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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) -- Benedict XVI greeted the faithful for the last time as pope on Thursday, telling tearful well-wishers that he is beginning the final stage of his life as "simply a pilgrim," hours before he becomes the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. By NICOLE WINFIELD and FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With across-the-board spending cuts all but certain, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate staged a politically charged showdown designed to avoid public blame for any resulting inconvenience or disruption in government services. By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell 22,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, evidence that the job market may be picking up. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy grew at a 0.1 percent annual rate from October through December, the weakest performance in nearly two years. But economists believe a steady housing rebound and solid spending by consumers and businesses are pushing growth higher in the current quarter. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jacob Lew is scheduled to be sworn in Thursday as Treasury secretary and will have to hit the ground running. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jacob Lew is scheduled to be sworn in Thursday as Treasury secretary and will have to hit the ground running.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Billions of dollars in harsh budget cuts are hitting the U.S. government on Friday, and officials are conceding that last-minute moves by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress to soften the blow are doomed. President Barack Obama is meeting congressional leaders of both parties just hours after the $85 billion in spending cuts kick in, after no apparent negotiations between the administration and lawmakers in recent weeks to avoid them.
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in his final words to cardinals Thursday, a poignant and powerful farewell delivered hours before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press
ROME (AP) -- The Obama administration said Thursday that it will provide the Syrian opposition with an additional $60 million in assistance and - in a significant policy shift - will for the first time provide nonlethal aid like food and medical supplies to rebels battling to oust President Bashar Assad. By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press
FORT MYERS, Fla. — New Phillies center fielder Ben Revere got off to a fast start against his former team. Revere had two hits, scored twice and stole a base Wednesday in Philadelphia’s 12-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins. The Twins drafted Revere in the first round in 2007 and traded him to Philadelphia last December for pitcher Vance Worley and pitching prospect Alex Meyer.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in January from December to the highest level in more than 2 1/2 years. The increase suggests sales of previously occupied homes will continue rising in the coming months. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer