By Kerry Lester | 12/03/13 09:07 AM
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers were poised Tuesday to vote on a plan to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis — a proposal many are calling the most important vote of their careers and one that could deeply reduce the retirement benefits of hundreds of thousands of workers...
By Associated Press | 12/02/13 11:28 AM
The U.S. is urging North Korea to release an 85-year-old American who's been detained for more than a month. Retired finance executive Merrill Newman, who fought in the Korean War, was taken off a plane Oct. 26 by North Korean authorities while preparing to leave after a 10-day visit....
By Associated Press | 12/02/13 11:12 AM
ELKO, Nev. -- Taking a cue from officials in Utah, Elko County officials are considering a plan to run U.S. Forest Service campgrounds and other federal recreation sites in the event of another government shutdown. Commissioner Grant Gerber said another shutdown could hurt the county's...
By Associated Press | 12/02/13 10:53 AM
HOUSTON -- Sick of losing on Election Day, they huddled candidates on their 2014 statewide ticket in a hotel ballroom and bristled at being outspent and outnumbered by political rivals in Texas who they talked up as sophisticated and savvy. But this was no meeting of hapless Texas Democrats....
By Candice Choi | 12/02/13 10:45 AM
NEW YORK — Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job this Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in a push for higher pay.
By Associated Press | 12/02/13 10:40 AM
WASHINGTON — U.S. manufacturing grew in November at the fastest pace in 2 1/2 years, as factories ramped up production, stepped up hiring and received orders at a healthy clip. The Institute for Supply Management says its index of manufacturing activity rose in November to 57.3. That's the...
By Associated Press | 12/02/13 10:09 AM
The number of people on food stamp rolls in Missouri has dropped since the state switched to a centralized processing system and slashed most in-person help for people seeking public assistance.
By Oskar Garcia | 12/02/13 10:04 AM
Six couples at a Waikiki resort tied the knot early Monday, exchanging vows side-by-side with one another in front of a few hundred guests shortly after midnight, while even more couples watched and waited their turn.
12/02/13 10:04 AM
BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A recount of Broomfield's fracking vote is planned this week amid criticism from Secretary of State Scott Gessler about how the city handled the state's new voter registration law. The recount is scheduled to start Monday and wrap up Wednesday. The initial election...
By Associated Press | 12/02/13 09:48 AM
Retailers got Americans into stores during the start to the holiday shopping season. Now, they'll need to figure out how to get them to actually shop.
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