House passes slimmed-down spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives Wednesday approved a slimmed-down spending bill that funds many of President Barack Obama’s top priorities but denies him billions of additional dollars he had sought for government operations. Read more

Career criminal acted alone in killing publicist

Career criminal acted alone in killing publicist

Investigators said Wednesday that they believe a Hollywood publicist was killed by the career criminal who committed suicide last week in a seedy apartment lobby as police closed in on him. The announcement by Beverly Hills police marks a major break in an investigation that has baffled detectives for nearly month and stunned Hollywood ever […]

Food-safety overhaul rides on funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The biggest overhaul of the U.S. food safety system in decades took a major step toward becoming law on Wednesday when House Democratic leaders folded it into a must-pass bill to fund the U.S. government. Read more

Bloomberg comments stir more political speculation

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest critique of the U.S. political system on Wednesday stirred renewed debate whether the independent billionaire may mount a third-party run for the White House. Read more

Tax deal moves forward despite doubts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A plan by President Barack Obama to broadly extend tax cuts moved forward on Wednesday despite opposition from his own Democrats and fear in bond markets of long-term damage to the economy. Read more