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Corbett: I kept no-new tax pledge the 'best I can'

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday that he believes he fulfilled the spirit of his 2010 campaign pledge not to raise taxes or fees, but he will not renew that sweeping vow in his current bid for a second term.

High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia.

Appeals court says term limits can't be on ballot

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

An Illinois appeals court on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling barring a question from the November ballot about whether to impose legislative term limits, dealing another potential setback to Republican Bruce Rauner's campaign for governor.

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported Wednesday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study raises questions about how late after infection treatments might work.

Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Janet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve's first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke's Fed had steered the economy through a deep crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks. Yellen has so far carried on his approach with barely a hiccup.

APNewsBreak: BofA reaches $17B settlement with US

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion settlement to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes.

Some Fed officials want to slow economic help soon

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Some Federal Reserve officials think the U.S. economy is improving fast enough that the Fed will need to act sooner than previously thought to slow the extraordinary support it's been providing through ultra-low interest rates.

7-year sentence for boxer turned bank robber

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

A federal judge sentenced a former world champion boxer convicted of several bank robberies to seven years in prison, handing down a lighter sentence in part because of the defendant's boxing-related injuries, his difficult childhood and a mistake by a Georgia court in 2001 that resulted in his spending additional years in prison.

Christie stumps for Kansas counterpart Brownback

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie praised Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's leadership during a Wednesday stopover in the Midwest, hoping to give his fellow Republican a boost in the polls amid Brownback's tougher-than-expected race against Democrat Paul Davis.