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  • Father: Sick girl safe and being treated in Mexico

    PHOENIX (AP) — The mystery surrounding the whereabouts of a sick girl with leukemia deepened Wednesday after her father said his 11-year-old daughter is being treated in Mexico and authorities …


  • Obama warns against another debt ceiling fight

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama warned Republicans on Wednesday against picking another fight over the nation’s debt ceiling, telling business leaders that it’s “not a game that I will …


  • Boehner calls for Obama response on “cliff” offer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican negotiator in talks with President Barack Obama on avoiding economy-jarring tax increases and spending cuts says it’s time for the White House to respond …


  • Senate to take up bill normalizing Russia trade

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday took up legislation that would end four-decade-old trade restrictions that are blocking U.S. businesses from enjoying the benefits of a more open Russian …


  • Fiscal cliff offers hint at more defense cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans’ “fiscal cliff” counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions of dollars in military cuts on top of the nearly $500 billion that the White …


  • Unions back RI governor’s call for pension talks

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Public-sector unions on Tuesday hailed Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s call for negotiations to settle a closely watched lawsuit over Rhode Island’s landmark pension overhaul, but its main …


  • Makings of a fiscal deal behind the hot rhetoric

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bluster and hot rhetoric aside, the White House and House Republicans have identified areas of significant overlap that could form the basis for a final agreement after …


  • New inflation gauge would cut benefits, hike taxes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tweaking the way the government measures inflation sounds like an obscure method to help reduce budget deficits, but over time it would lead to significantly lower Social …


  • GOP ‘fiscal cliff’ plan echoes failed budget talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday avoiding an economic plunge over the “fiscal cliff” comes down to Republicans’ realizing that tax rates must go up on wealthiest Americans. …


  • GOP ‘fiscal cliff’ plan echoes failed budget talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are proposing a “fiscal cliff” plan that revives ideas from failed budget talks with President Barack Obama last year, calling for raising the eligibility age for …


  • Cuomo says he’s ‘optimistic’ on Sandy aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo emerged Monday from meetings with top Obama administration officials and congressional leaders “optimistic” that Congress will act quickly to provides tens of …


  • GOP issues a new ‘fiscal cliff’ offer to Obama

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans put forth a $2.2 trillion “fiscal cliff” counteroffer to President Barack Obama on Monday, calling for raising the eligibility age for Medicare, lowering cost-of-living hikes …


  • GOP issues new ‘fiscal cliff’ offer to Obama

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Monday proposed a new 10-year, $2.2 trillion blueprint to President Barack Obama that calls for increasing the eligibility age for Medicare and lowering cost-of-living …


  • Small-bore proposals to help avert fiscal cliff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure the rich may have to pay more in taxes. But a “fiscal cliff” budget deal could mean pain for nearly everyone else, too: higher airline ticket …


  • Chinese co. to pay $2M for nuke export violations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A company owned by the Chinese government has pleaded guilty for conspiring to violate nuclear export restrictions on Pakistan and agreed to pay $2 million in fines. …


  • Signal problems preceded NJ train derailment

    PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) — A signal may have malfunctioned on a southern New Jersey bridge where a train derailed, causing a hazardous chemical to spew into the air and leading …


  • High Court to decide how logging roads regulated

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to switch gears on more than 30 years of regulating the muddy water running off logging roads into …


  • NJ train derailment tips tankers, sickens dozens

    PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) — A freight train derailed Friday on a railroad bridge that has had problems before, toppling tanker cars partially into a creek and causing a leak of …


  • Boehner: Obama fiscal cliff offer bad for economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nuhr) says President Barack Obama’s proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff by boosting revenue by $1.6 trillion over the next decade would be …


  • Obama takes middle class tax cut pitch outside DC

    HATFIELD, Pa. (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Congress to pass an extension of tax cuts for middle class families, saying a tax increase for them would be like …


  • Pressuring GOP, Obama takes his fiscal plan to Pa.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking his case for avoiding a potentially unsettling “fiscal cliff” to the Philadelphia suburbs, employing campaign-style tactics in hopes of mobilizing public support. …


  • White House ‘cliff’ offer gets GOP cold shoulder

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is seeking $1.6 trillion in higher taxes over a decade and an immediate infusion of funds to aid the jobless, help hard-pressed homeowners and …


  • Bickering trumps bargaining on looming ‘cliff’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time since the Nov. 6 election, partisan bickering trumped bargaining Thursday as Democrats and Republicans vied for the political high ground in talks to …


  • ‘Cliff’: Boehner, White House chide each other

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner met with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Thursday and accused Democrats afterward of failing to outline specific cuts to avert the “fiscal cliff” …


  • Biden, at Costco, calls for middle class tax cut

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden went on a Costco shopping spree Thursday and called for Congress to extend middle-class tax cuts as part of a deal to avoid …


  • NY mayor seeks more disaster aid for Sandy victims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg appealed to congressional leaders Wednesday for quick action on providing tens of billions of dollars in new federal aid to help …


  • NJ places Sandy costs at $37B in seeking US aid

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday raised the estimate of New Jersey’s costs of recovering and rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy to nearly $37 billion and said the …


  • Obama says he’ll do what it takes to avoid cliff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and a key congressional Democrat hinted at fresh concessions on taxes and cuts to Medicare and other government benefit programs Wednesday as bargaining with …


  • BP barred from new US gov’t contracts, land leases

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration put a stop to new federal contracts with BP on Wednesday, admonishing the British oil company for a “lack of business integrity” and also …


  • First cracks in GOP stance on higher tax rates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first cracks are developing among Republicans over whether to accept a quick deal with President Barack Obama on allowing the top two income tax rates to …

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