· Another rocky day on Wall Street. After plunging 361-points on Wednesday, the Dow Jones industrial average closes another difficult trading session down 33.73 points at 13,266.29. The dollar is now at an all-time low against the Euro.
· Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warns the American economy is likely to "slow noticeably in the fourth quarter." Oil is expected to hit or top $100 a barrel and rising energy costs will raise pressure on inflation.
· Who's zooming who? The New York Times interviews Aretha Franklin and the Queen of Soul says a failed romance was the inspiration behind the title and songs on her new independent album, A Woman Falling Out of Love. But with whom?
"Franklin chose the title 'because it happens to be true,' she said. 'It was based on a relationship that I had, and it just didn’t happen for a number of reasons, various reasons. It just didn’t happen. But I was very much in love with the person.' She didn’t provide more details but said that one of the songs she wrote for the album, 'How Long I’ve Been Waiting,' was 'directly related' to the failed romance."
· New poll conducted by ABC News/Washington Post shows record support for civil unions. Fifty-five percent favor allowing gay "couples to form legally recognized civil unions, giving them the same rights as married couples in areas such as health insurance, inheritance and pension coverage."
· Despite fallout over last week's Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Hillary Clinton continues to enjoy a substantial lead among her opponents. The latest AP/Ipsos poll shows Clinton "ahead of Sen. Barack Obama with 45 percent to 22 percent, about the same as her margin last month. John Edwards had 12 percent."
· Study: Number of self-reported same-sex couples in the United States quintuples since 1990.
· China considers revising its ban on allowing HIV-positive people into the country, Mad Professah reports, and "that will make it have a more liberal stance on this issue than current United States immigration policy."