Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | Posted Oct 21st - 11:40pm
THE ISSUE: Tensions have been rising between China and the United States. China is modernizing its military and pressing its sovereignty claims over the disputed South China Sea, an important route for global trade. The U.S. is pushing back by increasing its military presence in Asia, which China views as provocative. The U.S. also accuses China of unfair trading practices and cyber theft of business secrets. Tough action by either side could spark a skirmish at sea or a trade war that would make many goods in the U.S. more expensive.
Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press | Posted Oct 21st - 11:30pm
THE ISSUE: Modest income growth for most Americans, strikes by fast-food workers, and the rapid growth of low-paying jobs at the same time middle-income work shrinks have combined to make the minimum wage a top economic issue for the 2016 campaign. Millions could benefit: Raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $12 would lift pay for 35 million workers, or 1 in 4 employees nationwide, according to the liberal Economic Policy Institute. But it would also boost costs for employers and may slow hiring. And it could lead to higher prices at clothing stores and restaurants and for other services.
Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | Posted Oct 21st - 11:20pm
THE ISSUE: The Internal Revenue Service touches everyone, not just taxpayers but anyone who receives a government check, drives on roads made possible by tax revenue or sends a child to a school helped by Washington. It's a touch that can come with a heavy hand, in the eyes of critics who believe the agency's far-reaching powers are abused and need to be tamed.
Megan Trimble and Mark Scolforo, Associated Press | Posted Oct 21st - 10:50pm
Emergency crews were monitoring a pipeline that ruptured during a freak storm in Pennsylvania, anxiously waiting to see if nearly 55,000 gallons of gasoline would reach drinking water supplies serving thousands of residents.
Mark Scolforo and Megan Trimble, Associated Press | Posted Oct 21st - 9:50pm
Strong storms hit pockets of western and central Pennsylvania early Friday, bringing up to 7 inches of rain, turning roads into rivers, damaging homes in communities as far as 150 miles apart and killing one person.
Michael Balsamo and Michael Catalini, Associated Press | Posted Oct 21st - 9:01pm
Republican Gov. Chris Christie approved of a traffic study on the George Washington Bridge, his former deputy chief of staff testified Friday in her criminal trial, but federal prosecutors say it was actually a cover story for a political payback scheme designed to cause traffic jams.
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | Posted Oct 21st - 8:31pm
A U.N. human rights expert urged the next U.N. secretary-general on Friday to make the elimination of tax havens a priority to ensure that corporations, billionaires and "kleptocrats" pay their fair share of taxes.
Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press | Posted Oct 21st - 5:50pm
New Jersey Transit's top officials skipped a state oversight hearing Friday to meet with federal regulators, upsetting lawmakers eager to question them about their agency's poor safety record and slow deployment of sophisticated technology that could have prevented a deadly crash last month.
Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | Posted Oct 21st - 5:10pm
Investor fraud accusations against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton are back in federal court, at least for now, after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday refiled a civil lawsuit against the Republican that a judge previously dismissed.
A chemical spill at a northeast Kansas distilling plant released a noxious cloud of fumes Friday, forcing temporary evacuations and sending dozens of people to the hospital, including two who were in intensive care, officials said.
Raphael Satter and Frank Bajak, Associated Press | Posted Oct 21st - 4:40pm
Cyberattacks on a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted the availability of popular websites across the United States Friday, according to analysts and company officials. The White House described the disruption as malicious. Members of a hacker group spread across China and Russia claimed responsibility, although their assertion couldn't be verified.