by the Supreme Court.


Kathryn Knott Suspended From Hospital Job

Gay-bashing suspect Kathryn Knott was suspended from her position as an emergency-room technician at the hospital where she has worked since May 2011 on suspicion of posting photos of patient X-rays and injuries on her Twitter account.


Why Rate Hikes Are Good News for Stocks

It's no surprise that the prospect of a Federal Reserve rate hike worries stock investors -- but if history is a guide, investors have nothing to fear.


Stocks Hold Onto Gains in Midday Trading

After moving sharply lower over the course of the previous session's sell-off, stocks regained some ground on Friday -- but buying interest remains subdued.


O'Hare Shut Down After Air Traffic Fire

All flights in and out of O'Hare and Midway airports were halted Friday morning because of a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility.


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