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Unemployment Applications Lowest Since April '08

Updated: 12/22/2011 - The number of people applying for unemployment benefits dropped last week to its lowest level since April 2008, extending a downward trend that shows the job market strengthening.

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Gas Tubing Fires Linked to Lightning Spark Concern

Posted: 12/22/2011 - Fire officials, researchers and manufacturers are investigating concerns that a type of flexible metal tubing used for gas lines in homes across the United States is susceptible to leaks caused by lightning strikes.

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No Prosecution for Ariz. Fiesta Bowl Ticket Probe

Posted: 12/21/2011 - PHOENIX - More than two dozen Arizona politicians who received free game tickets or trips from the Fiesta Bowl will not face criminal charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

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Clinton Urges Stable Transition in NKorea

Posted: 12/19/2011 - The Obama administration called for a peaceful and stable leadership transition in North Korea on Monday but made few demands on a nuclear-armed nation known for its unpredictability, poverty and hostility to the United States.

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Gingrich Says Rivals' Criticism taking a Toll

Updated: 07/17/2014 - Newt Gingrich tried to quiet unrelenting campaign criticism that he acknowledged had taken a toll as Mitt Romney stepped up insider attacks Saturday in hopes of regaining front-runner status with the first presidential vote little more than two weeks away.

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Last U.S. Troops Leave Iraq Ending War

Posted: 12/18/2011 - The last convoy of U.S. soldiers pulled out of Iraq on Sunday, ending nearly nine years of war that cost almost 4,500 American and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives and left a country still grappling with political uncertainty.

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Senate Passes Payroll Tax Cut Spending Bill

Updated: 07/17/2014 - The Senate on Saturday approved a $1 trillion bill to fund the government and a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, putting a cap on a contentious political year but setting up a fresh battle for 2012.

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Senate Leaders Say Deal Near on Spending, Shutdown

Posted: 12/15/2011 - WASHINGTON - In a turnabout from several days of vocal confrontation, the Senate's top Democrat and Republican are both expressing optimism that they are nearing an end to disputes over renewing a payroll tax cut and extra benefits for the long term unemployed and avoiding a federal shutdown.

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Retail Sales Rise for Sixth Straight Month

Updated: 12/13/2011 - WASHINGTON - Americans spent more on autos, furniture and clothing during the start of the holiday shopping season, boosting retail sales for the sixth straight month.

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Ex-Penn State Coach Sandusky Waives Hearing

Posted: 12/13/2011 - BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has waived his preliminary hearing, a decision that moves him toward a trial on charges of child sex abuse.

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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Mix it Up in Iowa

Posted: 12/11/2011 - Republican presidential hopefuls at Saturday's debate say lower taxes and fewer regulations will create jobs, but none specified how their plans differ from their rivals'.

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Suspect in Massachusetts Shooting Found Dead

Posted: 12/10/2011 - Massachusetts authorities say a former police officer suspected in the shooting deaths of three people in a Cambridge home has fatally shot himself.

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1 Cop Guilty, 1 Acquitted of Lying About Shooting

Posted: 12/09/2011 - NEW ORLEANS - A jury has convicted one New Orleans police officer of lying about circumstances of a fatal shooting outside the city's convention center after Hurricane Katrina.

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Reid Says House Payroll Tax Cut Dead in Senate

Posted: 12/09/2011 - WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says his chamber won't approve a House Republican bill extending the payroll tax cut that also clears the way for construction of a controversial oil pipeline.

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