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  • WASHINGTON— Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year. The Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday that, through the middle of January, more than 7.1 million people had signed up in 37...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey's U.S. senators and two congressmen have denounced a White House draft proposal that would authorize drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez and Rep. President Barack Obama's proposal calls for auctioning areas more than 50 miles off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia to oil companies no earlier than...

  • The 2017 to 2022 drilling plan begins a process that could take many years before waters off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina or Georgia are cleared for drilling. The administration canceled a lease sale there after BP Plc's deadly explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that year. In addition, President Barack Obama took parts of...

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Google said Tuesday it has selected four metro areas in the Southeast to receive its fiber optic service that can deliver Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national broadband average. Google officials said five Western cities previously identified as finalists remain in the running for fiber down the line. "We had four cities here in the...

  • Man who crashed drone at White House was drinking Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 1:47 PM ET

    The man who crashed his drone on the White House grounds early Monday has told investigators that he had been drinking.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The top U.S. trade official told lawmakers on Tuesday he hopes to wrap up an ambitious Pacific trade pact within months as he urged Congress to back the administration's trade agenda. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the administration looked to lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation allowing a streamlined approval process...

  • Add American Airlines to the list of carriers that want to take you to Cuba. Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways have expressed interest since President Barack Obama announced last month that the U.S. would establish diplomatic relations and expand trade and tourism with Cuba. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said last week that his airline...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska. The proposal envisions auctioning areas located more than 50 miles off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and...

  • House GOP moves toward possible lawsuit on immigration Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 11:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Republicans are moving toward authorizing a potential lawsuit against President Barack Obama on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday, as the GOP struggled for a way to stop the president's unilateral deportation curbs. Boehner announced the plans in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, telling them GOP leaders are...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The type of small drone that crashed on the White House grounds on Monday is available at a chain like RadioShack Corp and illustrates the need for more regulation over such new technologies, U.S. In an interview broadcast on Tuesday, Obama said he had asked the Federal Aviation Administration to examine how the United States is managing the...

  • Now it's heating up, as the administration tries to craft a new trade agreement with Japan and 10 other Pacific-rim countries. It lets Congress ratify or reject-- but not amend-- proposed trade pacts. Trade Representative Michael Froman-- got warmer receptions Tuesday from Republicans as he testified before key Senate and House committees.

  • Democrats put brakes on Iran sanctions bill Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 10:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Senate Democrats on Tuesday put the brakes on new Iran sanctions legislation, ending for now a looming showdown between Congress and President Barack Obama over negotiations to prevent Tehran from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon. At the same time, supporters of the bill say the letter signals the White House that Menendez and his...

  • Obama to propose oil drilling off Atlantic Coast Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 9:07 AM ET
    Environmentalists fear another BF Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster as the Obama administration is set to propose opening up offshore drilling on the east coast from Virginia to Georgia.

    The Obama administration will announce Tuesday a proposal to start drilling in Atlantic Coast waters, The New York Times reports.

  • Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 AM ET

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he led an array of current and former American statesmen in paying respects Tuesday following the death of King Abdullah. New King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud...

  • NEW DELHI— India and America's declaration of a breakthrough in contentious nuclear energy cooperation has been met with a lukewarm response from industry and analysts. President Barack Obama's three-day visit to New Delhi raised hopes for concrete plans to tackle India's fossil fuel dependency and to resolve a four-year standoff over liability that...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The top U.S. trade official urged Congress to back the administration's trade agenda on Tuesday and said an ambitious Pacific trade pact is nearing completion. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the administration was looking to lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation allowing a streamlined approval process for trade deals,...

  • The new shale frontier?  Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 5:40 AM ET

    As top U.S. officials head to Saudi Arabia, CNBC's Hadley Gamble reports on Saudi Aramco and whether Saudi Arabia will be the "new frontier in shale production."

  • Obama says US must catch up to ensure drones are safe Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 3:45 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The United States has fallen behind technological advancements that have made small drones readily available and must update its laws to ensure safety, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, in his first public comments about a drone that crashed on the White House grounds. Questions persist about why a night-owl drone operator would be flying it...

  • BUCHANAN, Liberia— The auburn-red soil and lush green vegetation lured the foreign investors to Liberia's third-largest city with visions of environmental gold. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a little known U.S. government agency 4,700 miles away, backed the venture with $217 million in loan approvals from 2008 to 2011..

  • New Obama-Modi dynamics to benefit both leaders: Pro  Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 10:23 PM ET

    Eswar Prasad, Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University, discusses the improvement in ties between U.S. President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Modi.