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American Airlines asks bankruptcy judge to ditch union contracts

NEW YORK — More than 300 American Airlines’ transport workers and flight attendants rallied in protest in front of the U.S. bankruptcy court Monday where their company asked a judge to wipe out their labor contracts and unions touted a possible bid by USAirways Inc. to take over the Fort Worth, Texas,-based carrier.

Edwards trial opens with a jolt

GREENSBORO, N.C. — It did not take long for the John Edwards trial to get tawdry, and for once it was not the former presidential candidate at the center of the salacious allegations.

Political push continues on student loan interest rates

WASHINGTON — Hoping for a federal student loan to help pay for college?

Beware, because the interest rates are set to double July 1 unless Congress and the White House find a way to avoid another looming political standoff.

SEC sues former CalPERS chief executive, former board member

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday sued CalPERS’ former chief executive, as well as former board member Alfred Villalobos, in connection with an alleged bribery scheme that rocked the big California pension fund.

If The Health Care Overhaul Goes Down, Could Medicare Follow?

A growing number of health experts are warning of potential collateral damage if the Supreme Court strikes down the entire 2010 Affordable Care Act: potential chaos in the Medicare program.

‘Convention’ Of Convicted Terrorists At N.Y. Trial

here have been hundreds of terrorism trials in the U.S. since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but the case unfolding in Brooklyn, N.Y., is different. While its focus is on defendant Adis Medunjanin and the role he allegedly played in a 2009 plot to bomb New York City subways, the trial itself breaks new ground. It marks the first time the public is hearing in open court about real al-Qaida plots from the people the terrorist group actually dispatched to carry them out.

Mexican immigration at a standstill, report says

LOS ANGELES — The number of Mexican migrants to the United States dropped significantly while the number of those returning home increased, bringing net migration from Mexico to a statistical standstill, according to a report published Monday.

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