Americans watch in disappointment as Congress appears to let any chance of a last-minute deal slip away. 'They've got to settle this,' 1 person says.
After falling 158 points, the Dow ends below 13,000 for the first time since November. Talks between President Obama and GOP leaders are tense. Markets next week could be volatile.
Prices at the pump have been dropping for months. Industry analysts are trying to gauge future movement, but say the 'fiscal cliff' could be a determining factor.
The Dow ends down 18 points after falling as many as 151. The catalyst: News that the House will meet Sunday to discuss the fiscal cliff dispute. Apple leads the rebound. Jobless claims fall, but consumer confidence sags.
The pro-gun lobby suggests placing armed security guards in every American school. The idea was dismissed by many, however, and didn't seem to gain much policital support.
Stocks tumble as Republicans balk at House Speaker Boehner's tax bill. But things could have been worse. Nike jumps on strong North American business. Trading ends early Monday, and markets are closed Tuesday for Christmas.
The arts-and-crafts chain's owners say providing 'morning after' and 'week after' pills violates their religious beliefs.
The Dow could open as much as 200 points lower after House Speaker Boehner pulls his 'Plan B' tax bill, which couldn't win enough Republican votes to pass. President Obama will have to come up with a specific plan, he says.
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