As day broke Thursday, people throughout the South began to survey the wreckage left behind after dozens of tornadoes ripped through six states killing hundreds of people.

The vast majority of fatalities from the tornadoes occurred in Alabama, where well over 100 people perished, said Yasamie August, Alabama Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman.

UK newspapers are reporting that British troops could be deployed to the Libyan border to guard refugees fleeing the Gaddafi regime.

World Bank President Robert Zoellick Thursday says that he hopes the institution will have a role in rebuilding Libya as it emerges from current unrest.

Syrian security forces have killed at least 500 civilians in a crackdown on a “peaceful democratic uprising”, Syrian human rights organization Sawasiah said on Thursday.

Radiation readings at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station have risen to the highest level since an earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems.

In the first quarter of 2011, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) only increased by 1.8 percent, significantly down from the 3.1 percent of growth in the last quarter of 2010.

The Labor Department says that new claims for unemployment benefits jumped 25,000 to a seasonally adjusted 429,000 for the week ending April 23. That’s the highest total since late January.

After sifting through about one million applications, McDonald’s hired more than 60,000 workers nationwide  in conjunction with its National Hiring Day earlier this month.

It turns out that it is now easier to get into Harvard than it is to get a job at McDonald’s.

Wal-Mart says that their customers are running out of money.

Rampant inflation is starting to show up in a lot of different areas of the economy.

As gas prices approach record highs, gas-related thievery is on the rise.

Declining total gasoline stocks in the critical central U.S. Atlantic Coast region may be putting some in the U.S. Atlantic Coast gasoline market on edge as the country moves toward the high-demand summer gasoline season.

Gold settled at a fresh record high above $1,531 on Thursday, while silver soared to an all-time high, as a falling dollar and signs that the Federal Reserve would maintain a loose monetary policy boosted precious metals’ appeal as a hedge against inflation and economic uncertainty.

Is the decline of the U.S. dollar about to accelerate?

House prices are falling again—and the decline is accelerating.

The battle over debit card fees is turning ugly.

If the U.S. economy get rid of all debt there would literally be no money.

If you break down the U.S. national debt, it comes to more than $45,000 per citizen, or almost $127,000 per taxpaying American.

State budget cuts will force Philadelphia’s schools to lay off 3,820 employees – including 12% of the district’s teachers – to close a gaping budget shortfall next year.

55% of Americans believe that the U.S. economy is either in a depression or a recession.

More Americans than ever are stockpiling food and emergency supplies.

In many areas, sales of guns and rifles are setting new records.

Standard and Poor’s, one of the top credit rating agencies, is warning that the cost of rebuilding Japan could hit 50 trillion yen, and it has downgraded the outlook for Japan’s debt rating from “stable” to “negative”.

Are you against raising the debt ceiling?  If so, according to former Bush Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill you are actually part of al-Qaeda.

In an effort to enhance online security and privacy, the Obama administration has proposed Americans obtain a single ID for all Internet sales and banking activity. But a new Rasmussen Reports poll finds most Americans want nothing to do with such an ID if the government is the one to issue it and hold the information.

Navigation device maker TomTom has apologized after getting busted for selling user data to local police in Europe.

It turns out that there are all kinds of problems with the “birth certificate” that Barack Obama has released.

Now Donald Trump wants Barack Obama to release his college records.

Fox News host Glenn Beck says that some of the so-called “birthers” are actually supporters of Barack Obama.

California’s AB 354 was passed in September of last year, making proof of whooping cough vaccinations mandatory for both public and private school students starting in the 2011-12 school year. However, health representatives told Mercury News that the law makes most students ineligible for attendance.

Superman renounces his U.S. citizenship in a new issue of Action Comics.

Belief in a god, or a supreme being, and some sort of afterlife is strong in many countries around the globe, according to a new Ipsos/Reuters poll.

A Methodist church in Ohio is publicly declaring that being gay is a gift from God.

Last week a group of pro-abortion activists vandalized and desecrated a Christian pro-life display students at Clarion University put up at their Pennsylvania campus.

Charlie Veitch, who many of you will know as the leader of the Love Police activist group, has been arrested by British police in a pre-crime raid on charges of “conspiracy to cause a public nuisance” at tomorrow’s Royal Wedding.

Lastly, Rev. David Wilkerson, founding pastor of Times Square Church in New York City and author of the well-known book The Cross and the Switchblade, was killed Wednesday in a head-on collision in Texas. He was 79.