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  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 26- Pacific Rim officials meet in Hawaii this week for talks that could make or break an ambitious trade deal which aims to boost growth and set common standards across a dozen economies ranging from the United States to Brunei. Trade ministers go into the talks, which run from July 28 to 31 on the island of Maui, with high hopes of a pact to...

  • AMES, Iowa, July 26- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on Sunday for a dramatic national shift to energy sources such as solar and wind, setting a goal of generating enough clean renewable energy to power every U.S. home within her first decade in office. "I want more wind, more solar, more advanced biofuels, more energy efficiency," Clinton...

  • No real facts to support Africa optimism: Whiton Sunday, 26 Jul 2015 | 8:32 PM ET
    No real facts to support Africa optimism: Whiton

    Christian Whiton, principal at DC International Advisory, discusses U.S. President Barack Obama's historic visit to Kenya.

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised on Sunday to push for a dramatic increase in renewable power production, setting a goal of generating enough clean renewable energy to power every U.S. home within 10 years of taking office. Clinton will discuss the proposals during a campaign stop on Monday at an...

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- The U.S. Senate voted on Sunday to advance legislation that would revive the federal Export-Import Bank, whose charter expired on June 30 and was not renewed by Congress, with conservative Republicans pushing to shut down the bank for good. By a vote of 67-26, the Senate, in a rare Sunday session, limited debate on a measure that would...

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- Pacific Rim officials meet in Hawaii this week for talks that could make or break an ambitious trade deal which aims to boost growth and set common standards across a dozen economies ranging from the United States to Brunei. Trade ministers go into the talks, which run July 28-31 on the island of Maui, with high hopes of an agreement to conclude...

  • Trump gets polling boost in early 2016 states Sunday, 26 Jul 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks to reporters as he arrives in Laredo, Texas July 23, 2015.

    Donald Trump is running strong in the early nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire, according to two NBC News-Marist polls.

  • PIERRE, S.D.— State regulators this week will consider whether to approve for the second time in just over five years construction through South Dakota of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, but it's unlikely a decision will come immediately. The state initially authorized TransCanada Corp.' s project in 2010, but permits must be revisited if...

  • WASHINGTON— State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama's health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. Hawaii's marketplace, the latest cautionary tale, was awarded $205 million in federal startup grants. Twelve states and the District of Columbia fully control their markets.

  • Ted Cruz for harshly criticizing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor. The drama came as the Senate defeated a procedural vote to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and took a step toward reviving the federal Export-Import Bank, both amendments on a must-pass...

  • WASHINGTON— As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device. But the man, born in Ethiopia and now a U.S. citizen, isn't wanted for a crime.

  • *Most insurers in Reuters survey say Iran attractive market. LONDON/ SYDNEY, July 26- Western and Middle East insurance specialists see Iran as an appealing $8 billion market in the wake of its nuclear deal with world powers, though uncertainty over when sanctions on Tehran will be lifted means they are treating the country with caution. Under the accord reached...

  • Obama, Kenya leader agree on terror, split on gays Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 5:05 PM ET
    President Barack Obama comments on the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington June 26, 2015.

    In his first visit as president to Kenya, President Obama struck a relentlessly upbeat tone, but found himself at odds as well.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- In a possible setback for Hillary Clinton, the AFL-CIO's political committee has recommended the nation's largest labor union federation delay endorsing a candidate for the 2016 presidential race as it seeks to push her to be more supportive of its policies on issues such as trade and wages. The move highlights the pressures Clinton is facing...

  • As Democrats fret over 'sharing economy,' GOP moves in Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 9:43 AM ET

    DENVER— The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber is laying bare divides in the Democratic Party and on the left about how to handle the new "sharing" economy. In New York City this past week, liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to limit the number of Uber drivers on the streets, only to be rebuked by the state's more centrist governor, Andrew Cuomo. But the bright-blue...

  • July 24- Anthem Inc's decision to buy Cigna Corp, forming the largest U.S. health insurer by membership, will likely speed consolidation across the healthcare industry, from hospitals to drugmakers. Anthem announced its proposed $54 billion purchase of Cigna on Friday, just weeks after Aetna Inc said it would buy rival Humana Inc for $37 billion.

  • July 24- Anthem Inc said on Friday it would buy Cigna Corp for about $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer by membership and accelerating the industry's consolidation from five national players to three. The proposed acquisition, the health insurance industry's largest, comes three weeks after Aetna Inc agreed to buy Humana Inc for $37...

  • Sony executives spared the Great Wall because they were anxious to get the movie approved for release in China, a review of internal Sony Pictures emails shows. Along with the Great Wall scene, out went a scene in which China was mentioned as a potential culprit behind an attack, as well as a reference to a "Communist-conspiracy brother" hacking a mail server- all to...

  • Appeals court revives challenge to consumer agency Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A federal appeals court on Friday revived a legal challenge to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal office created to protect consumers in financial dealings with banks, lenders and credit card companies. Wall Street interests and Republicans in Congress fiercely opposed the agency. Eleven states had joined the lawsuit filed...

  • Sony executives spared the Great Wall because they were anxious to get the movie approved for release in China, a review of internal Sony Pictures emails shows. Along with the Great Wall scene, out went a scene in which China was mentioned as a potential culprit behind an attack, as well as a reference to a "Communist-conspiracy brother" hacking a mail server- all to...