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  • Sept 16- HealthCare.gov, President Barack Obama's health insurance exchange, has security and privacy protection vulnerabilities, a U.S. government watchdog reported on Tuesday, nearly a year after the website's troubled rollout.

  • NY denied federal funds for Tappan Zee project Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 6:22 PM ET
    The Tappan Zee Bridge in May.

    The US rejected most of a $511 million loan request, dealing a blow to one of Andrew Cuomo just weeks ahead of state elections.

  • Business Highlights Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:59 PM ET

    Alibaba risk: China's rise leaves out investors. WASHINGTON— American investors are clamoring to buy a stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which is launching what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever. IPOs, according to research by Jay Ritter, a finance professor at the University of Florida.

  • Probe: HealthCare.gov website must boost security Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 3:54 PM ET

    The Government Accountability Office said the Obama administration must resolve more than 20 specific security issues related to who can get into the system, who can make changes in it and what to do in case the complex network fails.

  • A report from the Census Bureau on Tuesday showed the country's median household income edged up just $180 last year to $51,939, a gain deemed statistically insignificant. Congress and the White House raised taxes on most Americans in 2013 while cutting back government spending, and the austerity was a major factor holding back economic growth.

  • Effort aims to help soldiers land civilian jobs Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Soldiers being discharged from the military— particularly Fort Knox in central Kentucky— will get a sales pitch on the jobs available and benefits of staying in the area from a program started up Tuesday by business groups in Kentucky and southern Indiana.

  • Snyder touts expanded Medicaid in re-election bid Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 2:27 PM ET

    Rick Snyder on Tuesday touted Michigan's successful Medicaid expansion as part of his re-election bid, saying 63,000 more low-income adults have signed up than projected this year, with 3½ months left.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The U.S. House of Representatives began debating legislation on Tuesday to authorize President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, and lawmakers said the measure would likely pass the full Congress by the end of this week.

  • EPA grants extension on power plant pollution plan Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- U.S. lawmakers are considering proposals to deal with a rising number of U.S. companies reincorporating overseas to slash their tax bills.

  • Still, the figures from the Census Bureau on Tuesday also showed the average person's income was essentially flat in 2013 when taking into account inflation, and 8 percent lower than in 2007 when the nation fell into recession. "That seems to be the main thing" behind the decline, said Charles Nelson, an official at the Census Bureau.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The U.S. Congress appeared poised on Tuesday to quickly approve President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a major part of the effort he announced this week to fight Islamic State militants.

  • Jindal: Obama hasn't done enough to harness energy Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's administration has become "science deniers," failing to do enough to harness the nation's energy potential. The White House has said its promotion of domestic energy production, the use of wind and solar power and the reduction in oil consumption have had economic benefits and reduced carbon emissions.

  • Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006 Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 10:44 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.

  • German court lifts injunction banning Uber Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 10:13 AM ET

    BERLIN— A court in Germany has lifted an emergency injunction that banned the ridesharing service Uber from operating anywhere in the country. The Frankfurt state court ruled Tuesday that the urgent measures taxi drivers won against their upstart rival last month weren't warranted.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The United States announced on Tuesday it will send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up plan, including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out of control.

  • UPDATE 2-Obama to send 3,000 troops to tackle Ebola Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON/ GENEVA, Sept 16- The United States announced on Tuesday that it would send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up response including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiralling fastest out of control. So far Cuba and China have said they will send medical staff to Sierra Leone.

  • Senate Dems spent $14M in August to keep majority Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Senate Democrats' campaign arm, defending a narrow majority heading into November's elections, spent more than $14 million last month, committee aides said Tuesday.

  • Concerns raised over 'Obamacare' abortion coverage Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010..

  • It puts a check on the administration, prevents the introduction of combat boots on the ground, requires very close monitoring by the Congress, all along the way, "said Kentucky Republican Representative Hal Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.