Miami Herald IMF lowers estimate of US economic growth in 2014

The International Monetary Fund foresees the U.S. economy growing a modest 2 percent this year, below its previous estimate of 2.7 percent.

Miami Herald Foreign holdings of US Treasury debt increase

Foreign buyers of U.S. Treasury securities increased their holdings in April to another record high even though China cut back on its holdings for a third straight month.

Miami Herald Common Core upsets home-schooling parents

Home-schooling mom Jenni White gave some of the loudest cheers when Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation to repeal the Common Core education standards.

Miami Herald University of Miami to benefit from $300-million plan to boost cancer research in Florida

Backers of a bill, which awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature, want Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to get the prestigious National Cancer Institute designation.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel As campaign enters new phase, Nan Rich struggles against Charlie Crist

Broward's favorite daughter behind in money and polls

Nan Rich has been running a political marathon: 250 campaign stops, 135,000 miles, 26 months.

Miami Herald So far, Miami-Dade commissioners’ campaign money has gone toward raising more of it

With Election Day still two months away, candidates have focused on fundraising.

Miami Herald Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

Miami Herald Florida’s Wasserman Schultz second Sunshine State pol to drop in on Senate race in Iowa

For the second time in two weeks, a lawmaker from South Florida is dipping a toe into Iowa politics.

Miami Herald Border agents in Texas warned not to talk to media

Border Patrol agents trying to control an increasing flood of unaccompanied child immigrants along the border in southern Texas are being warned against a new threat: reporters.

Miami Herald Florida more vulnerable to twisters than Midwest

Oklahoma and Kansas may have the reputation as tornado hot spots, but Florida and the rest of the Southeast are far more vulnerable to killer twisters, a new analysis shows.

Miami Herald Watchdog group refuses to reveal VA whistleblowers

A private watchdog organization investigating problems in the Veterans Affairs Department is defying a federal subpoena to turn over to the Obama administration materials it received from federal whistleblowers.

Miami Herald Chia powder linked to salmonella illnesses

Those who seek to make food healthier by adding chia powder should avoid several recalled brands that are linked to salmonella illnesses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Miami Herald Cheaper gas, food push down US producer prices

The prices U.S. companies receive for their goods and services fell in May, driven lower by cheaper food and gas, evidence that inflation is mild.

Miami Herald Florida Democrats condemn Gov. Rick Scott over Bright Futures cuts

State Sen. Dwight Bullard said Scott and Republican lawmakers had slashed the Bright Futures budget from $309 million last year to $266 million this year.

Miami Herald LGBT-rights group Equality Florida endorses Democrat Charlie Crist for governor

Florida’s largest LGBT-rights political group on Thursday endorsed Democrat Charlie Crist for governor.

Miami Herald 5 things to know on polarized politics in the US

Partisan and ideological polarization has grown dramatically in the last two decades, according to a survey of more than 10,000 Americans conducted by the Pew Research Center. A look at five findings that help explain the nation's political fissures:

Miami Herald Fla. lawmakers deride VA for problems but counsel caution on overhaul

A bipartisan collection of Florida lawmakers piled on the Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday in a special delegation meeting – although one of the most common refrains heard was some variation of “the VA does many things well.”

Miami Herald Missouri company recalls 4,012 lbs of beef over mad cow concerns

A Missouri slaughter house is recalling thousands of pounds of beef products distributed to a grocery store chain and two restaurants because the meat could be tainted with mad cow disease.

Miami Herald Library names Charles Wright 20th US poet laureate

The Library of Congress has chosen Southern writer Charles Wright to serve as the nation's next poet laureate beginning this fall.

Miami Herald House votes to make business tax break permanent

The House has voted to make permanent a generous tax break that makes buying new equipment and improving property easier for small businesses.

Miami Herald Orlando church fighting MLS stadium land suit

An Orlando church plans to fight eminent domain proceedings filed by the city as it tries to secure land it needs to build a new downtown Major League Soccer stadium.

Miami Herald US businesses boost April stockpiles 0.6 percent

U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles in April by the largest amount in six months, signaling business optimism that future demand will keep rising.

Miami Herald Average US 30-year mortgage rate up to 4.20 pct

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week for a second straight week but remained near historic lows.

Miami Herald US retail sales rose 0.3 percent in May

U.S. retail sales rose for a fourth straight month in May, adding to evidence that consumer spending will contribute to stronger economic growth.

Miami Herald Applications for US jobless aid up modestly

More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, but claims for jobless aid remain near pre-recession levels.

Miami Herald America growing more politically polarized, survey finds

The nation is politically polarized like it’s rarely been before, according to a new Pew Research Center survey released Thursday.

Miami Herald Some states roll back teacher tenure protections

Even before a judge's scathing ruling against California's teacher tenure policies, the once-sacred protections that make it harder to fire teachers already had been weakened in many states — and even removed altogether in some places.

Miami Herald Lawmakers push to approve unified veterans bill

After two overwhelming votes in two days, congressional lawmakers say they are confident they can agree on a bill to improve veterans' health care and send it to the president's desk by the end of the month.

Miami Herald Romney tries to re-emerge as force in GOP politics

Mitt Romney once feared that he would be viewed as "a loser for life" if he failed to win the presidency. In this midterm election year, the former presidential nominee is trying to re-emerge as a force in Republican politics.

Miami Herald Vets bill OK seems certain, Senate vote continues

Senate passage of a veterans health bill seems certain as an overwhelming number of senators have voted to approve the measure.