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  • WASHINGTON, July 31- The U.S. nuclear industry has made a last-minute push to urge the Obama administration to protect the country's 100 nuclear units in its forthcoming carbon rule and prevent the early retirement of several plants. Representatives of the Nuclear Energy Institute met on July 21 with White House officials who are currently reviewing the...

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford has declared an initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35B fighter jets ready for combat, the Pentagon said on Friday. The decision by Dunford, whose nomination to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was approved this week, is a key milestone for the $391 billion F-35...

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping- and controversial- regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector. Among other things: The EPA is expected to push back the rule's start date by two years to 2022, according to a slide posted by the agency briefly on its...

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- President Barack Obama signed a three-month extension of the surface transportation bill on Friday, admonishing Congress for failing to pass longer-term legislation. Obama cited the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, a budget compromise and a long-term transportation bill among the things he hopes Congress can achieve when...

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford has declared an initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35B fighter jets ready for combat, sources familiar with the decision said on Friday. Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lieutenant General Jon Davis told reporters on Monday that the squadron met all the requirements for the...

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping- and controversial- regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector. Among other things: The EPA is expected to push back the rule's start date by two years to 2022, according to a slide posted by the agency briefly on its...

  • MIAMI— Drawing a sharp distinction with Republican rivals in the pivotal election state of Florida, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called on the GOP-run Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed on Cuba since 1962. President Barack Obama has normalized diplomatic relations with Cuba and made it easier for Cuban-Americans to visit and send money...

  • President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law has helped fuel adoption of these arrangements. Baltimore- based CareFirst said growth in overall medical spending slowed to a rate of 2 percent, compared with annual increases averaging 7.5 percent before the program began in 2011.. CareFirst's medical home program covers just under 1.1 million people,...

  • Congress passes 3-month highway, transit aid patch Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 2:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds. Earlier in the day, the Senate passed a sweeping, long-term transportation bill, setting up discussions with the House this fall on what the future course of transportation policy...

  • U.S. Navy chief nominee vows focus on procurement costs Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 10:07 AM ET

    Richardson, director of the Navy's Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that if confirmed as the Navy's top uniformed officer, he intends to continue his practice of being personally involved in acquisition policy, setting clear standards and then enforcing them. Described as a "bold thinker" by Defense Secretary Ash...

  • President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law has helped fuel adoption of these arrangements. Baltimore- based CareFirst said growth in overall medical spending slowed to a rate of 2 percent, compared with annual increases averaging 7.5 percent before the program began in 2011.. CareFirst's medical home program covers just under 1.1 million people,...

  • NAIROBI, July 30- Kenya Airways sunk deeper into the red in the year through March, sending its shares plummeting on Thursday, but CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said the tourism slump that sparked the losses may have bottomed out. The carrier, one of Africa's largest, said its pretax loss widened to 29.71 billion shillings for 2014/ 15, from 4.86 billion shillings a year earlier,...

  • RICHMOND, Va.— Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity who were portrayed in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article's author, court records show. The three men, George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford and Ross Fowler, filed suit Wednesday in U.S....

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday approved a $12 billion bill to keep road and highway construction limping into the autumn, while giving themselves breathing space to hammer out a more serious solution for America's crumbling infrastructure. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 385-34 on legislation to extend highway...

  • July 29- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton this week will call on U.S. lawmakers to lift the long-standing economic embargo against Cuba, her campaign announced on Wednesday. President Barack Obama's administration has formally restored diplomatic ties with the island nation and dropped Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terror.

  • OTTAWA, July 29- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday he was not hopeful that the United States would approve the northern leg of TransCanada Corp's controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Harper also told Bloomberg Television that if President Barack Obama did veto the project, which is currently under review, he was confident a future U.S....

  • This may be the undoing of Donald Trump Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 1:55 PM ET
    Donald Trump

    Trump's antics are getting traditional media attention, but here's the big problem that could be his undoing, says Joshua Spivak.

  • OTTAWA, July 29- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday he was not hopeful that the United States would approve the northern leg of TransCanada Corp's controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Harper also told Bloomberg Television that if President Barack Obama did veto the project, he was confident a future U.S. administration would grant...

  • House Republicans demand firing of IRS leader Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 10:48 AM ET
    Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen.

    Republicans in the House tell President Obama to fire IRS head, or the House will proceed with charges and perhaps impeachment.

  • Health care spending to accelerate, US report says Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 3:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— It's lasted six years. The higher rate of increase is still "relatively modest," says the report from the Office of the Actuary in the Health and Human Services Department. Even so, the report is "not great news," said economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, a center-right think tank.