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Economy Nov 17

U.S. pension agency reports $62 billion deficit

WASHINGTON — The federal watchdog agency overseeing the nation's retirement pension system says it's running a $62 billion deficit — almost double last year's shortfall — mostly due to the poor financial condition of a few large multi-employer pension plans.

Politics Sep 07

Romney: I would have done a better job than Obama

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney says there is no question in his mind that he would have been more effective in the White House than President Barack Obama. But he reiterates he has no plans to run again.

Nation Jul 15

Feds issue new guidelines to protect pregnant workers

WASHINGTON — For the first time in 30 years, the federal government is issuing new guidelines designed to protect pregnant workers from on-the-job discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) update makes it clear that any form of workplace discrimination…

Education Jul 04

College presidents oppose unions for student athletes

WASHINGTON — Northwestern University on Thursday urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its scholarship football players to unionize, holding up the football program as exemplifying the university's integration of athletics and education.

Nation Mar 20

Unemployment rate among veterans drops, but remains high

The unemployment rate for veterans who served since 2001 dipped slightly in 2013 to 9 percent, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That's down from 9.9 percent the year before, but well above overall civilian unemployment levels of around 7 percent…

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