The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night to approve a $1.4 billion stop-gap extension of jobless benefits, but some states are beginning to seek longer-term solutions to an unemployment problem that is expected to remain serious for the rest of the year and may grow worse next year.
Gov. David Paterson isn't scrapping his plans to run for the office he inherited 18 months ago, despite growing pressure from Washington and intervention by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has contacted the governor and the White House over his concern.
The government has frozen the assets of one of Zimbabwe's oldest and largest companies, and the family behind the conglomerate suspects the action was taken to preserve the job of its CEO, who is close to President Robert Mugabe's party.