Obama to open middle-class jobs, opportunity tour Aiming to show he's still focused on creating jobs, President Barack Obama is beginning a series of quick trips around the country to resurrect ideas from his State of the Union address that became overshadowed by the intense debates over gun control, immigration and automatic spending cuts. More
Retailers report modest gains for April Americans spent briskly during the early spring months in the latest sign that they’re encouraged by the economic recovery. Falling gas prices, a rallying stock market and gains in the job market all fueled Americans’ shopping habits even as cold weather tempered their desire to buy spring fashions. More
US home building is surging, but job growth isn't The resurgent U.S. housing market has sent builders calling again for Richard Vap, who owns a drywall installation company. Vap would love to help - if he could hire enough qualified people. "There is a shortage of manpower," says Vap, owner of South Valley Drywall in Littleton, Colo. More
US casino revenue up nearly 5 percent in 2012 Things are looking up for most of the nation’s commercial casinos, as gambling revenue increased by nearly 5 percent last year and jobs held roughly steady. According to the annual survey of casinos by the American Gaming Association, America’s nontribal casinos took in $37.3 billion from gamblers last year, an increase of 4.8 percent over 2011. More
Social Security heading for insolvency even faster WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security is rushing even faster toward insolvency, driven by retiring baby boomers, a weak economy and politicians' reluctance to take painful action to fix the huge retirement and disability program. The trust funds that support ... 04/23/2012 - 5:03 pm | View Link
Social Security heading for insolvency even faster WASHINGTON (AP) -- Social Security is rushing even faster toward insolvency, driven by retiring baby boomers, a weak economy and politicians' reluctance to take painful action to fix the huge retirement and disability program. The trust funds ... 04/23/2012 - 3:47 pm | View Link
Social Security heading for insolvency even faster WASHINGTON -- Social Security is rushing even faster toward insolvency, driven by retiring baby boomers, a weak economy and politicians' reluctance to take painful action to fix the huge retirement and disability program. The trust funds that support ... 04/23/2012 - 10:54 am | View Link
Social Security heading for insolvency even faster The trust funds that support Social Security will run dry in 2033 - three years earlier than previously projected - the government said Monday. There was no change in the year that Medicare's hospital insurance fund is projected to run out of money. 04/23/2012 - 5:59 am | View Link
More than 90 percent of health insurance plans offered to lawmakers and congressional staff cover abortion, an unforeseen consequence of a Republican amendment to President Barack Obama's health law.
Lawmakers and their staffs now appear to be the only federal employees with access to abortion coverage through their government-supported health insurance plans.
Abortion remains a legal medical procedure in most cases, but it's subject to increasing restrictions in conservative-leaning states.
"The problem we are coming up against is that customer service representatives don't know what's going on," said Anna Higgins, a health care policy expert with the religious conservative group Family Research Council.
A longstanding federal law known as the Hyde amendment prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.
Federal tax credits to help people afford coverage must be kept apart from funds used to pay for elective abortions.
A 17-year-old Florida teen was arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly shooting a 15-year-old classmate in the face.
WKMG-TV reported that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department arrested J-Morian Eddie Patrick Bell in connection with the shooting of Ja’Roderick Smith. Witnesses said the two got into a fight after classes at West Orange High School ended for the day, culminating in Smith being shot in the face and abdomen around 1:25 p.m.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that Bell was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, as well as firearm possession charges.
Stan Dixon, the longest-serving member of the state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, left the panel Wednesday as his term expired.
Stan Dixon, a member of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, receives an Assembly resolution Wednesday commemorating his service from Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, D-Arcata.
Fox News' Gretchen Carlson distorted comments by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) to accuse him of hypocrisy after allowing some of his staff to remain on their current health plans.
After reports that Reid would allow certain staffers to keep their existing coverage, Carlson aired comments Reid made in September 2013 about whether his staff would join the Affordable Care Act's exchanges and claimed he was "changing his tune." Carlson claimed Reid said his entire staff would be on the exchanges and accused him of "total hypocrisy."
However, Reid's statements from September do not contradict his decision to allow select staff members to remain on their existing coverage.
Conservative radio host Mark Levin blamed undocumented immigrants for the United States' poor ranking in a global education survey of high school students, claiming that "one of the reasons" for the mediocre showing on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is because "a lot of these children only speak Spanish and a certain percentage of them are illiterate in Spanish because they're poor when they come over the border."
PISA, which is administered every three years by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), found that among the 34 OECD countries, the United States performed below average in math at 26th and average in reading (17th) and science (21st).