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  • MADISON, W.Va.— The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a commodity that is hard to come by in coal country: hope. For the long-suffering communities that depend on coal, last week's Supreme Court ruling was seen as a rare victory. To Joshua Johnson, 29, the Supreme Court's ruling was as welcome to him as a sunny day in spring in southern West Virginia.

  • Fracking, the drilling technology that has helped make Pennsylvania the nation's No. 2 natural gas producer, has divided the Democratic Party over its geopolitical and economic value when weighed against its real or potential harm to health and the environment. Two years ago, all four Democrats running for Pennsylvania governor opposed a broad moratorium on...

  • But a nation not invited— neighboring power China— will be the proverbial elephant in the room as the leaders grapple with sensitive territorial disputes. U.S. officials say the two-day summit at the Sunnylands estate is not directed against China, a strategic rival of the U.S. China says it has a historical right to virtually all of the South China Sea and has...

  • MANILA, Philippines— A summit next week between Southeast Asian leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver any big economic prizes, but will allow the American side to press the advantages of joining a Pacific trade pact that doesn't include China. "We are going to be engaged in Southeast Asia, we're going to be engaged in working with the nations of...

  • HAVANA— The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday. Barring other major announcements, it would be the most significant development in U.S.- Cuba trade since Presidents Barack...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation on Friday broadening sanctions to punish North Korea for its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber crimes, and sent the measure to President Barack Obama to sign into law. Lawmakers said they wanted to make Washington's resolve clear to Pyongyang, but also to the...

  • WASHINGTON— Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, offered this year's hopefuls advice about a hard-learned lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. Even as other candidates— most notably Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush— have already disclosed years' worth of private tax returns to dispel questions...

  • Lawmakers vote to make W. Virginia right-to-work state Friday, 12 Feb 2016 | 12:07 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— West Virginia, a suffering coal mining state shaped by the sometimes-bloody history of its organized labor, is set to become the 26th state with a so-called right-to-work law. In House and Senate party-line votes Friday, lawmakers rebuked a veto Thursday by Democratic Gov. Even with a slim 18-16 edge in the Senate, the GOP had the advantage of a...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation on Friday broadening sanctions against North Korea, sending the measure to President Barack Obama to sign into law. Lawmakers said they wanted to make Washington's resolve clear to Pyongyang, but also to the United Nations and other governments- especially China, North...

  • Congress bans import of forced labor products Friday, 12 Feb 2016 | 1:29 AM ET

    A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85- year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Friday on legislation broadening sanctions against North Korea that is expected to pass with overwhelming support, sending the measure to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law. Ben Rhodes, his deputy national security adviser, said the White House would review the measure...

  • President Barack Obama on Thursday called the Supreme Court's decision to delay implementation of his administration's Clean Power Plan "unusual" and expressed confidence that the White House would prevail. The Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a blow to the plan, the centerpiece of Obama's climate change policy and backbone of his administration's...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 11- TransCanada Corp, the country's second-largest pipeline company, reported a fourth-quarter loss on Thursday as a result of a one-off C $2.9 billion impairment charge relating to its rejected Keystone XL oil pipeline. The company's proposed Energy East pipeline from Alberta to Canada's Atlantic coast has also run into environmental...

  • President Barack Obama on Thursday called the Supreme Court's decision to delay implementation of his administration's Clean Power Plan "unusual" and expressed confidence that the White House would prevail. Obama said the Supreme Court had in fact required the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act if they...

  • President Barack Obama will sign into law a bill that will strengthen trade enforcement rules and provide new tools to address currency manipulation, the White House said on Thursday.

  • Obama carbon plan will survive court ruling -EPA Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 4:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 11- President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan will survive despite the Supreme Court's decision this week to stay a rule on cutting carbon emissions from electricity generators, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed legislation placing a permanent ban on states' taxing Internet access, sending the measure to President Barack Obama for signing into law. By a vote of 75-20, the Senate gave final approval to a bill toughening enforcement of U.S. duties on foreign goods, which contains the permanent extension of the "Internet...

  • WASHINGTON— Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters. Cruz's sophisticated analytics operation was heralded as key to his victory in Iowa earlier this month— the first proof, his campaign...

  • TransCanada takes 4Q hit after Obama blocks Keystone XL Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 10:15 AM ET

    CALGARY, Alberta— Energy company TransCanada Corp. says it lost US $1.79 billion in the fourth quarter, mostly because of its stalled Keystone XL pipeline proposal. The Calgary- based company reported Thursday that it took a US $2.08 billion non-cash charge related to Keystone XL, which President Barack Obama blocked late last year. TransCanada has launched a...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- Morgan Stanley is poised to pay $3.2 billion to settle federal and state charges that it misled investors in residential mortgage-backed securities that later soured during the financial crisis, the New York Attorney General's office said on Thursday. The case stems from an investigation by the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities...