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Trouble at the polls: Voters endure delays, lines, misinformation

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A big turnout, voting-machine breakdowns and misinformation about voter eligibility requirements snarled balloting at many of the nation's polling places Tuesday, forcing voters to wait as long as five hours to cast their ballots.

November 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Jobs harder to find for disabled Americans

WASHINGTON - Disabled Americans who want to work face the dimmest job prospects in recent memory.

October 23, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Huge surge in disability payments threatening to undermine system

WASHINGTON - The leading safety-net program for America's disabled workers is in a financial death spiral in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

October 23, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Is America losing patience with the unemployed?

WASHINGTON - As the nation celebrates U.S. workers this Labor Day weekend, many jobless Americans say they sense a growing indifference to their plight, and even a certain level of demonization.

September 04, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

GOP govs raise new complaint over health overhaul

WASHINGTON - The nation's Republican governors are raising a new complaint against the 2010 national health overhaul: They say it would drive up their Medicaid costs dramatically at a time they're already slashing their budgets to cope with debt.

March 13, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Men gaining most jobs during recovery; women lose ground

The early stages of the economic recovery have taken on a decidedly masculine tone.

March 06, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Report: Affordable rentals fell sharply during US downturn

Rising rents, stagnant wages and high unemployment led more than 7 million U.S. households either to live in substandard dwellings or pay more than half their monthly incomes for rent in 2009, according to a federal report delivered to Congress on Tuesday.

February 02, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
US hospitals to begin reporting bloodstream infections

US hospitals to begin reporting bloodstream infections

WASHINGTON - Hoping to erase a troubling legacy of preventable infections and deaths, most U.S. hospitals on Jan. 1 will begin reporting the number of patients who contract bloodstream infections following their treatment in intensive-care units.

December 12, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Overdraft protection begins

The new consumer protections against overdraft fees are now in effect.

August 15, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Housing crisis hits Latinos, blacks hardest

WASHINGTON - Recent African-American and Latino home borrowers - regardless of their income - were much more likely to lose their homes to foreclosure than non-Hispanic whites during the ongoing housing crisis, according to a new study.

June 19, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Social Security takes hit: more retirees, less revenue

WASHINGTON - A surge of early retirements and a decline in payroll tax revenue caused by the recession have begun to cut deeply into Social Security's surplus funding.

February 14, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

COBRA subsidy is ending for many

WASHINGTON - Just before Don Hall and his family left town for Thanksgiving, the laid-off manufacturing supervisor from Castalia, Ohio, wrote a $763.81 check to his health-insurance company for his December payment.

December 01, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Pro-consumer credit-card law starts to take effect this week

WASHINGTON — The credit-card legislation signed by President Obama in May provides consumers with their first morsel of relief on Thursday when card issuers must begin giving more notice before imposing rate increases or charging late fees.

August 19, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Job-based health premiums spiraling

Job-based health premiums spiraling

WASHINGTON — Premiums for job-based health insurance are up 5 percent in 2008 and have more than doubled since 1999, a growth rate that far outpaces inflation and the increase in workers' wages over the same period, according to an annual survey of employers.

September 25, 2008 12:00 amLoading…
Bankruptcy filings soaring

Bankruptcy filings soaring

WASHINGTON — Driven by a sour economy and skittish consumers, U.S. business bankruptcies had their sharpest quarterly rise in two years, jumping 17 percent in the second quarter of 2008, according to an analysis by McClatchy Newspapers.

July 19, 2008 12:00 amLoading…

Hurdles keep 'morning-after pill' beyond reach of some women

WASHINGTON — When the Food and Drug Administration allowed the so-called "morning-after pill" to be sold over the counter last year, reproductive-rights advocates felt they'd cleared a major hurdle in eliminating delays that diminish the drug's effectiveness.

May 13, 2007 12:00 amLoading…

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