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  • Tax refunds may get hit due to health law credits

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxes? Who wants to think about taxes around Labor Day? But if you count on your tax refund and you're one of the millions getting tax credits to help pay health insurance premiums under President Barack Obama's law, it's not too early. Here's why: If your income for 2014 is...

  • California push to avert higher gas prices stalls

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session. A pair of bills — one sponsored by...

  • New Jersey lawmakers may change inheritance tax

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers are looking into repealing New Jersey's inheritance tax and raising the threshold for paying an estate tax. The state is one of only two that taxes both now, according to The Record (http://bit.ly/1p4cfEn). The inheritance tax makes those other than the spouse,...

  • Layoffs raise new issues in state hiring dispute

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn's unexpected move to deal with a scathing report about political hiring in his administration will not put the jobs scandal to rest as he mounts a difficult campaign for re-election. Quinn aides announced last week that the state Department of...

  • High stakes for NYC mayor over rollout of pre-K

    NEW YORK (AP) — With the school year less than two weeks away, New York City is racing to complete an unprecedented prekindergarten expansion — and its success or failure could have major political implications for its first-year mayor, Bill de Blasio. De Blasio made the establishment of...

  • NASA says rocket launch from Wallops successful

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — A rocket for the Department of Defense has been launched from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility. NASA says the Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket was launched at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The launch had been postponed several times. NASA says in a news release that the...

  • Director named at tech center in Lafayette, La.

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The chairwoman of the commission that oversees the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise Center has taken over as the research center's chief executive officer. The Advocate reported (http://bit.ly/1ts0dtV) Paula Carson replaces Kam Ng, who resigned July 31 to move...

  • Pennsylvania considers charging for game land use

    NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania may soon charge a fee for snowmobilers, equestrians and mountain bikers who use state game land trails. The Pennsylvania Game Commission will likely vote on the plan next month, the New Castle News (http://bit.ly/1ttxEgt ) reports. The proposed license of up...

  • Federal subpoena sought email of ex-Pat Quinn advisers

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal grand jury has subpoenaed the emails of three former top advisers to Gov. Pat Quinn, including a onetime chief of staff, as part of a criminal investigation into the governor's $54.5 million Chicago anti-violence program. The Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, which...

  • Suit claims California hospital dumped patients

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is suing a suburban hospital it claims dumped homeless patients on skid row. The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1twkwGE ) says the city attorney sued Glendale Adventist Medical Center on Wednesday, alleging that over the past four years it transported mentally...

  • State renews Get Covered Illinois PR contract

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn's administration has renewed its contract with the public relations firm that handled promotion of Get Covered Illinois in the first year of greatly expanded health insurance coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. The $25.6 million contract with...

  • New York gets $48M to protect bridges from erosion

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is receiving $47.8 million to "harden" its bridges against erosion. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the state is receiving the money from the federal government to protect 20 bridges that are vulnerable to foundation erosion. The Democratic governor says...

  • Illinois DNR to use $1.7M grant on recreation

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced it will receive more than $1.7 million to expand the Illinois Recreational Access Program. The department says it will use the $1.74 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide additional...

  • Yellen signals uncertainty about a rate increase

    JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) — If anyone thought Janet Yellen might clarify her view of the U.S. job market in her speech here Friday, the Federal Reserve chair had a message: The picture is still hazy. Though the unemployment rate has steadily dropped, Yellen suggested that other gauges of the...

  • Goldman in deal worth $1.2B over US bond claims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Goldman Sachs has agreed to a settlement worth $1.2 billion to resolve claims that it misled U.S. mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about risky mortgage securities it sold them before the housing market collapsed in 2007. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which...



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    Just before the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the reelection campaign for Mitch McConnell of Kentucky announced its campaign manager, Jesse Benton, was resigning. Benton was leaving the...

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