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  • TOKYO— A deal between Japan and the U.S. needed to move ahead with a Pacific Rim trade pact is possible by this spring, a top Japanese trade negotiator said Tuesday. Wendy Cutler, acting deputy U.S. trade representative, will visit Japan for talks beginning Thursday on the politically sensitive issue of dismantling protections for Japan's farm products and for...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 15 Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England's Paul Fisher speaks at the Economist's Insurance Summit 2015- 0910 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England's Anthony Habgood and Governor Mark Carney appears before Treasury Select Committee- Grabiner Report- 1000 GMT. LAKE FOREST, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans speaks on current economic conditions and...

  • ORLANDO, Fla.— As Florida's housing market tanked seven years ago, construction worker David Rager saw jobs dry up. In a recent survey of more than 900 contractors by Associated General Contractors of America, 83 percent said they were having trouble filling craft positions. Given the amount of building going on, "it's going to be interesting because we're going to...

  • 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.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 12 Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester, Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer, former Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke and Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Hiroshi Nakaso participate in the U.S. Monetary Policy Forum 2015 Annual Conference sponsored by the...

  • Oahu coffee farm quarantine broadened by state Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 11:52 AM ET

    HONOLULU— The state has quarantined Oahu coffee farms to gain a better handle on an invasive pest. The state Board of Agriculture voted unanimously Tuesday to implement the quarantine targeting the coffee berry borer, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. "Oahu is a hub for the state's coffee trade, and we need to make sure that coffee beans that are imported to,...

  • As the front woman for influential indie band Sonic Youth for three decades, Kim Gordon had a ringside seat as experimental music left the grimy clubs of New York and went mainstream with the help of MTV and Lollapalooza in the 1980 s and 1990 s. "It's hard to write a love story with a broken heart," Gordon says about her early days in New York. Arriving in New York in 1980...

  • WASHINGTON— The foundation developing Barack Obama's future presidential library has commissioned polling in Chicago to determine whether residents support building it on the South Side, people close to the foundation said, in the clearest sign to date that the library likely will go to the University of Chicago. But recently, the focus has shifted...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 10 Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    ATLANTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on monetary policy and the economic outlook before the 2015 Banking Outlook Conference- 1800 GMT. LONDON- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher gives a lecture on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed: Through the Financial Crisis" at event hosted by the...

  • Uber partners with Starwood, giving hotel points for rides Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 12:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Uber is partnering with hotel chain Starwood to give riders a bit more incentive to choose the ride-hailing service over a taxi. Free hotel nights start at 3,000 points for the lowest tier of hotels, like the Four Points by Sheraton Tucson Airport in Arizona, and can be as high as 35,000 points a night for properties like the St. Regis Princeville Resort in...

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 24- A meeting aimed at sealing a Pacific trade deal has been called for April, Mexico's economy minister said on Tuesday, adding he was hopeful it would be finalized in the next few months. "I am very optimistic that there will be good news for the TPP in the first half of this year," Mexico's Ildefonso Guajardo told Reuters. On Jan. 22, Guajardo said a...

  • Matson tops Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 6:16 PM ET

    HONOLULU _ Matson Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $27.8 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 58 cents per share. Matson shares have risen roughly 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 24- A meeting aimed at sealing a Pacific trade deal has been called for April, Mexico's economy minister said on Tuesday, adding he was optimistic it would be finalized in the first half of 2015.. "I am very optimistic that there will be good news for the TPP in the first half of this year," Ildefonso Guajardo told Reuters, referring to the Trans-Pacific...

  • The American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents bag manufacturers, had about 50,000 more valid signatures than the 505,000 needed to qualify the referendum after a random sample of the signatures was tallied, said Bill Mabie, chief deputy for Secretary of State Alex Padilla. "California voters will now have the chance to vote down a terrible law that, if...

  • State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars are on U.S. roads with recalled parts that have yet to be repaired. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of cars with unfixed recalls in 2014:. Source: Study of 2014 state registration data by...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 9 Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    FRANKFURT- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi gives a speech at an event to unveil the new 20 euro banknote- 1400 GMT. LONDON, United Kingdom- Bank of England monetary policy member Kristin Forbes speaks at the annual State of the Economy Conference on "Prospects for the UK Economy" organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs- 0910 GMT.

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— A Missouri lawmaker who also leads an association of grocery stores is trying to stop cities and towns in the state from restricting the use of plastic bags, bucking a national trend toward banning their use to help the environment. The move comes as the city of Columbia, the home of the University of Missouri, considers a ban that would prevent...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court next week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that hinges on just four words in the massive law that seeks to dramatically reduce the ranks of the uninsured. The argument threatens subsidies that help make insurance affordable to consumers in about three dozen states. Q. Would Congress have...

  • As the front woman for influential indie band Sonic Youth for three decades, Kim Gordon had a ringside seat as experimental music left the grimy clubs of New York and went mainstream with the help of MTV and Lollapalooza in the 1980 s and 1990 s. "It's hard to write a love story with a broken heart," Gordon says about her early days in New York. Arriving in New York in 1980...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- Chief negotiators for a Pacific trade deal will meet in Hawaii for talks in the second week of March, the U.S. trade office said on Friday, a move which potentially pushes back the timing of a final agreement on the pact. Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said on Feb. 5 he hoped to reach agreement on the bulk of the Trans-Pacific Partnership...