Some governors plan toned-down inaugural affairs

CHICAGO (Reuters) – With the economy showing signs of life but millions of Americans still out of work, some newly elected or re-elected governors are keeping their inaugural parties simple, ranging from blue jeans to barbecue. Read the full story at Reuters

Yemen should delay proposed constitutional move: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States urged Yemen to hold off on reported plans for a vote as early as Saturday on proposed constitutional changes, calling for the government and opposition to negotiate the electoral reforms. Read the full story at Reuters

Murkowski finally certified winner in Alaska

Murkowski finally certified winner in Alaska

The state of Alaska certified Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski’s victory over Tea Party favorite Joe Miller on Thursday, nearly three months after the incumbent won the race with an unconventional write-in campaign. The certification document was signed in the state capitol in Juneau by Governor Sean Parnell and Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, a spokeswoman for […]

Alaska certifies Murkowski’s write-in Senate victory

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – The state of Alaska certified Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski’s victory over Tea Party favorite Joe Miller on Thursday, nearly three months after the incumbent won the race with an unconventional write-in campaign. Read the full story at Reuters

Cuomo gets second chance

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Democrat Andrew Cuomo becomes New York governor on Saturday he inherits a $10 billion budget deficit, a notoriously corrupt political system and the legacy of his father, the popular former Governor Mario Cuomo. Read the full story at Reuters

NY state delays decision on Nassau County budget

UNIONDALE, New York (Reuters) – New York state postponed a decision on Thursday on whether to seize control of the finances of Nassau County, one of the wealthiest in the nation, and asked the county to prove its budget is balanced. Read the full story at Reuters

Venezuela condemns "imperial" U.S. visa reprisal

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela condemned on Thursday the United States’ revocation of its ambassador’s visa as an “imperial” move by President Barack Obama’s government, saying the measure should be immediately overturned. Read the full story at Reuters

Rattner settles with Cuomo for $10 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Obama administration auto industry czar Steven Rattner agreed to pay $10 million to resolve lawsuits by New York’s attorney general over kickbacks allegedly paid to do business with the state’s pension fund. Read the full story at Reuters

U.S. worried by reports of Pakistan detentions: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is voicing concern over reports from human rights groups that Pakistan’s security forces are holding thousands of political separatists without charge, The New York Times reported on Thursday. Read the full story at Reuters