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  • Obama backs off hard lines in search of compromise

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two weeks before the economy-threatening “fiscal cliff” is due to kick in, both President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are making significant concessions, backing …


  • Farmers worry about dairy prices as deadline nears

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — As the nation inches toward the economic “fiscal cliff,” anxiety is growing in farm country about an obscure tangent of the Washington political standoff that reaches into …


  • NRC slaps Japanese company on California nuke work

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Japanese company that manufactured the troubled steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear power plant might be looking for fixes with the wrong test equipment, …


  • Too big to jail? Execs avoid laundering charges

    NEW YORK (AP) — When the Justice Department announced its record $1.9 billion settlement against British bank HSBC last week, prosecutors called it a powerful blow to a dysfunctional institution …


  • AP sources: New Obama offer moves toward Boehner

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has agreed to curtail future cost-of-living increases for recipients of Social Security and softened his demand for higher taxes at upper income levels, narrowing …


  • Dems signal Obama flexibility on spending in talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican House Speaker John Boehner is offering to let taxes rise on wealthy Americans’ investment income and dividends as part of a deal to avert the “fiscal …


  • Mistrial declared in case of watchdog group

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial Monday in the case of a watchdog group accused of violating federal law when it shared a whistle-blower settlement with a government …


  • Movement seen in ‘fiscal cliff’ talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House on Monday in hopes of continuing to make progress on a plan to deal …


  • Movement seen in ‘fiscal cliff’ talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Big differences remain, but there is finally movement in long-stalled talks on avoiding the “fiscal cliff.” House Speaker John Boehner is offering $1 trillion in higher tax …


  • AP source: Boehner offers millionaire tax hike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Signaling new movement in “fiscal cliff” talks, House Speaker John Boehner has proposed raising the top rate for earners making more than $1 million, a person familiar …


  • Crop insurance juicy target in ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rural lawmakers worry that $9 billion in annual federal crop insurance subsidies are an easy target for spending cuts in a “fiscal cliff” deal so they’re shopping …


  • Time for Plan B on ‘fiscal cliff?’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s beginning to look like it’s time for Plan B on the “fiscal cliff.” With talks between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner apparently stalled, …


  • $4 trillion no magical cure for debt problem

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has proposed saving more than $4 trillion over the next decade in his “fiscal cliff” talks with Republicans. House Speaker John Boehner has offered …


  • Federal judges sue to win promised pay increases

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With the nation teetering on an economic “fiscal cliff,” federal judges may soon force Congress to dedicate possibly millions of dollars to what some of those same …


  • Narrow ‘fiscal cliff’ bargain gains currency

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hopes dimming for a wide-ranging bargain, the White House and many congressional Republicans are setting their sights on a more modest deal that would extend current tax …


  • ‘Cliff’ crash may clear way for deal in January

    WASHINGTON (AP) — To get to “yes” on a “fiscal cliff” accord, Congress and the White House first might have to get to “no.” That is, an impasse that sends …


  • Night talks: Obama, Boehner meet on ‘fiscal cliff’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Face to face with time running short, President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner negotiated at the White House on Thursday night in what aides …


  • Senate turns to Sandy aid bill Monday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will be turning its attention to a $60.4 billion disaster aid package for Superstorm Sandy victims next week while President Obama and House Speaker John …


  • Obama, Boehner hold hour-long White House meeting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner held a “frank” meeting lasting nearly an hour Thursday night, aides to both men said. Boehner returned to the …


  • Fiscal cliff splits big, small businesses on taxes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The “fiscal cliff” debate is splitting the business community over taxes, driving a wedge between two natural Republican allies: the nation’s corporate leaders who are helping strengthen …


  • Boehner: White House risks fiscal cliff stalemate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says the White House is so resistant to cutting spending that it is risking pushing the country off the “fiscal cliff.” In remarks …


  • Feds to probe why alarms failed in W.Va. explosion

    SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into why no alarms sounded as a massive natural gas explosion sent flames as high as hilltops, engulfing homes and a large …


  • No budging as fiscal cliff talks appear stalled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans aren’t budging on tax rates, and Democrats are resisting steps like raising the eligibility age for Medicare. Negotiations on averting a year-end fiscal train wreck combining …


  • W.Va. gas line blast a reminder of widespread risk

    SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly 15,000 miles of natural gas pipeline stretch across West Virginia, and as residents of this community north of Charleston now know, devastating explosions can happen …


  • Lawmakers seek to rekindle mining reform efforts

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — While the U.S. government reaps billions of dollars in royalties each year from fossil fuels extracted from federal lands and waters, it does not collect any …


  • Fiscal cliff talks intense; Obama and Boehner talk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite an intensifying pace, little progress is being reported in talks on averting automatic spending cuts and tax increases that economists fear could send the U.S. economy …


  • House GOP press Obama for balanced fiscal deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders are pressing President Barack Obama to come up with plan they can accept for spending cuts and tax revenue to avoid the so-called “fiscal …


  • Fiscal cliff talks appear to be stalled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite an intensifying pace, little progress is being reported in talks on averting automatic spending cuts and tax increases that economists fear could send the U.S. economy …


  • Michigan lawmakers approve right-to-work bills

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Over the chants of thousands of angry protesters, Republican lawmakers made Michigan a right-to-work state Tuesday, dealing a devastating and once-unthinkable defeat to organized labor in …


  • Fiscal cliff: Private bargaining, public wrangling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a test of divided government, the White House and congressional Republicans bargained in secret and sparred in public Tuesday over a deal to prevent year-end tax …

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