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For The Unemployed, Ideas To Help Bridge The Gap To Work

<b>Listen · 4:29</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>When members of Congress return to work next week, at the top of the "to-do" list is whether to renew emergency unemployment benefits. An extension of the benefits expired at the end of 2013, which means 1.3 million out-of-work Americans are no …

Obama Calls For Restoring Unemployment Benefits

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Congress to reinstate jobless benefits for more than a million Americans.<p>In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the unemployment insurance is a "vital economic lifeline" for many people. And he says failure to reinstate the benefits …

Barack Obama pushes Congress to act on lapsed unemployment benefits

President Barack Obama on Saturday used his weekly presidential address to urge Congress to reinstate jobless benefits for more than a million Americans. The benefits lapsed on 28 December, after they were not included in bipartisan budget deal.<p>In his address, released while he concludes a vacation …

Rice's walk on the mild side

In late December, National Security Adviser Susan Rice pushed her aides to deliver a particular memo to President Barack Obama on an accelerated schedule — until she realized her timetable meant they’d have to work straight through the night before Christmas.<p>“If this is going to f— up everyone’s …

Parents of Calcutta gang-rape teenager: 'We were abandoned by everyone'

Aged 16, she was gang-raped, and reported it to Calcutta's police. After doing so, she was gang-raped again as punishment. Then she was burnt alive, dying on New Year's Day. Dean Nelson talks to her family<p>When she heard the knock on the door, the 16-year-old girl was waiting to hear if she’d been …

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10 must-watch House races

Republicans head into the midterm election with the clear upper hand in the battle for control of the House. Political handicappers give Democrats virtually no shot at erasing the 17-seat deficit separating them from the speaker’s gavel.<p>But that doesn’t mean there will be a shortage of races with …

Tormented over their looks? Bullied teens seek free plastic surgery from a NYC nonprofit

A nonprofit in New York has an admirable mission: to provide free plastic surgery for low-income children who have facial deformities. Some of the kids who apply to the Little Baby Face Foundation do so because they are being teased over their looks. But is plastic surgery a smart way to help …

Dems seize on income inequality

Democrats aren’t wasting any time tackling an issue they are convinced will help them this election year: income inequality.<p>One of the Senate’s first votes upon returning to Washington from its holiday break Monday will be on a bill reviving emergency unemployment benefits that lapsed at the end of …

The XX factor: Women to watch in '14

Women are front-and-center in some of the biggest races of 2014, and some of them bring serious star power to their contests.<p>Both Democratic and Republican party insiders are enthusiastic about several top-flight female recruits. Still, it’s too soon to say if the midterm results will match the …

New York Weighs Easing Limits On Marijuana Use

New York may join a group of states that have loosened restrictions on marijuana: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reportedly considering allowing the use of the drug for medicinal purposes.<p><i>The New York Times</i> first reported the story. Here's more from the paper:<p>"The shift by Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat who had long …

Snow and Freezing Rain Foretell Brutal Winter Ahead

An arctic blast plunged much of the Great Plains through the Great Lakes and even into the Deep South into freezing weather Sunday, hitting some of …

'Polar Vortex' Brings Bitter Cold, Heavy Snow To U.S.

When the National Weather Service warns of "life-threatening wind chill" affecting the Northern and Central parts of the country, you'd better pay attention.<p>Here's what it says:<p>"The coldest temperatures in almost two decades will spread into the northern and central U.S. today behind an arctic cold …