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Senate Control Comes Down to Eight Races

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:27
Control of the Senate, a months-long battle costing $423 million in TV ads alone, is coming down to races in eight states that remain too close to call and, in some cases, appear to be tightening.

Virgin Galactic Spaceship Crashes, Killing One

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:26
A Virgin Galactic rocket ship that was supposed to take the first space tourists next year—starting with billionaire entrepreneur and company founder Richard Branson—exploded during a test flight, killing one pilot.

U.S. Ebola Survivors Tread Painful, Lonely Journeys

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:23
The varied experiences of people who have been treated trace the splintered path of Ebola in America.

Democrats 'Shame' Voters

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 17:58
Democratic Party postcards and letters sent to more than 800,000 New Yorkers this week gave them grades based on how often they had voted.

In New Hampshire, Distracted Voters

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 17:30
New Hampshire is again a political bellwether, but this time, it’s exemplary of voters’ distraction and worry in advance of a Tuesday vote many of them may skip.

College Applicants Get Glimpse at Their Future Job Prospects

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 17:24
Return-on-investment calculations are now coming to higher education as costs skyrocket and as recent graduates increasingly get a slow start in their careers.

There's a New Cop in This Town, but Perhaps Not for Long

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 16:42
The mayor of Sorrento, La., wants to close the police department and have the local sheriff’s office take over patrols. Standing in his way? A 71-year-old great-grandmother with no police training who has just been named chief.

Faith in Bible Led Ohio Man to North Korea Prison

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 16:24
The plan was always to leave a Bible, in the hope it would find its way to someone in North Korea who needed inspiration. But Jeffrey Fowle, a 56-year-old road-maintenance worker and father of three from Ohio, ended up facing charges for committing “hostile acts” against the country.

Wages Show Signs of Pickup, Just as Consumers Hiccup

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 13:00
Workers are starting to see a little spring in their paychecks and benefits, just as consumer spending fell unexpectedly in September.

An Energy Plan Not Worth Changing Your Clock For

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 10:33
Two academic studies rebut the idea that daylight saving reduces energy use, and one even concludes the policy increases demand for electricity.

U.S. Consumers Cut Spending

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:21
Americans cut spending last month for the first time since January, raising doubts about the economy’s ability to maintain the summer’s sturdy growth.

U.S. Employment Costs Rose 0.7% in Third Quarter

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:41
U.S. employers’ labor costs picked up this summer for the second straight quarter, a sign that worker pay could finally break out of its postrecession pattern of sluggish growth.

Democrats Lose Their Grip on Voters With Keys to the House

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:27
White, working-class voters give Republicans an edge in contested congressional elections and may help expand the GOP majority on Tuesday.

Suspect in Pennsylvania Police Ambush Captured

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:18
Eric Frein, a self-described survivalist suspected of fatally shooting a Pennsylvania state trooper last month and eluding capture for nearly seven weeks, was taken into custody Thursday, state police said.

Nevada Race Could Set Stage for a Reid Challenge in 2016

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 04:39
The Senate majority leader isn’t on the Nevada ballot this year, but the lieutenant governor race there could have big implications for 2016. If the Republican wins, GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval would be free to challenge Mr. Reid in 2016 without turning over his office to a Democrat.

Parched Cities Share Water in West

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:19
A recent agreement by Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., highlights a growing trend in the drought-plagued Southwest: water agencies sharing resources to stretch limited supplies rather than going it alone.

Obama Casts Shadow on Iowa Senate Race

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 20:19
The president hasn’t set foot since 2012 in the state that launched his presidential career, but Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for an open Senate seat there, frequently invokes him as though he were running alongside her opponent, Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley.

U.S. Sanctions Bite Putin's 'Personal Banker'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 20:17
The Western effort to freeze Kremlin-connected assets has cost what the U.S. Treasury describes as Russian President Putin’s favored bank nearly $21 million, according to a new U.S. corporate disclosure.

FCC Plans More Power Over Broadband

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 20:04
The head of the FCC is laying the groundwork for expanding the agency’s authority over broadband providers, but would still allow them to cut deals with content companies for special access.

Nurse Defies Ebola Quarantine in Maine

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:51
Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday that negotiations have failed with a nurse who defied a state-ordered quarantine after treating Ebola patients and he would “exercise the full extent of his authority to protect public health.”


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