Russian PM Putin To Hold Phone-in Thursday -Official Web site

MOSCOW (AFP)–Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will hold a live phone-in with ordinary Russians on Thursday, an official Web site said, in a move that has stoked speculation about his future political ambitions. The televised phone-in will be a repeat of a

Cardboard Figure Causes New Jersey Bank Standoff

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A standoff at a New Jersey bank is over after police learned a ‘person’ seen inside was actually a full-size cardboard figure. Officers went to the PNC Bank in Montgomery Township on Thursday night after an alarm went off.

Space shuttle begins gliding back to Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – The space shuttle Endeavour fired its braking rockets and left orbit on Sunday, beginning an hourlong glide to California after finishing a marathon home-improvement mission at the International Space Station.

Holiday sales view still weak after weekend rush

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. consumers sought bargains on toys, clothes and electronics as holiday shopping kicked off this weekend, but an early rush to stores was slower this year and was not likely to change a weak outlook for the season, analysts said on Sunday.

Web sales up 1 pct on Black Friday: comScore

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. retail sales online rose 1 percent on Black Friday, the traditional start to the holiday shopping season, to $534 million, tracking firm comScore said on Sunday.

Bloomberg: U.S. Banks May Write Down $44 Billion in Q4/08

U.S. banks including Citigroup Inc. may post about $44 billion in write-downs and charges on bad loans in the fourth quarter, eroding the government’s banking bailout plan, Oppenheimer & Co.’s Meredith Whitney said. Accounting rule changes on how some