*Tea Party conservatives booted from House panel. WASHINGTON, Dec 4- President Barack Obama held his ground on the "fiscal cliff" on Tuesday, insisting on higher tax rates for the wealthiest Americans, while Republicans showed increasing disarray over how far they should go to compromise with Obama's demands.
*Tea Party conservatives booted from House panel.
Since 1980, hard-pressed mayors, county executives and other leaders among some 90,0000 local governments across America have filed just 274 Chapter 9 cases, according to James Spiotto, partner at Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago.
*Some Tea Party- backed members flexible on tax rates. WASHINGTON, Nov 30- A growing number of Republicans in the House of Representatives- including a handful of Tea Party- backed conservatives- are signaling greater flexibility than their leaders to reach a "fiscal cliff" deal with President Barack Obama.
WASHINGTON, Nov 29- House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that "fiscal cliff" talks with the White House had made no substantive progress and criticized President Barack Obama and Democrats for failing to get serious about including spending cuts in a final deal.
NEW YORK, Nov 3- It is one thing to show up at a friend's apartment and sleep on the couch for a few days after a natural disaster displaces you from your home. ``The city did a great job keeping people and pets together,'' says Richard Gentles, spokesman for Animal Care& Control of New York City, a non-profit contracted by the city to rescue animals and run five shelters.
NEW YORK, Oct 27- Hurricane Sandy is charging up the East Coast as a cold front is tearing across the U.S. from the west and an arctic blast is barreling down from the north. Valerie Dziengiel isn't worried one bit.
Oct 26- Individual donors to U.S. presidential candidates can contribute up to $2,500 for the state-by-state party nominating contests and another $2,500 for the general election.
NEW YORK-- A growth in early voting and tough economy for the media are forcing changes to the exit poll system that television networks and The Associated Press depend upon to deliver the story on Election Night, all with the pressure-filled backdrop of a tight presidential race.
BOISE, Idaho-- Legal challenges facing an Idaho wind energy company are mounting, after a contractor building one of its projects in Minnesota went to court asking a judge to hand over control.
BOISE, Idaho-- The state agency that regulates utilities has approved $42 million in expenses incurred by Idaho Power Co. to reduce demand and encourage smart energy use. But it's a sign the commission approves of the costs Idaho Power paid for operating 20 programs that were covered for by a 4 percent rider on bills.
SPOKANE, Wash.-- Avista Corp. is offering more than 900 non-union workers a buyout in an effort to help the utility cut its 2013 budget by about $14 million. Avista spokesman Dan Kolbet says 919 of the utility's 1,550 employees will have until Dec. 14 to decide, and will learn by Dec. 21 if they've been chosen for the buyout.
BOISE, Idaho-- State officials say they have awarded an eight-year, $180 million contract to Hewlett-Packard Co. to supply Idaho high school students and teachers with laptop computers as part of the Students Come First education overhaul. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Public Schools Superintendent Tom Luna announced the winning vendor Tuesday.
The IdaCorp Inc. unit on Monday told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission its Sept. 20 order was premature and disregards negative impacts on ratepayers. Idaho Power and other utilities have been scuffling with wind farms over whether utilities can curtail contractually-required purchases at times when few customers need electricity.
BOISE, Idaho-- Idaho's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.1 percent in September, in part because more people are leaving the workforce. The Department of Labor said Friday that 720,600 people were employed in September _ the highest level in four years.
NEW YORK-- The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one behind the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday.
SALT LAKE CITY-- A Ukrainian man, hung over from a 50- day drinking binge, said he believed the wing of the airplane was on fire when he disrupted a Salt Lake City- bound Delta Air Lines flight and had to be wrestled to the floor by passengers, authorities allege in a criminal complaint.
BOISE, Idaho-- A large shipment of water-purification equipment will be transported through Idaho to Montana on a disputed mountain highway where big loads have been the subject of oversized controversy.
The demonstration is planned for Nov. 3 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., three days before the general election. Before the presidential debate between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney had concluded on Oct. 3, two men who had never met each floated the Million Muppet March idea on social media.