12/04/13 09:27 AM
American officials have said the missile defenses they want to install in Europe will protect NATO allies and counter any threat from Iran. Russia has long opposed the plan, and sees the system as a threat to the viability of Russia's own nuclear arsenal as a deterrent.
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 09:25 AM
Americans ramped up new-home buying in October after cutting back in September, evidence that the housing recovery is improving fitfully.
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 09:24 AM
The effort to get high-speed broadband in every school is getting a boost from the philanthropy of two technology gurus — Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates.
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 09:16 AM
Democrats running for re-election in Arkansas, Louisiana and other Republican-leaning states faced enough problems before President Obama's popularity swooned in November. Now they are awkwardly distancing themselves from him a year before the election, seeking the right balance between...
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 09:14 AM
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Legislature approved a historic plan Tuesday to eliminate the state's $100 billion pension shortfall, a long-delayed decision proponents described as critical to repairing the state's deeply troubled finances but that faces the immediate threat of a legal...
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 08:58 AM
Children's boutique owner Susan Hightower lost her bid Tuesday to join her husband, Republican Sen. Bill Hightower of Mobile, in the Legislature.
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 08:54 AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A fast-moving energy proposal is drawing opponents, including environmental groups and Ohio's utility consumers' advocate, who estimate the measure could add $175 a year to the average Ohioan's electric bill.
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 08:45 AM
SALT LAKE CITY — A challenge to Utah's same-sex marriage ban by three gay couples is scheduled to be back in court Wednesday as a federal court judge hears arguments in a case being closely watched around the country.
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 08:41 AM
CHICAGO — An appellate court on Tuesday questioned a lawyer for the state of Wisconsin about why lawmakers singled out abortion clinics in requiring their doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, as judges heard arguments about the hotly debated law.
By James MacPherson | 12/03/13 09:46 AM
BISMARCK, N.D. — It took nearly two weeks for North Dakota officials to tell the public about an autumn pipeline rupture that caused more than 20,000 barrels of crude to ooze across a northwestern wheat field. In response to extensive media coverage and criticism from environmental groups,...
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