The Great Recession showed that a large number of American families are "extraordinarily vulnerable" to financial setbacks because they have few assets to fall back on, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.
The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening.
Wal-Mart Stores says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of 10 percent from last year.
Chimpanzees in the wild become violently aggressive on their own, rather than being driven to warlike behaviors as a result of proximity to humans, according to a new study.
Demand for seasonal workers could reach levels not seen since before the recession, thanks to increased consumer spending and job growth across industries.
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches.
A prosecutor says he'll immediately release transcripts and audio recordings of a grand jury investigation into the death of an unarmed black man if the panel doesn't indict the white police officer who shot him.
Stocks saw some volatility following the release of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy announcement on Wednesday but managed to end the day modestly higher.
Researchers have learned how Richard III died, revealing through forensic analysis that he suffered 11 wounds around the time of his death, including two potentially fatal blows to the head.
French aircraft cabin interior manufacturer Beaudet Aviation said Wednesday it is spending $2.5 million to open a new facility in Arkansas that will initially employ 75 people.
Police stepped up security in Times Square on Wednesday amid concerns that the mounting hostilities between the U.S. and the Islamic State group could have repercussions here.
The marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption, trying to counter ominous anti-drug campaigns and stereotypes of pot users.
A new guild study says women and minorities were largely shut out of the ranks of TV directors again last season.
Playboy Magazine has unveiled its annual list of top party schools of 2014 and gave the highest honor to an Ivy League school.
U.S. stocks edged mostly higher in afternoon trading Wednesday as investors waited for a Federal Reserve statement on interest rates following a two-day meeting.