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Detroit Reaches Deal With Fire, Police Retirees That Doesn’t Cut Pensions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Detroit — A major association representing Detroit’s police and fire retirees has agreed to support a deal with the City of Detroit in which uniformed pensioners would not receive cuts to their monthly pension checks. The deal, revealed Tuesday afternoon by Detroit bankruptcy mediator Gerald Rosen, comes as the city is also close to reaching a settlement with its Official Committee of Retirees and two independently run pension fund boards. …

Congress Lets Highway Money Dry Up

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dayton, Ohio — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. Transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay …

Nigerian Gunmen Seize S choolgirls

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Johannesburg — Dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls were loaded into vehicles by armed militants and driven off in the middle of the night, according to Nigerian officials. The gunmen assaulted a boarding school in the town of Chibok, in the country’s northeastern Borno state, on Monday night and ordered the students into three trucks and a bus, according to officials who spoke to Nigerian …

Two Front-Runners in Afghan Election

Monday, April 14, 2014

Kabul, Afghanistan — Two clear front-runners emerged in Afghanistan’s presidential election as partial results released Sunday showed a tight race that increasingly appears destined for a runoff vote. Both candidates promise a fresh start with the West, vowing …

Americans’ Chances of Getting Audited by IRS Lowest in Years

Monday, April 14, 2014

Washington — As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday’s tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years. Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to …

Three Dead After Suburban Kansas City Shooting

Monday, April 14, 2014

Overland Park, Kan. — A man in his 70s opened fire Sunday outside of a Jewish community center and nearby retirement community, killing three people, authorities said. Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said at a news conference …

UN Report: Hasten Action on Climate

Monday, April 14, 2014

Facing a potential climate catastrophe, the world’s governments agreed in 2009 to limit a global rise in mean temperature by the end of this century to avert the frightening effects of global warming. But they face a huge task to meet that pledge, the world’s top climate scientists …

Hearing on 9/11 Conspirator’s Competency

Monday, April 14, 2014

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba — Lawyers and the alleged 9/11 conspirators return to the war court today for the first time this year in a U.S. government bid to determine whether one of the accused plotters is competent to stand trial. At the last hearings, in December, …

Woman Arrested After 7 Dead Babies Found

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Utah woman accused of killing seven babies she gave birth to over 10 years was arrested Sunday after police discovered the tiny bodies stuffed in separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home. Megan Huntsman, …

Ukraine Sets Deadline for Separatists

Monday, April 14, 2014

Moscow — The conflict between pro-Russian gunmen and Ukraine’s authorities turned bloody on Sunday, with one security service officer killed and reports of people wounded on both sides, as the struggle for the country’s east escalated one week …

Group Wants People to Take a Chance on Senior Dogs

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Los Angeles — Erin O’Sullivan wants to change lives by finding new homes for old dogs. Visitors to her popular Facebook page say she has done just that by helping them discover the pets they didn’t know they …

Money Talk: Understanding Other’s Financial Perspective Is Good First Relationship Step

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dear Liz: I am in a new relationship with a great woman. I’ve talked a little bit about money and retirement with her (she’s 30). I am trying to let her know that it would be wise to contribute at least enough to her company’s retirement program to …

Microsoft to End Support of XP System

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New York — Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger. An estimated 30 percent of computers being used by businesses and consumers around …