December 16, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Congressional negotiators reached agreement Thursday on a compromise spending bill to avert a weekend federal shutdown. They also worked toward a deal renewing the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for another year but prepared a shorter version as a fallback in case talks fell short. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) told reporters he was still optimistic that bipartisan talks on yearlong extensions of the Social Security payroll tax cut and unemployment coverage would succeed.
November 26, 2011 |
Overnight shoppers were still prowling around in pajamas when Diane Blasek-Kehoe arrived at King of Prussia mall about 10 a.m. But where she planted herself first - the cookware department at J.C. Penney - said a lot about the forces that coaxed retailers to open earlier than ever, and shoppers to venture out at midnight for extreme Black Friday sales. She and others in one of the store's longer checkout lines were not holding designer-brand appliances. They instead held boxes labeled COOKS and JCP, low-cost brands owned and heavily promoted by J.C. Penney itself and, therefore, cheaper than brand-name competition.
November 23, 2011 |
IT IS OCT. 1, the final Saturday of Major League Baseball's regular season. The Phillies and Astros both clinched wild-card spots earlier in the week and are now destined for a one-game playoff in 4 days. But with two games remaining, the site of that playoff game depends on what happens today and tomorrow. The Astros' rotation calls for aces Roger Clemens and Roy Oswalt to close out the regular season, while the Phillies have their two most productive starters ready to go. Houston leads by one game in the standings, which means today and tomorrow will decide which team hosts the playoff.
November 11, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The NBA delivered a new, revised proposal to the National Basketball Players Association on Thursday night. After more than 20 hours of negotiating over two days, the union has decided to "step away" from the bargaining process and take the revised proposal to its 30 player representatives for consideration. NBA commissioner David Stern explained that the league "doesn't expect [the union] to like every aspect of our proposal" but said this proposal would have the owners' approval.
November 10, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Union leaders said yesterday that their success in striking down an Ohio law curbing collective-bargaining rights for public workers points to an energized labor movement that could be pivotal in helping Democrats win battleground states in next year's election. "What happened in Ohio last night matters everywhere," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. "I think the governors in the other states ought to take heed of this, and if they don't, they do so at their own peril.
November 10, 2011 |
The NBA and the players association spent Wednesday afternoon and evening bargaining, attempting to hammer out the final details of the league's next collective bargaining agreement. The meeting began at 1 p.m. and had not yet ended for this edition. One NBA source said the two sides were "closer than they've ever been," although a similar sense of optimism has existed previously, without any resolution. Wednesday's meeting was arranged at the last minute in advance of the NBA's self-imposed "deadline" that the union accept the latest proposal by Wednesday at 5 p.m. The sides blew past that 5 p.m. deadline and continued negotiating.
October 9, 2011 |
PHOENIX - Tired of chilly weather last winter, Wayne Johnson and Rachel Wright decided it was time to get away. Johnson has family in the Phoenix area, so they figured why not head to the desert to play some golf? The mild Arizona weather was "just what we needed," said Johnson, of Reno, Nev. "It doesn't get any better than this. " Whether it's a way to escape the cold this winter or you've-got-to-be-kidding-me deals other times of year, Arizona is a haven for golf enthusiasts.
October 9, 2011 |
MANUEL ANTONIO, Costa Rica - The afternoon rains long gone, the beach crowd at Playa Espadilla sits back to watch the liquid golds and purples of the Pacific sunset spread across the sky. Surfers catch the last curls of the day breaking toward the crescent-shaped cove. The snowbirds who flock to this resort along Costa Rica's central Pacific coast won't be here for months. There's plenty of room - and plenty of bargains - in local hotels, inns, and restaurants for travelers who don't mind dodging a shower or two during the region's May-to-December rainy season.
October 2, 2011 |
What happens when a handful of young men rent a fragile 19th-century house and have too many parties? That house is a real bargain when it hits the market. "We got a good deal here," Michael Anderson says of the cottage on Iseminger Street that he and Thomas Scheufele bought in 2001. "Those kids really messed up the house, but as soon as we saw it, I wanted it and knew we could fix it up. " If the 1832 property had not been in such poor condition, adds Anderson, a flight attendant on international routes, he and Scheufele, who teaches economics at a secondary school in Stuttgart, Germany, probably could not have afforded it. Once the couple purchased their bargain, the reality set in: The problems would be enormous - how would they proceed?
October 1, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Friday's make-or-break NBA labor meeting in New York lasted six hours, one of the lockout's longest bargaining sessions, and by all accounts included a spirit of cooperation. The two sides have agreed to meet again on Saturday morning, which is at the very least a sign of positive momentum. Entering Friday's meeting, both sides made it clear that if forward progress was gained, they would negotiate through the weekend. NBA Players Association president Derek Fisher explained that the meeting was an exchange of "ideas, concepts, and system issues.