|Pain Spreads as Credit Vise Grows Tighter|
Lenders have become even less willing to part with their money, further crimping budgets and family spending.
|For Rivals, Finance Crisis Is Posing on-the-Fly Tests|
The presidential race has turned into an audition for who could best handle a national economic emergency.
|Drug Label, Maimed Patient and Test for Court|
At issue is whether plaintiffs have the right to sue when the products that hurt them had met federal standards.
|After Impasse, New California Budget Agreement|
California legislative leaders and the governor have come to an agreement on the state budget, which is now roughly three months late.
|California Bans Texting by Operators of Trains|
After investigators said an engineer in last week's collision had been texting on the job, regulators temporarily banned the use of all cellular devices by anyone at the controls of a moving train.
|Political Memo: Given G.O.P. Predicament, Rangel Opts to Ride Out the Storm|
Democrats believe that a long list of Republican lawmakers with legal troubles makes it impossible for Republicans to gain much ground on the issues of ethics and good government.
|Panel Proposes Broad Changes in Federal Financial Aid for College|
The recommendations included a simpler application, Pell grant maximums linked to the consumer price index and federally financed college savings accounts for children in low-income families.
|Chicago Unveils Multifaceted Plan to Curb Emissions of Heat-Trapping Gases|
The blueprint would change the city's building codes to promote energy efficiency, and it calls for installing huge solar panels at municipal properties and building alternative fueling stations.
|Vast Bailout by U.S. Proposed in Bid to Stem Financial Crisis|
Treasury and Fed officials were discussing with leaders in Congress a plan for the government to buy up distressed mortgages.
|A Bid to Curb Profit Gambit as Banks Fall|
A backlash against short sellers has begun, with regulators in the U.S. and Britain tightening rules and authorities in New York intensifying investigations.
|Bush Emerges After Days of Financial Crisis|
The president spoke briefly on Thursday after remaining largely out of sight as Wall Street has become engulfed by a financial crisis.
|The New McCain: More Aggressive and Scripted on the Campaign Trail|
Senator John McCain's once easygoing if irreverent campaign presence — endearing to crowds, though often resulting in gaffes — has been put out to pasture.
|Alaska Star May Add Luster to Tarnished Senator|
As Gov. Sarah Palin has moved to the national stage, Senator Ted Stevens, who goes on trial next week, has risen in some opinion polls in Alaska.
|Husband of Alaska Governor Refuses to Testify in Legislature's Trooper Inquiry|
Todd Palin was one of 13 people subpoenaed in the inquiry into whether Gov. Sarah Palin or members of her administration abused their power in the dismissal of a top state administrator.
|The Ad Campaign: Obama Attacks McCain in a Bid to Attract Hispanic Voters|
A Spanish-language Obama ad misrepresents John McCain's record on the immigration issue and his relationship with Rush Limbaugh.
|Agency and Bush Are Sued Over Domestic Surveillance|
A privacy group filed a class-action lawsuit on Thursday seeking to halt what it describes as illegal surveillance of Americans' telephone and Internet traffic.
|Power Still Not Restored to Many in the Midwest|
Remnants of Hurricane Ike swept through the region on Sunday, bringing torrential downpours and strong winds.
|Action Is Sought to Ensure Timely Financing for V.A.|
As the veterans' health system strains to handle a growing caseload, a move is under way in Congress to avoid yearly delays in financing that can hamper the medical care of the nation's veterans.