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Trucking industry faces severe driver shortages

Nearly 48,000 positions remain open across the industry.

Gay rights battle flares in Houston over nondiscrimination ordinance

The campaign to pass the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, has become a priority for national gay rights groups and the city’s gay mayor — as well as for local business leaders, who fear an economic backlash similar to the one that hammered Indiana earlier this year if it is not adopted. But with an election set for Tuesday, polls show that voters are divided on the measure — and some analysts are predicting defeat.

US Episcopal Church installs first black leader

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry succeeds Katharine Jefferts Schori, who was the first woman in the job.

China: New child policy will affect global economy

BEIJING — China’s decision to abolish its one-child policy is a boon to couples and to sellers of goods from formula to diapers to toys. And it might help defuse economic stresses caused by an aging population.

Virginia prosecutor suspended after pulling gun on fake spiders

An assistant prosecutor in West Virginia has been suspended after pulling a gun and threatening to shoot fake spiders scattered around the office as Halloween decorations.

Senate approves two-year bipartisan budget agreement

The Senate voted early Friday morning to approve a two-year budget deal that would increase spending limits and avert a damaging default, essentially ending the budgetary battles that have defined President Obama's relationship with Congress in recent years.

Panhandling laws face challenge after church signs ruling

Cities trying to limit panhandling in downtowns and tourist areas are facing a new legal hurdle because of a recent Supreme Court ruling that seemingly has nothing to do with asking for money.

Need a cheap, last-minute Halloween costume? Go as these celebrities

It's almost Halloween, and you've got some house parties you need to crash and bars where you'll need to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with people decked out as provocatively-dressed presidential candidates.

US budget deal cuts crop insurance subsidies

The two-year budget deal just approved by Congress produces savings from one of the most popular programs in farm country — federally subsidized crop insurance — and farm-state lawmakers are furious.

Nation’s rural roads feel funding crunch

Amid the orange traffic cones and construction signs, something surprising is happening to Iowa’s transportation system.

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House GOP, eager to mend wounds, elects Ryan as new speaker

Splintered House Republicans elected Rep. Paul Ryan to be the chamber's 54th speaker on Thursday, turning to the youthful but battle-tested Wisconsin lawmaker to mend the party's self-inflicted wounds and help woo voters in next year's elections.

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Army blimp breaks loose, drifts for hours over Pennsylvania

A slow-moving, unmanned Army surveillance blimp floated over Pennsylvania for hours causing electrical outages as its tether hit power lines, after it broke loose from its mooring at a Maryland military facility.

Lawmakers angry over threatened cuts in crop insurance

Leaders agreed to in the future rollback a provision in the bill regarding crop insurance that would produce $3 billion in saving over 10 years. Members of the House and Senate Agriculture committees were angry over the provision, arguing they made carefully considered changes to this program in the most recent Farm Bill and were not consulted about the language in the budget deal.

Fed keeps rate at record low but will consider December hike

The Federal Reserve is keeping its key short-term interest rate at a record low in light of a weak global economy, slower U.S. hiring and subpar inflation. But it signaled the possibility of a rate hike in December.

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Questions remain after deputy fired over tossing teen

A South Carolina sheriff says he acted swiftly but carefully in firing a school resource officer caught on video flipping a disruptive student out of her desk and tossing her across the floor.