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US Consumer Confidence Ticked Down in December

BALTIMORE — U.S. consumer confidence slipped ever so slightly in December, as expectations fell about economic growth over the next six months. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index edged down to 126.5 from November's reading of 126.8. Americans felt largely confident about business conditions this month...

Raiders Rebound in Year 2 Under Gruden to Become Contenders

ALAMEDA — Not much went right for the Raiders in the first season of coach Jon Gruden's return to Oakland with stars getting traded, losses mounting, and questions raised about whether Gruden still had it after nine seasons in the broadcast booth. Things are going much better in year two,...

A Spoonful Less Sugar, Tad More Fat: US Diets Still Lacking

CHICAGO — Americans' diets are a little less sweet and a little crunchier but there's still too much sugar, white bread and artery-clogging fat, a study suggests. Overall, the authors estimated there was a modest improvement over 16 years on the government's healthy eating index, from estimated scores of 56...