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  • NEW YORK— The CEOs of government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are getting large raises, to about $4 million a year, as the government relaxes rules that were imposed on the companies after they suffered big losses and were bailed out. In forms filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, the companies disclosed that...

  • At first the Jan. 24, 2014, crash on U.S. 50 in Cincinnati's eastern suburbs drew only the attention of Ohio authorities, who faulted the semi driver for not properly inspecting the hitch that holds the trailer to the tractor. Given the nearly 1 ½- year gap between the crash and the investigation, the safety agency could face renewed criticism for failing to...

  • WASHINGTON— Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional. In the dispute over the lethal-injection drug, midazolam was used in Arizona, Ohio and...

  • LOS ANGELES, June 27- As calls grow to remove the Confederate flag from public spaces across America's South, Vanessa White says she questions whether that would mark real progress for black Americans like her. The 57- year-old Compton, California construction worker has seen and endured too much, she says, to be excited. Across the country, African Americans are...

  • GOP measure would permit longer tandem trucks Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Over the objections of safety advocates, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a trucking industry bid to allow longer tandem trucks on the nation's highways. But the bill faces a White House veto threat and a probable filibuster if GOP leaders try to bring it to the Senate floor. Richard Shelby, R- Ala. The committee chairman, Sen.

  • June 25- Rare earths miner Molycorp Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday along with its North American subsidiaries to restructure $1.7 billion of debt in its U.S. and Canadian operations. Molycorp has also obtained agreement for up to $225 million in new debtor-in-possession financing, it said in a statement. The Birmingham, Alabama-...

  • America's most affordable states to call home Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET
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    You'd be surprised at the most affordable places to live in the U.S., thanks to low food prices, great home values and low utility costs.

  • STEVENSON, Ala.— Google is converting an old coal-burning power plant in Alabama into a sleek data center running on renewable energy to fuel the additional computing capacity needed to process Internet search requests, show digital video, give directions, deliver email and store photos. The utility's board of directors decided to close the plant earlier this...

  • Republicans push back against proposed dietary guidelines Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 11:16 AM ET

    House and Senate spending bills say the guidelines must focus only on nutrition and diet. That's a clear effort to thwart a recommendation by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that eating a diet higher in vegetables and other plant-based foods is better for the environment than eating a diet based more on foods from animals. The departments of...

  • The Valley Forge Flag Co., based in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday joined companies including Wal-Mart, Amazon and eBay in banning the flag following the killings last week of nine black people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Valley Forge's decision came as a growing chorus of civil rights and political leaders called for...

  • Even as national retailers pull Confederate flags from shelves and websites after the shooting deaths of nine black church members in South Carolina, manufacturers that produce the divisive symbol say that sales are now surging. Amazon, Sears, eBay and Etsy said Tuesday that they would remove Confederate flag merchandise from their websites.

  • WASHINGTON, June 19- The U.S. government's appeals process for reviewing flood insurance claim disputes is riddled with flaws, but there is no evidence of systematic underpayments by insurers to flood victims, an investigation by U.S. Senate staffers has found. "Despite widespread concerns, it does not appear that systematic incentives exist for any...

  • WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates rose in 25 U.S. states last month, driven higher in many cases by more people who began looking for work but didn't immediately find jobs. Rates fell in 9 states and Washington, D.C., and were unchanged in 16 states, the Labor Department said Friday. Hiring in Montana was flat.

  • House bill aims for less e-cigarette regulation Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 3:19 AM ET

    Companies would have to submit the applications within two years of the final rule, and then the FDA would ensure that the product is "appropriate for the protection of the public health." In addition to e-cigarettes, the FDA rules and the House legislation would apply to other unregulated tobacco products such as cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels, waterpipe tobacco...

  • WASHINGTON— Jeb Bush's deep dive into corporate America, where he served on the boards or as an adviser to more than a dozen companies, could trigger complications for him if he wins the White House. Companies that paid Bush as a board member or adviser regularly hire lobbyists to press issues in Washington before federal agencies, the House, Senate and White House,...

  • NEW YORK, June 8- A study released on Monday found that the 50 priciest U.S. hospitals charged some patients more than 1,000 percent of what Medicare considers the cost of procedures. North Okaloosa Medical Center 1,260%. Paul B Hall Regional Medical Center 1,250%.

  • *Intel falls on $16.7 bln Altera buy. Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said with little evidence of a rebound, the Fed is in no position to start raising interest rates for the first time since 2006.. But as the day has progessed, some of the enthusiasm has worn off since the debate continues as to when the Fed is going to raise rates, "said Bucky Hellwig, senior vice...

  • CHICAGO, May 30- Indiana is training 300 prisoners to kill infected chickens and banning bird shows at county fairs. Iowa is trying to figure out how to deal with a mountain of dead- and reeking- chickens. Robert Cobb, state veterinarian for Georgia, the nation's leading producer of chickens raised for meat, which has not had any cases so far.

  • May 22- A small offshore oil platform caught fire in shallow water near the coast of Louisiana on Friday and a sheen was seen in the sea after workers were evacuated, officials said. All 28 workers aboard were taken from the platform, located about 20 miles east of the boot tip of Louisiana, onto a nearby supply vessel and taken ashore. It was unclear how much oil had...

  • Nevertheless, total egg production rose slightly in April, supported by a greater output of eggs for hatching into meat-producing birds and more egg-laying hens, the USDA reported. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has since confirmed cases in 54 Iowa flocks containing more than 26 million birds, most of them egg-laying hens.