Sean Parnell on Thursday proposed a $12.4 billion state budget for next year that would require using $1.1 billion in savings to balance before legislators get to work on it. Parnell told the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce gathering where he unveiled his plan that he was leaving room for legislators to add and would work with them on an overall spending target.» Read More
WASHINGTON, Dec 12- The Democratic-led U.S. Senate on Thursday approved six of President Barack Obama's nominees, including four judges, on the second day of its around-the-clock confirmation marathon that Republicans were unable to stop because of a rule change.
WASHINGTON, Dec 12- The Democratic-led U.S. Senate on Thursday approved five of President Barack Obama's nominees, including three judges, as an around-the-clock confirmation marathon entered its second day with Republicans unable to stop it because of a rule change.
WASHINGTON, Dec 12- The bitter ideological feud tearing at the Republican Party boiled over on Thursday as the U.S. Congress considered a bipartisan budget deal with angry recriminations between the Republicans' top elected leader and the powerful conservative organizations that have been tormenting him for years.
WASHINGTON, Dec 12- The Democratic-led U.S. Senate approved four of President Barack Obama's nominees on Thursday as an around-the-clock, confirmation merry-go-round entered its second day with Republicans unable to stop it because of a recent rule change.
CARACAS, Dec 12- Phantom businesses account for about 40 percent of buyers of dollars through Venezuela's currency control system this year in a massive fraud costing the OPEC nation billions of dollars, the country's intelligence chief said.
BANGKOK, Dec 12- The heads of Thailand's powerful military agreed on Thursday to a weekend meeting with the leader of the movement seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, deepening uncertainty about the country's immediate political future.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- California Assembly Speaker John Perez pledged Wednesday to cautiously begin restoring funding to some social programs that were slashed during the recession and said lawmakers will ask voters to approve a revised rainy day fund on the November 2014 ballot.
*Congress seeking third term in election due by May. NEW DELHI, Dec 12- India's battle with inflation and weak economic growth became more challenging on Thursday with a sharp spike in the cost of food driving the highest retail price rises on record and a worse-than-anticipated contraction in industrial production.
*Police ordered to protect PM's office but not confront protesters. BANGKOK, Dec 12- The head of Thailand's armed forces has turned down a request for a meeting in a huge blow to the leader of anti-government protesters who had asked police and military chiefs to choose sides in the crisis amid dwindling public support.
BANGALORE, Dec 12- Indian shares are forecast to scale new highs next year after elections, attracting offshore funds despite an expected rough period for emerging markets when the U.S.
*Protest leaders wants to meet police, army chiefs. BANGKOK, Dec 12- Anti-government protesters in Thailand pinned their hopes on winning support from the powerful security forces on Thursday as they push to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and install an unelected administration.
BANGKOK, Dec 12- Anti-government protesters in Thailand pinned their hopes on winning support from the powerful security forces on Thursday to take forward a campaign to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and install an unelected administration.
KIEV, Dec 11- Ukrainian protesters stood their ground on Wednesday after an overnight sweep by riot police and their leaders dismissed an offer of talks from a president they say must quit for favouring ties with Russia over the European Union.
ROME, Dec 11- Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote in the Senate on Wednesday, confirming his government's majority after promising sweeping reforms and urging lawmakers to back him or risk chaos.
WASHINGTON, Dec 11- The top Republican on the U.S. Senate's tax-writing panel on Wednesday endorsed President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next chief of the Internal Revenue Service, smoothing the path for what will likely be a prompt Senate confirmation.
SANTIAGO, Dec 11- Red-hot favorite Michelle Bachelet is almost certain to cruise to victory in Chile's presidential runoff election on Sunday, propelled by her warm style and vows to redress steep income inequality.
*Letta wins confidence vote in lower house, expected to win in Senate. ROME, Dec 11- Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote in parliament's lower chamber on Wednesday after urging lawmakers to back his government or risk chaos.
MADISON, Wis.-- Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature, including possible gubernatorial candidate Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, called on Republicans Tuesday to hold a public hearing on a bill to increase the minimum wage. The request for a hearing comes as President Barack Obama and Democrats nationally have been calling for an increase in the minimum wage.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.-- A major credit-rating house took a more positive outlook Tuesday on Illinois' ability to pay its debts, a rare economic bright spot for the state one week after lawmakers approved major pension-reform legislation.
ROME, Dec 11- Prime Minister Enrico Letta called on parliament on Wednesday to back his government or risk chaos as he sought to push through long-avoided reforms intended to revive Italy's economy after two years of recession.