- Japan worried about 2020 problem, or life after the Olympics Updated: Feb-09-16 3:12 am
TOKYO - Japan is gearing up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with gusto, investing in everything from stadiums to electric cars, and expecting an economic bonanza from a construction frenzy and an influx of visitors.
- Mexico names new heads of Pemex, health, social security Updated: Feb-08-16 7:11 pm
MEXICO CITY - A U.S.-educated economist took up the reins of state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos in one of several Cabinet changes announced Monday by President Enrique Pena Nieto.
- Democrats vying for US Senate talk up experience, background Updated: Feb-08-16 5:06 pm
CHICAGO - Meeting for the first time this election season, the three Illinois Democrats vying for U.S. Senate worked to distinguish themselves from each other and their GOP rivals Monday, sharing stories of difficult childhoods, business backgrounds and time in the trenches of struggling Chicago neighborhoods.
- Anti-austerity Portuguese government gets EU's OK for budget Updated: Feb-05-16 1:09 pm
LISBON, Portugal - In a tug of war over budgets, the European Commission approved Portugal's so-called anti-austerity spending plan on Friday, but only after extracting a promise for almost $1 billion in additional cost cuts.
- Why pensions are the new flashpoint in Greece's crisis Updated: Feb-05-16 8:59 am
ATHENS, Greece - Combine a rapidly aging population, a depleted work force and leaky finances and any country's pension system would be in trouble. For debt-hobbled, unemployment-plagued Greece, it's a nightmare.
- Protests, EU demands add pressure on Greece's Tsipras Updated: Feb-04-16 3:51 pm
ATHENS, Greece - Tens of thousands joined anti-government protests across Greece Thursday as the country was crippled by a general strike against painful pension reforms demanded by bailout lenders.
- Greek journalists strike as part of anti-bailout action Updated: Feb-03-16 8:12 am
ATHENS, Greece - Greek journalists walked off the job Wednesday ahead of a general strike set to disrupt services across the country to protest pension reforms that are part of the country's third international bailout.
- Wyoming man who sought military pension gets 15 years Updated: Jan-28-16 8:06 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A judge has imposed a 15-year prison sentence on a Wyoming man who sought unsuccessfully to have his sentencing on child sex-crime convictions delayed so he could receive a military pension.
- The Latest: Madigan says he's open to new pension deal Updated: Jan-27-16 4:28 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Latest on Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's State of the State address on Wednesday (all times local):
- Romania offers Moldova aid to keep it solvent, and with West Updated: Jan-26-16 10:54 am
BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania offered Moldova emergency economic aid and a loan of 60 million euros ($65 million) on Tuesday in hopes of preventing economic collapse and keeping the impoverished ex-Soviet republic on a pro-European course.
- Excerpts from recent editorials by newspapers in Illinois Updated: Jan-25-16 6:53 pm
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- Greek farmers expand campaign of highway roadblocks Updated: Jan-25-16 9:34 am
THESSALONIKI, Greece - Greek farmers angry at planned pension and tax reforms have expanded their campaign of blocking highways and closed a border crossing to Bulgaria.
- Lawsuit blames 2 suicides on suspended disability checks Updated: Jan-22-16 7:02 am
PIKEVILLE, Kentucky - Family members of two people who killed themselves last year are suing the Social Security Administration, saying that the government's decision to end disability checks for hundreds of eastern Kentucky residents played a substantial role in their deaths.
- Stock market tumble could keep pension funds behind Updated: Jan-22-16 12:53 am
The slide on Wall Street could damage public employee pension funds around the country, most of which haven't even recovered from the Great Recession, and the burden could end up falling on taxpayers.
- Thousands of Greek professionals protest pension reform plan Updated: Jan-21-16 7:57 am
ATHENS, Greece - Thousands of Greek lawyers, doctors, engineers and other professional groups are marching peacefully through central Athens to protest drastic new income cuts under planned pension reforms.
- Star of reality show 'Wicked Tuna' pleads guilty to fraud Updated: Jan-20-16 7:59 pm
BURLINGTON, Vermont - A man featured on the reality television show "Wicked Tuna" pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges in Vermont he received government disability benefits while he was fishing on the show.
- Honduras, OAS approve international team to fight corruption Updated: Jan-19-16 8:16 pm
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Honduras and the Organization of American States on Tuesday approved a new international team of experts to help its legal system fight corruption in the Central American country.
- Bill would limit the number, cost of Lottery scratch games Updated: Jan-13-16 3:14 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A bill that would limit the number of Florida Lottery scratch-off games and cap ticket prices at $5 was overwhelmingly approved by a House committee Wednesday after lawmakers criticized the department for using the games to prey on the state's poorest residents.
- Methodist pension board bars investment in 5 Israeli banks Updated: Jan-12-16 4:53 pm
NEW YORK - The pension fund for the United Methodist Church has blocked five Israeli banks from its investment portfolio.
- House approves bill to cap expenses for ex-presidents Updated: Jan-11-16 6:12 pm
WASHINGTON - Taxpayer dollars for office space and other expenses incurred by ex-presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees would be limited under a bill approved Monday by the House.