One in 10 Americans gets help from U.S. to buy food

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A record 32.2 million people — one in every 10 Americans — received food stamps at the latest count, the government said on Thursday, a reflection of the recession now in its 16th month.

Changyou closes up 25 percent in strongest debut in year

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Online video games maker Changyou.com closed up 25 percent in its trading debut on Thursday, making it the most successful stock launch in nearly a year.

Bulls loom large in life of Wall Street’s Madoff

MIAMI (Reuters) – As investigators delve into the private life and personal possessions of Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff, at least one thing has become apparent — he was obsessed with bulls.

IBM and Sun Micro may announce deal next week: source

TORONTO/BOSTON (Reuters) – International Business Machines and Sun Microsystems may announce a takeover deal next week, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday, showing IBM may be completing a lengthy review ahead of what would be its biggest acquisition.

Dubai turns to PR to revive its image

The emirate appoints Finsbury, the London public relations group, to handle its financial communications strategy as it seeks to head off negative media coverage of its troubled economy

N.C. State seniors attend personal finance seminar

The North Carolina State University Senior Class Council, along with the Young Alumni Council and Alumni Association Ambassadors, held a personal finance seminar Wednesday with guest speaker Bill Yoest. The two-time All-American offensive guard, who

Gene-engineered viruses build a better battery

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Researchers who have trained a tiny virus to do their bidding said on Thursday they made it build a more efficient and powerful lithium battery.

U.S. rulemaker softens mark-to-market’s bite

NORWALK, Connecticut (Reuters) – U.S. accounting rulemakers bowed to congressional and financial industry pressure on Thursday by allowing more flexibility in valuing toxic assets, a move expected to boost bank earnings and improve their capital levels.