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Push to Tax '529' Plans Stokes Debate

January 23, 2015 - 11:25am
President Barack Obama’s push to start taxing college-saving accounts, including the popular “529” accounts, would affect millions of Americans who are stashing money for their children’s education.

Bakken Shale Wastewater Leak Taints River in North Dakota

January 23, 2015 - 6:47am
Salty wastewater from Bakken Shale oil wells has contaminated a creek and flowed into the Missouri River after a huge pipeline leak in North Dakota, state officials said Thursday.

Comcast's Lobbying Machine Faces Test in Washington

January 23, 2015 - 6:34am
Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable and Obama’s call for stringent new Internet regulations are testing the cable giant’s lobbying power.

U.S., Iraq Set Sights on Mosul Offensive

January 23, 2015 - 2:33am
The U.S. and Iraq have begun preparations for an assault by summer to retake Mosul, selecting and training military units and cutting supply lines to Islamic State militants who control Iraq’s second-largest city.

Summers: U.S. Faces Growth Challenge

January 23, 2015 - 1:11am
The U.S. economy still faces serious challenges in restoring robust long-term growth, despite the recent pickup in economic activity, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said.

Netanyahu Sets Address to U.S. Congress

January 22, 2015 - 11:27pm
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington in March to make an unexpected address to Congress has fanned an election debate in Israel over the leader’s rocky relations with the White House and embroiled the U.S. in a heated Israeli campaign.

GOP Women Prompt Shift on Abortion

January 22, 2015 - 9:12pm
The House passed a bill Thursday prohibiting federal funding from being used on abortions, after GOP leaders yanked a more contentious 20-week abortion ban.

School Officials Working to Stem Spread of Measles

January 22, 2015 - 9:09pm
Local health and school officials are working in tandem to stem the spread of a measles outbreak that began at the Disneyland Resort last month, and students lacking vaccination from the disease are being sent home from schools where measles has been identified.

N.Y. Assembly Speaker Silver Accused of Abusing Power

January 22, 2015 - 7:55pm
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver used his political power to build a “tremendous” personal fortune.

U.S., Cuba Open Talks on Re-Establishing Ties

January 22, 2015 - 5:36pm
U.S. and Cuban officials held a first round of talks in Havana on re-establishing diplomatic relations, calling the discussions productive but saying further conversations are needed before the two sides can formally re-establish embassies, an important first step.

Methodists' Pension Fund Revises Investment Guidelines

January 22, 2015 - 4:53pm
The United Methodist Church is implementing new guidelines for its $21 billion pension fund meant to steer it away from investing in coal energy and in companies that operate in countries thought to violate human rights.

Gasoline Heads to $2, Breaking Records Along the Way

January 22, 2015 - 4:46pm
Gas prices appear headed below a nationwide average of $2 a gallon in coming days, and the rapid plunge is beginning to ripple through the U.S. economy in ways both familiar and unpredictable.

Obama Hopes Supreme Court Favors Gay Marriage

January 22, 2015 - 4:10pm
In an online interview, President Barack Obama expressed hope that the Supreme Court would affirm a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.

NTSB Urges Tamper-Proof Tracking Systems on Airliners

January 22, 2015 - 1:51pm
U.S. accident investigators issued recommendations calling for installation of tamper-proof tracking systems on all airliners, along with new technologies to make it easier to retrieve and analyze flight data in case of a crash.

Obama Won't Meet With Netanyahu on U.S. Visit

January 22, 2015 - 1:50pm
Citing the need to remain neutral in the upcoming Israeli elections, President Obama won’t meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits in March.

Millennials Yearn for Homes in the Suburbs

January 22, 2015 - 1:00pm
New survey shows Generation Y prefers to live in single-family homes outside the urban center, even if they currently reside in the city.

Biden Considers 2016 Bid Against Clinton

January 22, 2015 - 10:25am
Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he might enter the 2016 presidential race even if it would mean facing off against Hillary Clinton.