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  • Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 2:45 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is pushing government contractors to stop violating labor laws if they want to keep taking federal money. The White House says Obama will sign an executive order Thursday requiring contractors to divulge any labor violations in the past three years when they seek large contracts.

  • WASHINGTON, July 30- A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday said Japan's refusal to drop all barriers to farm imports under a Pacific trade deal was unacceptable and urged the U.S. administration to cut Japan and Canada out of the talks if they did not give ground. "We urge you to hold Japan and Canada to the same high standards as other TPP partners.

  • WASHINGTON, July 30- Under Democratic President Barack Obama, the U.S. NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin announced on Tuesday that McDonald's, not just its franchisees, can be liable for alleged labor law violations.

  • Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday. It mirrors protections Congress has already enacted that apply to Pentagon contracts.

  • Correction: Exxon Mobil-Gay Rights story Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 5:25 PM ET

    IRVING, Texas— In a story July 22 about new federal anti-discrimination rules, The Associated Press reported erroneously the value of Exxon Mobil Corp. shares held by investors who supported amending the company's equal employment opportunity statement. Exxon Mobil says it'll follow new anti-bias rules.

  • WASHINGTON, July 30- Ten months after the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, Obamacare's federal health insurance exchange is still dogged by cost overruns and technology delays that could hamper enrollment when it resumes in November, a U.S. watchdog said.

  • Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working to clear funds for highway construction at home and missile defense in Israel.

  • *Hamas vows to fight on until Gaza blockades lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 30- Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a U.N.-run school and another 17 near a street market on Wednesday, Gaza's Health Ministry said, with no ceasefire in sight after more than three weeks of fighting.

  • July 30- U.S. health insurer Humana Inc reported a lower profit owing to higher costs on Wednesday, as mounting concerns about increased medical spending drove health insurance industry shares lower for a second straight day.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived in India on Wednesday for an official visit, has pressed New Delhi to drop its opposition to global trade reforms, saying it was a test of the country's commitment to advance economic liberalisation.

  • GOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    The Senate voted 54-42 to end debate on the bill, six short of the 60 votes needed to advance it. The White House says President Barack Obama supports the legislation.

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, July 30- Russia fought back on Wednesday over new U.S. and EU sanctions imposed over Ukraine, where fighting between Moscow- backed rebels and government troops has intensified since a Malaysian airliner was shot down.

  • DUBLIN, July 30- Ireland is in the firing line from Washington again for luring U.S. companies to its shores for tax benefits, but despite contrite noises coming from Dublin, it has too much to lose to discourage U.S. firms bent on shifting their tax domiciles.

  • July 30- U.S. health insurer Humana Inc said on Wednesday that second-quarter profit fell due to investments in the exchanges created under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law as well as costly new hepatitis C drug treatments. Humana said membership growth and a lower share count due to stock buybacks had helped offset some of the new costs.

  • July 30- U.S. health insurer Humana Inc said on Wednesday that second-quarter profit fell due to investments in the insurance exchanges created under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law as well as costly new hepatitis C drug treatments. Humana said membership growth and share buybacks had helped offset some of the new costs.

  • Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time' Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:14 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class.

  • Senate tires of patching highway programs Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate delivered an unexpectedly strong vote Tuesday in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs, a sign that Congress may have reached the limit of its patience with short-term fixes.

  • Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 3:49 AM ET

    MOSCOW— U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents.

  • House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 3:44 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants here illegally.

  • West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:33 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain even further and force President Vladimir Putin to end provocations in Ukraine.