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  • California Governor Brown wants rainy-day fund in constitution

    16 April 2014, 10:22 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday stepped up his efforts to enshrine a rainy day fund in the state's constitution, stealing some thunder from Republicans backing a similar measure as he seeks an unprecedented…
  • Detroit pension deal approved by one retirement system

    16 April 2014, 9:10 pm

    (Reuters) - The board of Detroit's General Retirement System on Wednesday approved economic terms of a settlement with the city that include cuts to pension benefits, putting in place another key component of Detroit's effort to exit bankruptcy by October.
  • U.S. calls for more investment-friendly Indian government

    16 April 2014, 8:39 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday urged the Indian government that emerges from ongoing elections to follow economic policies that encourage investment, saying Washington would like to see bilateral trade grow to $500 billion a year.
  • Obama, Republicans openly feud over immigration legislation

    16 April 2014, 6:17 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan bickering over immigration reform legislation intensified on Wednesday as President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Republicans accused each other of standing in the way of progress one year after bipartisan Senate…
  • Two incompatible gun ballot measures lead in Washington state

    16 April 2014, 5:56 pm

    OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular.
  • Detroit pension deal approved by one retirement system

    16 April 2014, 5:47 pm

    (Reuters) - The board of Detroit's General Retirement System on Wednesday approved economic terms of a settlement with the city that include cuts to pension benefits, putting in place another key component of Detroit's effort to exit bankruptcy by October.
  • Wisconsin passes law to curb private custody transfers of children

    16 April 2014, 5:28 pm

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wisconsin has adopted a law to limit private custody transfers of children, the first law of its kind in the United States, responding to a Reuters investigation that exposed the dangers of the unregulated practice.
  • Obama, Biden visit Pennsylvania to promote job-training plan

    16 April 2014, 5:17 pm

    OAKDALE, Penn. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took a trip to a Pennsylvania community college on Wednesday to promote a plan to train workers for skills they need for hard-to-fill jobs.
  • Former New York Mayor Bloomberg to spend $50 million on gun control

    16 April 2014, 2:12 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ramped up his efforts to fight gun violence on Wednesday with a plan to spend $50 million on a grassroots network to organize voters on gun control.
  • Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China

    16 April 2014, 1:51 pm

    WASHINGTON/MANILA (Reuters) - When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter.
  • Obama's departing health chief mulls U.S. Senate run: report

    16 April 2014, 1:49 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Departing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who took withering criticism over the botched rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, The New York…
  • F-35 fighter jet to make first trans-Atlantic flight in July

    16 April 2014, 1:37 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department has approved the first trans-Atlantic flight of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet in July to take part in two international air shows near London, U.S. and British officials said Wednesday.
  • HUD's Donovan says U.S. Senate housing bill is best chance of reform

    16 April 2014, 12:56 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's top housing official on Wednesday said a proposed Senate bill provides the best chance to overhaul the mortgage finance system this decade, but more debate over down payment requirements for government-backed…
  • Paul, Rubio lead potential Republican 2016 contenders in spending

    16 April 2014, 12:56 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Groups supporting Senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio lead the pack of potential Republican presidential candidates in spending money and investing in possible campaigns this year, more than 20 months before the first votes are cast in…
  • Ex-con, ex-governor Edwards raises $33,000 in Louisiana run for Congress

    16 April 2014, 10:40 am

    (Reuters) - Former Louisiana Governor, Edwin Edwards, a convicted felon now running for the U.S. Congress, has raised nearly $33,000 in donations since launching his campaign last month, according to a contribution report.
  • Michigan, White House discuss federal money for bankrupt Detroit: report

    16 April 2014, 12:58 am

    (Reuters) - Michigan officials and President Barack Obama's Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit's retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday.
  • Bill signed allowing surprise inspections of Arizona abortion clinics

    15 April 2014, 10:07 pm

    PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into a law a bill allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another victory to abortion foes.
  • Two incompatible gun ballot measures lead in Washington state

    15 April 2014, 9:24 pm

    OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular.
  • Pentagon says automatic budget cuts would hit F-35, other weapons

    15 April 2014, 8:11 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Tuesday detailed $48.3 billion in cuts to major weapons programs like Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet that would kick in from fiscal 2016 to 2019 if Congress does not reverse automatic budget cuts that are to…
  • Senators press Delphi for answers on recalled GM cars

    15 April 2014, 7:41 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers probing how General Motors used faulty ignition switches in many vehicles are turning their scrutiny to the supplier of the part, Delphi Automotive.
  • Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    15 April 2014, 6:08 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the "Obamacare"…
  • Ex-U.S. defense secretary knows accuracy of his tax return is unknown

    15 April 2014, 6:00 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Rumsfeld has a new addition to his list of known unknowns - the accuracy of his 2013 tax filing.
  • Despite tough patch, U.S. intelligence chief says he is staying

    15 April 2014, 5:29 pm

    TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - Despite enduring "a perfect storm" of troubles for U.S. spy agencies over the last 18 months, the director of national intelligence announced on Tuesday that he plans to stay on the job through the end of President Barack Obama's…
  • Bankrupt Detroit reaches first deal with retirees group

    15 April 2014, 5:04 pm

    (Reuters) - Detroit reached its first deal with a retired workers group on Tuesday over pension and healthcare benefits and was close to a deal with at least one of its pension funds, giving a major boost to the city's plan to exit bankruptcy in October.
  • Obama commutes sentence of man mistakenly given extra jail time

    15 April 2014, 4:03 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of a Texas man who was mistakenly sentenced to an extra three and a half years in jail due to a typographical error.

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