- Review: Small life enhancements come with Apple Watch Updated: May-06-15 4:36 am
NEW YORK - Apple Watch isn't so much a lifestyle revolution as it is a collection of small enhancements that add up.
- Nepal's earthquake highlights village exodus of the young Updated: May-06-15 3:20 am
KHADKA TOLE, Nepal - Gone, the girl says as she squints into the sun, the air around her shimmering with wind-blown wheat chaff. She points to one house after another nestled in the green hills, most shattered from the massive earthquake that hit Nepal last month.
- Kansas legislators start work on plan for raising taxes Updated: May-05-15 11:28 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas homeowners would pay higher property taxes under a proposal that a state Senate committee endorsed Tuesday, as the Republican-dominated Legislature began work on raising new revenues to close a projected budget shortfall.
- Hundreds pack State House for public budget hearing Updated: May-05-15 7:55 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Hundreds of New Hampshire residents flooded the State House on Tuesday to advocate for more state spending on substance abuse treatment, services for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness, the university system and more.
- US Sens. Warren, Markey vote against GOP budget proposal Updated: May-05-15 7:50 pm
BOSTON - The state's two Democratic U.S. senators have both voted against a Republican-led budget proposal that they say will harm families and businesses in Massachusetts.
- Details of the debate in US states on oil drilling, fracking Updated: May-05-15 6:01 pm
Clashes are growing between cities and states across America over oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the practice of high pressure injections of water, sand and chemicals underground to free deposits of oil and gas. Energy-rich states are rushing to quash some of the local activism. Following is a summary of state debates.
- NC lawmakers talk road-funding fix that spreads pain around Updated: May-05-15 5:26 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A proposal to narrow North Carolina's long-term transportation funding shortfall by relying less on gasoline taxes and more on driver's fees and taxes on car sales won mostly favorable reviews Tuesday from lawmakers and road-funding advocates.
- Los Angeles sues Wells Fargo, alleging fraud by employees Updated: May-05-15 4:52 pm
LOS ANGELES - Wells Fargo Bank employees driven by strict sales pressure issued unwanted credit cards and opened unauthorized accounts that charged customers fees and damaged their credit, according to a lawsuit filed by the city of Los Angeles.
- Kansas hasn't processed thousands of income tax returns Updated: May-05-15 2:56 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Department of Revenue said it has yet to process between 70,000 and 80,000 state income tax returns after bringing in workers from another agency last week to help open envelopes.
- Deadline extended for Illinois prepaid college tuition plan Updated: May-05-15 5:08 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois families wanting to lock in future college tuition payments at today's rates have an extra month to sign up for a state savings program.
- Study: Tax breaks to lure firms to Camden could cost state Updated: May-05-15 12:13 am
TRENTON, New Jersey - The tax credits the state is using to attract businesses to Camden could end up costing more than they bring in even if the companies fulfill their minimum obligations, an advocacy group warned.
- Otter releases proposed child support bill amendments Updated: May-04-15 7:58 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has released his proposed amendments to a child support enforcement bill to address concerns of federal overreach and disputed claims that Idaho would be forced to uphold rulings made under Islamic law.
- Senate passes tax cuts, sets stage for talks with House Updated: May-04-15 7:13 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The Minnesota Senate on Monday passed a tax cut plan that is a fraction of the size of the relief bill that earlier cleared the House, setting the stage for difficult negotiations over a compromise that are expected to go right up to the mandatory May 18 adjournment.
- For-profit college to pay back tuition over credit transfer Updated: May-04-15 6:38 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - A for-profit online college will refund a Portland student's tuition after the Oregon Justice Department investigated the student's inability to transfer the school's credits.
- Colorado House passes plan addressing surplus budget refunds Updated: May-04-15 4:47 pm
DENVER - Colorado House Democrats passed a plan Monday that would prevent future budget surpluses from being refunded to taxpayers, allowing the state to use the money instead for education and transportation.
- High court: Debtors must wait to appeal payment plan denial Updated: May-04-15 11:00 am
WASHINGTON - A unanimous Supreme Court says debtors in bankruptcy cannot immediately appeal a court's order rejecting a plan to repay creditors.
- Analysis: Kansas may revisit governor's favored tax break Updated: May-03-15 4:16 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Top Republican legislators in Kansas appear increasingly ready to reconsider a business tax break that's been a cherished economic policy for GOP Gov. Sam Brownback, possibly making it more difficult to close a projected budget shortfall.
- Morningstar CEO's entrepreneurial spirit has Munster roots Updated: May-03-15 12:38 pm
MUNSTER, Indiana - The high school yearbook photos show a brightly smiling teen who was active in science club and chess club, and who worked on the stage crews of numerous school plays.
- Minimum wage cut? Nebraska teens say they need the money Updated: May-03-15 9:19 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - When Nebraska lawmakers debate whether to allow student workers to be paid a lower minimum wage, much of the talk is about how learning a work ethic is more important for teenagers than the actual money they're paid.
- Louisville homeowners forbidden from repairing flooded homes Updated: May-02-15 3:13 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Gerald and Nancy Barton are in a fix. After an April 3 storm flooded their Louisville home, they had to tear out the floorboards and the bottom half of the wallboards. But they can't get the permits they need to repair the damage.
- School teams to compete in financial literacy contest Updated: May-02-15 2:29 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The Vermont state treasurer's office will be testing high school teams on their financial literacy.
- Senate leader says he's singled out for criticism as Latino Updated: May-01-15 5:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The leader of the California state Senate says he was singled out for criticism for his $50,000 swearing-in ceremony at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles last fall because he is Latino.
- Oregon health insurers seek rate hikes for individual plans Updated: May-01-15 4:46 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Several health insurance carriers in Oregon are proposing large rate increases for 2016 individual plans.
- Richest fight ever is also a gold mine for Vegas bookies Updated: May-01-15 2:42 am
LAS VEGAS - Days before the fight, one Manny Pacquiao believer had already put $500,000 on his man in the MGM Grand sports book.
- Nebraska state budget bills advance after spending debate Updated: Apr-30-15 9:44 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to an $8.6 billion budget with new spending for property tax reductions, education and a controversial dental-school project in Omaha.