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  • White House makes economics focus of Asia trip Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.

  • April 18- The Obama administration said on Friday it would extend the period of time for federal agencies to weigh in on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, giving no new deadline.

  • Railroad says it's committed to hauling fertilizer Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:09 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— Canadian Pacific Railway told a federal oversight board Friday that moving fertilizer for spring planting does not present a "significant challenge" for the railroad.

  • Keystone pipeline decision delayed Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:04 PM ET
    Pipe is stacked at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    The Keystone XL pipeline government comment period has been extended, a move that likely postpones a final decision until after the mid-term elections.

  • Judge strikes down part of Minnesota energy law Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— A federal judge ruled Friday that part of a Minnesota law designed to promote the use of renewable energy is unconstitutional because it attempts to control business that takes place outside state borders— and she barred Minnesota officials from enforcing it.

  • US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision— but declined to say how much longer.

  • University: Illinois pension law had costly typo Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:46 PM ET

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill.— Illinois' public universities have worried for months that contentious state pension reforms will push many employees to retire early.

  • Ukraine agreement built on fragile foundations Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:20 PM ET

    *Deal in Geneva offers hope of end to Ukraine crisis. *Russia sought assurances on rights for east Ukraine. WASHINGTON/ GENEVA, April 18- The agreement designed to pull Ukraine back from the brink of civil war had been floundering around lunchtime on Thursday, so U.S.

  • Ranchers, Klamath tribes sign deal to share water Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    Cattle ranchers and American Indian tribes long at odds over scarce water in Oregon's Upper Klamath Basin signed an agreement Friday to share access to rivers and cooperate on restoring habitat for endangered fish the tribes hold sacred.

  • 'Big differences' in US-Japan trade talks Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:06 PM ET
    People walk through a shopping street in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

    Talks between the U.S. and Japan are making progress and will resume again on Monday, Japan's economy minister said.

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- The U.S. State Department will on Friday extend the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, said sources familiar with the plans, likely postponing a final decision on the controversial project until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

  • 5 features an Amazon phone might offer Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Rumors of an Amazon smartphone reached a fever pitch this week, with The Wall Street Journal reporting that the device could be due out this year. Amazon hasn't confirmed that it has plans for a smartphone, and it isn't clear what such a device might offer in the way of distinctive features.

  • US newspaper industry revenue fell 2.6 pct in 2013 Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 1:59 PM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. newspaper industry revenue fell last year, as increases in circulation revenue weren't high enough to make up for shrinking demand for print advertising, an industry trade group said Friday. The Newspaper Association of America said revenue fell 2.6 percent to $37.6 billion in 2013..

  • Oklahoma City bombing museum sees technology boost Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 1:57 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY— A memorial and museum built to remember the worst act of domestic terrorism on American soil is in the midst of a $7 million upgrade so it can better portray how different the world was when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City federal building 19 years ago Saturday.

  • April 18- Telus Corp, one of Canada's dominant telecom providers, has reached a new agreement to acquire struggling wireless startup Mobilicity, in a renewed bid to overcome government objections on competition grounds.

  • WGN America tries 'Salem' magic to expand audience Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    The drama, debuting at 10 p.m. EDT Sunday, features Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel and Ashley Madekwe in its cast. It will be followed in July by " Manhattan," a drama about the scientists behind the New Mexico- based Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb.

  • Officials announce plan for Microsoft data center Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 1:23 PM ET

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa— Microsoft will begin construction on a new data center in West Des Moines, state and local officials announced Friday, bringing the company's total investment in Iowa to nearly $2 billion, the largest in the state to date.

  • Comcast and TWC in talks to sell subs to Charter Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:56 PM ET
    A Comcast truck at one of their centers on February 13, 2014 in Pompano Beach, Florida.

    Comcast and Time Warner Cable have entered negotiations to sell cable assets worth up $20 billion to Charter Communications in a deal aimed to allay Washington's concerns about their proposed merger.

  • NEW YORK, April 18- High-speed trading firm Virtu Financial Inc, which has been pursuing an initial public offering, has received a letter of inquiry from the New York attorney general amid a wider probe of the industry, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

  • Calpine selling six power plants for $1.57B Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Independent power producer Calpine said Friday will sell six power plants in the Southeast to LS Power for $1.57 billion.

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