â€¢ New jobless claims up, but still below last month's peak.
â€¢ Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) bribery case goes to jury today.
â€¢ U.S. moves toward federal mandate of ignition interlock systems for first-time DWI offenders.
â€¢ Cigar companies taking hit from smoking bans, large tax increases.
â€¢ House refuses to remove pork from new defense bill, leaving in "dozens of new ships, planes, helicopters and armored vehicles that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says the military does not need to fund next year."