Shadow of Wisconsin union fight looms over local races

Shadow of Wisconsin union fight looms over local races

When the race for Green Bay mayor began months ago, the main issues looked clear-cut: planning downtown development, dealing with dwindling state aid and debating whether the city should have spent millions to build a replica of Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster. But after Republican Gov. Scott Walker‘s battle with public employee unions erupted, the […]

The greatest story ever sold

The greatest story ever sold

About 31,000 central Pennsylvanians will soon be living in a joke. Beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the city of Altoona will change its name to “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” after the latest film by sarcastic documentarian Morgan Spurlock. The city is changing its name for 60 days to make some money […]

Hackers put PlayStation users data at risk

Hackers put PlayStation users data at risk

Sony Corp. said Tuesday that the credit card data of PlayStation users around the world may have been stolen in a hack that forced it to shut down its PlayStation Network for the past week, disconnecting 77 million user accounts. Some players brushed off the breach as a common hazard of operating in a connected […]

Boomers say being old is a plus at work

Boomers say being old is a plus at work

Feel like the office geezer? Age may be an asset at work, or no issue at all, according to an AP-LifeGoesStrong.com poll. Nearly half of those born between 1946 and 1964 now work for a younger boss, and most report that they are older than most colleagues. But 61 percent of the baby boomers surveyed […]

Fed ponders next steps for economic recovery

Fed ponders next steps for economic recovery

The Federal Reserve is increasingly confident in the economy and about to end a $600 billion program to support it. Now for the next step — figuring out how to keep inflation from taking off. Since late last year, the Fed has bought government bonds to keep interest rates low. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and […]

Democrats try, and fail, with GOP stalling tactic

Democrats try, and fail, with GOP stalling tactic

A year ago, when Republicans were in the minority on Capitol Hill, they drove Democrats crazy by using an obscure parliamentary maneuver to change, delay and even kill Democratic priorities. Now that Republicans are running the House, Democrats have tried to stymie the GOP agenda by relying on the tactic, known as the motion to […]

GOP Presidential wannabes chase the money

GOP Presidential wannabes chase the money

Mitt Romney is organizing a phone bank fundraiser in Las Vegas next month. Tim Pawlenty is holding regular “friendraising” meetings in big-money California and elsewhere. Haley Barbour hunkers down soon with finance operatives in cash-rich New York and other lucrative places. Republican presidential hopefuls are in the midst of a fundraising frenzy as they seek […]

Gas price up, Obama re-election prospects down

Gas price up, Obama re-election prospects down

With gas prices climbing and little relief in sight, President Barack Obama is scrambling to get ahead of the latest potential obstacle to his re-election bid, even as Republicans are making plans to exploit the issue. No one seems more aware of the electoral peril than Obama himself. “My poll numbers go up and down […]

Emma Watson leaving Brown

Emma Watson leaving Brown

A spokeswoman for Harry Potter star Emma Watson says she will be transferring from Brown University to another university in the autumn. Vanessa Davies denied reports that the 21-year-old actress was “bullied out” of the Rhode Island university, saying there was no truth in reports by a number of online publications who cited classmates and […]

Default could destroy U.S. economy

Default could destroy U.S. economy

The United States has never defaulted on its debt and Democrats and Republicans say they don’t want it to happen now. But with partisan acrimony running at fever pitch, and Democrats and Republicans so far apart on how to tame the deficit, the unthinkable is suddenly being pondered. The government now borrows about 42 cents […]