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  • Senate OKs budget plan; battles with White House loom Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 12:19 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republicans pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward post-midnight Senate approval early Friday, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to end deficits, cut trillions in spending and repeal the health care law. Separately, legislation to stabilize the system for paying...

  • ATLANTA— In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact. Rand Paul slams "rotten to the core" propaganda forced on children by an initiative that has no curriculum at all. Even so, the 2016 GOP presidential prospects who are criticizing Common Core have a point— if an overstated one— when they dispute the notion that it is strictly a...

  • Kentucky is suing Purdue Pharma on claims that the company misrepresented its prescription painkiller, resulting in a wave of addiction and increased medical costs across the state. Kentucky officials filed theirs, which included claims that Purdue Pharma lied about the addictiveness of the drug to doctors, who then overprescribed it to an unwitting...

  • Senate pushes conservative budget toward approval Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republicans slowly pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward Senate approval Thursday, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to erase deficits through trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the health care law. Separately, legislation to stabilize the system for paying...

  • HOUSTON, March 25- Striking workers at Tesoro Corp's Martinez, California, refinery have ratified a new contract, ending a 52- day strike at that plant, the United Steelworkers union said on Wednesday. USW members at the Martinez refinery were the last of three Tesoro groups to approve the contract based on a tentative national agreement reached between the...

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • Fact sheet: 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:28 AM ET

    2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE. BASE PRICE: $26,790 for LE; $27,995 for SE. OPTIONS: Entune premium audio with navigation and app suite $1,300; power moonroof $915; remote start $499; illuminated door sill enhancement $299; carpet/trunk mat set $225; wireless charging $75.

  • Abolish the IRS? Easy to say, but awfully hard to do Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 3:39 AM ET

    The Texas Republican is pledging to scrap the tax-collecting agency as he runs for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. He joins potential contenders and the Republican National Committee itself in the decidedly longshot push to dismantle the unquestionably unpopular IRS. "Imagine abolishing the IRS," Cruz told college students during his campaign...

  • NEW YORK— Printer maker Lexmark International will buy software developer Kofax Ltd. for about $1 billion. Lexmark says the purchase nearly doubles the size of its enterprise software business, giving that unit about $700 million in annual revenue. Lexmark, based in Lexington, Kentucky, had $3.7 billion in adjusted revenue in its latest fiscal year, while Kofax...

  • The Texas Republican is pledging to scrap the tax-collecting agency as he runs for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. He joins potential contenders and the Republican National Committee itself in the decidedly longshot push to dismantle the unquestionably unpopular IRS. "Imagine abolishing the IRS," Cruz told college students during his campaign...

  • GOP lawmaker targets Obama climate plan Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 5:27 PM ET

    Whitfield and other Republicans cited testimony from an unlikely ally, Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe, an Obama mentor who has said the proposed EPA rule is unconstitutional. Tribe said the EPA is attempting what he called "an unconstitutional trifecta: usurping the prerogatives of the states, Congress and the federal courts— all at once."

  • The company that makes Louisville Slugger bats has announced a deal to sell the iconic brand to rival Wilson Sporting Goods Co.. Wilson's deal to acquire the global brand, sales and innovation rights from Louisville Slugger's parent, Hillerich& Bradsby Co., still requires approval by H&B shareholders. H&B will continue to manufacture wood bats at its factory...

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Humana plans to sell occupational health care provider Concentra for about $1.06 billion, as the health insurer refines its focus on providing patient care. Humana will then use proceeds from the deal to buy back stock. Leerink analyst Ana Gupte said in a research note that the Concentra business didn't fit well with Humana's core Medicare...

  • Investment firm H Partners Management LLC, which holds a 10 percent stake in Tempur Sealy, filed preliminary proxy materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission in which it urges stockholders to vote against the board re-election of CEO Mark Sarvary, Chairman P. Andrews McLane and Christopher Masto, who serves as chairman of the nominating and...

  • Cruz set to be first out of the gate for WH bid Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 | 1:50 PM ET
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on "Squawk Box"

    Senator Ted Cruz intends to declare that he will run for president in 2016, the first major hopeful of the cycle.

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • The grants, announced Friday in Georgia by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, come as the Republican Congress is exploring ways to cut the program, which cost $74 billion last year— twice its cost in 2008.. The food stamp program has long been the center of political wrangling in Washington, with elective officials debating it virtually endlessly.

  • President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Thursday that sets a goal for the U.S. government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025, the White House said. Although the federal government accounts for only 0.7 percent of net U.S. emissions, it is the single largest energy consumer in the United States, according to the White House.

  • The heist led authorities to a backyard in Franklin County, where the barrels holding the bourbon— weighing up to 500 pounds each— were recovered behind a shed last week. One man has been arrested, and Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said investigators have other suspects. Wild Turkey's distillery is at Lawrenceburg, which is in a county neighboring Franklin...

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Thursday that will cut the U.S. government's greenhouse gas emissions, the White House said in a statement. The White House sees it as critical to his legacy. A dozen states, including Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana and Wyoming, sued the EPA last August soon after the plan was unveiled on...