The federal government is requiring as many as 1,000 companies to turn over their employment records for inspection, part of an expanding crackdown on businesses suspected of hiring illegal immigrants.
A bipartisan group of senators is considering legislation that would order Congress to meet a set of spending targets and other fiscal goals or face automatic tax increases and budget cuts.
More than a dozen major financial institutions are facing sanctions over problems with internal controls and staffing levels at mortgage servicers.
Thousands of Wisconsin public employees again converged on the state capitol in Madison to protest a plan to close the state's budget shortfall by increasing the cost of their pensions and health benefits.
Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn proposed a budget Wednesday that would boost general-fund spending by $1.7 billion and borrow heavily to pay overdue state bills, a plan opposed by Republican legislators.
The planned closure of an Amazon.com Inc. distribution center in a suburb here has opened a debate about what's better for Texas's tattered budget: taxes or jobs.
One of three deputy U.S. marshals who were shot while attempting to serve an arrest warrant in West Virginia has died, and a drug suspect also was killed in the shootout.
House Republicans attacked new "net neutrality" rules for broadband Internet lines in a contentious hearing and criticized Democratic FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski for adopting them, but he and other Democrats defended them.
Federal grand juries indicted dozens of alleged members and associates of a major Armenian criminal group on charges ranging from kidnapping and extortion to bank fraud and credit-card scams.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has not yet been given details of the Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson, Ariz., according to her chief of staff, who said Giffords knows there was a traumatic event but has not been told about the severity of the wounds to others.
Michigan's budget crisis began long before other states started feeling the pinch, but Gov. Rick Snyder hopes to end it once and for all.
In a move likely to reverberate among America's top-tier private colleges, the University of the South said Wednesday it will slash tuition and fees for the coming school year by 10%, or about $4,600.
A man who spent 16 years in prison for the murder of a rabbi has filed a wrongful conviction suit alleging "blatantly illegal investigative tactics" were used by prosecutors.
Press Secretary Jay Carney gives his first White House press briefing.
A Somali man was sentenced to more than 33 years in prison after he admitted to hostage-taking and other charges last year in the hijackings of three ships off Somalia's coast.
A landmark credit-card law has made billions of dollars in charges more transparent for consumers, which should help lower costs over the long-term, according to a new report.
The House voted to strike funding for an expensive military project built in Republican House Speaker John Boehner's backyard, in a bipartisan display of budget-cutting resolve.
IBM's Watson computer handily defeated two former "Jeopardy" champions in a nationally televised competition.
Media & Marketing
Irish whiskey brand Jameson is relying on humorous reminders of its centuries-old Irish heritage to win over younger, hipper consumers.
A small population of Ecuadoreans afflicted with a dwarfism disorder almost never get cancer or diabetes, a finding that may point the way to new treatments for both diseases, according to a new study.
S.F. Bay Area
The move to outlaw plastic shopping bags is spreading from San Francisco to other Bay Area communities, but the latest measures have rankled some retailers and others who say outright bans go too far.
Riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets stormed a landmark public square occupied by antigovernment protests early on Thursday in Bahrain, driving out demonstrators and killing at least two people.
A bipartisan reduce-the-deficit commission made a splash last year with a plan. Now, Obama and GOP lawmakers say spending on entitlements must be restrained. Neither side, so far, is willing to go first.
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