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  • Hotelier Avoids Prison for Violating Campaign Finance Laws

    18 December 2014, 10:07 pm by: By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD

    In sentencing Sant Singh Chatwal, a Democratic fund-raiser, to three years’ probation against prosecutors’ wishes, Judge I. Leo Glasser described his crimes as an “aberrance.”
  • Cuomo Signals Changes for Education Next Year

    18 December 2014, 9:58 pm by: By KATE TAYLOR

    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s goals include making it easier to fire low-performing teachers and increasing the number of charter schools.
  • National Briefing | Southwest: Arizona: Phoenix Police Chief Fired for Insubordination

    18 December 2014, 9:54 pm by: By ASHLEY SOUTHALL

    The police chief of Phoenix was fired for insubordination on Thursday after he held a forbidden news conference demanding a new two-year contract.
  • Courting Favor: The Pitch: Lawyers Create Big Paydays by Coaxing Attorneys General to Sue

    18 December 2014, 9:38 pm by: By ERIC LIPTON

    A flourishing industry has formed that pairs plaintiffs’ lawyers with state attorneys general to sue companies, a collaboration that has set off a furious competition between trial lawyers and corporate lobbyists to influence these officials.
  • News Analysis: A Diplomatic Triumph in Cuba Comes With a Challenge in North Korea

    18 December 2014, 9:36 pm by: By DAVID E. SANGER

    Cuba and North Korea are posing opposite challenges for the Obama administration — with Havana experimenting with integration, and Pyongyang brandishing a new weapon.
  • Your Money Adviser: Looking Outside the Government Box for Suitable Health Coverage

    18 December 2014, 9:32 pm by: By ANN CARRNS

    Over three dozen states have at least one insurer offering individual plans outside the government exchanges, but they aren’t eligible for financial help.
  • Obama Intends to Lift Several Restrictions Against Cuba on His Own

    18 December 2014, 9:13 pm by: By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and MICHAEL R. GORDON

    Administration officials said travel and commerce restrictions could be lifted as early as next month.
  • Op-Ed Columnist: The Union Future

    18 December 2014, 9:05 pm by: By DAVID BROOKS

    Do the people who have marched over the Brown and Garner cases have the stamina to force change?
  • Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Law

    18 December 2014, 9:05 pm by: By JACK HEALY

    Nebraska and Oklahoma argued that marijuana has entered their states, leading to more arrests, more impounded vehicles and higher jail and court costs.
  • Crucial Spy in Cuba Paid a Heavy Cold War Price

    18 December 2014, 9:02 pm by: By MARK MAZZETTI, MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and FRANCES ROBLES

    Rolando Sarraff Trujillo, who was released Wednesday from a Cuban prison where he had been held since 1995, provided information on codes used by Cuban spies.
  • Foes of Unions Try Their Luck in County Laws

    18 December 2014, 9:01 pm by: By SHAILA DEWAN

    An effort to get local governments to restrict unions’ authority to impose fees, long a state prerogative, is the next step in a conservative campaign to reshape American law.
  • Marco Rubio Hawk Sticks to His Tough Line on Cuba

    18 December 2014, 8:59 pm by: By ASHLEY PARKER and NICK MADIGAN

    Mr. Rubio, Republican of Florida and a likely presidential candidate, will find out on just which side of the polls — and history — he stands.
  • States Execute Fewest Convicts in 20 Years, Report Finds

    18 December 2014, 8:55 pm by: By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS

    Executions in the United States fell to a 20-year low in 2014 as the public became more skeptical about the death penalty, according to a report released Thursday.
  • Listening Post: How Obama’s Undercover Statecraft Secured Three Major Accords

    18 December 2014, 8:51 pm by: By MARK LANDLER

    Small negotiating teams assembled by the administration slipped secretly away to bargaining tables at locations around the world to do the delicate work of diplomacy.
  • U.S. Businesses Scout Opportunities in Cuba

    18 December 2014, 8:39 pm by: By JULIE CRESWELL

    American companies were quick to start plans to bring products and services to a market they have not been in for the better part of 50 years — if ever.
  • Army Restores Full Benefits for Captains Being Forced Out

    18 December 2014, 8:23 pm by: By DAVE PHILIPPS

    A change in the Army’s drawdown policy will allow 120 captains who rose from the enlisted ranks to retain their officers’ benefits in involuntary retirement.
  • National Briefing | Southwest: Arizona: Sheriff Arpaio Will Disband Squad That Searches for Illegal…

    18 December 2014, 8:06 pm by: By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    The Maricopa County sheriff, known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally, is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts.
  • National Briefing | Midwest: Illinois: Governor and Republicans Spar Over Replacing Dead Comptroller

    18 December 2014, 8:04 pm by: By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Gov. Pat Quinn has called state lawmakers back to Springfield next month to consider a 2016 special election to replace the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka — a move Republicans attributed to partisan motives.
  • Drop in Jobless Claims Points to Economic Rally

    18 December 2014, 6:47 pm by: By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday.
  • Secret Service, Stretched Too Thin, Needs More Agents, Report Says

    18 December 2014, 6:37 pm by: By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

    The report released by the Department of Homeland Security also said the next director should come from outside the agency.

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