• Supporters of Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin, gather at the Holiday Inn Express in Janesville, Wis. to watch his debate with Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.

    Such requests are at odds with Ryan's public persona as a small-government advocate and tea party favorite who has pledged to tighten Washington's belt.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 10, 2012, 1:00 AM EST
  • NEW YORK (AP) — As President Barack Obama widened his lead over Mitt Romney in polls this month, traders at hedge funds and investment firms began shooting emails to clients with a similar theme: It's time to start preparing for an Obama victory.

    What many in the market worry about isn't that high earners may pay more in taxes if Obama is reelected. It's gridlock in Washington come January, when more than $600 billion in spending cuts and tax hikes could kick in just as the country smacks into its borrowing limit again.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 08, 2012, 5:30 PM EST
  • This photo taken July 16, 2012 shows Claudia Pedroza, 39, and her eight-year-old daughter Karla Osorio at the Jefferson Action Center in Lakewood, Colo. Pedroza moved to the Denver suburbs five years ago with her husband and four children in hopes of a more comfortable suburban life. But Pedroza’s family struggles to make ends meet and she was waiting with her on Monday, July 16, 2012, to apply for help with food, toiletries and seek a new frying pan.

    The nation's poverty rate remained stuck at a record level last year.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 1:30 AM EST
  • Efforts to preserve wildlife in the demilitarized zone that lies between heavily armed North and South Korea are on the agenda at a major environmental forum on South Korea's Jeju island.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 3:30 PM EST