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  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama said China has made inquiries about potentially joining a Trans-Pacific trade agreement in the future, introducing a new variable to an unfolding debate in Congress over granting the president the authority to negotiate such international pacts. In an interview with American Public Media's "Marketplace" radio show on...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 3- The last time Hillary Clinton ran for the White House in 2008, Aaron Levie was too busy building his start-up company to pay much attention to politics. The campaigns of various White House hopefuls are looking to reel in the younger Silicon Valley influencers like Levie who could help raise some money for their candidates and also bring...

  • US trade deficit drops sharply in April Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 8:32 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. trade deficit declined sharply in April as exports posted a modest gain and imports fell, raising hopes that trade's drag on economic growth will ease in the current quarter. The April deficit tumbled 19.2 percent to $40.9 billion after surging to $50.6 billion in March, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. With the ports fully...

  • NEW DELHI— After several years of bureaucratic delays, the U.S. and India are moving ahead with two joint research projects for the military that officials hope will set the stage for greater defense cooperation in the years ahead. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar were to sign a defense agreement Wednesday, as part of a...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US Trade Gap Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 6:49 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on April's U.S. trade gap at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Wednesday. LOWER DEFICIT: The expectation is that the deficit declined to $43.6 billion, according to a survey of economists by data firm FactSet. Economists believe that a flood of imports, which had been bottlenecked by a labor dispute at West Coast ports, rushed into the...

  • US journalism courses rile Cuba amid effort to heal rift Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 12:02 AM ET

    "These courses are a very good opportunity for us, for those who don't have any resources, who don't have work, and I don't think there is anything wrong with that," said Eleyn Ponjuan, a 19- year-old attending the once-a-week sessions. The journalism program, which is taught for free along with more popular but less controversial classes in English and information...

  • Health care enrollments by state Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 5:02 PM ET

    Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • WASHINGTON, June 2- Whistleblower website WikiLeaks offered a $100,000 bounty for copies of a Pacific trade pact that is a central plank of President Barack Obama's diplomatic pivot to Asia on Tuesday. Union group AFL-CIO led a march on the USTR office in Washington to demand to read the text, but said it found the doors locked. But it is still unclear when the House...

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren issued a scathing critique of Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White, citing delays in executive pay rules and inadequate enforcement, in the lawmaker's latest jab at the Obama administration's financial policies. White said she was proud of her work, saying the SEC has advanced more than 30 congressionally...

  • WASHINGTON— More than 10 million people have signed up for private health insurance this year under President Barack Obama's law, the administration said Tuesday. And the Supreme Court is weighing the legality of subsidized premiums for millions of consumers in more than 30 states. "Enrollment has been lower and slower than what most people projected," said...

  • House panel uses war funds to skirt budget limits Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 1:08 PM ET

    The move came over the opposition of Democrats and the White House, who argue that domestic programs deserve equal treatment. The Appropriations Committee action came as it approved a $579 billion Pentagon spending bill that would fund a 2.3 percent pay increase for the military and add new money to boost air reconnaissance. The sweeping Pentagon funding...

  • June 2- Wal-Mart Stores Inc will raise minimum wages for more than 100,000 of its U.S. workers in some departments from July, the second time the world's largest retailer has announced a wage hike this year. Wal-Mart, the largest private employer in the United States with 1.3 million U.S. workers, has been targeted by labor groups in the past for its minimum wages.

  • *EU, U.S. trade officials preach benefits in Berlin. BERLIN, June 2- European and U.S. trade officials came to Berlin on Tuesday to try to drum up support for a transatlantic trade deal that faces growing opposition in Europe's biggest economy. "We have a unique opportunity here, we're both high-wage, well-regulated economies," said U.S. trade representative Michael...

  • Wolf's Department of Insurance submitted the application to the federal government on Monday, the deadline if Pennsylvania is to move to a state-based marketplace in 2016.. A U.S. Health and Human Services Department spokesman could not immediately say whether Pennsylvania was the first or only state to take such a step ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on...

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren issued a scathing critique of Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White, citing executive pay rule delays and inadequate enforcement in the lawmaker's latest swing against the Obama administration's financial policies. In response, White said she was proud of her work, saying the SEC has advanced more than 30...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's effort to curb the use of antibiotics in animals raised for meat is starting with his own employees. The White House said Tuesday that many federal cafeterias serving government workers will start serving meat and poultry from animals raised with fewer antibiotics. The announcement is part of a White House summit on the...

  • WASHINGTON— The IRS failed to implement dozens of security upgrades to its computer systems, some of which could have made it more difficult for hackers to use an IRS website to steal tax information from 104,000 taxpayers, a government investigator told Congress Tuesday. Each year, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration audits the IRS's...

  • Obama signs bill remaking NSA phone records program Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 1:13 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Republicans warned the Senate on Tuesday not to move ahead with planned changes to a House bill that would end the National Security Agency's collection of American calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities. "The best way to make sure America is protected is for the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act," he said.

  • WASHINGTON— The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology— all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval,...

  • WASHINGTON— Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday reassigned the leader of the Transportation Security Administration and directed the agency to revise airport security procedures, retrain officers and retest screening equipment in airports across the U.S.. The TSA's acting administrator, Melvin Carraway, is being reassigned to a different...