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  • NY top court says lap dance isn’t art, is taxable

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lap dances are taxable because they don’t promote culture in a community the way ballet or other artistic endeavors do, New York’s highest court concluded Tuesday …


  • Lawsuits put Texas school finance system on trial

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorneys representing around 600 school districts argued Monday that Texas’ school financing system is so “hopelessly broken” that it violates the state Constitution while keeping students …


  • Texas schools head to trial over school finance

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — School districts argued in court Monday that Texas’ school finance system is so inefficient and unfair that it violates the state constitution. The schools were reacting …


  • After uproar, Ga. officials back off archives plan

    MORROW, Ga. (AP) — When Georgia officials announced plans to severely restrict public access to its state archives, it set off a firestorm not only among scholars and people tracing …


  • Miss. says no thanks to Medicaid expansion dollars

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has long been one of the sickest and poorest states in America, with some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease and …


  • Official proposes bullet tax to curb Chicago crime

    CHICAGO (AP) — As Chicago struggles to quell gang violence that has contributed to a jump in homicides, a top elected official wants to tax the sale of every bullet …


  • VP debate tees up closing issues for Romney, Obama

    DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In a spirited debate that laid out stark choices, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan teed up pointed arguments on the economy, social policy and America’s place …


  • Brown’s Calif. tax initiative hit from both sides

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After returning to the governor’s office, Jerry Brown criticized a political culture he said lacked a common purpose and warned of a “war of all against …


  • Down economy exacerbating US town dissolutions

    Carmen Wilkerson ran for mayor of St. George with one clear goal in mind for the tiny Missouri town: Get rid of it. Like many of St. George’s 1,200 residents, …


  • IRS commissioner Shulman to step down

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service says Doug Shulman, who has headed the tax agency for more than four years, will step down next month. Shulman was appointed to …


  • Madoff fraud’s last days recounted in NYC document

    NEW YORK (AP) — In December 2008, two of Bernard Madoff’s most loyal employees met on a Manhattan street corner and fretted over a closely held secret that the rest …


  • CBO tallies 2012 deficit at $1.1T

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new estimate puts the deficit for the just-completed 2012 budget year at $1.1 trillion, the fourth straight year of trillion dollar deficits on President Barack Obama’s …


  • Romney on ‘47 percent’: I was ‘completely wrong’

    FISHERSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has described his disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes as “not elegantly stated.” …


  • Romney: ‘Victory is in sight’ after first debate

    DENVER (AP) — Buoyed by a powerful debate showing, Mitt Romney said Thursday he offers “prosperity that comes through freedom” to a country struggling to shed a weak economy. President …


  • Post-debate: Romney basks, Obama challenges

    DENVER (AP) — An invigorated Mitt Romney basked in rave reviews Thursday after his first face-off with the president, envisioning an inaugural celebration, while President Barack Obama and his allies …


  • California wades into national labor debate

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California voters are being asked to starve unions of the tens of millions of dollars they use to finance campaigns and political organizing, as the nation’s …


  • Ore. pot measure struggles as Wash., Colo. thrive

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As marijuana legalization efforts in Colorado and Washington pick up steam, a similar push in Oregon seems to be going up in smoke. More than $4 …


  • How looming tax hikes would hit typical families

    A variety of tax cuts enacted during the tenures of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama expire at the end of December. Expiring provisions include Bush-era cuts on wage …


  • Huge tax increase looms at year-end ‘fiscal cliff’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A typical middle-income family making $40,000 to $64,000 a year could see its taxes go up by $2,000 next year if lawmakers fail to renew a lengthy …


  • Ex-budget chief testifies about Kilpatrick grants

    DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s former state budget director told jurors Thursday that she was “angry” when she learned that public grants approved in 2000 at the urging of Kwame Kilpatrick …


  • Local governments try to cut costs via efficiency

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — In some places, it’s as simple as pulling the plug on thousands of unused telephone lines or installing software that automatically shuts off idle school computers …


  • Unproductive Congress skips town until November

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The most partisan, least productive Congress in memory has skipped out of Washington so lawmakers can make their case for voters to re-elect them. The Senate closed …


  • Congress exits Washington to hit campaign trail

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The most partisan, least productive Congress in memory has skipped out of Washington for the campaign trail. The Senate shuttered the Capitol soon after sending President Barak …


  • Congress exits Washington to hit campaign trail

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The most partisan, least productive Congress in memory has skipped out of Washington for the campaign trail. The Senate shuttered the Capitol soon after sending President Barak …


  • Partisan Dems, GOP can only agree defense cuts bad

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The only thing a bitterly partisan Congress can agree on as it heads for the exits is that looming defense cuts will have a devastating effect on …


  • Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts …


  • With Alaska’s higher costs, dividends won’t go far

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — This is the day Alaskans crow about to their brethren in the Lower 48, trying to make them jealous that the government gives them money to …


  • Obama chides China, hopes to use as campaign wedge

    CINCINNATI (AP) — President Barack Obama lodged an unfair-trade complaint against China Monday and immediately used it as a wedge against Republican challenger Mitt Romney, whose beleaguered campaign hit another …


  • Administration warns of ‘destructive’ budget cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House report issued Friday warns that $109 billion in across-the-board spending cuts at the start of the new year would be “deeply destructive” to the …


  • Shutdown averted but ‘fiscal cliff’ awaits

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is moving to quash the threat of a government shutdown, but the prospect of a one-two punch of tax increases and slashing, automatic spending cuts will …

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