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.
WASHINGTON - Disabled Americans who want to work face the
dimmest job prospects in recent memory.
WASHINGTON - The leading safety-net program for America's
disabled workers is in a financial death spiral in the aftermath of
the Great Recession.
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
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.
The early stages of the economic recovery have taken on a
decidedly masculine tone.
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.
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.
The new consumer protections against overdraft fees are now in
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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