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Deadly Mexico prison break near U.S. border

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — At least seven prisoners were killed and 59 others escaped after guards lost control of a prison in the town of Nuevo Laredo, on the border with the United States, state officials said. Soldiers surrounded the Sanctions Enforcement Center prison following a breakout that came after…

Jobless claims jump to highest numbers in 8 months

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New U.S. claims for unemployment aid unexpectedly rose last week to touch their highest level in eight months, pushed up by factors ranging from spring break layoffs to the introduction of an emergency benefits program, a government report showed on Thursday. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits…

Texas House panel approves tax break for yachts

A tax break for those who want to buy yachts costing $250,000 or more will be considered by the Texas House of Representatives after Republican state lawmakers passed the legislation in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday. The measure, HB 2187, would cap the maximum sales tax the…

Obama proposes more tax incentives for job-creating firms

President Barack Obama said on Saturday he wants to create tax incentives for businesses that innovate and create new jobs. “I want to give every business in America a tax break so they can write off the cost of all new equipment they buy next year,” the president said in…

House members scurry back to pass jobs bill

House members return to vote on jobs bill for teachers and government workers House members are giving up a couple of days reconnecting with folks in their districts this week to pass a jobs bill that Democrats say is crucial to the nation’s well-being. The unusual in-and-out session was called…

Code Pink protester: Blackwater official threatened to kill me

A Code Pink protester claimed a high-ranking Blackwater official threatened his life during a break of a Senate Armed Services hearing focused on the military contractor's actions in Afghanistan.…

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