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Second Chicago escapee caught in suburb

Updated: 01/04/2013 - Federal officials say the second of two bank robbers who escaped a federal jail in downtown Chicago has been arrested.

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Stocks inch higher following jobs report

Posted: 01/04/2013 - Stocks are mostly edging higher on Wall Street in early trading after the U.S. government reported that hiring held up last month.

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Poll: Obesity's a crisis but we want our junk food

Updated: 01/04/2013 - Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast food for fueling the nation's obesity epidemic, but a poll finds they're split on how the government should help.

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School offers fresh start for Sandy Hook kids

Posted: 01/04/2013 - Students settled in at their old, familiar desks on Thursday but in a different school in a different town. For some parents, it was tough to let them go.

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Gay marriage supporters look to next session

Updated: 01/04/2013 - A Senate committee voted in favor of a measure to allow gay marriage Thursday. But Senate Democrats delayed a floor vote because three supporters needed for passage were absent.

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New tax law packed with breaks for businesses

Updated: 01/03/2013 - Tucked into the "fiscal cliff" tax package approved by Congress are billions of dollars in tax breaks that should make the new year a lot happier for businesses of many stripes, including film producers, race track owners and the makers of electric motorcycles.

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Floods blamed for 16 pipeline spills

Updated: 01/03/2013 - A new report to Congress says pipeline spills caused by flooding dumped 2.4 million gallons of crude oil and other hazardous liquids into U.S. waterways over the past two decades.

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Fed minutes show some concerns on bond purchases

Updated: 01/03/2013 - Federal Reserve policymakers expressed broad support last month for the Fed's plan to buy bonds to support the U.S. economy. But they differed over how long to keep buying bonds to drive down long-term interest rates.

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Clinton to return to work next week

Updated: 01/03/2013 - The State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to return to work next week after being treated for a blood clot in her head.

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McConnell called obstructionist by critics in Kentucky

Updated: 01/03/2013 - U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, a key negotiator in fiscal cliff talks, has come under attack from groups back home who brand him as an obstructionist whose strategy has benefited many of his campaign donors.

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Penn. governor plans to sue NCAA over Penn St. sanctions

Updated: 01/02/2013 - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has scheduled a news conference to discuss his plans to sue the NCAA over sanctions imposed against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans

Updated: 01/02/2013 - The tax package negotiated by President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans and passed by Congress will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase.

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Obama lauds House vote on 'fiscal cliff'

Posted: 01/01/2013 - President Barack Obama says an effort to change the nation's tax code that is too skewed toward the wealthy has been achieved with the "fiscal cliff" deal approved in Congress.

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House gives final passage to fiscal cliff bill

Updated: 01/02/2013 - Legislation to block the "fiscal cliff" is headed to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature. The bill will avoid, for now, the major tax increases and government spending cuts that had been scheduled to take effect with the new year.

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