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Gun-Sale Measures Compete for a State's Voters

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:33
Residents of Washington state face competing measures on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online.

For More Teens, Arrests Replace School Discipline

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:07
A generation ago, students caught fighting at school, sassing a teacher or skipping class might have ended up in detention. Today, there’s a good chance they will end up in police custody. Some communities are trying to reverse the practice.

SEC Is Steering More Trials to Judges It Appoints

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:12
The Securities and Exchange Commission is increasingly steering cases to hearings in front of the agency’s appointed administrative judges, who found in its favor in every verdict for the 12 months through September, rather than taking them to federal court.

Fed to Banks: Shape Up or Risk Breakup

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 18:39
Federal Reserve officials told bank executives they must do more to curb excessive risk-taking and improve behavior at their firms or face stiff repercussions, including being broken into smaller pieces.

Gridlock Could Prove Costly at Polls

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:13
Capital Journal: This could be the year in which voters actually punish politicians who get in the way of compromise, Washington Bureau Chief Gerald F. Seib writes.

Ebola's Stigma Adds to Liberians' Burden

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:08
A stigma of being from West Africa has become a new burden for Liberians in the U.S., who also are mourning loved ones and sending money to relatives who can’t work because of Ebola.

Regulator: Pact With Lenders Could Expand Mortgage Access

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:58
A top federal housing regulator in a speech Monday said Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and lenders had reached an agreement in principle that could expand access to mortgages for many Americans.

Government Watchdog Recommends Review of Firm Facing Fraud Allegations

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:15
The Government Accountability Office recommended the Department of Homeland Security consider stripping a $210 million contract from a major contractor, delivering a blow to the private company that carries out most background security checks for the U.S. government.

Alabama House Speaker Arrested in Ethics Case

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:02
Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard was arrested Monday on felony ethics charges, accused of using his public offices for personal gain.

In Texas, a Toll-Road Backlash Builds

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:37
A political backlash is rising in Texas, one of the states that most aggressively encouraged toll-road construction, as residents realize that many major urban freeways are increasingly no longer free.

Cuomo's Western Charm Offensive

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 05:06
In two well-financed statewide political campaigns, in 2006 for attorney general and in 2010 for governor, Andrew Cuomo emerged victorious virtually everywhere except for one place: western New York.

U.S. Airdrops Supplies to Syrian Kurds

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 04:49
The U.S. dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the embattled city of Kobani, U.S. officials said.

Democrats' New Senate Move: Backing Long Shots

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 04:13
Democrats, worried as polls show their chances of retaining control of the Senate dwindling, are plowing money into long-shot races in unexpected states.

Ebola Vaccine Push Ramps Up

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 04:11
The world had little interest in Ebola in 1997, when cell biologist Nancy J. Sullivan took up her work. Today, Dr. Sullivan would likely be at the center of any potential answer to the world’s severest Ebola outbreak.

Despite Uncertainty, Fed Holds Steady

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 03:35
The Fed is likely to end its bond-buying program this month even as market volatility and uncertainties about the global economy have rattled investors and led to some mixed messages from central-bank officials.

Kerry Urges Action on Islamists, Ebola

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 02:48
John Kerry will urge Asian leaders to help prevent Islamic State from recruiting and committing terrorism in Southeast Asia and to help keep Ebola from spreading to the region, U.S. officials said.

Gauging Economic Fear Factor

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 22:28
The Outlook: Transmitted through bodily fluids, Ebola isn’t nearly as contagious as airborne diseases such as influenza. But its spread has produced real risks of economic contagion.

U.S. Steps Up Airstrikes in Iraq's Anbar Province

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 21:14
The U.S. announced Sunday an expansion of its airstrikes in Sunni-dominated Anbar province, a stronghold of Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Voter-ID Fight Pushed Past November

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:03
A U.S. Supreme Court order let Texas apply its strict voter-identification law for the midterm elections, but bigger battles over state ID requirements loom.

Behind 'Klinghoffer,' a Quiet Composer

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:01
When “The Death of Klinghoffer” opens at the Met, it will be the culmination of a firestorm rarely seen in the opera world.

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