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  • WASHINGTON, March 1- Congress narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency late on Friday night, but the forces behind the chaotic episode remain- fractious Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner's lack of control over them. In five to seven months, the federal debt ceiling will again be reached, and by October Congress must pass...

  • CARACAS, Feb 28- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had captured American citizens involved in "espionage activities," and said U.S. citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to the OPEC nation. Speaking during a rally, he said his government will prohibit some U.S. officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for...

  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments and data about monarchs through March 2, and a decision on whether to list the monarch as threatened is due in December. Environmentalists say the butterfly's decline— the overwinter population in Mexico reached a low in 2013— has coincided with the rise of St. Louis- based agribusiness giant Monsanto's...

  • *Opposition plan march in Moscow on Sunday. Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across the bridge over the Moskva River in central Moscow with a Ukrainian woman, who was unhurt, just before midnight on Friday, police said. Police sealed off the blood-stained bridge close to the red walls of the Kremlin and Red Square for...

  • WASHINGTON— It's not uncommon to feel some trepidation around tax-filing season. But there's an added hassle this year for nearly a million consumers who got financial help with health insurance premiums under President Barack Obama's law. "It's been a comedy of errors from the start," said K.C. Crafts, a freelance financial writer from South Berwick, Maine.

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • Pence: 'Dramatically increase' defense spending Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 9:49 PM ET

    OXON HILL, Md.— Indiana Gov. The Republican state executive, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, told conservatives that the next race for the White House would likely center on foreign policy for the first time in more than three decades. "With everything happening in the world, it is imperative, my fellow conservatives, that conservatives again embrace...

  • WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen met Friday with a group of conservative activists who are unhappy with the way the central bank is conducting its interest-rate policies. Yellen rejected the GOP criticism as unfounded. Representatives of the Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute also participated in the meeting.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 27- Chicago drew closer to a fiscal free fall on Friday with a rating downgrade from Moody's Investors Service that could trigger the immediate termination of four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about $58 million and raising the prospect of more broken swaps contracts. "This is an unfortunate wake-up call for anyone still asleep...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- The White House released draft legislation on Friday that would give consumers more control over how the trail of data they leave behind them on the internet is used, stored and sold. President Barack Obama has made cybersecurity a major focus in the wake of high-profile hacks at companies such as Sony Pictures Anthem Inc and Target Corp..

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- The Obama administration is battling Wall Street to win the support of dozens of Democrat lawmakers over rules that could rein in brokers who handle trillions of dollars in retirement accounts. President Barack Obama on Monday called on the Department of Labor to write new rules for brokers that seek to reduce conflicts of interest and "...

  • Congress pursues funding to avert DHS shutdown Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 1:40 PM ET
    The U.S. Capitol building

    Congress appeared to be headed toward approving a bill postponing Homeland Security's partial shutdown.

  • The last hot 'BRIC' has a big weekend coming up Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 1:24 PM ET
    U.S. President Barack Obama laughs as he talks with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi, Jan. 26, 2015.

    This Saturday, investors will tune in to see if India's Narendra Modi delivers on the reforms he's promised as he unveils the country's annual budget.

  • Why FCC ruling will hurt US consumers: FCC commish Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 1:12 PM ET
    Ajit Pai, commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission

    FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai explained Friday why he thinks the commission's latest ruling will hurt the consumer.

  • LOS ANGELES— In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel. Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, with family at his side, said his son, Adam Nimoy.

  • WASHINGTON— Amid "rapid growth" in the collection of data on Americans, the White House on Friday proposed legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information. Consumers might also be skeptical about how much the White House values Americans' privacy: President Barack Obama outlined similar goals in 2012 in his "...

  • Giving Obama fits: The Elizabeth Warren way Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 11:05 AM ET
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington.

    Elizabeth Warren's opposition to the president's Pacific trade proposal shows how the senator can agitate, Politico's Ben White says.

  • LONDON, Feb 27- U.S. refineries are processing record quantities of heavy crude from Canada as the perfect complement to light oils from North Dakota and Texas as they struggle to keep their average blend steady. Bakken and Eagle Ford are light, sweet oils, while Saudi Arabia's Arab Heavy and Alberta's Western Canadian Select are much heavier and sourer.

  • Obama to host European Council president next month Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama will host European Council President Donald Tusk at the White House next month. The White House says the two will review a range of issues, including Ukraine, Russia, a pending trade deal between the U.S. and European countries, economic growth, energy security, climate change and countering violent extremism and terrorism.

  • Net neutrality: What you need to know  Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 5:10 AM ET

    Cyrus Mewawalla, managing director at CM Research, says that the two main side effects of the new FCC regulations on net neutrality would probably be that broadband prices may rise and speeds may fall.