The budget season in Connecticut began with a gamble. Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy said he and labor leaders would find a way to save $2 billion, and the Democratic legislature said okay. Eventually, the governor and the state's unions came to an agreement on ways to save money in pensions, health care and other areas. But with just days to go before the July 1 budget deadline, the state's 46,000 workers rejected that deal. Now, Malloy wants lawmakers to give him the go-ahead to lay off more than 6,000 to balance his budget. Jeff Cohen reports from Hartford.
The White House and Congress continue to wrangle over a deal on the debt ceiling before Aug. 2. If they don't, the nation will default on its loans. Host Scott Simon talks to Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, about the obstacles to a deal, what a short-term deal might look like, and the consequences of no deal being reached at all.
In the middle of Africa lies a little-known country, landlocked and sparsely populated, that could well be one of the world's leading exporters of gold in the near future: the Central African Republic.
International mining companies hope to establish operations there soon. But until then, with gold prices soaring, the hunt for gold is led by former farmers. In one mining village, thousands of people are gambling on a lucky strike.
After spending years at the center of heated national debate over capital punishment, Illinois' death row officially died Friday when a state law abolishing the death penalty quietly took effect.
The state garnered international attention when then-Republican Gov. George Ryan declared a moratorium in 2000 after several inmates' death sentences were overturned and he cleared death row three years later. One man who came within 48 hours of being executed was among those later declared innocent.
Rafael Nadal will get to play one more match as the top-ranked man in the tennis world, and it will be in the Wimbledon final against the man who is going to replace him.
The defending champion reached his fifth final at the All England Club on Friday, beating Andy Murray 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. But the win wasn't enough to hold onto his No. 1 ranking, which instead will go to Novak Djokovic for the first time on Monday.
The hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault may have inflicted fatal damage on her own case by lying to prosecutors about her life story and what she did in the moments after the suspected attack, legal experts said.
Many Republicans argue that affluent Americans already pay more than their share in taxes, but Pat Bagley thinks their reasoning is in for rough weather, while Chip Bok doesn't find fairness in President Obama's position.
Zynga, the maker of online games like Farmville and CityVille, filed for an initial public offering today with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company is looking to raise as much as $1 billion from investors.