NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are opening modestly higher on Wall Street as traders return from the Christmas holiday.
Trading was quiet. Markets in Europe were still closed. Traders are also watching to see if a budget agreement materializes in Washington. President Barack Obama cut short his Christmas holiday in Hawaii and was returning to Washington later Wednesday to resume budget talks with Congressional Republicans.
Shortly after the opening bell the Dow Jones industrial average was up 32 points at 13,170.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up two points at 1,428 and the Nasdaq composite was up three points at 3,015.
Japanese stocks hit a nine-month high after a new pro-business government prepared to assume leadership. Japan's Nikkei 225 index surged 1.5 percent.
Makayla Poplin wasn't thinking about awards and accolades on a fateful day in March 2012. She just wanted to save her friend.
Fairborn teachers are now taking their contract dispute to the Ohio Attorney General's Office.
As fire crews worked to knock down the flames in a fire that killed four people in Kettering, they were also battling the cold.
Four members of a Kettering family were killed after fire broke out inside their Craig Drive home early Thursday morning.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Battle-fatigued and suddenly bipartisan, the House voted Thursday night to ease across-the-board federal spending cuts and prevent future government shutdowns, acting after Speaker John Boehner unleashed a stinging attack on tea party-aligned conservative groups campaigning for the measure's defeat.