China joins IMF currency basket: Why it matters

BEIJING (AP) — The addition of China's yuan to the select basket of currencies used as a yardstick by the International Monetary Fund is a sign, experts say, that the yuan may one day become as recognizable as the dollar or euro.

  • Written by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer

Signs of weak holiday spending send retail stocks lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were lower in quiet trading Monday as traders returned from the Thanksgiving holiday. Retail stocks led the declines as early signals on the holiday shopping season failed to impress. Investors are focusing on central banks in Europe and the U.S., which are going in different directions on interest rate policy.

  • Written by KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer

Kevorkian archive opens as physician-assisted deaths rise

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Just days before she died with Dr. Jack Kevorkian's assistance, Merian Frederick could not speak or hold up her head without help from her daughter, Carol Poenisch.

  • Written by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

60 years after boycott, using Montgomery bus can be trying

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two blocks from the spot where Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955, 17-year-old Tanesha Wilson listens to earbuds as she waits for the No. 8.

  • Written by KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press