Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bills Target the Economy

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bills Target the Economy

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the Senate rolled out an election- year agenda Wednesday in an appeal to middle-class voters. It includes new tax breaks for college and child care, and expanded refunds for lower-income workers.

Democrats also will push for votes on extending unemployment benefits and raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour as President Barack Obama has proposed.

Republicans argue that the best way to help middle-class families would be to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, House Republicans' conservative bloc unveiled an agenda largely based on rolling back government regulations they say impede business expansion.

Neither package of bills is expected to gain much traction in Congress, where the parties remain deeply divided over the best approach to stubborn unemployment, low wages and too few new jobs.

Charlotte mayor resigns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mayor Patrick Cannon has resigned effective immediately just hours after he was charged with federal public corruption and bribery, a city spokesman said.

Mr. Cannon, 47, is accused of accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to do work with North Carolina's largest city.

A criminal complaint from the U.S. Attorney says the Democrat, who has been mayor for six months, accepted cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and the use of a luxury apartment as bribes and solicited more than $1 million more.

Mudslide search continues

DARRINGTON, Wash. -- Search crews using dogs, bulldozers and their bare hands kept slogging through the mess of broken wood and mud again Wednesday, looking for more bodies or anyone who might still be alive nearly five days after a wall of fast-moving earth destroyed a small rural community.

But authorities have acknowledged they might have to leave some victims buried -- 24 bodies have been found after the slide that swept through a rural area north of Seattle on Saturday, though not all had been removed from the area. Dozens of people remain unaccounted for, although that number is expected to go down.

Airport security review

LOS ANGELES -- The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours after a review of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. …

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