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  • Gas explosions kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan

    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — At least 24 people were killed and 271 others injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city overnight, hurling concrete through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday. The series of...

  • Congress passes 'highway bill' hours before deadline

    After roadblocks and delays, Congress voted late Thursday to keep federal highway money flowing to states just hours ahead of a midnight deadline. But the issue is far from resolved, as lawmakers failed to reach a long-term deal on how to replenish the dwindling Highway Trust Fund, which helps...

  • Congress votes final passage on highway bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $10.8 billion bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states through the summer construction season and the fall elections. The Senate passed the House-written bill on an 81-13 vote after rejecting it earlier this week. The...

  • California appellate court overturns high-speed rail court rulings in big win for project

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California appellate court overturns high-speed rail court rulings in big win for project .

  • USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year. Final rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of government poultry inspectors. But...

  • Senate kills spending bill for border crisis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has died in the Senate on a procedural vote. The 50-44 vote Thursday night fell short of the 60 votes needed to waive a point of order raised by Republicans against the $3.5 billion...

  • 1,100 layoffs planned at Alpha coal mines in W.Va.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One of the nation's largest coal producers said Thursday it expects to lay off 1,100 workers at 11 southern West Virginia surface coal mines by mid-October, citing dismal markets and federal regulation. The announcement by Alpha Natural Resources dealt another blow to...

  • Illinois extends Supreme Court Harris v. Quinn ruling to daycare providers

    One month after the Supreme Court ruled that Illinois cannot force state-subsidized home health care workers to pay union dues, the state has agreed to extend the reach of that ruling to state-subsidized home day care providers as well.

  • How do banks get 'too big to fail?' By providing easy credit

    Ending "too big to fail" doesn't just require Congress to make a better banking law. It has to do with us, and weaning Americans from their addiction to debt.

  • Dow plunges as multiple worries vex investors

    NEW YORK (AP) — For stock investors, the red flags were everywhere on Thursday. There were weak corporate results, the looming end of stimulus from the Federal Reserve and tensions between the West and Russia. On top of that, some investors feared that stocks have become too pricey after three...

  • Democrats: House GOP calling out Obama on border undermines lawsuit

    House GOP leaders gave Democrats a softball shot at turning their words against them to support more executive actions on immigration from President Obama amid disarray on the border-emergency spending bill.

  • US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday. The announcement came hours after...

  • Amid current fights, a reminder the economy still matters most

    In the long run of presidential politics, the economy is still pretty much the only story that really matters, and there are plenty of troubling indications that today's economic unhappiness will dominate our politics for years to come.

  • House Republicans will tweak border bill and try again Friday

    House lawmakers will huddle Thursday night and Friday to try to rework spending legislation that would provide President Obama with additional money to deal with a surge in unaccompanied minors on the border.

  • Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels, deaths spike

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Thursday to destroy Hamas' tunnel network designed for deadly attacks inside Israel "with or without a cease-fire," as the Palestinian death toll soared past 1,400 — surpassing the number killed in Israel's last major invasion of...



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