Historic Vegas neon signs shine bright for 1st time in years

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As Frank Sinatra asks Lady Luck to stick around, the neon red lights of one of Las Vegas' most famous towering signs appear to dance under the night sky, revealing a beating heart and the rest of the marquee of a famed casino-hotel. Other rusted, dusted and broken neon signs in a large gravel lot ringed by a security wall appear to light up with neon not seen for decades as other classic tunes play in the background.

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  • Written by By REGINA GARCIA CANO , Associated Press

For-profit loan forgiveness program could see major cut


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department's plan to provide only partial relief to some students defrauded by for-profit colleges could reduce overall payments by about 60 percent, according to a preliminary analysis obtained by The Associated Press.

  • Written by By MARIA DANILOVA , Associated press

Top jobs in Congress no longer the prize they used to be


WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers spend their careers eying coveted committee chairmanships, angling for the chance at the perks and power that came with the top spot.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

Pentagon: Gag order on Afghan data was a mistake


WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt reversal, the U.S. military on Tuesday said it made a mistake when it ordered an independent federal auditor to stop providing the public with information about U.S. war efforts in Afghanistan that help to measure how the 16-year-old stalemated war is going.


  • Written by ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR , AP National Security Writer

Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan tackle US health care "tapeworm"

Amazon is diving into health care, teaming up with Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase, to create a company that helps their U.S. employees find quality care "at a reasonable cost."


  • Written by By TOM MURPHY, AP Health Writer