Yellen talks about prospect of rate hike at December Fed meeting

When the Fed­eral Reserve meets again in mid-December, Chair Janet Yellen said Wednes­day that an inter­est rate hike would be a “live pos­si­bil­ity” if the econ­omy stays on track. Yellen described the U.S. econ­omy as “per­form­ing well” right now, with solid growth in domes­tic spend­ing. At their meet­ing last week, pol­i­cy­mak­ers believed that the threat of global head­winds had ebbed, Yellen said. What she and oth­ers want to see is the econ­omy grow­ing at a strong enough pace to add jobs and push infla­tion toward the Fed’s 2 per­cent target.

Obama signs two year budget bill into law

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Mon­day signed into law a bipar­ti­san bud­get bill that avoids a cat­a­strophic U.S. default and puts off the next round of fight­ing over fed­eral spend­ing and debt until after next year’s pres­i­den­tial and con­gres­sional elec­tions. Obama praised the rare bipar­ti­san coop­er­a­tion behind the deal, say­ing that 2-year agree­ment that funds the gov­ern­ment through the 2017 fis­cal year.

Two arrested in Vatican probe

A Span­ish priest and an Ital­ian lay­woman who had served on a finan­cial reform com­mis­sion set up by Pope Fran­cis have been arrested in the probe into yet another leak of con­fi­den­tial infor­ma­tion and doc­u­ments, the Vat­i­can said Mon­day. A state­ment from the Holy See’s press office said that Vat­i­can pros­e­cu­tors on Mon­day upheld the arrests of the two, who had been inter­ro­gated over the weekend.

President wishes well to Ryan as he assumes House speaker role

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has wished Rep. Paul Ryan well as Ryan assumeds the duties of House speaker. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama has spo­ken in the past about his respect for Ryan despite sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences they have on pol­icy. He says Obama is hope­ful they’ll be able to work together. Earnest says that with the GOP in con­trol of Con­gress and with a Demo­c­rat in con­trol of the White House, any­thing mak­ing it through the leg­isla­tive process will have to be bipar­ti­san. The spokesman says Obama hopes Ryan will lead the House “in that spirit and with that fact in mind.”

Lawyer: Teen injured in S.C. classroom incident with officer

The attor­ney for a teen who was flipped back­ward out of her desk and tossed across a class­room says his client did suf­fer sev­eral injuries dur­ing her arrest. The Asso­ci­ated Press reports Colum­bia attor­ney Todd Ruther­ford told ABC’s “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” on Wednes­day that Rich­land County Senior Deputy Ben Fields should have been fired as soon as Sher­iff Leon Lott saw the video recorded by sev­eral stu­dents at Spring Val­ley High School in Columbia.

2015 Nation’s Report Card shows room for improvement

A report some kids might not want their par­ents to see. The 2015 Nation’s Report Card shows math scores slipped for fourth and eighth graders over the last two years, and read­ing grades were not much bet­ter, flat for fourth graders and lower for eighth graders. Results for the National Assess­ment of Edu­ca­tional Progress or NAEP, as it’s for­mally known were released Wednes­day. It sug­gests stu­dents have some work to do to get a solid grasp or mas­tery of their read­ing and math skills.

Back to the Future Day tomorrow

Tomor­row marks “Back to the Future” Day, the day Marty McFly trav­eled for­ward into time in the 1989 film “Back to the Future Part II.”

The film made some bold pre­dic­tions about our world in the year 2015.

These included self-tying shoes, fly­ing cars with fusion engines, and hoverboards.

The film also pre­dicted the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series that year — “against Miami.”

The real-life Cubs have some work to do to make that hap­pen. After los­ing the first two games of the National League Cham­pi­onship Series, they host the New York Mets in Game 3 tonight.

Clinton and Trump lead new polls

Hillary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump lead their fields in brand new polls.

Clin­ton has 54 per­cent sup­port of reg­is­tered Democ­rats in an ABC News-Washington Post poll.

Bernie Sanders scores 23 per­cent, and Joe Biden has 16 percent.

Again, Biden has not offi­cially entered the race yet.

Mean­while, Trump leads Repub­li­cans with 27 per­cent in a CNN/ORC poll.

How­ever, Ben Car­son does not trail him by much at 22 percent.

Soccer players buy hotel, allow homeless to stay for winter

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs from Man­ches­ter United have bought a hotel, and they have invited the home­less to stay there for the winter.

The BBC reports the soc­cer play­ers plan on turn­ing the Stock Exchange build­ing into a bou­tique hotel.

For now, they have granted home­less advo­cacy group Man­ches­ter Angels use of the build­ing so 30 young men can have shelter.

The group also intends to bring in social ser­vices that can offer recov­ery pro­grams and health care.

Initial demand for Star Wars tickets crashes sites

Web­sites have joined the “Dark Side” of the Force.

Tick­ets for the upcom­ing “Star Wars” movie have started sell­ing with last night’s release of a new trailer for it.

The flood of peo­ple hop­ing to snag tick­ets has crashed pur­chas­ing plat­forms like Fan­dango and AMC Theatres.

Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens” hits the­aters Dec. 18.