WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. federal budget deficit increased by $191 billion in August and has topped $1 trillion for the fourth straight year.
The Treasury Department says the deficit for the first 11 months of the 2012 budget year, which ends Sept. 30, totaled $1.16 trillion. That's 6 percent less than the same period last year. Tax receipts are higher because of modest improvements in the economy.
Thursday's announcement means that President Barack Obama has run trillion-dollar deficits each year in office. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has criticized Obama for failing to cut the deficit in half, as Obama pledged to do in early 2009.
The White House in July forecast that the budget gap will total $1.2 trillion this year, down from $1.3 trillion last year.
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The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.
Caldwell County residents gathered Thursday evening to organize their fight against a proposed landfill that they say poses a hazard that they don't need.