• Panel unanimously OKs bill easing employee health care count

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Barack Obama's health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under that statute. The Senate Finance...

  • Bankruptcy judge approves financing for Trump Entertainment

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal judge in Delaware approved $20 million in new bankruptcy financing Wednesday for Trump Entertainment Resorts from billionaire investor Carl Icahn as the company continues to work to keep the struggling Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey,...

  • Qualcomm tops Street 1Q forecasts

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $1.97 billion. On a per-share basis, the San Diego-based company said it had profit of $1.17. Earnings, adjusted for stock option expense and non-recurring costs, were $1.34 per share. The...

  • Air Force probing alleged 'treason' remark by general

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force is investigating allegations that the No. 2 commander at its prestigious Air Combat Command told lower-ranking officers that talking to members of Congress about the capabilities of the A-10 attack aircraft is tantamount to treason. The alleged comment...

  • Main Denver airport bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport. The airport has banned pot-themed souvenirs, fearing the kitsch could taint the state's...

  • Cuomo, de Blasio, defend strict NYC storm regulations

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — They appeared to be scenes from a frozen apocalypse. Streets across the nation's largest city were empty, the only movement the changing traffic lights signaling to cars that weren't there. The subway system was shuttered, the city's pulse rendered still. Hardy souls...

  • Figures on government spending and debt

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

  • US stocks slump as another dip in oil drags down the market

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is slumping at the close as oil falls to its lowest level in nearly six years. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 195 points, or 1.1 percent, to close at 17,191 Wednesday, near its low point for the day. The Standard & Poor's 500 slid 27...

  • Comparing US Federal Reserve's views on rate rise timing

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    A comparison of the Federal Reserve's statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting December 16-17: INTEREST RATES: Now: The Fed has dropped any reference to waiting a "considerable time" before raising rates: "Based on its current assessment, the (Fed)...

  • Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans including significant numbers of Republicans would want lawmakers to restore federal aid for buying coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court annuls some of the subsidies, according to a poll released Wednesday....

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