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Such cuts could mean shuttered Social Security offices and delayed benefit payments

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Upping the ante in the budget faceoff, the Obama administration warned Friday that workers who distribute Social Security benefits might be furloughed if congressional Republicans force cuts in federal spending.


Countries worry about continued inflation of real estate and stocks

PARIS (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday urged countries with large trade surpluses like China to let their currencies rise in value to help prevent another global financial crisis.


Measure that's attracted thousands of protesters for four days

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin State Patrol was dispatched Friday to find a Democratic state senator who fled the Capitol to delay the near-certain passage of a bill to end a half-century of collective bargaining rights for public workers


He also tours Intel Corp.'s semiconductor manufacturing facility in Oregon

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is heading to friendly territory to push his plan to spend billions more on education, meeting with Apple's ailing leader Steve Jobs and the chiefs of Facebook and Google in the San Francisco Bay area.


Bill would strip government workers, including teachers, of nearly all bargaining rights

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Protesters clogged the hallways of the Wisconsin state Capitol on Thursday as the Senate prepared to pass a momentous bill that would strip government workers, including school teachers, of nearly all collective bargaining rights.


The rise was much larger than economists had expected

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, one week after claims had fallen to the lowest level in nearly three years.


Chief foreign affairs correspondent suffered 'a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating'

NEW YORK – CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was recovering in a U.S. hospital Tuesday from a sexual attack and beating she suffered while reporting on the tumultuous events in Cairo.


Like Obama, former President George W. Bush tried to kill the alternative engine

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A showdown looming, Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged Congress to cancel a costly alternative engine for the Pentagon's next-generation fighter jet Wednesday and vowed to explore "all available legal options" to stop production if lawmakers won't.


Rep. Omeria Scott says intervention program is needed to save failing schools

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Black lawmakers say funding public schools and infrastructure projects at Mississippi's historically black universities is among their priorities as budget-writing moves into its final phases this session.


112 people have been arrested, charged, pleaded guilty or sentenced since Feb. 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- In a city where there are twice as many identified gang members as there are police officers, the announcement this week that seven Kansas City residents are facing federal gang-related charges might not seem like much.


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