| Oct 17, 2013
| 6:42 AM
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims dropped last week to 358,000 but remained high because of the partial federal government shutdown.
The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits dropped from the previous week's revised figure of...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 5:57 PM
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve appeared poised a few weeks ago to start pulling back on its unprecedented support for the economy, but surprisingly stopped short out of fear the recovery still was too fragile.
That was before the budget...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:34 AM
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden rolled out the welcome mat to returning Environmental Protection Agency workers furloughed during the 16-day shutdown, offering muffins and his hope that Washington can avoid a repeat of the budget battle in three...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 9:36 AM
Americans awoke to the sound of one hand clapping on Tuesday. While local governments were open for business, the other hand, the federal government, was largely unavailable because of a partial shutdown that began at midnight.
The full impact of the...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 1:17 PM
WASHINGTON -- About 400,000 civilian workers for the Department of Defense would be furloughed starting Tuesday if Congress is unable to reach a deal to fund the federal government, according to the Pentagon’s top finance official.
| Oct 11, 2013
| 4:45 PM
It might seem like a paid vacation for the 500,000 federal workers on furlough.
They've been out of work since last week and were promised back pay once a budget is passed and the government reopens.
But for many rank-and-file employees who live...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 8:40 PM
WASHINGTON – House Republicans launched a new strategy late Monday to pass a funding bill along with a request to appoint lawmakers to begin negotiating with the Senate over Obamacare – an almost impossible task that essentially ensures the...
| Sep 29, 2013
In the Sept. 22 On the Spot column ("Change Can Cost You"), reader Randy Smith of Cathedral City, Calif., asked about airline change fees and wondered what I thought about why they are so — how can I put this gently? — inexplicably and...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 8:18 AM
ATHENS -- Banging bongo drums, blowing whistles and vowing to topple the government, thousands of state workers took to Greece’s streets Wednesday to protest looming job cuts that international lenders want in exchange for money to keep this debt-...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 6:02 PM
The owner of the Orange County Register has increased his holdings in Southern California by agreeing to buy the Press-Enterprise, which circulates in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. said it will pay $27.25...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 8:04 PM
The wait — and weight — is over for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
In September 2012, Chavez lost a one-sided but dramatic fight to Argentina's Sergio Martinez, after which he was suspended for marijuana use. Saturday night, he climbs back into...