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  • WASHINGTON, June 2- Whistleblower website WikiLeaks offered a $100,000 bounty for copies of a Pacific trade pact that is a central plank of President Barack Obama's diplomatic pivot to Asia on Tuesday. Union group AFL-CIO led a march on the USTR office in Washington to demand to read the text, but said it found the doors locked. But it is still unclear when the House...

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren issued a scathing critique of Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White, citing delays in executive pay rules and inadequate enforcement, in the lawmaker's latest jab at the Obama administration's financial policies. White said she was proud of her work, saying the SEC has advanced more than 30 congressionally...

  • WASHINGTON— More than 10 million people have signed up for private health insurance this year under President Barack Obama's law, the administration said Tuesday. And the Supreme Court is weighing the legality of subsidized premiums for millions of consumers in more than 30 states. "Enrollment has been lower and slower than what most people projected," said...

  • House panel uses war funds to skirt budget limits Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 1:08 PM ET

    The move came over the opposition of Democrats and the White House, who argue that domestic programs deserve equal treatment. The Appropriations Committee action came as it approved a $579 billion Pentagon spending bill that would fund a 2.3 percent pay increase for the military and add new money to boost air reconnaissance. The sweeping Pentagon funding...

  • June 2- Wal-Mart Stores Inc will raise minimum wages for more than 100,000 of its U.S. workers in some departments from July, the second time the world's largest retailer has announced a wage hike this year. Wal-Mart, the largest private employer in the United States with 1.3 million U.S. workers, has been targeted by labor groups in the past for its minimum wages.

  • *EU, U.S. trade officials preach benefits in Berlin. BERLIN, June 2- European and U.S. trade officials came to Berlin on Tuesday to try to drum up support for a transatlantic trade deal that faces growing opposition in Europe's biggest economy. "We have a unique opportunity here, we're both high-wage, well-regulated economies," said U.S. trade representative Michael...

  • Wolf's Department of Insurance submitted the application to the federal government on Monday, the deadline if Pennsylvania is to move to a state-based marketplace in 2016.. A U.S. Health and Human Services Department spokesman could not immediately say whether Pennsylvania was the first or only state to take such a step ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on...

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren issued a scathing critique of Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White, citing executive pay rule delays and inadequate enforcement in the lawmaker's latest swing against the Obama administration's financial policies. In response, White said she was proud of her work, saying the SEC has advanced more than 30...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's effort to curb the use of antibiotics in animals raised for meat is starting with his own employees. The White House said Tuesday that many federal cafeterias serving government workers will start serving meat and poultry from animals raised with fewer antibiotics. The announcement is part of a White House summit on the...

  • WASHINGTON— The IRS failed to implement dozens of security upgrades to its computer systems, some of which could have made it more difficult for hackers to use an IRS website to steal tax information from 104,000 taxpayers, a government investigator told Congress Tuesday. Each year, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration audits the IRS's...

  • WASHINGTON— House Republicans warned the Senate on Tuesday not to move ahead with planned changes to a House bill that would end the National Security Agency's collection of American calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities. "The best way to make sure America is protected is for the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act," he said.

  • WASHINGTON— The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology— all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval,...

  • WASHINGTON— Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday reassigned the leader of the Transportation Security Administration and directed the agency to revise airport security procedures, retrain officers and retest screening equipment in airports across the U.S.. The TSA's acting administrator, Melvin Carraway, is being reassigned to a different...

  • Don Young, R- Alaska, would remove a 10- year timeframe for rebuilding depleted fish stocks and allow fisheries managers to consider the economic needs of fishing communities in setting annual catch limits. Rob Bishop, R- Utah, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, called the vote "a win for the consumer, a win for the industry that puts food on our tables...

  • Dozens of health insurers say higher-than-expected care costs and other expenses blindsided them this year, and they're going to have to hike premiums for individual policies well-beyond 10 percent for 2016.. The proposed double-digit hikes would apply to plans sold on the health insurance exchanges created under President Barack Obama's law, as well as...

  • LANSING, Mich.— Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network, which sell medical insurance to more than half of Michigan residents who buy their own coverage under the federal health care law, are seeking 2016 premium increases that average about 10 percent, the state insurance department announced Monday. Blue Care Network of Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield...

  • OSLO, June 1- France suggested on Monday that world leaders should attend only the start of a summit on climate change in Paris in six months, hoping to avoid a repeat of the last failed attempt in 2009 when they came at the end and left empty-handed. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also said France hoped to agree some elements of a U.N. climate deal by October, weeks...

  • WASHINGTON— After several near-death experiences in the Senate, the trade agenda that President Barack Obama is pushing as a second term capstone faces its biggest hurdle yet in the more polarized House. Anti-trade forces have struggled to ignite public outrage over Obama's bid to enact new free-trade agreements, but Democratic opposition in Congress...

  • Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 12:56 AM ET
    Construction trailers sit in front of the new National Security Agency (NSA) data center June 10, 2013 in Bluffdale, Utah.

    The NSA lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after Senator Rand Paul stood in the way of the program.

  • US surveillance powers lapse as Congress scrambles Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 12:09 AM ET

    Now, the question is whether the Senate will pass a bill the House can live with. The Senate vote on the measure known as the USA Freedom Act can come no earlier than 1 a.m., Tuesday. "Having gone past the brink, the Senate must now embrace the necessity of acting responsibly," said Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, in a statement after...