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  • WASHINGTON— The Senate appeared headed for early Saturday morning votes on whether to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, raising the possibility of a halt to that collection program and two less controversial surveillance techniques designed to track spies and terrorists. With the House already gone for a 10- day...

  • Amtrak says the system will be ready by year's end throughout the Northeast Corridor, which stretches from Boston to Washington, with the exception of some track owned by commuter railroads in New York. Democrats want Congress to give Amtrak the entire $2 billion in subsidies the railroad requested for the budget year that starts Oct. 1. They say GOP lawmakers...

  • BOWLING GREEN, Ky.— General Motors announced Thursday it will spend $439 million to upgrade the Kentucky plant that makes the Chevrolet Corvette sports car. The project includes a new 450,000- square-foot paint shop that is almost half the size of the current production facility in Bowling Green. "The Corvette is one of Kentucky's most-cherished icons,"...

  • State Department employee is accused of sending threatening emails to college-aged women in the U.S. from his computer at the U.S. Embassy in London, authorities said. Authorities apprehended him last week at Atlanta's airport as he prepared to board a flight back to London after visiting relatives in Georgia. Investigators say he began working at the London...

  • Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment. We're going to continue and finish up the bill this week, "Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., and Obama's most...

  • With the Senate expected to vote as soon as Friday, Burr predicted the House bill would fail to break the 60- vote threshold needed to end debate, and he envisioned the same fate for a two-month extension of current law proposed by Senate leaders. As a compromise, he predicted, the leadership would propose that the Senate vote Friday to extend current law between 5...

  • Paul commandeers Senate to protest Patriot Act Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:42 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul commandeered the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver an hours-long protest against renewal of the Patriot Act, calling the post- Sept. 11 law government intrusion on Americans' privacy. "There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and...

  • James Comer asks for review of election results Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:01 AM ET

    FRANKFORT, Ky.— Republican James Comer has officially requested a review of Kentucky's election results after initial tallies showed him in second place by just 83 votes. Comer's campaign manager made the request at about 4 p.m. on Wednesday, one day after voters went to the polls to settle Kentucky's divisive Republican primary. Louisville businessman Matt...

  • Small business is key in presidential campaign playbook Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Small businesses aren't in the dire straits they were four years ago, but presidential candidates aren't letting go of an issue they think will get them votes. Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has made small business one of the top items on her campaign agenda. In the 2012 race, there was little noise about small business until four months before Election...

  • METALS-Nickel hits one-month low as stockpiles surge Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 8:53 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, May 20- London nickel futures dropped nearly 2 percent early on Wednesday, down for a third session and trading at their lowest in nearly a month after inventories hit a record high. Nickel inventories at London Metal Exchange warehouses jumped to 444,936 tonnes, reflecting sluggish global demand and dashing expectations the market would face...

  • NEW YORK, May 19- Cable and wire manufacturer Southwire has taken steps to ensure supplies to its Kentucky rod plant continue, a spokesman said on Tuesday, as a lockout at supplier Century Aluminum Co's nearby smelter enters its second week. Century, controlled by Glencore Plc, does not expect production to be affected at the smelter during the dispute, Century...

  • TOLEDO, Ohio— Marathon Petroleum Corp. will pay a fine of nearly $3 million and spend another $2.8 million on pollution controls at its distribution terminals in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. Marathon Petroleum, based in Findlay in northwest Ohio, said most of the alleged violations happened several years ago, and that it is...

  • NEW YORK— KFC is bringing back Colonel Sanders as the fried chicken chain seeks to refresh its image by harkening back to its past. Sanders, who founded KFC, will be played by "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Darrell Hammond in TV commercials. The real Colonel Harland Sanders died nearly 35 years ago, and KFC hasn't featured him in TV ads for about 20 years.

  • FRANKFORT, Ky.— The alleged head of a bourbon theft ring recruited a security guard and paid her $800 to look the other way as thieves spirited away thousands of dollars' worth of whiskey from a Kentucky distillery, prosecutors said Tuesday. Leslie Wright, 34, described by prosecutors as a former security guard at Buffalo Trace Distillery, was indicted on a charge...

  • House panel unveils $578.6 billion for defense spending Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 10:38 AM ET

    The spending bill, which mirrors the broad defense policy bill the House passed last week, is to be considered Wednesday by the defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. "This bill makes the most of a very tight budget, utilizing all resources to ensure that our military remains the best in the world and that they are ready and able to protect all...

  • WASHINGTON, May 15- When Republican Stefanie Linares ran for office in the deeply Democratic city of Chicago last year, she knew that her hard work wasn't likely to end in victory. The 31- year-old Hispanic lawyer lost her bid for the Illinois state Senate by a whopping margin. The Republican party fielded eight state legislature candidates in Chicago last year,...

  • The Republican-controlled House of Representatives Appropriations Committee rejected a Democratic bid to provide Amtrak the full $2.45 billion in funds for the upcoming fiscal year requested in President Barack Obama's budget. The cause of Tuesday's crash has only begun to be investigated, but federal investigators said preliminary data showed the...

  • WASHINGTON, May 12- In unusual remarks for a moderate Republican who may run for president, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday the Federal Reserve deserved part of the blame for a widening gulf between the rich and the poor. Though Christie has not formally launched a White House campaign, his remarks revealed the basis of his economic plan should...

  • *Nebraska becomes 16th U.S. state affected by avian flu. May 12- The fast-spreading avian flu virus was confirmed for the first time in Nebraska, at a commercial egg-laying farm that housed a flock of 1.7 million chickens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, Nebraska has joined a long list of states currently dealing with highly...

  • PIKEVILLE, Kentucky, May 12- The United States has released $35.5 million to help communities hit hard by the decline in coal mining to diversify their economies and retrain displaced miners, U.S. Perez announced the move at the Shaping our Appalachian Region summit in eastern Kentucky, a region hard hit by the downturn in the U.S. coal industry.