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  • 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— Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Washington next week comes amid heightened attention in Congress to an Asia-Pacific trade deal that has created a deep rift between President Barack Obama and members of his Democratic Party and whose central feature is liberalized commerce between the U.S. and Japan. Abe's official visit to...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • DETROIT— Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming— and they don't require congressional approval. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the plans at Michigan State University, where Obama...

  • Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 3:18 AM ET

    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...

  • TOKYO, April 24- Japan's Nikkei share average looked poised to snap a three-day winning streak on Friday as investors took profits, although energy-related shares outperformed on a rise in crude oil prices and brokers were in favor on strong earnings prospects. "Since the index has risen too fast, a short-term correction is likely," said Hikaru Sato, a senior...

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. House panel passes fast track trade bill Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 23- Legislation to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress cleared through a key committee on Thursday, but low Democratic support signaled a looming battle over a Pacific trade pact central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia. Despite the partisan wrangling, the vote in the House of Representatives' Ways and Means...

  • Ford to lay off 700 workers due to slow car sales Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:07 PM ET

    DETROIT— Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it's laying off 700 workers at a Michigan assembly plant because of slow sales of the small cars and hybrids it makes. The Michigan Assembly Plant, in the Detroit suburb of Wayne, will move from three shifts to two starting June 22, spokeswoman Kristina Adamski said. The plant is the same one President Barack Obama visited in...

  • Obama: Trade deals will help American jobs Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:03 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is promoting his trade policies, telling allies he is willing to pursue international commerce agreements even if they are unpopular with Democrats. Obama is seeking to assure Democratic activists and donors that his trade policies will protect U.S. jobs and environmental rules. Obama says critics who say a trade deal with...

  • MANASSAS, Va.— Michelle Obama announced Thursday that the technology industry has promised to hire and train 90,000 military veterans and spouses over the next five years— the latest private-sector commitment to her campaign to help veterans. Microsoft Corp., Cisco and Oracle are among firms making the commitment, she said. Obama said at Micron Technology, a...

  • WASHINGTON, April 23- The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass a bill that extends liability protection for companies that share information about cyber attacks, if they give the data to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The legislation must still be passed by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama to become...

  • US killed Americans held by, working with al-Qaeda Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 11:24 AM ET
    President Barack Obama press conference addresses the killing of two hostages conducted by U.S. Special Forces.

    President Obama said he takes full responsibility for the killing of innocent hostages, and that he "profoundly" regrets what happened.

  • NBC News: 2 airstrikes occurred   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:20 AM ET
    NBC News: 2 airstrikes occurred

    President Obama made a statement acknowledging two hostages were killed in a U.S. strike. NBC News is reporting a second airstrike killed American-born al Qaeda operative Adam Gadahn.

  • Obama: Sometimes deadly mistakes can occur   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:12 AM ET
    Obama: Sometimes deadly mistakes can occur

    President Obama gives a statement expressing condolences to the families of the two hostages who were killed in a U.S. strike.