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Plan To Fix Illinois Pension Crisis Faces Vote

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Illinois lawmakers are convening in the state capitol for what could be a historic vote to finally close the gap on the state’s $100 billion public pension shortfall, which is considered the nation’s worst.

On the table is a proposed plan, unveiled last week by Democratic and Republican leaders of ...


Thai Protests Ease As Police Lift Key Barricades

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Anti-government protesters swarmed into the Thai prime minister’s office compound Tuesday as police stood by and watched, allowing them to claim a symbolic victory after three days of bitter clashes. The unexpected reversal in the government’s strategy brings at least a lull in the violence before the revered king’s 86th ...


Investigators Recover 2nd 'Black Box' From Derailed Train

Monday, December 02, 2013

A member of the National Transportation Safety Board says investigators plan to conduct interviews Monday or Tuesday with the engineer and conductor of the train involved in a fatal derailment in New York City.

The crash Sunday killed four people and injured more than 60 others.

The NTSB’s Earl Weener ...


Spain Court Acquits Pianist of 'Noise Pollution'

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In a widely watched case, a Spanish court has acquitted a 28-year-old concert pianist on charges of causing noise pollution and psychological damage to a neighbor.

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Sandy Hook Prosecutor: No Motive Found for Newtown School Shootings

Monday, November 25, 2013

The prosecutor who led the investigation into the Newtown school shootings says it did not determine a motive for the attack.


Secret US-Iran Talks Set Stage For Nuclear Deal

Monday, November 25, 2013


With their destination and mission among America’s closest guarded secrets, the small group of officials hand-picked by President Barack Obama boarded a military plane in March.

The travel plans of the U.S. diplomats and foreign policy advisers were not on any public ...


Alex Rodriguez Walks Out of Own Grievance Hearing

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Alex Rodriguez walked out of his grievance hearing Wednesday after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to testify.

Horowitz was in the midst of the 11th day of hearings on the grievance filed by the players' association to overturn the 211-game suspension given to Rodriguez by ...


Princeton to Use Meningitis Vaccine Not Approved in U.S.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Princeton University officials decided Monday to make available a meningitis vaccine that hasn't been approved in the U.S. to stop the spread of the sometimes deadly disease on campus.

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Here's Why They Called Her the 'Duchess of Carnegie Hall'

Friday, November 08, 2013

Editta Sherman, a photographer dubbed the "Duchess of Carnegie Hall," died last week at age 101. Here's a gallery of her portraits of classical musicians.

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Typhoon Blasts Philippines, At Least Four Dead

Friday, November 08, 2013

One of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines on Friday, killing at least four people, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and knocking out power and communications in several provinces. But the nation appeared to avoid a major disaster because the rapidly moving typhoon blew ...


Kerry In Geneva As Hopes Of Iran Deal Rise

Friday, November 08, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Friday of significant differences between Iran and six world powers trying to fashion a nuclear agreement, as he and three European foreign ministers added their weight to try to narrow the gap.

Officials with delegations at the negotiating table had expressed optimism about ...


Twitter's Stock Opens 73 Percent Above IPO Price

Thursday, November 07, 2013

It’s business as usual at Twitter’s headquarters following the most highly anticipated stock debut since Facebook’s last year, while an analyst says the high debut price suggests the IPO was managed well.

Twitter is trading under the ticker symbol “TWTR.” Twitter’s stock opened at $45.10, or 73 percent above its ...


Suspected Gunman In Custody After LAX Shooting

Friday, November 01, 2013

Update 4:23 p.m.: Law enforcement officials identify LAX shooting suspect as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia.

Update 2:49 p.m.: Union official: TSA agent killed in LAX shooting.

Update 2:20 p.m.: Police say 3 shot, including TSA agent, by gunman with semi-automatic weapon at LAX.

A suspected gunman was in custody Friday ...


Ruling Halts Abortions At A Third Of Texas Clinics

Friday, November 01, 2013

A third of the abortion clinics in Texas can no longer perform the procedure starting Friday after a federal appeals court allowed most of the state’s new abortion restrictions to take effect.

A panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled Thursday evening that ...


Torrential Rains Cause Flooding, Evacuations In Texas

Friday, November 01, 2013

Cleanup has begun after storms and flooding in Central Texas killed two men, prompted dozens of emergency rescues and interrupted public transit. Storms in the Austin area that began Wednesday dumped up to 13 inches of rain.

The Coast Guard today says four people on an 18-foot sailboat caught in ...


Federal Judge Expected To Rule On Texas Abortion Law

Monday, October 28, 2013

A federal judge is expected to rule on the constitutionality of a hotly debated Texas law imposing strict limits on abortion before the measure takes effect Tuesday.

Last week, Austin-based U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel heard three days of testimony and arguments about the abortion law. He says he’ll rule ...


Angry Over Spying, EU Leaders Call For Talks With US

Friday, October 25, 2013

Senior German officials will travel to the U.S. “shortly” to talk with the White House and the National Security Agency about spying allegations, including how Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone was allegedly monitored by the NSA.

Government spokesman Georg Streiter said Friday that the heads of Germany’s foreign and domestic intelligence ...


Police: Student Killed Staff Member At Middle School

Monday, October 21, 2013

Update 2:27 p.m.: A student at a Nevada middle school opened fire on campus, killing a staff member who was trying to protect other children, police said Monday.

The suspected gunman was also dead, and authorities say no shots were fired by law enforcement.

Two other students were critically injured ...


UPDATED: Christie Drops Gay Marriage Appeal

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Hour after same-sex couples began tying the knot in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie announced he is dropping his appeal to legalized same-sex marriage.

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Booker Wins Special Election for U.S. Senate

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Booker will become the first black senator from New Jersey. He is filling the seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

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