The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year -- likely reflecting the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Naming the year's best of everything is as natural as snow in December. "Minnesota Monthly" magazine recently named Isaac Becker its "Restaurateur of the Year," based on his launch of 2013's hottest eatery, Burch Steakhouse and Pizza Bar.
House Republicans are rallying behind a modest budget pact that promises to bring a temporary halt to budget brinkmanship in Washington and ease automatic budget cuts that would otherwise slam the Pentagon and domestic agencies for a second straight year.
The university's unmanned aircraft degree program, the nation's first, exploded from five students in 2009 to 120 students last year. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Kansas State have since added similar programs.