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Ben Bernanke's comments about the economy were optimistic -- but the markets saw the bad news: No more punch bowl. Also, with the passing of actor James Gandolfini, it's worth noting that television hasnâ€™t been the same since Tony stepped outside and found ducks in his swimming pool.Â Source: marketplace.org
Snip here, snip there; U.S. banks say they have manageable euro debt; The pros and cons of an underground economy; Don't Ask, Don't Tell ends; Chinese counterfeiters churn out fake U.S. IDs; New MacArthur fellow hopes to bridge U.S. racial-achievement gap; Pharmacies push to take greater share of flu shot business; The extravagant costs of a Justice Department conference
Wide gaps in well-being across the U.S.; The Greek basketball league, post-debt crisis; FRUM: Don't raise taxes for the rich; Letters: The two-minute pitch, student athletes; Who's next in E.U. financial crisis?; What's a realistic 'normal' unemployment rate?; Australian mine gets into the rare earths game; Final notes to help you with your Turkey Day