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Social Security to resume benefits statement mailings


CHICAGO - Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback.

Money 7:10pm EDT

Fri, Apr 18 2014

Obama signs law to bar Iran diplomat from serving in U.N. post


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed a law on Friday that effectively bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy at the United Nations because of suspicions he was involved in the 1979-81 Tehran hostage crisis.

World, United Nations 18 Apr 2014

Supreme Court denies Teva stay in Copaxone patent fight


WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to stay a lower-court ruling in a patent case that favored the developers of generic versions of Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug.

Health 18 Apr 2014

U.S. appeals court rejects latest challenge to Wisconsin union law

WASHINGTON - A U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected the latest challenge to a Wisconsin law that restricts the power of public-sector unions.

18 Apr 2014

Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China


(The last paragraph of this April 16 story has been corrected to say Chuck Hagel is U.S. Defense Secretary)

China 18 Apr 2014

Thu, Apr 17 2014

Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. | Video

U.S., Health 17 Apr 2014

Two justices say high court will likely rule on NSA programs


WASHINGTON - Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities.

17 Apr 2014

Two U.S. arms programs face live-or-die reviews after costs jump

WASHINGTON - An unmanned U.S. Navy helicopter built by Northrop Grumman Corp and a precision ship-landing system built by Raytheon Co face mandatory reviews that could lead to their cancellation after quantity reductions drove unit costs sharply higher in 2013, the Pentagon announced on Thursday.

17 Apr 2014

Cost to buy F-35 up 2 percent; to operate down 9 percent: Pentagon

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Thursday forecast the cost of developing and buying Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet at $398.6 billion, up 2 percent from last year, but said the projected cost to operate and maintain the jets was down about 9 percent.

U.S., 17 Apr 2014

Obama budget would boost U.S. tax revenue, cut deficits: CBO


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, cutting deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday.

U.S. 17 Apr 2014

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.