CHICAGO — Emotion can drive investor behavior — and feelings are in overdrive following last month's election. Across the United States, the mood ranges from a state of mourning to euphoria, depending on one's political views. But retirement investors are not hitting the panic button in the wake of the Nov. 8 election.
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers boosted hiring in November and the unemployment rate dropped to a more than nine-year low of 4.6 percent, making it almost certain that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this month. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 178,000 jobs last month after increasing by 142,000 in October, the Labor Department said on Friday. The solid employment gains likely reflect growing confidence in the economy, which has been marked by rising consumer spending and inflation.
DAKAR, Senegal—A British man aiming to be the first person to swim across the Atlantic said Thursday he is grappling with sharks, jellyfish stings, choppy water—and a sea moth that tried to nest in his left ear. Ex-policeman Ben Hooper, 38, says he embarked on the nearly 2,000-mile crossing from Senegal to Brazil to prove that nothing is impossible, inspired by explorers like Ranulph Fiennes, who crossed the Antarctic on foot.
CANNON BALL/WEST FARGO, N.D. — U.S. military veterans were arriving Thursday at a camp to join thousands of activists braving snow and freezing temperatures to protest a pipeline project near a Native American reservation in North Dakota. However, other veterans in the state took exception to the efforts of the group organizing veterans to act as human shields for the protesters, saying the nature of the protests reflected poorly on the participants.
Giving people detailed information about their personal genetic risk of developing diabetes may not inspire them to change their behavior any more than just giving them basic facts about the disease, a recent study suggests. "Overall, genetic risk information is becoming more and more common, and it's reasonable to assume that given the decreases in sequencing costs, genetic risk information will proliferate," said lead study author Dr. Job Godino of the University of California, San Diego.
Twenty workers at a Tennessee auto parts factory have come forward as the winners of a nearly $421 million Powerball jackpot, lottery officials said on Wednesday. The employees of North American Stamping Group in Portland, Tenn., held the winning ticket that was drawn on Saturday, Nov. 26, after the prize money grew for two months, Tennessee Lottery officials said in a statement. "The friends ... have been playing together for years and have a variety of plans for the winnings, including helping others," lottery officials said.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew faster than initially thought in the third quarter, notching its best performance in two years, buoyed by strong consumer spending and a surge in soybean exports. Gross domestic product increased at a 3.2 percent annual rate instead of the previously reported 2.9 percent pace, the Commerce Department said in its second GDP estimate on Tuesday. Growth was the strongest since the third quarter of 2014 and followed the second quarter's anemic 1.4 percent pace.
A Somali immigrant who injured 11 people at Ohio State University in a vehicle and stabbing attack before he was shot dead may have followed the same path to self-radicalization as militants in a number of "lone wolf" attacks, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the attack. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 20, was shot dead by a police officer on Monday moments after he plowed his car into a crowd of pedestrians and then leapt out and began stabbing people with a butcher knife.
The number of hate and bias incidents reported across the United States spiked in the 10 days following Donald Trump's presidential election victory, according a report released on Tuesday, Nov. 29, by a civil rights advocacy group. The report, by the Southern Poverty Law Center, documents 867 incidents ranging from assaults to threatening graffiti messages, based on incidents reported to the group or by news media. That is a major increase from the normal rate of hate incidents reported in the United States, said Richard Cohen, the group's president.
VERBANIA, Italy—Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, celebrated her 117th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 29, still swearing by her diet of two raw eggs a day. Morano was born in November 1899, four years before the Wright brothers first took to the air. Her life has spanned three centuries, two World Wars and over 90 Italian governments.