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Labor unions adjust to new reality

In the early days of the Obama administration, organized labor had grand visions of pushing through a sweeping agenda that would help boost sagging membership and help revive union strength.Now labor faces this reality: Public employee unions are in a drawn-out fight for their very survival in ...

Unemployed face tough competition: underemployed

Washington ? The job market is even worse than the 9.1 percent unemployment rate suggests.America’s 14 million unemployed aren’t competing just with each other. They must also contend with 8.8 million other people not counted as unemployed — part-timers who want full-time work.When ...

Obama campaign faces sour economic climate

Washington ? President Barack Obama faces a long re-election campaign having all but given up on the economy rebounding in any meaningful way before November 2012. His own budget office predicts unemployment will stay at about 9 percent, a frightening number for any president seeking a second ...

35,000 worldwide convicted for terror

At least 35,000 people worldwide have been convicted as terrorists in the decade since the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. But while some bombed hotels or blew up buses, others were put behind bars for waving a political sign or blogging about a protest.In the first tally ever done of ...

Cities, states back off bonds amid budget concerns

Jefferson City, Mo. ? Uncertainty about where their next dollar is coming from has chilled the municipal bond market, meaning cities and states will be breaking ground on fewer public works projects, canceling or delaying projects worth tens of billions of dollars and providing yet another blow ...

Tropical Storm Lee drifts just off Louisiana

Jean Lafitte, La. ? Bands of heavy rain and strong wind gusts from Tropical Storm Lee knocked out power to thousands in Louisiana and Mississippi on Saturday and prompted evacuations in bayou towns like Jean Lafitte, where water was lapping at the front doors of some homes.The sluggish storm ...

Small Kansas town strikes up enduring relationship with NYC firefighters

Anthony ? The sun will rise in New York City on Sept. 11. Lt. Joe Huber of the New York City Fire Department will be at Ground Zero when it does. He’ll be part of a ceremonial detail reading the names of those people who paid the ultimate price 10 years ago. “I never look forward to going ...

Local events planned to commemorate Sept. 11

In honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, the United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center is asking the local community to pledge one volunteer hour for each of the nearly 3,000 victims of the attacks.The project, Challenge 3,000, kicks off next Sunday and will run for six weeks, said Micki ...

Schools adding iPads, trimming textbooks

Hartford, Conn. ? For incoming freshmen at western Connecticut’s suburban Brookfield High School, hefting a backpack weighed down with textbooks is about to give way to tapping out notes and flipping electronic pages on a glossy iPad tablet computer.A few hours away, every student at ...

As race ramps up, GOP asks if Perry can stay on top

Perry tells N.H. ‘no’ to border fenceManchester, N.H. — He may have been 2,000 miles from the border, but Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry’s immigration record in Texas quickly became the focus in New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon.Speaking to hundreds of Granite State ...

Congress returns this week, unpopular as well as divided

Washington ? Congress returns to work this coming week, divided over measures to create jobs and scorned by the nation it was elected to help lead.After a five-week break, Republican and Democratic leaders alike promise action to try to ease the country’s 9.1 percent unemployment rate and ...

Obama appeals for passage of bill to boost roads jobs

Washington ? President Barack Obama is appealing to Congress to pass a transportation bill that would put money in the pipeline for roads and construction jobs, arguing that it’s an economic imperative.Republicans say they support passing the bill, but Obama says time is running out and ...

Starbucks CEO to host town hall on politics

Portland, Ore. ? Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz changed how America drinks coffee. Now, he wants to change the political system.The leader of the coffee giant says U.S. political leaders have created a “crisis of confidence” with their political wrangling that is wreaking havoc on the ...

Obama yields on smog rule

In a dramatic reversal, President Barack Obama on Friday scrubbed a clean-air regulation that aimed to reduce health-threatening smog, yielding to bitterly protesting businesses and congressional Republicans who complained the rule would kill jobs in America’s ailing economy.Withdrawal of the ...

Hiring standstill points to growing recession risk

Washington ? Employers added no jobs in August — an alarming setback for the economy that renewed fears of another recession and raised pressure on Washington to end the hiring standstill.Worries flared Friday after the release of the worst jobs report since September 2010. Total payrolls ...

Irene’s flooding threatens leaf season

Montpelier, Vt. ? The flood damage in New England is all but certain to hurt Vermont’s vital leaf-peeping season, when thousands of tourists come to see the autumn colors, pick apples, visit craft fairs and, at the end of the day, go to sleep under a down comforter at a historic inn.Some inns ...

GOP lawmakers mull Labor Day appearances

Milwaukee ? As a Republican, state Sen. Pam Galloway knows she might be as unwelcome as rain at this weekend’s Labor Day parade in Wisconsin. The threat of possible hecklers, though, won’t keep her from the event.With labor rights a prickly subject in some states, many Republican lawmakers ...

Despite bumpy month, economy shows signs of growth

Washington ? August began with rising fears that another recession was about to hit. That was then.A month later, the economy and the stock market appear more resilient, suggesting that consumers, businesses and investors remain confident enough to keep spending.A more authoritative test will ...

Security intensifies as Sept. 11 date nears

Washington ? As the nation prepares for the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — a date al-Qaida has cited as a potential opportunity to strike again — security is intensifying at airports, train stations, nuclear plants and major sporting arenas around the country.“At this point ...

Hurricane Irene-swollen rivers falling in Vermont

Kill Devil Hills, N.C. ? Swollen rivers began falling Wednesday in much of the Northeast, easing the flooding that paralyzed parts of the region after Hurricane Irene and allowing emergency crews to reach all but one of the Vermont towns that had been cut off by floodwaters.Receding water ...