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S&P 500 Index Passes 1,700 Mark For First Time

The rise is being tied to a drop in weekly jobless claims, as well as assurances from the Federal Reserve that it would continue to support the U.S. economy.

When Fleeing Zombies (Or Flu), Cooperation Saves Lives

Acting altruistically rather than selfishly is what makes quarantines successful in stopping disease outbreaks. But an analysis by scientists at MIT finds that commuting patterns also could play a big role in how infectious diseases spread.

Beset San Diego Mayor Says He Didn't Get Harassment Training

An attorney for Bob Filner says the city failed to meet its legal requirement and therefore should foot the mayor's legal bills.

U.S. 'Extremely Disappointed' At Russia's Asylum For Snowden

After Russia granted NSA leaker Edward Snowden a one-year asylum, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the move "undermines a long history of cooperation." Snowden arrived at Moscow's airport from Hong Kong more than a month ago.

Denver Hotel Offers Stay In Traveling, Inflatable Room

The Curtis hotel in Denver is offering a combination art installation/holiday experience. You can stay in a 5-foot-by-7-foot inflatable chamber — kind of like a kids' bouncy house — set on top of a lift, which is on top of a van. The price tag: $50,000. Should you book this cozy, plastic room, you'll be greeted by Sonny and Cher impersonators and receive lavish gifts, including crystal-encrusted binoculars and a Tiffany diamond pendant.

More Surveillance Revelations Put Government On Defensive

More leaks from Edward Snowden about government surveillance have come out in The Guardian, in an article detailing the power of a program that searches the Internet for everything from email traffic to web-surfing activity. The government continues to insist these efforts are legal and that it respects civil liberties.

Firm Hopes 'Owning Nashville' Will Pay Off For Investors

A new fund on the New York Stock Exchange is a collection of stocks in publicly traded companies that have one thing in common: the city they call home. The fund managers say it will be an opportunity for locals to invest in companies they know. If it succeeds, other cities could be next.

To '60s Civil Rights Hero, Math Is Kids' Formula For Success

In the '60s, Bob Moses organized African-American sharecroppers in Mississippi for the Civil Rights movement. Since the 1980s, he's led the Algebra Project, teaching math to low-achieving students in underfunded public schools and advocating for quality public education as a constitutional right.

As Back-To-School Shopping Begins, Consumers May Turn Frugal

Most economists say this year's back-to-school sales will be slower than last summer's because consumers have been coping with more expensive gasoline and higher payroll taxes. Still, several states are offering tax-free shopping to encourage purchases.

How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy

At the start of the 20th century, the ruthless, self-made steel industrialist paid $60 million for 1,689 public libraries to be built in communities around the U.S. "The man who dies rich dies in disgrace," Carnegie wrote.