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  • WASHINGTON— The Senate now will decide the fate of a House bill backed by the president that would end the National Security Agency's collection of American calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities. The bill before the Senate, known as the USA Freedom Act, would reauthorize the surveillance, but would phase out NSA phone records...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The National Security Agency lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after GOP Sen. Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the fiercely contested program in an extraordinary Sunday Senate session. The Senate voted 77-17 to move ahead on the House-passed bill, the USA Freedom Act, which only last weekend fell three...

  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country. Shelley Moore Capito, R- W.Va., is promising to "rein in" the government through legislation or other means. The rules are among a host of regulations that majority Republicans have...

  • Minutes before the Senate began its session, House Speaker John Boehner, R- Ohio, issued a brief but strong statement warning of the impact if the parts of the Patriot Act expire. Anyone who is satisfied with letting this critical intelligence capability go dark isn't taking the terrorist threat seriously, "said Boehner, who urged the Senate to pass the House bill...

  • O'Malley officially sets out on 2016 WH quest Saturday, 30 May 2015 | 4:23 PM ET
    Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

    Martin O'Malley, the former MD governor and ex- Baltimore mayor, announced he was running for president, The Financial Times reports.

  • PARIS— Climate change is a threat to international security, France's influential Environment Minister Segolene Royal warned Saturday— adopting an unusually hawkish stance as she heads to the U.S. to push for a global deal on reducing emissions at a landmark Paris conference this year. Royal, longtime former partner of President Francois Hollande and one of...

  • Cramer Remix: A sign that the market could rally Friday, 29 May 2015 | 7:19 PM ET
    Jim Cramer on the set of Mad Money

    Wall Street’s been soaking in red, but Jim Cramer has one signal to watch for that could point to another run in the "Mad Money" review.

  • BERLIN, May 29- Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to drum up support in Germany for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ahead of the G7 summit she is hosting in June, saying in an interview on Saturday she hopes it will be finalized by 2017.. "It's important for me that the transatlantic free trade keeps pace with the Pacific region," Merkel said,...

  • Cramer: Best defense stocks ripping up the market Friday, 29 May 2015 | 6:25 PM ET
    The patriot missile is manufactured at Raytheon's Integrated Air Defense Center in Andover.

    Jim Cramer highlights that the U.S. is spending less on our military, but does that mean defense stocks are a lost cause? Maybe not.

  • Obama pinned responsibility directly on the Senate if something were to go awry. "And heaven forbid we've got a problem where we could have prevented a terrorist attack or apprehended someone who is engaged in dangerous activity but we didn't do so simply because of inaction in the Senate." McConnell is calling the Senate back into session Sunday, just hours...