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  • WASHINGTON— A Democratic senator skeptical of broad government surveillance objected Tuesday to a bill that would have required social media and online sites like Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook to alert U.S. authorities of any terrorist activity. The proposal had been tucked into a broader bill authorizing intelligence programs throughout the 2016...

  • Could Twitter stop the next terrorist attack? Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 12:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and government officials. In private meetings on Capitol Hill, industry officials have told lawmakers and congressional staff that...

  • Senate panel would allow marijuana vendors to use banks Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 3:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Senate panel voted Thursday to make it easier for businesses that legally produce and sell marijuana to do business with banks and other financial services providers. The language had passed the House last year but was taken out during talks with the Senate but has yet to consider the underlying spending bill this year. Three Republicans on the...

  • WASHINGTON, July 8- Social media operators such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube would have to notify federal authorities of online "terrorist activity," according to the text of a bill approved by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee and seen by Reuters on Wednesday. An official familiar with the bill said it was sent to the Senate floor for a vote.

  • July 8- All United Airlines flights were grounded for almost two hours early Wednesday due to a computer hardware problem, creating travel headaches for tens of thousands of passengers that stretched into the afternoon. The Federal Aviation Administration said all flights operated by United, the fourth largest U.S. passenger carrier, were grounded starting...

  • WASHINGTON, July 8- Social media operators such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube would have to notify federal authorities of online "terrorist activity," according to the text of a bill approved by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee and seen by Reuters on Wednesday. An official familiar with the bill said it was sent to the Senate floor for a vote.

  • WASHINGTON, June 22- The U.S. Senate is headed toward showdown votes this week on legislation key to a Pacific trade pact, with some Democrats essential to passing the measure vowing to support it again and others undecided on whether to change their votes to oppose the bill. Four of 14 Democrats who last month backed a bill to streamline, or fast-track, the passage...

  • WASHINGTON, June 5- U.S. lawmakers urged Congress on Friday to pass legislation permitting sharing of cyber threat information between companies and the government, after one of the largest known cyber attacks on federal networks. We need to act quickly, "said Senator Dianne Feinstein, a co-sponsor of the" Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act "and the leading...

  • WASHINGTON, May 17- American lawmakers praised a U.S. raid that killed an Islamic State leader in Syria, but it was not clear whether such risky special operations represented a new approach in the fight against the militant group. Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives intelligence committee, called the raid on Saturday...

  • Senate aides said the deadline could force supporters and opponents of the bulk data collection program to work out a deal before May ends. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican Majority Leader, and Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, defended the data collection shortly after a federal appeals court three-judge panel in New...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 6- Senator Dianne Feinstein of California hopes to reinstate a hotly contested requirement for big banks' swaps trading after U.S. lawmakers voted in late 2014 to loosen the rules for Wall Street. Feinstein, a Democrat, is considering ways to restore the Dodd-Frank provisions that were removed and will likely introduce legislation, a Senate aide...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers will begin their second attempt on Wednesday to introduce a bill that would reform the Renewable Fuel Standards program in the United States, targeting an end to ethanol fuel-blending mandates. The RFS Reform Act is the latest bid in recent years by Republican Representatives Bob Goodlatte of...

  • Why US advisors are doomed to fail in Iraq Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 10:15 AM ET
    Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division go over last minute details before going out on the U.S. military's last combat patrol in the country, at Camp Adder on December 16, 2011 near Nasiriyah, Iraq.

    The U.S. has dispatched similar teams around the world and they have been unable to affect outcomes. The Fiscal Times reports.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 10- Record-high retail prices for gasoline in California began to ease on Wednesday, receding from an unprecedented jump to $5 a gallon in some areas, even as further refinery disruptions threatened to slow the decline.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 9- California's record-high gas prices held steady on Tuesday and were expected to begin dropping later in the week, but a rise in wholesale prices suggested the decline could be more moderate than market analysts had previously anticipated.

  • Rise in California gas price slows, remains record Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- The rise in California gasoline prices has slowed after recent jarring increases, but nonetheless the cost of a gallon inched up to another record high, even as officials hope their emergency action will help ease the sticker shock.

  • Gas prices set California record Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 8:51 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- California has set a state record for gasoline prices _ but the hikes may be slowing. The highest average price in the state, at $4.75, is in the San Luis Obispo, Atascadero and Paso Robles area.

  • Officials hope 'winter-blend' gas will drop prices Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:35 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- State leaders _ and drivers _ hope to see gasoline prices drop soon, now that California officials have approved the release of "winter-blend" fuel that is expected to help bolster the state's supplies. Jerry Brown ordered it to allow so-called "winter-blend" gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to increase supply.

  • Release of 'winter-blend' gas could reduce prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:43 PM ET

    Jerry Brown ordered them to allow so-called "winter-blend" gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to increase supply. AAA said the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in California hit $4.668 Monday _ the highest price in the nation and an all-time high for the Golden State. California usually converts to the gas on Oct. 31.

  • Feinstein wants investigation of Calif. gas prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 10:18 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- The statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in California rose to an all-time high Monday, the third record-setting day in a row that is prompting calls for a federal investigation into the price spike.