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  • President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver his verdict on TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline between mid-June and mid-October for fear of being seen as interfering in Canada's upcoming election, said three Ottawa- based sources familiar with the matter. In 1963, when relations between President John F. Kennedy and Conservative Prime Minister John...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has signed long-delayed legislation to boost energy efficiency in buildings. He says it's an area where Washington could make a big impact and create jobs. The bill exempts some energy-efficient water heaters from pending Energy Department rules.

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama announced Thursday that major book publishers will provide more than $250 million in free e-books to low-income students and that he is seeking commitments from local governments and schools nationwide to provide library cards to all students. The offer of free e-books comes as low-income households still lag far...

  • SEOUL, April 30- U.S. crude futures held around $58.50 a barrel on Thursday, near their highest this year as U.S. crude stockpiles grew less than expected after the first decline since November in stocks at the main U.S. delivery hub. *Brent crude futures, the more widely-used benchmark, shed 39 cents to $65.45, after finishing up $1.20 at $65.84 in a session that saw...

  • WASHINGTON, April 29- President Barack Obama could prevail in his drive for legislation to boost a major Pacific trade deal if enough members of a group of moderate Democrats, as expected, lend their support, said lawmakers and trade specialists on Wednesday. Obama faces a tough fight in Congress over "fast-track" trade negotiating authority.

  • Senate panel votes to expand tax-free college accounts Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Senate panel passed a bill Wednesday that would expand popular tax-free college savings accounts that President Barack Obama failed to scale back. The Senate Finance Committee voted 26-0 to send the bill to the full Senate. The bill would add $51 million to the budget deficit over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Joint Committee on...

  • GOP unveils budget plans in face of Obama opposition Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 1:07 PM ET

    The 10- year balanced budget plan calls upon lawmakers to repeal Obama's health care law while enacting major curbs on safety net programs like Medicaid and food stamps. It would cut future-year budgets for domestic agencies below already tight spending "caps" that the White House vows to dismantle. The White House promises to veto the veterans' bill in protest...

  • The "net neutrality" rules, which are slated to take effect in June, are backed by the Obama administration and were passed by the Democratic majority of the Federal Communications Commission in February. AT&T Inc and wireless and cable trade associations are challenging them in court. Paul's resolution, if adopted, would allow the Senate to fast-track a vote to...

  • Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican who heads the Senate Finance Committee, said he wanted the "fast-track" trade legislation to pass the full Senate in its original form. Hatch also aimed to strip out an amendment passed by the Senate panel which would disqualify trade deals with countries deemed soft on human trafficking from the special procedures designed to...

  • Baltimore streets quiet after first night of curfew Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 11:06 AM ET
    A protester holds a sign as clouds of smoke and crowd control agents rise, shortly after the deadline for a city-wide curfew passed in Baltimore, Maryland April 28, 2015, as crowds protest the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody.

    The streets of Baltimore were largely quiet overnight, with only scattered arrests reported during a curfew imposed.

  • LOS ANGELES— Building on California's ambitious effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. California, which already has an aggressive plan to combat global warming, currently is on track to meet a goal of cutting carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, partly by forcing companies to pay for their pollution. Brown's executive order lacked details on how the...

  • Obama lives up to pledge to slow immigrant deportations Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 1:13 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has failed to live up to a campaign promise to push through immigration legislation, but he has met a postelection pledge to slow deportations with or without approval from Congress. Since October, the Homeland Security Department has sent home the fewest immigrants in the country illegally since Obama took office in 2009,...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- In the 1950' s Baltimore was the sixth largest city in the United States with a peak population of nearly 950,000. Now the riot-hit metropolis ranks 26th on that measure and scores as one of the less equal American cities when measured by income and educational achievement. In Baltimore, a household in the top 5 percent of income earners...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- In the 1950' s Baltimore was the sixth largest city in the United States with a peak population of nearly 950,000. Now the riot-hit metropolis ranks 26th on that measure and scores as one of the less equal American cities when measured by income and educational achievement. In Baltimore, a household in the top 5 percent of income earners...

  • White House slams GOP defense budget Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 7:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The White House is vigorously pushing back against provisions in a proposed $604 billion Republican defense budget plan that contradict President Barack Obama's national security priorities on issues ranging from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to changes in weapons systems. The White House took the unusual step Tuesday of...

  • Representatives Bob Goodlatte and Jim Sensenbrenner and Democrats John Conyers and Jerry Nadler introduced the " USA Freedom Act" in the House of Representatives, seeking to tighten control of a program publicly exposed two years ago by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. They are supported by privacy groups but will run into...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- President Barack Obama accused China on Tuesday of "flexing its muscles" to advance its maritime claims against Asian neighbors and assured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of the U.S. commitment to defend Japanese territory, including tiny islands in dispute with Beijing. Speaking at a joint news conference in the White House Rose...

  • Gay marriage arguments divide Supreme Court Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 2:02 PM ET
    Gay marriage supporters hold a gay rights flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington April 28, 2015.

    The questions suggested the justices were divided along conservative and liberal lines, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy holding the controlling vote.

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he shared Japan's concerns about China's assertive behavior in maritime disputes with its neighbors and assured him of the U.S. commitment to defending Japanese territory, including tiny islands that Beijing claims. Speaking at a joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden,...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- The leader of the largest federation of U.S. labor unions has called on Hillary Clinton and other presidential hopefuls to oppose an Obama administration trade pact. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Tuesday delivered his first address about the U.S. presidential election in November 2016, laying out criteria the federation's 56...