Afghan and U.S. officials have agreed on a draft security pact, but Afghan elders are debating whether to approve it. President Obama has told Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the U.S. would only conduct raids on homes under "extraordinary circumstances."
Fresh data signal that the labor market is at least holding steady and that inflation remains in check. In other major economic news Thursday, Janet Yellen's nomination to head the Federal Reserve is expected to be OK'd by the Senate Banking Committee.
The tornado that tore apart much of Washington, Ill., this weekend has triggered an outpouring of support. Among those helping is a nonprofit group manned by veterans, working at no cost to help weary residents. "We have a lot of vets, some of them have PTSD, and vets have so much suicide," says one. "It's healing to give back."