By Associated Press | 12/11/13 11:02 AM
A leading congressional deficit hawk says a bipartisan budget agreement hammered out on Capitol Hill is mostly a patch-work approach that fails to address wasteful spending that is contributing to a ballooning federal debt. Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says the accord announced by...
By Kevin McGill | 12/11/13 10:38 AM
NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has refused to declare a mistrial in the case of former BP drilling engineer charged with obstruction of justice following the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a filing Tuesday, defense lawyers for Kurt Mix said prosecution questioning of witness Wilson...
12/11/13 10:30 AM
LAS VEGAS — Organizations and advocates on all sides of the online gambling debate are cheering a Congressional hearing on the state of online gambling.
12/11/13 10:23 AM
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan lawmakers have finished approving bills to block welfare recipients from withdrawing their taxpayer-provided cash from ATMs in liquor stores, horse tracks and strip clubs. The two bills sent to Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday are similar to a state law enacted last year...
By Michael Felberbaum | 12/11/13 10:21 AM
RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing more than $38 million in state funding over the next two-year budget cycle for critical mental health services and is creating a task force to look at ways to head off mental health crises. The initiatives announced Tuesday follow the November...
12/11/13 10:13 AM
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor wants his Republican rival in next year's election to ask that the House work next week on a farm bill. Pryor, the only Democrat in Arkansas' congressional delegation, is seeking a third term. Freshman Rep. Tom Cotton is challenging him. Pryor...
By Steve LeBlanc | 12/11/13 10:08 AM
BOSTON (AP) — Democrat Katherine Clark easily defeated three opponents Tuesday to win a vacant congressional seat and become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. House. After topping a crowded Democratic primary, the state senator ran a low-key general election campaign in...
By Associated Press | 12/11/13 10:03 AM
Financial markets were sluggish Wednesday as an apparent budget deal in the U.S. Congress failed to divert attention from investors' primary focus — will the Federal Reserve reduce its monthly stimulus next week?
12/11/13 10:01 AM
The failure to finalize a landmark trans-Pacific trade pact this year as planned has dealt a blow to President Obama's policy shift to Asia. While negotiators say they have made substantial progress, many hurdles remain to creating a bloc encompassing a third of global trade. One of the...
12/10/13 01:08 PM
A Texas woman and former actress pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, under a deal that her attorney has said would cap prison time at 18 years.
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