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  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • Ted Cruz of Texas told an influential anti-tax group Friday that he opposes Common Core education standards, a day after potential GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush endorsed the program. Cruz described Common Core as "national standards being dictated from Washington" during an appearance at the Club for Growth's annual winter meeting. Cruz and Bush are among...

  • Pence: 'Dramatically increase' defense spending Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 9:49 PM ET

    OXON HILL, Md.— Indiana Gov. The Republican state executive, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, told conservatives that the next race for the White House would likely center on foreign policy for the first time in more than three decades. "With everything happening in the world, it is imperative, my fellow conservatives, that conservatives again embrace...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 27- Negotiations to settle the largest U.S. refinery strike are set to resume on March 4, the union and lead oil company negotiator said on Friday, the 27th day of the work stoppage. Talks between Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and the United Steelworkers union broke off on Feb. 20 after refinery owners balked at a settlement.

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 27- Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil after police began fining and arresting protesters, though strike organizers said they had no plans to end their stoppage now in its 10th day. Brazil is the world's No. 2 soy producer and a top global supplier. Silos at Paranagua, Brazil's second-largest soy export port, now...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 27- Google Inc submitted plans on Friday for a vastly expanded headquarters at the Silicon Valley city where the tech giant is based, presenting a bucolic vision of movable structures to be built under curving and translucent canopies. The new headquarters would give the Internet company the room for an additional 10,000 employees, compared...

  • NEW YORK— A judge has ordered a prominent Texas businessman and his brother's estate to pay $299 million after a federal jury New in York found they engaged in a massive fraud to evade taxes. District Judge Shira Scheindlin issued a final order Thursday in the Securities and Exchange Commission's suit against Sam Wyly and the late Charles Wyly.

  • WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen met Friday with a group of conservative activists who are unhappy with the way the central bank is conducting its interest-rate policies. Yellen rejected the GOP criticism as unfounded. Representatives of the Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute also participated in the meeting.

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Feb 27- Puerto Rico's Doral Bank has failed and a local rival will take over its operations, authorities said on Friday after accidentally releasing the information early and sending shares down 46 percent before trading was halted. The FDIC announced on Friday that the bank had been closed and its banking operations and deposits will be...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 27- Chicago drew closer to a fiscal free fall on Friday with a rating downgrade from Moody's Investors Service that could trigger the immediate termination of four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about $58 million and raising the prospect of more broken swaps contracts. "This is an unfortunate wake-up call for anyone still asleep...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's heavily indebted public power company is asking creditors for more time to present its restructuring plan. The Electric Energy Authority owes more than $9 billion and is still negotiating with creditors. The announcement comes as Puerto Rico seeks to have its public corporations given protection under the federal...

  • Judge sets date to hear Medicaid plan lawsuit Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:04 PM ET

    PHOENIX— A judge will hear arguments July 10 on whether the main funding source for Arizona's Medicaid expansion was legally enacted. Jan Brewer's Medicaid plan a severe blow by allowing a lawsuit challenging the plan to proceed. Republicans who control the Legislature argue the assessment in the 2013 law expanding Medicaid to about 300,000 poor Arizonans...

  • Final Glance: Banks companies Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    Bank of America Corp. fell$. 23 or 1.4 percent, to $15.81. Citigroup Inc. rose$. 01 or percent, to $52.42. Goldman Sachs fell $2.41 or 1.3 percent, to $189.79.

  • Final Glance: Drugstore companies Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    CVS Health Corp. fell$. 30 or. 3 percent, to $103.87. Rite Aid fell$. 19 or 2.3 percent, to $7.98. Walgreen Boots Alliance Inc. rose $1.43 or 1.8 percent, to $83.08.

  • Final Glance: Construction companies Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top construction companies were mixed at the close of trading:. Fluor rose$. 09 or. 2 percent, to $58.00. Quanta Services Inc. fell$. 08 or. 3 percent, to $28.78.

  • Final Glance: Insurance companies Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    Aflac Inc. rose$. 07 or. 1 percent, to $62.25. American International Group rose$. 40 or. 7 percent, to $55.33. MBIA fell$. 04 or. 4 percent, to $9.00.

  • Final Glance: Specialty Retail companies Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    Autozone Inc. fell $2.29 or. 4 percent, to $642.68. Bed Bath& Beyond Inc. rose$. 91 or 1.2 percent, to $74.66. Best Buy rose$. 55 or 1.5 percent, to $38.10.

  • Final Glance: Coal companies Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    Arch Coal fell$. 03 or 2.2 percent, to $1.31. Consol Energy Inc. fell$. 10 or. 3 percent, to $32.20. Peabody Energy rose$. 47 or 6.3 percent, to $7.90.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 26 or 2.0 percent, to $13.02. Gold Fields Ltd ADS rose$. 04 or. 9 percent, to $4.65. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 02 or. 1 percent, to $26.33.

  • Final Glance: Autos companies Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    Ford Motor Co. fell$. 04 or. 2 percent, to $16.34. General Motors Co. fell$. 25 or. 7 percent, to $37.31. Honda Motor Co. fell$. 52 or 1.5 percent, to $33.14.