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  • House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chairman of the Senate panel, made the first move, announcing a proposal that would cost about $25 billion over three years to lease new clinics, hire thousands of doctors and nurses, and make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with VA doctors to get outside care.

  • JAKARTA, July 24- Indonesia will revise its rules on mineral export taxes next month, paving the way for the country's multi-billion dollar mining industry to resume full production after months of layoffs and stalled output, a senior official said on Thursday.

  • JAKARTA, July 24- Indonesia will soon allow U.S. miner Freeport-McMoRan Copper& Gold Inc to resume copper exports, with both sides close to ending a six-month dispute over new mining rules, a senior official said on Thursday. Indonesia introduced a mineral ore export ban and a steep export tax on concentrates in January.

  • JAKARTA, July 24- Indonesia's top two copper miners signalled they are nearing a breakthrough to allow a restart of concentrate exports, which have been halted for more than six months due to a dispute with the Southeast Asian country over new mining rules.

  • Republican lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that would force President Barack Obama to submit quickly to Congress any comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran and give lawmakers the chance to reject the deal and reimpose sanctions.

  • July 23- Freeport-McMoRan Inc said on Wednesday it expects to "imminently" sign an agreement with Indonesia that would enable it to immediately resume copper concentrate exports which have been halted for more than six months. Indonesia introduced a mineral ore export ban and a steep export tax in January.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- U.S. regulators and 15 states announced a wave of lawsuits on Wednesday against law firms and mortgage assistance companies they said have scammed borrowers since at least 2011 by falsely promising home loan modifications and other foreclosure relief.

  • Dole, vets groups renew push for disability treaty Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— At 91, Bob Dole won't take no for an answer. Veterans groups, organizations for the disabled and a handful of the Senate's strongest proponents joined Dole in stepping up the pressure for a Senate vote. Dole, who celebrated his 91st birthday on Tuesday, sat through the Capitol Hill news conference and spoke forcefully about the treaty.

  • Senate, House on collision course on border money Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 5:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to any money.

  • WASHINGTON— Supreme Court allows Arizona execution to go forward in closely watched First Amendment case.

  • Democrats to unveil $2.7B bill on alien children Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 2:44 AM ET

    With just two weeks before lawmakers' sacrosanct August break, progress is decidedly mixed on several must-pass items due to Capitol Hill partisanship, heightened by midterm elections and the Obama administration's conflicting signals to Congress.

  • Southwest, South score low on child-welfare index Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 12:28 AM ET

    New Mexico, Nevada, Louisiana and Arizona round out the bottom five states. Tennessee was one of five states that showed the biggest improvements in the last year, moving from 39th to 36th. In education, a focus of major reform in Tennessee the last few years, the state improved from 42nd to 37th.

  • Pennsylvania sees 3rd rating downgrade in 2 years Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:36 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania received its third bond downgrade in two years Monday, after Gov.

  • New Orleans putting smoked butts in a better place Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 2:55 PM ET

    Developers of the program say New Orleans is the first U.S. city to participate in a large-scale recycling effort launched in Canada last year. Trenton, New Jersey- based recycling company TerraCycle Inc. developed the program in 2012. The first citywide receptacles were placed in Vancouver, British Columbia, in November 2013.

  • US states with higher minimum wages gain more jobs Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    A Congressional Budget Office report earlier this year lent some support for that view. It found that a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, as President Obama supports, could cost 500,000 jobs nationwide.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • Gasoline prices in Arizona at $3.57 per gallon Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    Officials with AAA Arizona said Thursday that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.57 a gallon. Tucson has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $3.38 a gallon and Flagstaff has the highest at $3.79.

  • Arizona jobless rate rises to 6.9 percent in June Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Arizona's unemployment rate rose to 6.9 percent in June, up from 6.8 percent the month before. State economists said Thursday that by comparison, Arizona's jobless rate was 8.1 percent a year ago. Arizona lost 39,500 nonfarm jobs in June.

  • Wizz Air to keep growing as east Europeans fly more Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 2:30 AM ET

    *Wizz Air has grown to be biggest low-cost carrier in eastern Europe. Organic expansion in the region and as far afield as Moscow, Tel-Aviv or Dubai is set to continue while a new phase of growth is likely to come from Wizz Air exploiting the difficulties of state-backed regional airlines that are struggling to survive.

  • *Sanofi mulls fate of 200 older drugs including Plavix. *Sanofi also held talks with TPG and Warburg Pincus. PARIS, July 16- Sanofi has held talks with Abbott Laboratories, Mylan and private equity firms over the possible sale of a 6.3 billion euro portfolio of mature drugs, according to an internal document seen by Reuters.