Stricter rules unveiled for brokers giving retirement advice

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration acted Wednesday to require that brokers who recommend investments for retirement savers meet a stricter standard that now applies to registered advisers: They must act as "fiduciaries" — trustees who are obligated to put their clients' best interests above all.

  • Written by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer

GOP senator meets with Garland, says hearings should be held

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator said Tuesday she is "more convinced than ever" that there should be hearings on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee after meeting with Judge Merrick Garland.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Impeachment call latest complication for Alabama governor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two weeks after admitting to sexually charged remarks to a female aide, embattled Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley faces a call for his impeachment from a bipartisan group of lawmakers who said the public has lost confidence in the Republican governor.

  • Written by KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MELISSA BROWN, Associated Press

Ex-coal CEO faces up to 1 year in sentencing for mine crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former coal executive Don Blankenship could receive up to a year in prison and a fine of $250,000 in connection to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades when he is sentenced one day after the tragedy's sixth anniversary.

  • Written by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press

San Francisco tries to make life affordable in costly city

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In approving a novel paid parental leave policy, San Francisco officials buttressed their efforts to make life a little more affordable for workers who eke out a living in one of the most expensive cities in the country.

  • Written by JANIE HAR, Associated Press