Obama's immigration move disappoints businesses

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.

US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more.

AP sources: EPA to propose stricter smog standard

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Coming full circle on a campaign promise, the Obama administration will propose Wednesday to reduce the amount of smog-forming pollution allowed in the air, which has been linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems.

Judge to elections officials: Reveal sources of campaign spending

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

WASHINGTON-In a decision that could force disclosure of some of the secret money flooding into elections, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that groups that run election-related ads must reveal their donors.

Valcke: FIFA faces 'years' to rebuild reputation

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke acknowledged Tuesday that it will take "years to rebuild our reputation" following the World Cup bidding corruption investigation.

Holder: 'Disappointed' by violence in Ferguson

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he was "disappointed" by the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Sony to offer partial refunds for gaming console

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people who bought the handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita are in line for a partial refund from Sony because of questionable claims in its advertising.

White House vows to kill deal to extend tax breaks

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

The White House is working feverishly to quickly scuttle a congressional effort to permanently renew generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals, saying a plan brewing on Capitol Hill favored corporations over the working class.

Ed Dept. seek to improve teacher prep programs

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

The Obama administration, seeking to improve teaching even before teachers enter the classroom, is proposing new rules that would penalize teacher-training programs that turn out ill-prepared graduates.

Judge: FEC improperly narrowed disclosure rules

|Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

The Federal Election Commission impermissibly narrowed disclosure requirements for corporations and labor organizations that finance electioneering communications, the political ads that run close to an election, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

AP sources: Top candidate for defense job bows out

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Michele Flournoy, a main contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the Pentagon's top job, people familiar with the process said Tuesday.

Schumer to Dems: Make government help workers

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

The Senate Democrats' top message man is urging the party leftward in the wake of crushing midterm election losses, saying working Americans want a robust government that will promote education access, labor bargaining rights, progressive taxes and more.

Court to weigh impact of disability law on police

|Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

The Supreme Court will consider whether police must comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act when confronting armed or violent suspects who are mentally ill.

High court to review EPA mercury limits

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

The Supreme Court is stepping into a new case about Obama administration environmental rules, agreeing to review a ruling that upholds emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Obama: No excuse for violent, destructive protest

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

President Barack Obama sharply rebuked protesters Tuesday night for racially charged violence in Missouri, saying there was no excuse for burning buildings, torching cars and destroying other property after a grand jury declined to indict the white police officer who shot a black teenager.

IRS workers to receive bonuses of 1 percent

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Rank-and-file IRS workers are again getting a bonus.

More-confident US households step up borrowing

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Americans are slowly but steadily borrowing more money, bringing to an end a five-year effort to cut household debt that has slowed consumer spending and the economy.

Facing health law hikes, consumers mull options

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law.

US consumer confidence falls in November

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

U.S. consumer confidence fell in November following a big gain the previous month, as Americans became less bullish about the economy and jobs.

How much do you know about how the Internet works?

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Most people can recognize Microsoft founder Bill Gates and know that hashtags belong in tweets, but are confused about whether having a privacy policy means that a company actually keeps consumer information confidential, according to a new Pew Research study released Tuesday.