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  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 will not get Medicaid assistance, said the...

  • HAVANA/ WASHINGTON, July 1- The United States and Cuba on Wednesday formally agreed to restore diplomatic ties that had been severed for 54 years, fulfilling a pledge made six months ago by the former Cold War enemies. "Cuba is encouraged by the reciprocal intention to develop respectful and cooperative relations between our two peoples and governments," Raul...

  • Trade Representative Michael Froman said he hopes to wrap up a trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim nations soon and send it to the U.S. Congress for approval before the end of the year. Lawmakers last week granted the White House authority to close the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade deals and speed them through Congress, opening the door to a phase of...

  • Will Obama head to Cuba? Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 11:15 AM ET
    Will Obama head to Cuba?

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on the latest statements made by President Obama regarding diplomatic relations with Cuba.

  • Obama: Reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 11:09 AM ET
    Obama: Reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba

    President Obama makes a statement regarding U.S. and Cuba.

  • Obama: Engagement is best way forward in Cuba Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 11:09 AM ET
    Obama: Engagement is best way forward in Cuba

    President Obama makes statements regarding U.S. and Cuba.

  • Obama's overtime boost may not help your paycheck Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 8:13 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    Think Obama's new overtime policy will help your paycheck? You may be wrong, the Fiscal Times reports.

  • 10 questions for Nancy Pelosi Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at her weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center.

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi sat down with CNBC's John Harwood to discuss social issues, Hillary Clinton's campaign and the uphill fight to win back the House.

  • Pelosi: Obama not too soft on Wall Street Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Pelosi: Obama not too soft on Wall Street

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she disagrees with Democrats who suggest the Obama administration has been too soft on Wall Street.