MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — California officials said Wednesday a wildfire burning north of South Francisco has caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, but a final figure is still being determined.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s bid to hike property taxes by a record $543 million faces major hurdles in the state capital where the Illinois government is locked in its own budget battle for nearly four months. Emanuel laid out a 2016 budget plan filled with tax hikes and budget cuts on Tuesday in an attempt to fix a financial crisis linked to the city's unfunded pensions. The Chicago mayor is also hoping Illinois' Republican Governor Bruce Rauner will approve a lower pension payment schedule for the city's public safety worker retirement systems in an effort to save $247 million next year.
SEATTLE (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday addressed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, billionaire investor Warren Buffett and other top American and Chinese business leaders, vowing that his country would work to remove barriers to foreign investment and improve intellectual property protections.
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he advised his cousin and his cousin's girlfriend about how to kill the woman's wealthy mother at a beach resort in Indonesia, with the criminal complaint describing how he used text messages from the United States to suggest the most effective methods to kill.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — State investigators looking into an apparent murder-suicide involving a family of six are focusing in part on financial issues surrounding the husband, South Dakota's attorney general said Wednesday.
By Philip Pullella and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Wednesday urged the United States to help tackle climate change and touched on other divisive U.S. political issues such as immigration and economic inequality on his first visit to the world's richest nation. In a speech on the White House South Lawn on the first full day of his U.S. trip, the Argentine pontiff lauded President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce air pollution as "encouraging," months after Francis made the environment one of his top concerns by issuing a landmark encyclical letter to the church. "It seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation.