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  • Cliff talks hit a lull with Boehner’s ‘Plan B’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two weeks from an economy-threatening deadline, fiscal cliff talks hit a lull Tuesday as House Speaker John Boehner announced that Republicans would also march ahead with …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • ‘Cliff’ movement? Obama, Boehner trade proposals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a test of divided government, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner sought an elusive compromise Tuesday to prevent economy-damaging tax increases on the middle …


  • Same-sex weddings in Wash. to begin on Sunday

    OLYMPIA, WASH. (AP) — Two retired military women who fought for the rights of gays in the military were among the hundreds of couples who received their marriage licenses this …


  • Same-sex wedding in Wash. to begin on Sunday

    OLYMPIA, WASH. (AP) — Two retired military women who fought for the rights of gays in the military were among the hundreds of couples who received their marriage licenses this …


  • RI court hears arguments in pension case

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With billions of dollars and the retirement security of public workers at stake, the legal dispute over Rhode Island’s sweeping overhaul of its public pension system …


  • RI court to hear arguments in pension case

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Attorneys for the state of Rhode Island will ask a judge to dismiss a legal challenge to the state’s landmark pension overhaul filed by public-sector unions. …


  • RI court to hear arguments in pension case

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Attorneys for the state of Rhode Island are set to argue that a legal challenge to the state’s landmark pension overhaul should be dismissed. Judge Sarah …


  • RI to seek dismissal of challenge to pension law

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The high-stakes legal dispute over Rhode Island’s public retirement overhaul faces a key court date Friday when attorneys for the state will ask a judge to …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Unions show muscle, spent millions in state races

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Maggie Hassan won the New Hampshire governor’s race, it wasn’t just a victory for her fellow Democrats. Unions spent millions backing Hassan with television ads and …


  • Medicare premiums going up $5 a month for 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare premiums are going up $5 a month in 2013, the government said Friday. It’s less than expected, but still enough to eat up about one-fourth of …


  • Why Greg Smith left Goldman Sachs

    Greg Smith wrote the essay that echoed across Wall Street like a thunderclap. Smith was a vice president at Goldman Sachs until March. He announced his departure from the investment …


  • Why Greg Smith left Goldman Sachs

    Greg Smith wrote the essay that echoed across Wall Street like a thunderclap. Smith was a vice president at Goldman Sachs until March. He announced his departure from the investment …


  • Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 56 million Social Security recipients will see their monthly payments go up by 1.7 percent next year. The increase, which starts in January, is tied …


  • Social Security set to announce benefit increase

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 56 million Social Security recipients will soon find out how much their monthly payments will go up next year. The increase is tied to a …


  • Report: Social Security lax on disability claims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing applications, potentially adding to the program’s financial problems as it …


  • Why does Social Security need 174,000 bullets?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It didn’t take long for the Internet to start buzzing with conspiracy theories after the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was purchasing 174,000 hollow-point …