‘Fiscal cliff’ worries last minute shoppers

‘Fiscal cliff’ worries last minute shoppers

Retailers may not see a sales surge this weekend as ho-hum discounts and fears about imminent tax hikes and cuts in government spending give Americans fewer reasons to open their wallets in the last few days before Christmas. The acrimonious debate in Washington over how to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” is one of a […]

Boehner’s crash and burn on ‘fiscal cliff’: More trouble ahead?

Boehner’s crash and burn on ‘fiscal cliff’: More trouble ahead?

Now that House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” for addressing the “fiscal cliff” has crashed and burned, the top U.S. Republican appears to have two remaining options – wash his hands of the entire matter or negotiate a compromise with Democrats that could abandon scores of his fellow Republicans. The Republican rank and file and […]

Court rules that employers can fire ‘too sexy’ employees

Court rules that employers can fire ‘too sexy’ employees

  The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that employers in the state can legally fire workers they find too attractive. In a unanimous decision, the court held that a dentist did not violate the state’s civil rights act when he terminated a female dental assistant whom his wife considered a threat to their marriage. […]

Boehner’s ‘fiscal cliff’ bill lacks votes to pass, House recesses

Boehner’s ‘fiscal cliff’ bill lacks votes to pass, House recesses

The U.S. House of Representatives abruptly recessed on Thursday amid uncertainty if Republicans had the votes needed to pass a “fiscal cliff” tax plan offered by Speaker John Boehner. Boehner and fellow Republicans huddled in his office. The bill would renew tax breaks for all but only about 1 percent of Americans. Some conservative oppose […]

Dead candidates win elections in Alabama, Florida

Dead candidates win elections in Alabama, Florida

Florida Democrat Earl K. Wood and Alabama Republican Charles Beasley won their respective elections but they will not take office. Both men died weeks before the November 6 election yet managed to beat their very much alive opponents by comfortable margins. Wood died on October 15 from natural causes at age 96, during his campaign […]

Election: Another headache for storm-ravaged Northeast

Election: Another headache for storm-ravaged Northeast

Already faced with a massive cleanup and nightmarish commutes to work, thousands of voters in storm-struck New York and New Jersey may have a tough time voting on Tuesday in a cliffhanger presidential election. Elections officials face unprecedented challenges across the U.S. Northeast, where polling stations were among the thousands of buildings damaged by superstorm […]