Newly-released Barbie dolls featuring three new body types from Mattel: toymaker was reportedly approached by Hasbro about a potential transaction late last year. Photograph:  Mattel/EPA

Hasbro and Mattel have held talks about merging two of the world’s biggest toymakers, according to people familiar with the matter, in a deal that wou(...)

Too close for comfort: Kay Hagan’s opponents have used her kiss from Barack Obama last week against her. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
Obama: kiss of death?

High on a shelf above a counter in the Raleigh Times Bar is an empty pint glass, sitting encased in front of a US presidential seal. This is the glass(...)