Insurers raise California health-care rates

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (Los Angeles Times) Despite objections from regulators, health insurers Blue Shield of California and Aetna Inc. are proceeding with double-digit rate increases that state officials said were unreasonable. more…

Obama budget delayed until April

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (THE HILL) The Obama administration will release its 2014 budget more than two months late on April 8, according to congressional sources. Pentagon officials have informed the House more…

Furlough plans vary widely at gov't agencies

by -NO AUTHOR- -- WASHINGTON — (AP) Federal workers could face seven days of furloughs at the Housing and Urban Development Department, but Homeland Security personnel might see twice that number. At more…

Record 89,304,000 Americans 'not in labor force'

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (CNSNews.com) - The number of Americans designated as "not in the labor force" in February was 89,304,000, a record high, up from 89,008,000 in January, according tothe Department of Labor. more…

Smith & Wesson earnings explode

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (LA TIMES) Gun maker Smith & Wesson Holdings Corp. said its fiscal third-quarter earnings more than tripled from the previous year as Americans hurried to purchase firearms amid more…

O'Keefe settles suit with ACORN worker

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (LA TIMES) SAN DIEGO — James O'Keefe, the conservative activist whose hidden-camera stings have been aimed at liberal targets, has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit more…