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  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke on Monday with Greece's prime minister and finance minister and said Washington looked forward to Athens and other parties resuming conversations toward resolving the Greek situation, a Treasury spokeswoman said. Lew voiced hope such an outcome "will allow Greece to make difficult but necessary fiscal and structural...

  • WASHINGTON— Having lost their latest war against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republicans must decide how to wage battles that could fan the issue for the 2016 elections. Last month's Supreme Court decision upholding the statute's federal subsidies, which help millions of Americans afford health care, shattered the GOP's best chance of...

  • WASHINGTON, July 6- Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will return as a partner at the law firm he had left to become the nation's top law enforcement official, his new employer said in a statement. Holder, who led the Justice Department from 2009 to 2015 and was one of President Barack Obama's longest-serving cabinet members, will return to Covington& Burling,...

  • WASHINGTON— Earlier this year, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign lost count of its experts. In the months before she began her second run for the White House, Clinton spent hours quizzing economists, lawyers, educators and activists about everything from executive compensation to the latest research on lead paint. "It was like I hadn't left Harvard," Roland Fryer,...

  • HOUSTON— A Texas man used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights. But after losing ownership of his suburban Houston store in bankruptcy, Jeremy Alcede spent nearly seven weeks in jail for refusing a federal judge's order to share with the new owner the...

  • WASHINGTON— After July Fourth fireworks and parades, members of Congress return to work Tuesday facing a daunting summer workload and a pending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall. Republicans are eager to avoid another Capitol Hill mess as they struggle to hang onto control of Congress and try to take back the White House next year.

  • VIENNA— Nine days into marathon nuclear talks, U.S. World powers and Iran are hoping to clinch a deal by Tuesday, setting a decade of restrictions on Iran's nuclear program and granting Iran significant relief from international sanctions. Kerry met for 3 ½ hours on Sunday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, as top diplomats from the five other...

  • NEW YORK, July 3- Aetna Inc's $37 billion deal to buy smaller health insurer Humana Inc will face rigorous scrutiny from U.S. regulators, which antitrust experts said could also make other large-scale mergers in the sector more difficult. The deal follows weeks of intense discussions about potential combinations among the five biggest U.S. health insurers:...

  • NEW YORK, July 3- Aetna Inc's $37 billion deal to buy smaller health insurer Humana Inc will face rigorous scrutiny from U.S. regulators, which antitrust experts said could also make other large-scale mergers in the sector more difficult. The deal follows weeks of intense discussions about potential combinations among the five biggest U.S. health insurers:...

  • JetBlue launches NY-to-Havana charter flights Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 1:40 PM ET
    Customers check in at the JetBlue counter at John F. Kennedy Airport

    JetBlue Airways said it began direct charter flights between New York and Havana on Friday.

  • JetBlue launches New York-to-Havana charter flights Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 1:29 PM ET

    July 3- JetBlue Airways Corp said it began direct charter flights between New York and Havana on Friday, the first major U.S. carrier to fly the route following U.S. The airline said Cuba Travel Services Inc is offering the weekly flight on Fridays between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Havana's Jose Marti International Airport.

  • US official: China, US working to end ivory trade Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 6:15 AM ET

    BEIJING— The United States and China want to increase cooperation in fighting wildlife trafficking and are working to end commercial ivory trading, a U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell met in Beijing with Vice Premier Wang Yang and Forestry Administration head Zhao Shucong. Her agency also explored possibilities to help increase the number of Chinese...

  • July 3- Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. Antitrust authorities, who were aggressive in...

  • July 2- The White House on Thursday directed the three U.S. agencies that oversee biotech crop products to improve and modernize their regulatory "framework" to boost public confidence in a system that critics call a failure. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposed a rule in 2008 after being cited in a government...

  • WASHINGTON— Loud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations severed the year President Barack Obama was born. Obama also called on Congress to lift the economic and travel...

  • WASHINGTON/ HAVANA, July 1- An historic agreement to restore diplomatic ties between Washington and Havana could provide fresh momentum for lawmakers and activists seeking to chip away at- and eventually upend- the 53- year-old U.S. trade embargo. "This is more than symbolism," said Geoff Thale, program director at the Washington Office on Latin America, a group...

  • Cuban-Americans on embassies: It's about time Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:55 PM ET
    Randy Flores at work in his family’s cigar shop, Havana on the Hudson.

    Some Cuban-Americans are saying that progress between the U.S. and Cuba is long overdue, and that embassies are a step forward.

  • RICHMOND, Va.— Dominion Virginia Power on Wednesday suggested how it may transition to new ways of generating energy, citing the uncertainty of new U.S. environmental rules. In a letter submitted to the SCC, Dominion executive Robert M. Blue said the 2015 plan arrives amid "a period of change and uncertainty," due in large part to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

  • Poll: Approval for Supreme Court health care decision Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 4:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A new poll finds that most Americans approve of the recent Supreme Court decision preserving the health care law's subsidized insurance premiums for people in all 50 states. Overall, 62 percent approved, while 32 percent disapproved, said the survey released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Opponents of the law had argued...

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 1- Fresh from another Supreme Court validation of his landmark healthcare law, President Barack Obama visited healthcare hub Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday to push state governments to expand the Medicaid health program for the poor. Without expansion, 6.9 million low-income Americans, including 292,000 in Tennessee, will not get...