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Illinois governor signs pension overhaul into law

CHICAGO (AP) - In a private ceremony attended by a handful of lawmakers, Gov. Pat Quinn signed landmark legislation Thursday to reform Illinois' massively-underfunded pension system, though labor unions immediately threatened a lawsuit challenging the new law.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


COLD SNAP GLANCE

From California to Ohio, a big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of wintry weather. Frigid temperatures are following a storm that's bringing snow and ice to many areas. The conditions are making travel difficult, raising concerns about citrus crops and prompting the cancellation of fights, holiday festivities and football games. Even one outdoor ice rink in cold-accustomed South Dakota is shutting down.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Dreaming of a warm, happy place

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - With the wind chill falling to almost minus 40, Steve Hendershot's mind was elsewhere Thursday as he and his crew of roustabouts worked an oil rig in North Dakota's booming oil patch.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Fast-food workers across the country push for wage hikes

Fast-food NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waved signs and chanted in cities across the country on Thursday in a push for higher wages.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Jobs report to show if US economy is for real

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy is growing faster, corporate profits are rising and companies are laying off the fewest workers in six years.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Temps reach dangerous level for citrus

VISALIA (AP) - Officials say temperatures in the citrus-rich San Joaquin Valley dropped to the low 20s overnight, but it was too early to tell whether there was any crop damage.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Bratton named NYPD commish again

NEW YORK (AP) - William Bratton, whose tenure as New York City police commissioner in the 1990s was marked by a steep decline in crime and clashes with then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has been chosen to lead the nation's largest police force again.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Illinois pension fight likely shifting to court

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The passage of a landmark bill to address Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension crisis means the yearslong fight over how to address the massive shortfall now likely shifts to the courts, where its fate - and much-needed relief for the financially troubled state - remains highly uncertain.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Skydivers return to site where 2 died

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) - Skydivers from around the world returned to the air Wednesday at a popular Arizona skydiving location that was the site of a deadly mishap involving two parachutists a day earlier.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Face transplants thriving 2 years after operation

CHICAGO (AP) - New research on face transplants may help guide future operations for accident victims needing this kind of drastic surgery.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Train engineer in a 'daze' before crash

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - An engineer whose speeding commuter train ran off the rails along a curve, killing four people, experienced a hypnotic-like "daze" and nodded at the controls before he suddenly realized something was wrong and hit the brakes, a lawyer said.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Detroit bankruptcy decision puts pensions at risk

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them from getting smaller checks in their golden years.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


No problems found in NYC train brake system

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators looking into a deadly train derailment said Tuesday that no problems had been found with the train's brake system or track signals along its route and that its engineer was being questioned again.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

BIRD STEALS CAMERA IN AUSTRALIA, RECORDS JOURNEY: SYDNEY (AP) - A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 110-kilometer (70-mile) journey across the country's remote landscape. Wildlife rangers in Western Australia's Kimberly region released video on Monday that reveals the sea eagle's caper. The bird's flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens. Rangers set up the motion-sensor camera along the Margaret River in May ...

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Detroit can use bankruptcy to confront debt

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December 03, 2013 | | Nation


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18 million more uninsured if Obamacare killed, not replaced

WASHINGTON (AP) - Insurance premiums would soar for millions of Americans and 18 million more would be uninsured in just one year if Republicans scuttle much ...

January 17, 2017 | | Nation


Caroline Kennedy leaves Japan after 3 years as US ambassador

TOKYO (AP) - Caroline Kennedy is stepping down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and ...

January 17, 2017 | | Nation


Young Americans say they fear next 4 years of Trump

NEW YORK (AP) - As Donald Trump approaches his inauguration, young Americans have a deeply pessimistic view about his incoming administration, with young blacks, Latinos and ...

January 17, 2017 | | Nation


DeVos pledges not to undo public education, pushes choice

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged Tuesday not to dismantle public education and said she wasn't ...

January 17, 2017 | | Nation


Trump meets with Supreme Court candidate

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump has met with one of the judges on his short list for potential Supreme Court nominees, less than two weeks ...

January 17, 2017 | | Nation


Nearly 50 House Democrats vow to boycott inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) - The roster of House Democrats planning to boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration grew to about 50 on Tuesday in a protest of ...

January 17, 2017 | | Nation


Interior nominee disputes Trump on climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's choice to head the Interior Department on Tuesday rejected the president-elect's claim that climate change is a hoax, saying ...

January 17, 2017 | | Nation


Pence promises big investment in infrastructure

NEW YORK (AP) - Vice President-elect Mike Pence is pledging to a group of mayors that the Trump administration will make a serious investment in infrastructure.

January 17, 2017 | | Nation


Sam Moore to sing at Trump inaugural

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Sam Moore of the soul duo Sam and Dave has been added to the list of performers for President-elect Donald Trump's ...

January 17, 2017 | | Nation


Tips on how to find good tax preparer

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January 17, 2017 | | Nation


As tax season approaches, scammers start multiplying

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January 17, 2017 | | Nation


Years after slayings, some seek relief in killer’s execution

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The brutal murders of a well-known Richmond couple and their young daughters as they were preparing to host a New Year's ...

January 16, 2017 | | Nation


National park visits hits record high for 3rd year

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Visits to U.S. national parks set a record in 2016 for the third consecutive year as landmarks such Zion, Yellowstone ...

January 16, 2017 | | Nation


Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on the moon, dies

HOUSTON (AP) - Astronaut Gene Cernan traced his only child's initials in the dust of the lunar surface. Then he climbed into the lunar module ...

January 16, 2017 | | Nation


Trooper was shot by driver who caused rollover

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona state trooper who was beaten and shot while responding to a traffic collision on Interstate 10 was attacked by a Mexican ...

January 16, 2017 | | Nation


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