By By CONNIE CASSAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The dealmakers who warn that a year-end plunge off the "fiscal cliff" would be disastrous don't seem to be rushing to stop it. Why aren't they panicking?
For one thing, the Dec. 31 deadline is more flexible than it sounds. Like all
By By GEOFF MULVIHILLAssociated Press
CLARKSBORO, N.J. (AP) - Federal regulations require inspections of rail bridges and other infrastructure and reports on accidents, but leave it to freight railroad owners to do the work themselves.
After a derailment that released thousands of gallons of a
By By RACHEL LA CORTEAssociated Press
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, which now joins several other states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.
Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed certified
By By MARY CLARE JALONICKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee says she is willing to consider higher cuts to the food stamp program in an effort to include a massive five-year farm bill in negotiations on the so-called fiscal cliff.
By BY WAYNE PARRYAssociated Press
MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) - Since Superstorm Sandy smashed the Jersey shore, owners of flood-damaged homes up and down the coast feared something else might happen to their properties, sitting vacant and largely unwatched.
Those fears came true for a dozen
By By JENNIFER PELTZAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - An Occupy Wall Street protester plans to plead guilty in a disorderly conduct case that turned into a clash over law enforcement's access to postings on social media, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Malcolm Harris intends to enter the plea
By By The Associated Press
The Social Security Administration is expanding its Compassionate Allowances program, which is designed to provide decisions on disability claims within several days - instead of months or years - for people with a select group of diseases or conditions. The agency is
By By STEPHN OHLEMACHERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - In an effort to ease the burden of being stricken with a debilitating condition, the Social Security Administration is expanding a program that fast-tracks disability claims by people who get serious illnesses such as cancer, early-onset
By By FRAZIER MOOREAP Television Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Clearly, Bob Costas stirred up a hornet's nest Sunday with a halftime commentary about Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend (and the mother of his child) before killing himself.
On Twitter, someone posed
By By CANDICE CHOIAP Food Industry Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster says it won't bump any full-time workers down to part-time status, after its tests aimed at limiting health care costs resulted in a publicity backlash that took a bite out of sales.