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  • NEW YORK— Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 200,000 Transit Connect vans and Escape sport-utility vehicles because of instrument panel and seatbelt issues. The recall involves 203,500 2014-2015 Transit Connect and Escape vehicles in North America because the warning chimes and lights might not work on the instrument panel when the vehicles are...

  • The PATCO Speedline between suburban New Jersey and downtown Philadelphia has resumed operations after a storm-related power outage halted service for the morning rush hour. PATCO trains typically run every 3-5 minutes from downtown Philadelphia during rush hour. Service remains suspended on SEPTA's Media/ Elwyn regional rail line and between Radnor...

  • WASHINGTON— Congressional Republicans are poised to deal a sharp blow to their traditional allies in the business community by allowing the federal Export-Import Bank to go out of business at the end of the month. Over the past year it's also become a surprising test of GOP purity, as tea party-backed lawmakers and outside conservative groups have denounced...

  • Republican-led US Congress hands Obama major win on trade Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 3:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a triumph of divided government, the Republican-controlled Congress passed major trade legislation Wednesday that was long-sought by President Barack Obama but vehemently opposed by most lawmakers in his party. The measure to strengthen Obama's hand in global trade talks cleared the Senate on a vote of 60-38, and will go to the White House...

  • A key Senate vote greatly brightened Obama's hopes for a 12- nation Pacific-rim trade agreement, a keystone of his effort to expand U.S. influence in Asia. The trade pact would be a high point in a foreign policy that has otherwise been consumed by crisis management, and would give Obama a rare legislative achievement in the Republican-controlled Congress.

  • Senate overwhelmingly confirms new TSA administrator Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 2:29 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate voted on Monday to confirm a new leader for the Transportation Security Administration in the wake of reports of startling security gaps at U.S. airports. Peter Neffenger was confirmed as the agency's new administrator by a vote of 81-1. Neffenger was nominated by President Barack Obama in April, before revelations that auditors for...

  • Last week alone, governors of 10 states were jetting across Europe, many converging at an air show in Paris. Others traveled to Canada, South America and Asia. Since the start of 2014, governors have taken or scheduled more than 80 trips to 30 countries in their efforts to increase exports and entice foreign companies to expand in their states, according to a...

  • Fifth Third Bancorp cutting up to 100 branches Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 7:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Fifth Third Bancorp plans to close or consolidate about 100 branches and has abandoned plans for 30 new ones. The changes will cost the company between $75 million and $85 million in impairment charges during the second quarter. As of March 31, the Cincinnati company had 1,303 full-service banking centers and 2,637 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana,...

  • BOSTON, June 19- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said thanks but no thanks when real estate mogul turned Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump floated his name for U.S. "I am flattered but do not get up early enough in the morning to accept this opportunity," Icahn, 79, said in a public statement one day after Trump, 69, told cable station MSNBC that Icahn...

  • 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.

  • Pope challenges world to clean up its filth Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 2:42 AM ET

    In "Laudato Si," Francis addressed "every living person on this planet," urging them to hear "both the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor" about the damage from "compulsive consumerism," waste and a single-minded pursuit of profit. Francis said he hoped his paper would lead both ordinary people in their daily lives and decision-makers at the Paris U.N. climate...

  • WASHINGTON, June 17- Republican U.S. presidential candidate Rand Paul is proposing that businesses and individual Americans pay a federal flat tax of 14.5 percent in a plan that would cut the government's tax revenue by more than $2 trillion over 10 years. The Kentucky senator's plan, which he describes in a Wall Street Journal's opinion piece being published...

  • NEW YORK, June 10- Significantly more Americans are using electronic-cigarettes and other vaporizing devices than a year ago, but most of those consumers are also smoking conventional cigarettes, according to a new Reuters/ Ipsos poll. The findings support evidence that smokers are using both traditional tobacco products and e-cigarettes to deliver...

  • NEW YORK, June 10- Significantly more Americans are using electronic-cigarettes and other vaporizing devices than a year ago, but most of those consumers are also smoking conventional cigarettes, according to a new Reuters/ Ipsos poll. The findings support evidence that smokers are using both traditional tobacco products and e-cigarettes to deliver...

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been flagging its concerns about overdraft practices since 2012 and said in July that it would address the issue with new regulations. The data shows that lenders including Atlanta- based SunTrust Banks Inc and Birmingham-based Regions Financial Corp could be hit if, as analysts expect, the CFPB caps fees and...

  • 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%.

  • Those pathbreakers include John Goodlett, a NASA engineer who worked on the Mars Viking landers and Catherine Langley, the first Kentucky woman to serve in the U.S. Congress. All hailed from the coal producing counties of eastern Kentucky, now grappling with the industry's decline. Kentucky hopes to lay the foundation for that kind of economy in August, when...

  • NEW YORK, June 4- A Kentucky businessman was sentenced on Thursday to 12 years in federal prison for a series of massive frauds, including a $53 million tax scheme, the bribing of bank officials and the defrauding of bank and insurance regulators. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in New York said Huff had a "staggering" history of wrongdoing that began in the 1990...

  • Go abroad to invest in Kentucky bourbon Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 9:25 AM ET
    Knob Creek Bourbon

    That staple of Americana, bourbon, is drawing big interest from overseas investors.

  • HARLAN COUNTY, KY, June 4- When Dan Mosley became head of Kentucky's Harlan County government this year, he promised- like those elected before him- to defend the state's beleaguered coal industry. Talk of an economic transition remains difficult in eastern Kentucky, where you can still spot bumper stickers that read "Mine Every Lump" and statues honor coal miners.