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  • US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision— but declined to say how much longer.

  • Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/ 2- year recovery.

  • Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. An impromptu appearance in the White House briefing room offered the president an opportunity to trumpet the new figures, which beat initial projections by 1 million.

  • New plant creating 155 jobs in Kentucky Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky.— An automotive industry plant opening in south-central Kentucky will create 155 full-time jobs. Germany- based Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems Inc. cut the ribbon Wednesday in Russell Springs on the $29 million parts manufacturing facility.

  • Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:45 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President Barack Obama. Mary Landrieu is vying for a fourth term representing Louisiana; Alaska Sen.

  • Jobless rate up for 57 Ky. counties in 2013 Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says Woodford County's annual jobless rate last year was the state's lowest, at 6.1 percent, up from 6 percent in 2012. Leslie County had the highest rate in 2013 at 17.7 percent, up from 14.1 percent a year earlier.

  • 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."

  • Court upholds convictions in Ky. oil drilling scam Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that prosecutors presented enough evidence to back their contention that 53- year-old Christopher Cello Smith of Prestonsburg, Ky., and 58- year-old Michael D. Smith of Cookeville, Tenn., defrauded thousands of investors.

  • Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world' Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 12:06 PM ET

    Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love." Bush, a former Florida governor, says the GOP cannot demonize immigrants and should show compassion. Paul was interviewed on ABC's "This Week" during a visit to early nominating New Hampshire.

  • PHILADELPHIA, April 10- A Philadelphia judge on Thursday set aside most of an arbitration ruling that could have cost the state of Pennsylvania some $180 million from a landmark 1998 settlement with the nation's tobacco companies.

  • *Libya oil guards take control of Hariga port, Zueitina pending. *OPEC sees lower demand for its crude in 2014. NEW YORK, April 10- Global crude oil drifted modestly lower on Thursday, pressured by weaker economic data from China as well as the prospect of a rebound in oil exports from Libya.

  • Ky. panel approves incentives for 2 projects Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    FRANKFORT, Ky.— A Kentucky panel has approved more than $8.5 million in state tax incentives for a Newport hotel and a Frankfort distillery. The Kentucky Tourism Development Authority approved $8 million in incentives for a planned $33 million, 150- room hotel in Newport.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 300,000. Claims fell to their lowest point since May 2007 _several months before the Great Recession started later that year. Pennsylvania: Down 2,007, due to fewer layoffs in food service and construction.

  • House passes Ryan budget with big cuts Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 3:26 AM ET

    Democrats countered with a plan that would leave Obama's health care plan and rapidly growing health programs like Medicare intact, relying on $1.5 trillion in tax hikes over the coming decade to bring deficits down to sustainable but still-large levels in the $600 billion range.

  • Last Corvette retrieved from US sinkhole Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    The mangled remains of a powerful Corvette— barely recognizable to its former owner— were pulled from the depths of a sinkhole at a Kentucky museum Wednesday, completing weeks of painstaking work to retrieve eight classic cars that were gobbled up by the gaping hole.

  • Last Corvette retrieved from Kentucky sinkhole Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 12:16 PM ET

    The 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette was buried in dirt and rocks, deep beneath the surface of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. "It looks like a piece of tin foil," said Kevin Helmintoller, of Land O' Lakes, Fla., who donated the car to the museum last December.

  • Republicans block US Senate bill on gender pay gap Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 2:56 AM ET

    Wednesday's vote was 53-44 to halt GOP tactics aimed at derailing the legislation, but that fell six short of the 60 Democrats needed to prevail. The outcome on the Senate floor was not a surprise, but Democrats were playing to a wider audience. Barbara Mikulski, D- Md., stood up after the vote and said supporters were disappointed but that they would fight on.

  • GM auto workers vote to allow strike in Kentucky Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 9:12 PM ET

    FRANKFORT, Ky.— Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes voted Tuesday to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns, but a local union leader said he hopes the differences can be resolved without a walkout.

  • Nielsen's top programs for March 31-April 6 Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    1. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 17.73 million. 2. "NCIS," CBS, 17.16 million. 3. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 15.31 million.

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