A Washington ritual: Pentagon, Congress at odds over bases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon thinks it has a winning argument for why Congress should allow a new round of military base closings. The case goes like this: The Army and Air Force have vastly more space for training and basing troops than they need, and trimming the surplus would save money better used to strengthen the military.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer

Fed will likely keep rates unchanged in face of global slump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market is healthy. The stock market is up. Home prices are rising. Yet as the Federal Reserve prepares to meet this week, it seems in no mood to resume raising interest rates from ultra-lows.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

Illinois impasse sparks fears of the unthinkable: No school

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — The economic hard times that have hit this Illinois coal town are particularly visible inside its 113-year-old high school, where cracks in the walls and holes in the ceiling go unfixed and paint is peeling off the purple lockers lining the hallways.

  • Written by SARA BURNETT, Associated Press