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  • *Greenpeace says documents show talks should be stopped. BERLIN, May 2- A sweeping free trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States would lower food safety and environmental standards, Greenpeace said on Monday, citing confidential documents from the talks. Greenpeace opposes the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court is leaving in place a court ruling that found advertising claims of the health benefits of POM Wonderful juices were deceptive. The Federal Trade Commission and the federal appeals court in Washington faulted POM for asserting that its products curb the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction and are...

  • BRUSSELS— Talks to create a massive free trade zone between the United States and the European Union continue to be held back because of disagreements on key issues, making success under President Barack Obama's administration ever less likely. Worsening the climate was Monday's release by Greenpeace of confidential negotiating texts that the...

  • HAVANA— The first U.S. cruise ship in nearly 40 years crossed the Florida Straits from Miami and pulled into Havana Harbor on Monday, restarting commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility. The ship stopped off the city's cruise terminal and began slowly turning into a docking position, the first U.S. cruise ship in...

  • DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— Jonathan Mossberg is among a small number of pioneers looking to build a safer gun. But unlike many others, he was in the gun business when he started down that path. Mossberg's iGun Technology Corp., based in Daytona Beach, Florida, relies on a simple piece of jewelry— a ring— that "talks" to a circuit board imbedded in a firearm to let it know the user is...

  • WASHINGTON— Congress accomplished relatively little in a short work period, missing deadlines on the budget and on helping Puerto Rico with its financial crisis as lawmakers began a weeklong break. "It's very, very hard to get anything done if you are a drive-by Congress," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., said Friday. Over the past month, the Senate...

  • Trade Representative Daniel Mullaney and European Commission lead negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercera said on Friday they concentrated on less controversial areas such as small and medium enterprises and technical language. But both insisted after their 13th negotiating round in New York that they can still reach a deal this year before U.S.

  • HAVANA, April 29- Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on Friday praised Cuban President Raul Castro for embracing the realities of the modern world after a meeting with the Communist leader that marked a further step in Cuba's thaw with the West. Cuba still has one of the world's lowest Internet penetrations with access expensive and restricted.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, April 29- Delays in approving TransCanada Corp's Energy East pipeline have cost Canada's struggling economy billions of dollars, the company's chief executive said on Friday, adding he was hopeful regulators would finish their review by 2018 as scheduled. President Barack Obama rejected TransCanada's controversial Keystone XL pipeline...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, April 29- TransCanada Corp, the country's No.2 pipeline operator, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, helped by higher income from its Ontario nuclear energy company Bruce Power and a lower-than-expected effective tax rate. The company reported lower earnings on its liquids pipelines, however, in part because of...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background check system. In response, the National Rifle Association said Obama should...

  • Titan Pharmaceuticals Inc and privately owned Braeburn Pharmaceuticals have together developed a matchstick-sized implant that analysts expect will be approved next month, despite mixed reviews. The market for the implant could also be much bigger than first envisaged should a bill gaining bipartisan support on Capitol Hill become law.

  • LONDON, April 29- Sterling hit its strongest in 12 weeks against the dollar on Friday, as investors sold the greenback on the back of a cautious tone on future interest rates from the U.S. That was despite persistent concerns that a June 23 referendum will lead to a vote for Britain to leave the European Union, which most economists reckon would deal a blow to the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is proposing a rule that would prohibit federal agencies from asking certain job applicants questions about criminal and credit history until a conditional offer of employment has been made. Beth Cobert, the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, told reporters in a conference call that the rule being...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Mexico, clearing the way for the first woman to hold what is considered to be one of the country's most important diplomatic posts. Roberta Jacobson was confirmed by voice vote nine months after her nomination. Marco Rubio, R- Fla., had been blocking her...

  • WASHINGTON— Eight former secretaries of defense are pushing congressional leaders to back one of President Barack Obama's top priorities and pass a free trade agreement they say is fundamental to national security. The bipartisan group has penned a letter stating that the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will strengthen alliances with regional...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to repeal a Labor Department rule aimed at protecting retirement savers from profit-hungry brokers, a largely symbolic move that President Barack Obama has threatened to veto. "Bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. have no business getting between you and your financial planner.

  • WASHINGTON— The GOP- controlled House has voted along party lines to overturn new Obama administration rules requiring stricter standards for brokers regarding retirement investments. At stake are about $4.5 trillion in 401 accounts and more than $7 trillion in IRAs. The White House has promised to defend the rules with a threat to veto Thursday's measure.

  • WOLFSBURG, Germany, April 28- Volkswagen, battling to rebuild its reputation following a scandal over rigged emissions tests, said on Thursday it could see light at the end of the tunnel following a deal with U.S. authorities last week. Europe's biggest carmaker said that deal, coupled with cost cutting and a new business plan due later this year, would lay the...

  • LONDON, April 28- Sterling climbed versus the dollar on Thursday, returning towards 12- week highs against a U.S. currency pegged back by expectations that the Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise interest rates any time soon. Gains in the pound were capped, though, after a YouGov poll for the Times showed opponents of Britain's European Union membership edging...