- South Korea parliament ratifies free trade pact with China Updated: Nov-30-15 5:06 am
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's parliament on Monday approved a free trade pact with China after opposition lawmakers secured a $1.4 billion relief package for farmers.
- Hearings for Tennessee budget begin Monday Updated: Nov-30-15 4:25 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The heads of state government departments will begin presenting their proposed budgets on Monday to Gov. Bill Haslam.
- Global stocks down ahead of US data, Fed speeches Updated: Nov-30-15 3:51 am
BEIJING - Global stock markets were mostly lower Monday as investors looked ahead to this week's public appearances by the U.S. Federal Reserve chief for signs of whether the central bank will raise interest rates this month.
- Congress returns to looming deadlines on budget, highways Updated: Nov-30-15 3:46 am
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill to wrap up work on the budget, highway funding and taxes, an end-of-the-year stretch that will test the standing of Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan with the GOP's tea party wing and its anti-establishment presidential candidates.
- NY lawmakers to review spending on economic development Updated: Nov-30-15 3:11 am
ALBANY, New York - New York state lawmakers won't return to Albany for more than a month, but a small number are heading back early to review how the state spends money to spur economic development.
- NYC's novel salt warning rule set to take effect at chains Updated: Nov-30-15 1:19 am
NEW YORK - New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.
- Obama prods world on climate change, faces pushback at home Updated: Nov-29-15 8:52 pm
PARIS - Facing pushback at home, President Barack Obama said Sunday that American leadership was helping make gains in the global fight against climate change as he tried to reassure world leaders assembling for a historic conference in Paris that the U.S. can deliver on its own commitments.
- Clinton vows hundreds of billions for infrastructure, jobs Updated: Nov-29-15 8:48 pm
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled the first piece of a new jobs agenda on Sunday, promising hundreds of billions of dollars in fresh federal spending in an effort to compete with the liberal economic policies of her primary challengers.
- Judge: Regulators should air Brown e-mails on nuclear plant Updated: Nov-29-15 5:32 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco judge urged state regulators to release e-mails about a multibillion-dollar deal with two utilities that shut down the San Onofre nuclear plant in San Diego County.
- A look how Wolf's budget proposal fared in the Legislature Updated: Nov-29-15 3:21 pm
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Legislature say they expect final budget legislation to emerge for votes this week.
- Economic downturn hits Wyoming counties Updated: Nov-29-15 2:40 pm
CASPER, Wyoming - Many county commissions throughout the state have frozen hiring, banned travel, scaled back construction projects and are considering dipping into savings in the face of lower revenues.
- Despite saving lives, air ambulance companies under fire Updated: Nov-29-15 2:09 pm
BOZEMAN, Montana - Earlier this month, a Summit Air Ambulance helicopter raced up Hyalite Canyon south of Bozeman in search of a skier impaled on a tree.
- Republicans introduce bill to shift federal road funds Updated: Nov-29-15 1:13 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican legislators have created a bill that would shift federal road-building dollars from local work to state projects, a move that would exempt local projects from federal prevailing wage requirements.
- Vermont lawmakers invited to budget preview Updated: Nov-29-15 12:44 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont lawmakers are being invited to a special meeting to review the state's tough budget situation.
- Judge: State underfunded Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Updated: Nov-29-15 12:20 pm
HONOLULU - A judge says the state has to appropriate millions of dollars more to fund the Department of Hawaiian Homelands adequately for the first time since at least 1992.
- Utility's use of growth regulator on trees draws concern Updated: Nov-29-15 12:02 pm
MUNCIE, Indiana - Electric utility Indiana Michigan Power's use of a pesticide to hinder the growth of thousands of trees has drawn concerns from some homeowners.
- Hundreds of Russian truck drivers head to Moscow for protest Updated: Nov-29-15 11:27 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Hundreds of the Russian truck drivers who have been protesting around the country were driving their rigs toward Moscow on Sunday to demand that the government cancel a new road tax, one protest leader said.
- California governor in Paris to push pact to curb emissions Updated: Nov-29-15 11:05 am
SACRAMENTO, California - California Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to the U.N. Climate Change conference, which opens Monday, where he will promote the state's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and urge other states and provinces to sign on to his climate pact.
- Nebraska prison riot damage could cost state $1.5 million Updated: Nov-29-15 10:09 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Fixing the damage caused by a southeast Nebraska prison riot cost far more than initially predicted and could take until mid-2016 to complete, according to estimates released by the corrections department.
- At least 17 high school football coaches get six-figure pay Updated: Nov-29-15 10:06 am
MOULTRIE, Georgia - The head coach of Colquitt County's football team is one of at least 17 coaches earning a six-figure salary in Georgia, according to The Moultrie Observer's analysis of state data and requests for public information submitted to dozens of local school districts.
- Nuclear crossroad: California reactors face uncertain future Updated: Nov-28-15 6:37 pm
LOS ANGELES - Six years ago, the company that owns California's last operating nuclear power plant announced it would seek an extended lifespan for its aging reactors. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. envisioned Diablo Canyon as a linchpin in the state's green energy future, with its low-carbon electricity illuminating homes to nearly midcentury.
- Hinds assessor reminds disabled veterans of tax exemption Updated: Nov-28-15 6:03 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The tax assessor in Hinds County urges surviving spouses of disabled veterans to take advantage of a property tax break that starts in January.
- League of Women Voters seeks to lower sales tax Updated: Nov-28-15 5:43 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The League of Women Voters of Idaho is launching a ballot initiative drive to lower Idaho's sales tax from 6 percent to 5 percent and eliminate some exemptions.
- Audit: School bus inspection program skips smaller vehicles Updated: Nov-28-15 4:41 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - A Nevada Highway Patrol program that inspects the state's school buses for safety is overlooking dozens of vehicles that don't fall under the traditional definition of a bus, according to state auditors.
- Greek political leaders fail to agree on pension reforms Updated: Nov-28-15 3:48 pm
ATHENS, Greece - The leaders of five of the seven parties represented in Greece's Parliament have failed to agree on pension reforms after a six-hour meeting, prompting the prime minister to criticize the opposition for being "irresponsible" and "unserious."