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  • *Tension rises on eve of four-power talks on Ukraine in Geneva. *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism".

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Russia is looking at the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the United States in the World Trade Organisation over sanctions hitting Russian banks, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday, according to Russian news agencies.

  • Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Jill Biden is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs.

  • *Tension rises on eve of four-power talks on Ukraine in Geneva. *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism".

  • KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 16- Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday after securing control over an airfield from pro-Russian separatist militiamen, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war.

  • House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in November.

  • A year after background check defeat, modest goals Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.

  • *Copper ticks up after Tuesday's near 2 pct fall. SINGAPORE, April 16- London copper rose around half a percent on Wednesday to recoup some of last session's deep losses, but gains were capped by slowing growth in top metals consumer China.

  • METALS-Copper ticks up after losses, China data eyed Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:18 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, April 16- London copper rose around half a percent on Wednesday to recoup some of last session's losses, but trading was subdued ahead of Chinese data that could show the extent of slowdown in the world's top consumer of industrial metals. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had added 0.4 percent to $6,566.50 a tonne by 0100 GMT.

  • US declines to name China a currency manipulator Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 6:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is raising concern about the value of China's currency but is declining, as in recent years, to accuse Beijing of manipulating it. The Treasury Department said China's currency, the renminbi, has appreciated but not as fast or as much as needed.

  • District Judge David Carter in Santa Ana, California, nonetheless gave S&P, a unit of McGraw Hill Financial Inc, access to evidence that the lawsuit may have been in retaliation for the agency's Aug. 5, 2011 decision to lower the U.S. credit rating to "AA-plus" from "triple-A."

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it anticipates more Ukraine- related sanctions on Russia but suggested no action was likely before a diplomatic meeting in Geneva this week.

  • Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:50 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S.

  • KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- U krainian forces launched a "special operation" on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking east, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited.

  • *Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war. Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war as Kiev began a "special operation" against pro-Russian separatists in the eastern town of Kramatorsk and retook a main airfield there. Brent rose to near a six-week high on Monday after Western powers agreed to expand sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.

  • Southern agrees to coal research with Chinese firm Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 2:47 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Southern Co. says it has signed a deal with a state-owned Chinese coal and energy company to work together to develop coal technologies, based in part on the coal gasification and carbon capture technology that Southern subsidiary Mississippi Power Co. is deploying at the $5 billion Kemper County power plant.

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it anticipates more Ukraine- related sanctions on Russia, but suggested no action was likely before a diplomatic meeting in Geneva this week. Envoys from Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States were scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

  • Obama discusses immigration with faith leaders Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama told religious leaders Tuesday that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws while there's still a window for Congress to pass legislation.

  • Congress is giving states the transportation blues Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 1:56 PM ET

    But Congress will have to act fast. Foxx's warnings this week echo ones by President Barack Obama, who cautioned in February that unless Congress finished a bill by summer's end then "we could see construction projects stop in their tracks."

  • *Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war. Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war as Kiev began a "special operation" against pro-Russian separatists in the eastern town of Kramatorsk and retook a main airfield there.

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