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  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is trying to negotiate a legacy-making climate change pact this coming week in Paris with one hand tied behind his back. Congress can't even agree whether global warming is real. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., and other GOP leaders have warned other countries not to trust any deal Obama may strike; other GOP...

  • The Vermont independent who's seeking the Democratic nomination has been chastised by front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for espousing an all-inclusive, government-run system. It's called the "single-payer" plan, loosely modeled on how health care is financed in Canada and most of Western Europe. Clinton accuses Sanders of wanting to "eliminate" popular...

  • France bows to Obama, backs down on climate treaty Saturday, 28 Nov 2015 | 7:36 AM ET
    Security measures are seen during final preparations for the COP21, Paris Climate Conference site on November 26, 2015 in Le Bourget, France.

    France has offered a key concession to the U.S. on the eve of historic climate talks in Paris, the Financial Times reports.

  • FRANKFURT, Nov 28- Germany's chancellor gave a qualified welcome on Saturday to China's pledge to tackle rising temperatures ahead of a global climate conference but she called for more ambitious goals to cut greenhouse emissions. In her weekly internet podcast on Saturday, Angela Merkel also underscored the long-term importance of coal-fired power for...

  • But thousands of high school graduates have just started community college for free, with the first batch enrolled in independent first-year programs in Tennessee, Chicago and soon Oregon doing so under different price tags and philosophies— offering templates of how a federal program might look and potential glitches. "My family wasn't going to be able to...

  • Bill Gates to launch massive clean tech initiative Friday, 27 Nov 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    Bill Gates the 2015 CGI Annual Meeting in New York.

    Gates and certain countries will work together to double their research and development budgets to boost clean energy deployment.

  • White House silent on Hollande, Putin meeting Friday, 27 Nov 2015 | 7:34 AM ET
    White House silent on Hollande, Putin meeting

    CNBC's John Harwood reports France and the U.S. want Syrian President Assad out but Russia does not.

  • WASHINGTON— Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls climate change the greatest threat to national security. Front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton promises to install more than 500 million solar panels across the country. "At the end of the day, there's a clear choice for all" of the candidates, said Tom Pyle of the pro-business American Energy...

  • Obama: US safe as millions travel for Thanksgiving Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 11:23 PM ET

    Nearly 46.9 million Americans will travel over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

  • National Thanksgiving turkey pardons through the years Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 5:00 PM ET
    National Thanksgiving turkey pardons through the years

    This year's National Thanksgiving turkey "Abe" wasn't the first turkey to interrupt a president. Check out the turkey pardons since 1989.

  • Clarification: Congress-Health Repeal story Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 3:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a story Nov. 24, The Associated Press listed Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R- N.H., as one of several Republican senators who might find it difficult to vote for a bill eliminating federal money for Planned Parenthood. Ayotte spokeswoman Liz Johnson says the senator would support a provision halting Planned Parenthood's funding and transferring the money to...

  • President Obama pardons the Thanksgiving turkey Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 2:46 PM ET
    President Obama pardons the Thanksgiving turkey

    President Obama and his daughters participate in the annual presidential turkey pardoning event at the White House.

  • CAMAGUEY, Cuba, Nov 25- When Julio Manzini decided two years ago to name his small restaurant McDonald's after the famous fast-food chain, he had no idea it could cause any trouble. His counterfeit McDonald's illustrates a potential battlefront between Cuba and the United States over trademark and intellectual property rights as Cuba's economy opens up to...

  • Obama: US taking every step to prevent attacks Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 12:40 PM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers a statement at the White House November 25, 2015 in Washington.

    President Obama says the U.S. faces no specific terrorist threat as travel for the Thanksgiving holiday increases.

  • Pres. Obama: Public will be informed of credible threats Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Pres. Obama: Public will be informed of credible threats

    President Obama ensures officials are taking every possible step to protect American safety ahead of a busy Thanksgiving travel season.

  • Pres. Obama: 'Taking every possible step' to ensure American safety

    President Obama addresses national security concerns ahead of a busy Thanksgiving travel season.

  • Expert: THIS is Syria's major dilemma Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 8:06 AM ET
    Expert: THIS is Syria's major dilemma

    Steven Cook,Council on Foreign Relations sr. fellow Middle East studies, provides insight to forming an effective coalition to fight terrorism.

  • Belgium hunts for ‘dangerous’ new Paris suspect Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 4:23 AM ET
    Rescue services personnel working near the covered bodies outside a restaurant following a shooting incident in Paris, France, November 13, 2015.

    An investigation into the November 13 attacks in Paris widened on Tuesday when Belgium issued a warrant for a "dangerous" new suspect.

  • UPDATE 5-Oil falls as spotlight returns to global glut Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 4:11 AM ET

    *Dec. 4 OPEC meeting in focus for week ahead. LONDON, Nov 25- Crude oil futures fell on Wednesday as investor focus shifted back to a deep global supply glut and away from the threat of escalating violence in the Middle East, which pushed prices to two-week highs the previous day. The benchmark had settled up $1.29 at $46.12 on Tuesday, after hitting its highest since...

  • *Dec. 4 OPEC meeting in focus for week ahead. SEOUL, Nov 25- Crude oil futures eased on Wednesday after prices hit two-week highs in the previous session as tension mounted in the Middle East following Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane. "In Asian hours you are seeing some profit-taking... but bullish sentiment is continuing," said Daniel Ang, an investment analyst...