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Analysis: Gay Marriage Remains A Tough Sell In Illinois

Posted: 01/06/2013 - The stalling of Illinois' same-sex marriage push — at least for now — shows the difficulty of approving legislation to legalize it, even with a nudge from the home-state president, steadily rising support in the polls and national momentum from the November elections.

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Obama: US can't Afford More Showdowns Over Debt, Deficits

Posted: 01/06/2013 - Fresh from the long legislative fight to prevent a "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts, President Barack Obama warned Saturday that the United States could not afford further budget showdowns this year or in the future.

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Patrick Kennedy Leads Campaign Against Marijuana Legalization

Posted: 01/06/2013 - Retired Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy is taking aim at what he sees as knee-jerk support for marijuana legalization among his fellow liberals, in a project that carries special meaning for the self-confessed former Oxycontin addict.

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Obama Urges Action On Debt Ceiling

Posted: 01/05/2013 - President Barack Obama says he is willing to consider more spending cuts and tax increases to reduce the deficit -- one of the next big items on the agenda in his struggles with Congress.

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Egypt Says It Seized US-Made Missiles Near Gaza

Updated: 01/04/2013 - Egyptian authorities seized six U.S.-made missiles in the Sinai Peninsula Friday that security officials said were likely smuggled from Libya and bound for the Gaza Strip.

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FDA Issues Sweeping New Food Safety Rules

Posted: 01/04/2013 - The Food and Drug Administration is proposing the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens.

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Farm Bill Extension Evidence Of Lost Clout

Posted: 01/04/2013 - A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts.

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Jobless Claims Rise In Holiday-Distorted Week

Posted: 01/04/2013 - Private-sector employers shrugged off a looming budget crisis and stepped up hiring in December, offering further evidence of underlying strength in the economy as 2012 ended.

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CDC: 1 in 24 Admit Nodding Off While Driving

Posted: 01/03/2013 - In a government study released Thursday, a little over 4 percent of U.S. adults said they fell asleep while driving at least once in the previous month.

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Red States Get Health Care Nod From Obama

Posted: 01/03/2013 - The Obama administration announced Thursday that four red states are on the list of those getting the initial go-ahead to build their own health insurance marketplaces.

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Subaru Announces Massive Recall

Posted: 01/03/2013 - Subaru is recalling nearly 634,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. because lights beneath the doors can overheat and cause fires.

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Sandy Hook Elementary Students Return To Class

Updated: 01/03/2013 - The Newtown schools superintendent says they're preparing for a "normal" day today when students from Sandy Hook Elementary School return to school for the first time since a gunman killed 20 children and six staff.

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Obama Signs $633 Billion Defense Bill

Posted: 01/03/2013 - The $633 billion defense bill for the next year was signed into law by President Barack Obama overnight, and there are some local impacts for our vast military communities here in the east.

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Al-Jazeera Buys Current TV From Al Gore

Posted: 01/02/2013 - Al-Jazeera, the Pan-Arab news channel that struggled to win space on American cable television, has acquired Current TV, according to co-founder Al Gore.

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American Journalist Missing In Syria

Posted: 01/02/2013 - The family of an American journalist says he went missing in Syria more than one month ago while covering the civil war there.

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