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  • SALT LAKE CITY— Some students at Brigham Young University could face hundreds of dollars in fines if they stay on the school's student health plan, which doesn't comply with federal law in part because it doesn't cover birth control. A grace period for the plan to comply with President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law ended Aug. 31, BYU spokesman Todd...

  • HAMPTON, N.H., Sept 3- Jeb Bush will lay out a tax plan next week aimed at lowering corporate and personal tax rates and giving the U.S. economy a jolt, the Republican presidential candidate said on Thursday. Companies keep those funds overseas to avoid having it taxed twice, in the country in which they are doing business and again when brought back to the United...

  • The new protections are part of a broader rule from the Department of Health and Human Services to carry out anti-bias provisions of President Barack Obama's health care law. "This is a huge step," said Michael Silverman, director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York. The Supreme Court recognized a constitutional right for same-sex...

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 3- U.S. crude futures dipped below $46 a barrel in early Asian trade on Thursday after a rise in U.S. crude stocks and a stronger dollar weighed on prices, although a rebound on Wall Street put a floor under prices. Public holidays in China and Hong Kong on Thursday are likely to keep markets subdued. *U.S. crude for October delivery fell 30 cents to $45.95...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 2- Saudi Arabia is in advanced discussions with the U.S. government about buying two frigates based on a coastal warship that Lockheed Martin Corp is building for the U.S. Navy, and could reach agreement by the end of the year, according to sources familiar with the talks. President Barack Obama in Washington this week, as Washington and Riyadh seek...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 2- President Barack Obama will discuss the global energy market with Saudi's King Salman when the two leaders meet at the White House on Friday, Obama's deputy national security advisor, Ben Rhodes, said on Wednesday. Obama and Salman are meeting amidst uncertainty in the oil market. Rhodes told reporters on a call that energy will not be the...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 2- Oil prices turned higher on Wednesday in volatile trading as rallying equities on Wall Street pulled crude up from lows after futures sank on concerns about global oversupply. "Looks like risk-on trade with a rising tide lifting all boats," John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital LLC in New York, said. Brent October crude was up 14 cents at $49.70 a...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 2- Oil prices fell a second day on Wednesday after government data showing U.S. crude stockpiles rose last week added to concerns about global oversupply and sluggish economic growth in China. Brent October crude was down $1.60 at $47.96 a barrel at 12:19 p.m. EDT, having swung from $47.74 to $50.79. October crude was down $1.95 at $43.46, having...

  • Sep 2- Another U.S. senator declared support on Wednesday for the U.S.-led nuclear agreement with Iran, providing a crucial 34th vote to protect it from being killed by Republicans in Congress. Democrat Barbara Mikulski provided the pivotal commitment to defending the deal negotiated by the United States and other world powers. *In the Senate, the Republicans...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 2- Saudi Arabia is in advanced discussions with the U.S. government about buying two frigates based on a coastal warship that Lockheed Martin Corp is building for the U.S. Navy, and could reach agreement by the end of the year, according to sources familiar with the talks. President Barack Obama in Washington this week, as Washington and Riyadh seek...

  • New York reaches deal with Cooper Union, plaintiffs Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 7:45 AM ET

    NEW YORK— New York's attorney general announced an agreement Wednesday that would end a lawsuit against Cooper Union and create an independent monitor into the financial management of the college known for its architecture, arts and engineering programs. That sparked a lawsuit by the Committee to Save Cooper Union, an alliance of students, alumni and faculty.

  • Trump vs Bush: The gloves are now off Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 6:50 AM ET
    Real estate tycoon Donald Trump (L) and former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) arrive on stage for the Republican presidential primary debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Republican candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have traded rhetorical punches before, but never as forcefully as they have over the past 24 hours.

  • CNN changes debate rules after Fiorina outcry Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 6:45 AM ET
    Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina responds to a question at a Fox-sponsored forum for lower polling candidates held before the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015.

    CNN is amending the rules for its Sept. 16 GOP debate amid outcry that its criteria would unfairly exclude Carly Fiorina.

  • Shell president: 'Oil will be required for a long time' Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 12:14 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The president of Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days. And in an interview with The Associated Press Marvin Odum said he expects further protests against the company's plans for Arctic drilling...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 1- U.S. Navy shipbuilders Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc and General Dynamics Corp on Tuesday said they were keen to build new icebreakers for the Coast Guard, after President Barack Obama pushed for quicker work on the program. Obama on Tuesday proposed buying a heavy icebreaker by 2020 instead of 2022, the previous goal, given that quickly...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 1- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercut threats by fellow Republicans to hold the budget process hostage in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood, saying conservatives do not have enough support in Congress to cut off the group, which is under fire from abortion opponents. Republicans have threatened to push for cutting off the...

  • WASHINGTON— The last major piece of President Barack Obama's health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members when it takes effect in 2018.. The so-called Cadillac tax was meant to discourage extravagant coverage. Critics say it's a tax on essentials, not luxuries.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 1- Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc, which builds aircraft carriers and U.S. Navy warships, on Tuesday said it was keen to bid to build new icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard, after President Barack Obama pushed for quicker work on the program. Huntington Ingalls spokesman Bill Glenn said his company had responded to a request for information...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The White House on Tuesday praised the decision by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to thousands of residents over the wishes of the Republican-led Legislature, calling it the "right decision." Alaska on Tuesday became the 29th state to expand Medicaid, opening up health care through what it calls the Healthy Alaska Plan to an...

  • Awaiting American avalanche, Cubans rush to the beach Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 | 12:32 PM ET

    VARADERO, Cuba, Sept 1- Cubans are flocking to the beach in record numbers before a possible end to the U.S. travel ban that would open the gates to American tourists and bump up prices. Experts say many of those visiting beaches and hotels are able to afford it because they receive money from relatives living abroad, especially in the United States.