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  • WASHINGTON— When President Barack Obama huffed that Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and established liberal star, was a "politician like everybody else" he revealed a rift that predates the current hostilities between the two Democrats over trade. Though occasional allies, Warren has been aggravating the Obama administration since her pre-...

  • 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...

  • US Senate agrees to open debate on Obama's trade agenda Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 1:38 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Senators of both parties worked Wednesday to revive trade legislation that's a top priority for President Barack Obama, a day after Obama's fellow Democrats repudiated him nearly unanimously on the issue. Despite intense lobbying by Obama, every Democratic senator except one, Delaware's Tom Carper, voted on Tuesday against moving forward on 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.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Patriot Coal Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday for the second time in three years and said it is involved in active negotiations for the sale of the company. It had emerged from an earlier bankruptcy case in December 2013 in Missouri. Coal- mining companies in central Appalachia have struggled in recent years, shedding...

  • WASHINGTON— Of all the buzzwords and phrases popping up early in the presidential campaign, "income inequality" must be close to the top of the list. While Hillary Rodham Clinton and new primary opponent Sen. There are all kinds of subtexts associated with this idea, among them: stagnating middle-class incomes, increasing economic power for the privileged few,...

  • May 12- The United Steelworkers union has rejected a pay deal from Century Aluminum for workers at the fourth-largest aluminium smelter in the United States, the local branch said on Tuesday, and a lockout is now set to go ahead. Unionised workers at the Century Aluminum smelter in Hawesville, Kentucky, had voted on Monday on the revised labour deal after...

  • Senate Democrats block action on Obama's trade agenda Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 1:21 AM ET

    The president's supporters said they will try again, and Obama summoned key Democrats to the White House to discuss possible strategies. What was clear, however, was that Obama suffered a rebuke from his own party, led by some who served with him in the Senate. Proponents needed 60 votes to thwart a Democratic filibuster, but managed only 52 in the 100- member Senate.

  • MELBOURNE, May 12- London copper held steady for a fourth session on Tuesday, weighed by a stronger dollar, while investors appeared to discount hopes that an interest rate cut in China would boost demand in the world's top user of metals. China is likely to maintain a surplus on its current account this year, while cross-border capital flows could become more...

  • May 11- A strain of avian flu that until now had been found only in the Western United States has cropped up in Indiana, bringing the total number of states affected by the virulent outbreak to 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain found in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana is concerning to them also. It was also found in captive...

  • Tempur Sealy CEO steps down Monday, 11 May 2015 | 4:21 PM ET

    Tempur Sealy International Inc.' s CEO is stepping down following a battle with an activist investor that has been pushing for his resignation. H Partners, which holds a 10 percent stake, said the company underperformed under Sarvary's leadership and that the board has refused to hold him accountable. Tempur Sealy also appointed Usman Nabi of H Partners to join...

  • UPDATE 1-USDA finds H5N8 bird flu strain in Indiana Monday, 11 May 2015 | 1:59 PM ET

    May 11- A strain of highly pathogenic H5 avian flu that had recently been found only in the Western United States has been confirmed in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain in Indiana is the same one that had been previously confirmed in the Pacific flyway, specifically in commercial chicken and...

  • CLIVE, Utah— In a barren landscape of scrub just off a major Utah highway, a 10- foot-deep pit the size of about 75 football fields could soon house a kind of nuclear waste that grows more radioactive for 2 million years. EnergySolutions' plan to bring up to 700,000 metric tons of depleted uranium to Utah from a federal stockpile has been on hold through six years of...

  • The White House insists that Obama went as far as he legally could. Activists with the# Not1More Campaign said Monday they are sending a letter to the White House urging Obama to follow Clinton's lead. White House press secretary Josh Earnest, when asked about Clinton's comments, said that Obama had already gone as far as he could.

  • Rand Paul courts tech by blasting NSA snooping Sunday, 10 May 2015 | 4:59 PM ET
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    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul sparked applause from a tech-heavy audience when he criticized the NSA's data collection.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul sparked applause from a tech-heavy audience Saturday when he criticized the government's bulk collection of data but drew a more tepid response for his opposition to so-called net neutrality. Appearing at a tech start-up office space in the South of Mission district, Paul reiterated his stance...

  • METALS-London copper drifts ahead of U.S. jobs report Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 8:58 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, May 8- London copper slipped on Friday, weighed by a stronger dollar and worries over consumption in top metals consumer China, and as traders took risk off the table ahead of a major U.S. jobs report. *The most-traded July copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange eased 0.1 percent to 45830 yuan a tonne. *Century Aluminum rejected a...

  • *U.S. appeals court says Congress did not authorize spy program. *White House and Congress work on an alternative program. NEW YORK, May 7- A U.S. spying program that systematically collects millions of Americans' phone records is illegal, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, putting pressure on Congress to quickly decide whether to replace or end a...