- Kansas governor has new tax plan but won't provide details Updated: May-29-15 11:37 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback told top Kansas lawmakers Friday that he has a new plan for raising taxes, with the GOP-dominated Legislature still sharply divided over how best to close a budget shortfall.
- BofA fined $30M for improper debt-collection practices Updated: May-29-15 6:31 pm
WASHINGTON - Bank of America has been fined $30 million for violating consumer protections when collecting debts from military customers.
- State wins court order in UPMC-Highmark fight over Medicare Updated: May-29-15 6:23 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Kathleen Kane hailed a court decision Friday that they had sought in a bid to protect Medicare Advantage enrollees caught in the middle of a feud between two western Pennsylvania health care giants.
- FEMA begins reviewing Sandy flood insurance claims Updated: May-29-15 5:22 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it has begun reviewing flood insurance claims of Superstorm Sandy victims, some of whom have said their damages were underestimated.
- Recalls this week: Folding knives, night lights, bicycles Updated: May-29-15 2:49 pm
More than 150,000 folding knives are being recalled because of a faulty locking mechanism that can result in lacerations. Other consumer products being recalled this week include night lights and bicycles.
- High-yield bond funds: Love them or leave them? Updated: May-29-15 2:32 pm
NEW YORK - Don't know what to make of the junk-bond market? Join the club.
- Police, firefighters rally for increased disability benefits Updated: May-29-15 1:06 pm
NEW YORK - More than 100 police officers and firefighters rallied Friday at New York's City Hall for increased disability benefits, putting a further strain on the uniformed unions' oft-tense relationship with Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration.
- Free legal aid program changing lives, but future uncertain Updated: May-29-15 8:35 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Barbara Dinwiddie is an 87-year-old widow, pinching pennies to get by on Social Security and a small pension.
- Bankruptcy judge 'deeply concerned' about unfunded pensions Updated: May-28-15 6:44 pm
MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan - The federal judge who oversaw Detroit's historic bankruptcy case said Thursday he is "deeply concerned" about unfunded pension liabilities in other Michigan municipalities and they should consider transitioning to 401(k) retirement plans for employees.
- Death benefits approved for family of Boston officer Updated: May-28-15 3:04 pm
BOSTON - The State Retirement Board in Massachusetts has awarded a line-of-duty death benefit to the family of a police officer who was wounded in a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers and died a year later.
- Walker supports key parts of reported Bucks arena deal Updated: May-28-15 2:12 pm
PORTAGE, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker spoke in favor Thursday of key elements of a reported deal fora new $500 million arena for the Milwaukee Bucks that includes raising taxes on Milwaukee County hotel rooms and rental cars.
- FBI says it's investigating identity theft at IRS Updated: May-28-15 11:32 am
WASHINGTON - The FBI says it's begun an investigation into the theft of personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an Internal Revenue Service website.
- Love not war wins for small businesses and large companies Updated: May-27-15 2:45 pm
NEW YORK - Imagine a world where David and Goliath are best buds. Well it's becoming reality more frequently in the business world.
- Lemonade Day is opportunity for kids to learn about business Updated: May-27-15 8:39 am
TERRE HAUTE, Indiana - Lemonade Day is still more than a month away, but Khloe Barnhill already knows how her stand will be decorated.
- West Virginia attorney general sues debt collection company Updated: May-27-15 3:26 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has filed a lawsuit saying a Florida company is trying to collect debts that West Virginians don't owe.
- Review: Online stylists for the shopping-averse Updated: May-27-15 3:11 am
NEW YORK - Though my grandmother was a fashion designer, I hate buying clothes, and I still wear outfits from high school - in the last century.
- AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT Updated: May-26-15 11:06 pm
The Latest on weather: Third body pulled from swollen Blanco River; Texas death toll now 13
- Senate leader says tax dispute won't delay budget Updated: May-26-15 4:57 pm
BOSTON - A constitutional dispute between the two legislative branches over the Senate's taxation powers is an "honest disagreement" that should not delay final passage of the state's $38 billion budget, Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg said Tuesday.
- Webster University students in London in financial limbo Updated: May-26-15 2:41 pm
WEBSTER GROVES, Missouri - Several Webster University students studying abroad in London unexpectedly lost their federal financial aid this past school year due to the school's violation of Department of Education regulations.
- Authorities: Business targeted people facing foreclosure Updated: May-26-15 6:28 am
LANSING, Michigan - Authorities say a lawyer and his business stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from more than 100 people in Michigan that were facing mortgage foreclosures.
- For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart Updated: May-26-15 3:10 am
BEIRUT - The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa's restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream.
- Detroit fund gets $1 million to help people pay water bills Updated: May-25-15 5:41 pm
DETROIT - A New York investment banking company has donated $1 million to a fund designed to help low-income Detroit residents pay their water bills and avoid shutoffs that drew United Nations attention to the city last fall.
- In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave Updated: May-25-15 2:34 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - As President Barack Obama pushes for a federal law to get paid leave to care for a new baby or an ailing relative, residents of one of the three states that already provide it sing its praises, hinting at the reception it could receive if rolled out nationally.
- Gay marriage challenges cost Indiana $1.4M in attorney fees Updated: May-25-15 12:35 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - The state of Indiana had to pay more than $1.4 million in fees to plaintiffs' attorneys in its unsuccessful attempt to maintain a ban on same-sex marriages, the attorney general's office says.
- South Jackson hospital could lose Medicare funds Updated: May-24-15 5:29 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Officials have warned that a Jackson hospital it could lose Medicare funding if the hospital does not change how it handles emergency care patients.