If you walk into the Safeway near Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown, you'll see a small display of Halloween decorations: witches hats, haunted houses, jack-o-lanterns — the works. That might not seem so strange if it were October or even late September. But it hasn't even hit Labor Day yet.
Safeway isn't the only retailer getting a jump on the holiday. Across the city, shoppers will find Halloween merchandise in Walgreens, Claire's Accessories, Target and Macy's.
The National Retail Federation doesn't have hard numbers on this trend, but the group does have anecdotal data.
Rescue and recovery workers who toiled in the dust, smoke and fumes that engulfed Lower Manhattan after Sept. 11 were less likely to have died since the terrorist attacks of 2001 than colleagues who weren't exposed, according to new research. That also holds true for people who were exposed because they lived or worked in the area.
The latest dismal employment report has thrown a monkey wrench in the White House spin machine ahead of President Obama's big jobs plan next week.
No net jobs were created in August, and the administration has acknowledged that the nation's unemployment rate — which stayed flat at 9.1 percent in Friday's Labor Department report — isn't likely to budge much before next year's presidential election.
A tropical storm that's expected to drench parts of Louisiana with as much as 20 inches of rain this weekend and could cause flooding along the Gulf coast has begun to soak southern Louisiana. Local authorities are beginning to declare states of emergency, as The Times-Picayune reports.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi just can't seem to get up from under controversy. Over the past few years, he's been marred by charges that he paid an underage prostitute and has also faced three other corruption trials.
The latest scandal comes in the form of a phone call recorded by police investigating claims that Berlusconi was being blackmailed about his sex life.
In the tape, Berlusconi talks to one of his alleged extortionists and vows to leave Italy, which he then describes using a scatological term.
WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner will talk in his home state of Ohio about the House Republican approach to job creation and getting the economy moving, following the release of a weak U.S. employment report.
Boehner plans to discuss jobs Friday afternoon while at the grand opening of offices for a small company that provides payroll and other administrative services for businesses in his home area near Cincinnati.
The Republican plan on jobs and the economy focuses on reducing government spending and regulations and lowering tax rates.
August job numbers are showing a stagnant 9.1 percent unemployment rate. Concern is growing over whether the government could do more to boost job growth. Host Michel Martin speaks with U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis about the administration's efforts to create new jobs and what can be expected from President Obama's jobs plan next week
Paige Beller is a local singer songwriter who performs on her own and with indie punk band Jasper the Colossal. Earlier this summer, Beller released a new solo album called Don't You Dare and is already writing songs for the next album. Don't You Dare was recorded with Jason Gilmore (We Were Animals, Ed vs Radio) at his home studio which Beller says gave her a chance to hear her work objectively and allowed her songs to evolve.