Asian stocks down already today after first ever downgrade in U.S. credit rating-but apparently not as bad as many had feared

European central bank institutes bond buying program to calm fears over Italy and Spain's ability to pay debts...move helps buoy European markets

Moody's warning it could downgrade U.S. credit rating if more deficit cuts aren't made by 2013

Oil trading below 84 dollars a barrel

Major violence in London after austerity measures create deep cuts in social services

45,000 Verizon workers go on strike demanding more American jobs and better health care costs

Another NATO helicopter crash in Afghanistan today-no casualties reported

Investigation continues into Saturday's chopper crash that killed 30 Americans (mostly SEALs)-and 8 Afghans during a rescue mission in Afghanistan...friends and families here remembering those fallen heroes

Violence in Syria escalates after 42 people were killed in government crackdown on protesters

Warren Jeffs is back in court today as his sentencing hearing continues-jury is expected to decide his punishment this week

American endurance swimmer sets out to be first person to swim Florida straits without a shark cage --