Third Ron Paul aide gets prison time for campaign violations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The deputy manager of Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign was sentenced Wednesday to three months in prison for conspiring to cover up campaign payments to a former Iowa state senator, after a judge determined he played a larger role than two other aides who were spared prison time.

  • Written by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Chicago to add 970 new police positions over next 2 years

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's police department will add nearly 1,000 new positions over the next two years, a move that comes as the city deals with a dramatic increase in shootings and homicides and battles financial woes that threaten basic services.

  • Written by DON BABWIN, Associated Press

US stocks rise with oil prices ahead of Fed statement

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are higher Wednesday as energy companies rise with the price of oil. Metals prices are also rising as the dollar gets a bit weaker. Investors are waiting for the Federal Reserve to conclude a policy meeting.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer

Fed keeps key rate unchanged but hints of coming hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged but sending a strong signal that it will likely boost rates before the end of the year.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer