Alderman: New arena might need regional sales tax

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Seated at a table on the Milwaukee Bucks' home court, Peter Zehren looked around the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday and acknowledged that the facilities look out of date. But the Milwaukee resident was firm when he said taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for an upgrade.

Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.

IRS audits less than 1 percent of big partnerships

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Gov't: Case against a Blackwater guard in jeopardy

|Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

The government says its criminal case against a former Blackwater security guard is in jeopardy as a June 11 trial looms on charges stemming from the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in an incident in Baghdad nearly seven years ago.

Michelle Obama: High school diploma is not enough

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

It may be a few years before the first daughters head to college, but Michelle Obama is already brainstorming a dorm room checklist while encouraging high school students to dream big about their education beyond graduation.

President defending health law good for some Dems

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically.

Dodgers' Puig focuses on baseball despite issues

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Yasiel Puig believes he has the support from his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and the club to help him keep his focus on baseball despite challenges off the field.

Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby.

Obama: No US military involvement in Ukraine

|Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

President Barack Obama is repeating his position that involving the U.S. military in Ukraine is not an option he is considering.

Rio Mayor says no sports 'mausoleum' like Beijing

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes is viewed as the key person to speed up the city's delayed Olympics Games preparations. He has been the point man when all three levels of Brazilian government have debated expenditures for the 2016 Games.

Obama disputes GOP version of immigration call

|Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

President Barack Obama says he's surprised that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is accusing him of failing to work with Congress on immigration.

Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments.

Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians

|Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern.

Obama sends condolences on S Korea ferry disaster

|Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

President Barack Obama is sending condolences to victims of a South Korean ferry disaster and says he will pay tribute during a visit to the country next week.

Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December.

Affidavit: Smuggler threats follow Puig from Cuba

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents.

US decries anti-Semitic leaflets in Ukraine

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

The United States on Thursday condemned as "grotesque" the distribution of leaflets demanding that Jews in eastern Ukraine register with a self-proclaimed local authority or face consequences. U.S. officials also denounced other instances of religious intolerance that are inflaming tensions the crisis in Ukraine and said no such behavior could be tolerated.

Ex BP-employee settles US insider-trading charges

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

A former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has agreed to settle federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock.

Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.

War of words in Northwestern-athletes' union fight

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Northwestern University and a group trying to unionize college athletes are trading accusations as the National Labor Relations Board considers the school's appeal of a federal ruling that scholarship athletes essentially are employees of the university and therefore have the right to unionize, bargain collectively and even strike.