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  • Congress is giving states the transportation blues Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 1:56 PM ET

    But Congress will have to act fast. Foxx's warnings this week echo ones by President Barack Obama, who cautioned in February that unless Congress finished a bill by summer's end then "we could see construction projects stop in their tracks."

  • People with old Social Security debts get reprieve Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve— for now. Social Security recipients and members of Congress complained that people were being forced to repay overpayments that were sometimes paid to their parents or guardians when they were children.

  • Social Security halts effort to collect old debts Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 6:11 PM ET

    Social Security Administration suspends a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup old overpayments.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- A group of U.S. senators on Friday urged the Department of Justice to oppose any efforts by General Motors Co to skirt financial responsibility related to the company's failure to promptly recall vehicles with ignition switch problems linked to 13 deaths.

  • Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to renew federal funding for transportation programs, and the Highway Trust Fund that helps pay for road and bridge projects is teetering on insolvency.

  • MORGANTOWN, West Va., Feb 26- As the Obama administration readies rules to force all U.S. power plants to lower the rate at which they produce greenhouse gases, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a major coal state, is trying to steer a bill through the Senate that he said would hold off the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urged Congress on Thursday to show "a little political courage" and come up with long-term solution to pay for roads. "Congress is going to have to show a little political courage to face this problem," Foxx said.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- U.S. business and labor leaders urged Congress on Wednesday to raise the federal gasoline tax to prevent a fund that pays for road and bridge projects from running out of money as early as September.

  • West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant asked lawmakers at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing to support a 10- year study into the effects of the Jan. 9 spill into the Elk River near Charleston, the state capital.

  • West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said she would be asking senators for a 10- year study into the effects of the Jan. 9 spill into the Elk River near Charleston, the state capital.

  • *McConnell looks to take down EPA regulations. *EPA's McCarthy grilled on climate science at hearing. Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell said he will invoke the measure to challenge an EPA rule published in the Federal Register last week.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- Two of the U.S. Senate's biggest environmental boosters have launched a drive to revive the issue of climate change in Congress and defend President Barack Obama's climate action plan against opposition from Republicans.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 9- California's record-high gas prices held steady on Tuesday and were expected to begin dropping later in the week, but a rise in wholesale prices suggested the decline could be more moderate than market analysts had previously anticipated.

  • Rise in California gas price slows, remains record Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- The rise in California gasoline prices has slowed after recent jarring increases, but nonetheless the cost of a gallon inched up to another record high, even as officials hope their emergency action will help ease the sticker shock.

  • Gas prices set California record Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 8:51 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- California has set a state record for gasoline prices _ but the hikes may be slowing. The highest average price in the state, at $4.75, is in the San Luis Obispo, Atascadero and Paso Robles area.

  • Officials hope 'winter-blend' gas will drop prices Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:35 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- State leaders _ and drivers _ hope to see gasoline prices drop soon, now that California officials have approved the release of "winter-blend" fuel that is expected to help bolster the state's supplies. Jerry Brown ordered it to allow so-called "winter-blend" gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to increase supply.

  • Release of 'winter-blend' gas could reduce prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:43 PM ET

    Jerry Brown ordered them to allow so-called "winter-blend" gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to increase supply. AAA said the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in California hit $4.668 Monday _ the highest price in the nation and an all-time high for the Golden State. California usually converts to the gas on Oct. 31.

  • As of July, 22.4 percent of homeowners with a mortgage owed more than their home was worth, according to a new report from Lender Processing Services.

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