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  • President Barack Obama has said he will have the final say on whether to allow the pipeline connecting Canada's oil sands region to Texas refiners, and several government agencies had been given until May to weigh in.

  • *Japan, U.S. say big differences remain on key issues. *Negotiators meet again on Monday before U.S.- Japan summit. Breaking a U.S.- Japan deadlock over access to Japan's farm and auto markets is seen as key to finalising the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12- nation trade bloc that would stretch from Asia to Latin America.

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- Next week's meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a good opportunity to give impetus to trade negotiations but will not seal a deal, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday.

  • A pro-Russian soldier stands guard outside an administrative building in Slavyansk, Ukraine, on April 16, 2014.

    A day after a deal to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further sanctions on Moscow if the stalemate continued.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • '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- U.S. and Japanese trade negotiators have been unable to reach a deal to open Japan's markets more widely to imports ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to Japan, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday.

  • 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.

  • *Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence. SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 18- Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.

  • Little-known Democrat tries to unseat Scott Walker Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard- educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager.

  • In '1971,' an analog precursor to NSA, Snowden Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    It's the story of the documentary "1971," premiering Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival, a film about a little-known but hugely important break-in on March 8, 1971. A group of eight calling themselves the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI broke into a laxly guarded satellite FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia.

  • *Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine April 18- Armed pro-Russian separatists were still holding public buildings in eastern Ukraine on Friday, saying they needed more assurances about their security before they comply with an international deal ordering them to disarm.

  • Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery' Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:36 AM ET

    In addition, Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word "recovery" is trumped by a Republican assertion that the Obama administration has had six years to get the economy moving and its policies haven't worked.

  • Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

  • White House updating online privacy policy Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:15 AM ET

    "Information you choose to share with the White House may be treated as public information," the new policy says. But it cannot make the same assurances for users who go to third-party White House sites on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.

  • *U.S. willing to let Japan keep some farm tariffs- Japan media. WASHINGTON/ TOKYO, April 18- U.S.- Japan talks aimed at a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact are in stalemate, Japan's economy minister said, as negotiators struggle to narrow gaps ahead of a summit between the countries' leaders.

  • Vice President Joe Biden on topics including the situation in Ukraine and trade negotiations, an Obama administration official said.

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