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  • WASHINGTON, Oct 7- He has been stereotyped as the Obama administration's gaffe-prone sideshow. But Vice President Joe Biden also is a veteran debater who was in the U.S. Senate for a quarter century and is perhaps the Democratic White House's most passionate defender of the working class.

  • $1.4T in states' pension fights foreshadowed in RI Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • 10 states where the public pension fight is fierce Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 5:01 AM ET

    Jerry Brown last month signed legislation expected to save billions of dollars in coming years by increasing the retirement age for new employees, limiting annual pension payouts to $132,120 and requiring workers who are not contributing half of their retirement costs to pay more.

  • $1.4 trillion in pension fights foreshadowed in RI Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 5:01 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • In coal country, a show of solidarity takes root Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | 12:43 AM ET

    Thousands of miners have been laid off this year across Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, many with little hope of getting their jobs back as power plants and the coal mines that once fed them shut down.

  • Agreement in place to settle mine pollution case Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:41 PM ET

    Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd still has to approve the deal that requires ICG to pay $575,000 in penalties. Under the agreement, ICG would pay $335,000 to the PRIDE environmental initiative to help stop Kentucky residents from piping sewage directly into streams and $240,000 to the Department for Natural Resources to pay for a water study.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- At 68, Barbara Miller Elegbede is living proof that flower children need not grow up. A self-described hippie, she attended a San Francisco college at psychedelia's height and remembers friends constantly crashing on the couch of her apartment, just a block away from Janis Joplin's pad in the hip Castro neighborhood.

  • Earnings Preview: Yum's China performance watched Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:28 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Analysts following Yum Brands Inc. will be looking for signs of a profit rebound in the fast-food restaurant's key China operations when the owner of the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC chains reports third-quarter results after the markets close on Tuesday.

  • Legal fight waged for right to Bill Monroe's name Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:46 PM ET

    Campbell "Doc" Mercer is throwing an annual festival celebrating the life and music of Bill Monroe but without the name of the "Father of Bluegrass Music" to promote it.

  • Judge halts order allowing some Ky. liquor sales Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- A federal judge has stopped enforcement of a ruling that would allow Kentucky grocery stores and other outlets to sell booze. District Judge John G. Heyburn II on Wednesday ruled that an appeal by state officials and package liquor stores is unlikely to succeed.

  • Arkansas coach Smith now lists $40.7M in debt Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:57 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Arkansas coach John L. Smith has amended his bankruptcy filing, listing $40.7 million in debts _ up from $25.7 million just last month. The filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Little Rock on Wednesday shows Smith has $1.3 million in assets.

  • FDA: Ind. farm tied to salmonella outbreak unclean Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:09 PM ET

    On Aug. 22, about a week after the FDA inspections, Chamberlain Farm Produce announced it had voluntarily recalled all of its cantaloupes due to concerns that some might be tainted with salmonella.

  • Burned-out Conn. bell factory resumes production Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:41 PM ET

    EAST HAMPTON, Conn.-- The 180- year-old New England company that made the little bell that rings every time an angel gets its wings in the Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" has resumed production in time for the holidays, four months after its 19th- century factory burned down.

  • Unemployment rates for Southern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET
  • Spill from Argus Energy site in W.Va. kills fish Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:49 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- State regulators in West Virginia have ordered Argus Energy to repair a water treatment system at a Lincoln County mine site after a blackwater spill killed fish. The Department of Environmental Protection said Wednesday that the fish kill was discovered Tuesday along about a quarter-mile of Copley Trace Branch.

  • Auto sales, home prices help buoy weak US economy Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:27 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. economy is looking more resilient, thanks in part to encouraging signs for the two most expensive purchases most Americans make: cars and homes. Cheap loans and a bounty of fuel-efficient models enticed people to buy new vehicles at a brisk pace last month.

  • Fla. man gets prison for NY investment fraud Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:09 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- A Florida mutual fund executive on Tuesday admitted that he lied when he promised investors early shares in companies such as Facebook and Groupon and spent their money instead on a lavish lifestyle that included pricey cars and jewelry.

  • Home price changes in each state in August Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:37 PM ET
  • Anthem proposed as benchmark for Kentucky insurers Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:38 AM ET

    FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Kentucky has recommended that the Anthem Preferred Provider Organization serve as the benchmark plan for insurers in Kentucky under federal health care reforms. Kentucky also is recommending that the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program be the benchmark plan for pediatric vision and dental services.

  • Settlement cuts utility's pollution plan by $225M Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:28 AM ET

    FRANKFORT, Ky.-- A settlement prompted by a federal court ruling on power plant emissions has cut the cost of a western Kentucky utility's pollution control plan by $225 million. The Kentucky Public Service Commission announced the settlement Monday.