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Privacy Board Finds Government Too Slow in Changing Bulk Data Collection

January 29, 2015 - 3:41pm
The bipartisan federal Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board said Thursday the government has made some changes to its bulk collection of data on citizens but hasn’t adopted a number of recommendations.

Idea for Corporate Tax Holiday Gains Traction

January 29, 2015 - 3:03pm
A proposal to use a corporate-tax holiday to pay for huge new infrastructure projects has gained support from some big names in the Senate, but foes warn it could sap momentum for a bigger tax overhaul.

Report Says Bronx Public Defenders Took Part in Antipolice Video

January 29, 2015 - 2:25pm
New York City’s Department of Investigation said two staff members at a Bronx public defenders organization took part in a music video advocating the killing of police officers.

Air Force to Open Additional Satellite Launches to Competition

January 29, 2015 - 12:22pm
The Pentagon will announce plans next week to open more space rocket launches to competition, paving the way for Elon Musk’s SpaceX to try to win its first military business, according to U.S. officials familiar with the plan.

Yellen Tells Senate Democrats U.S. Economy is Strong

January 29, 2015 - 12:20pm
An upbeat Janet Yellen at a private luncheon on Thursday told Senate Democrats the U.S. economy is strong.

Two-Tier Economy Reshapes U.S. Marketplace

January 29, 2015 - 10:44am
The advance of wealthy households, while middle- and lower-income Americans struggle, is reshaping markets for everything from housing to clothing to beer.

U.S. Prisons Grapple With Aging Population

January 29, 2015 - 9:22am
The population of graying U.S. prisoners has exploded in recent years largely because more offenders are entering or re-entering prison in middle age, new research shows.

FCC Raises Billions in Spectrum Sale

January 29, 2015 - 8:59am
The Federal Communications Commission’s biggest ever auction of wireless spectrum closed Thursday and raised a record $44.9 billion, a sign of the growing cost of supporting Americans’ smartphone habit.

U.S. Jobless Claims at Lowest Level Since 2000

January 29, 2015 - 8:45am
The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits plunged last week to a 15-year low, though the reading may have been skewed by seasonal volatility.

U.S. Pending Home Sales Stumble

January 29, 2015 - 8:21am
A gauge of pending home purchases fell in December, a sign of somewhat softer demand in the U.S. housing market headed into 2015.

Fed Flags Midyear Rate Hike---Or Later

January 29, 2015 - 3:32am
The Federal Reserve signaled it would keep short-term interest rates near zero at least until midyear, while also setting the stage for tough decisions in the coming weeks about whether it should wait even longer.

Up to Six Million Households Facing Health Insurance Penalty

January 28, 2015 - 10:07pm
As many as six million households may have to pay a penalty for not having had health insurance coverage last year as required under the Affordable Care Act. The fine for not carrying insurance in 2014 is $95 per adult, or 1% of family income, whichever is greater.

High Court Halts Oklahoma Executions

January 28, 2015 - 9:19pm
The Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the executions of three Oklahoma inmates while their challenge to the state’s lethal-injection protocol is under consideration at the court.

Obama's Tax Proposals Unlikely to Boost Middle-Class Incomes

January 28, 2015 - 8:36pm
A new analysis suggests that President Barack Obama’s recent tax proposals would do little to boost incomes for middle-class households, and actually could wind up raising taxes on many.

Few Fireworks at Hearing of Attorney General Nominee

January 28, 2015 - 8:26pm
Attorney-general nominee Loretta Lynch vouched for the legality of recent Obama administration decisions on immigration at her relatively tame confirmation hearing before lawmakers.

GOP Split on Obama Request for More Defense Spending

January 28, 2015 - 8:08pm
President Barack Obama will send Congress a fiscal year 2016 budget next week proposing both military and domestic spending at levels surpassing the limits lawmakers agreed to in a hard-fought 2011 deal.

Romney Focuses on Inequality in Speech

January 28, 2015 - 7:41pm
Mitt Romney tested a platform for a possible new campaign for the presidency that focused on easing economic anxiety and adopting a muscular foreign policy.

Transit Agencies Brace for Low Gas Prices to Siphon Away Riders

January 28, 2015 - 4:55pm
High gasoline prices in recent years helped give public-transit agencies across the U.S. their best ridership numbers in half a century. Now, falling prices run the risk of putting those gains in reverse.

Chicken Survives Scare in Senate

January 28, 2015 - 4:17pm
Strutting, proud, and given to noisy, chest-puffing displays, Plains-states legislators in the U.S. Senate considered the fate of the Lesser Prairie Chicken, one of their most controversial constituents.

Arizona Basks in Sun as Controversies Fade

January 28, 2015 - 2:12pm
The last time Arizona was the focus of national attention the state was in the midst of a brawl over religious freedom and gay rights. Now Arizona again is in the news, this time as host to three major sports events, including Sunday’s Super Bowl.