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  • TOKYO, April 28- Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari played down the prospect of substantial progress in trade talks being announced after a summit meeting between Japan and the United States on Tuesday. President Barack Obama in Washington. Japanese public broadcaster NHK said a joint statement after the meeting would probably refer to "substantial...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for White House talks on Tuesday to showcase newly strengthened defense ties and advance a long-delayed Pacific trade deal as the two allies seek to counter China's rising influence in Asia. A deal between economic power houses Japan and the United States is vital to...

  • Paulson, Rubin, Geithner: USA is still No. 1 Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 6:12 PM ET
    Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin

    Three former U.S. Treasury Secretaries agree: The U.S. has plenty of problems, but it's still in a dominant global position.

  • Passing a budget will allow Republicans the opportunity to use budget "reconciliation" procedures to dismantle "Obamacare" with only a simple majority vote in the Senate, rather than a near-impossible 60 vote margin that would require some Democratic support. As reported by Reuters last week, the compromise budget will exclude Representative Paul Ryan's...

  • Military vets make job gains, but one group lags Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 1:27 PM ET
    A job seeker speaks with an employer at the Veterans On Wall Street job fair in New York, U.S., on Thursday, June 21, 2012.

    Despite the decline in the female veteran unemployment rate, women vets still lag behind their male counterparts.

  • WASHINGTON— House and Senate GOP negotiators neared agreement Monday on a budget blueprint that would enable Republicans controlling Congress to more easily target President Barack Obama's signature health care law while delivering an almost $40 billion budget boost to the Pentagon. The emerging plan relies on deep cuts to domestic agency budgets and...

  • The Arapahoe County Justice Center in suburban Denver has emptied quickly after opening statements in the Colorado theater shooting trial. The trial for James Holmes continues Tuesday morning. Court has adjourned for the day in the Colorado theater shooting trial after James Holmes' attorneys completed their opening statement.

  • BRASILIA, April 27- Brazil's government plans over time to remove tariffs on high-end capital goods in a bid to boost productivity and breathe life into its flailing economy, an adviser to President Dilma Rousseff told Reuters. Strategic Affairs Minister Roberto Mangabeira Unger, a Harvard philosophy professor tasked by Rousseff with laying out a new...

  • On this score my feeling is no different from my predecessor prime ministers, "he told students at Harvard's John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Abe was visiting Boston ahead of a meeting with President Barack Obama on Tuesday in Washington and a high-profile speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, the first by a Japanese leader.

  • WASHINGTON, April 27- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether online people-search service Spokeo Inc should face a class action lawsuit for including incorrect information in its database. Thomas Robins filed suit in California on behalf of himself and others under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, which requires consumer...

  • SNL star hosts WH press dinner   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 6:28 AM ET
    SNL star hosts WH press dinner

    CNBC's John Harwood reports highlights from the White House correspondents' dinner.

  • NEW YORK— First came a hotly-debated decision by Cooper Union to start charging its students after being tuition-free for generations. Over the past year, Cooper Union's reputation as a world-class training ground for engineers, architects and artists has taken a back seat to headlines about the investigation, a lawsuit over the imposition of tuition and the...

  • Russian hackers read Obama's unclassified emails Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 6:59 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., Feb. 13, 2015.

    White House officials said that no classified networks had been compromised, and that the hackers had collected no classified information.

  • Sens. Warren, Brown counter Obama on trade Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 5:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Two of the Democratic Party's most vocal opponents of strengthening President Barack Obama's hand in trade deals are taking issue with his recent criticism and are calling on him to make public the draft text of a still incomplete deal with 11 other Pacific rim nations. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sherrod Brown of Ohio sent Obama a...

  • The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no reason to think that listeria illnesses and deaths linked to Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries and the discovery of listeria in Ohio- based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams are related. Jeni's ice cream hasn't been linked to any illnesses, but the company recalled its...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- The White House on Friday dashed hopes of a breakthrough on U.S.- Japan trade when President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Washington next week, further delaying a major 12- nation Pacific trade pact. A deal between Japan and the United States is vital to clinching a Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, as their economies...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- U.S. and Japanese negotiators have made "substantial progress" toward a deal on a major Pacific free-trade pact but President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are not expected to announce a final accord during Abe's Washington visit next week, the White House said on Friday. A deal between Japan and the United States is vital to a...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, April 24- TransCanada Corp, whose controversial Keystone XL pipeline project has waited more than six years for U.S. approvals, is asking the Obama administration to approve another pipeline, one that would take American crude oil into Canada. The company, Canada's No. 2 pipeline operator, said it applied on Wednesday for a presidential permit...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- U.S. and Japanese negotiators have made "substantial progress" toward a deal on a major Pacific free-trade pact but President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are not expected to announce a final accord during Abe's Washington visit next week, the White House said on Friday. "We expect the leaders to review the progress and to have...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan's bold Medicare "premium support" plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of...