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  • Immigration, Keystone top first day of lame duck Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 3:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republicans controlling the House are divided over whether to fund the government for a couple of months past a December deadline to maintain leverage over President Barack Obama on immigration or to pass a full-year spending bill to clear the decks for a fresh start when the GOP gets full control of Congress in January. But many conservatives do...

  • Conservatives threaten immigration showdown Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 3:04 PM ET

    In the Senate, Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Mike Lee of Utah are among those arguing to use an upcoming must-pass spending bill— either in December or next year— to try to block Obama from taking unilateral action to protect millions of immigrants here illegally from deportation. "Congress appropriates the money," Sessions told reporters Wednesday.

  • Scientists: US-China pact won't slow warming much Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 4:11 AM ET

    BEIJING— A groundbreaking agreement struck Wednesday by the United States and China puts the world's two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. China, whose appetite for cheap energy has grown along with its burgeoning economy, agreed for the first time to a self-imposed deadline of 2030 for when its...

  • US, China unveil ambitious climate change goals Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 1:28 AM ET

    BEIJING— The United States and China pledged Wednesday to take ambitious action to limit greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change ahead of high-stakes climate negotiations next year. "This is a major milestone in the U.S.- China relationship," Obama said, with Xi at his side. The unexpected declaration from...

  • US, China unveil ambitious climate change goals Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 10:43 PM ET

    BEIJING— The United States and China pledged Wednesday to take ambitious action to limit greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change ahead of make-or-break climate talks next year. "This is a major milestone in the U.S.- China relationship," Obama said, with Xi at his side. The unexpected breakthrough by the...

  • Obama dives into Internet regulation debate Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 3:19 AM ET

    He said the FCC should explicitly prohibit Internet providers like Verizon and AT&T from charging data hogs like Netflix extra to move their content more quickly. The FCC, an independent regulatory body led by political appointees, is nearing a decision on whether broadband providers should be allowed to cut deals with the content providers but is stumbling...

  • Pa. restaurant supplier opening Maryland warehouse Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 1:12 PM ET

    CUMBERLAND, Md.— A Pennsylvania- based online supplier of commercial cooking gear says it's opening a distribution center in western Maryland that will create 150 jobs. The WebstaurantStore Food Service Equipment and Supply Co. announced Monday that it has purchased a 525,000- square-foot building in Cumberland that will become its second warehouse on the...

  • Notorious hacktivist shares methods, motives Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    MANCHESTER, Kentucky— Cocaine dealers, bank robbers and carjackers converge at Manchester Federal Prison in rural Kentucky— and then there is Jeremy Hammond, a tousle-haired and talented hacker whose nimble fingers have clicked and tapped their way into the nation's computing systems. An Associated Press report this week found the $10 billion- a-year effort...

  • Obama calls for tougher Internet regulation Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 10:11 AM ET

    He said the FCC should explicitly prohibit Internet providers like Verizon and AT&T from charging data hogs like Netflix extra to move their content more quickly. The FCC, an independent regulatory body led by political appointees, is nearing a decision on whether broadband providers should be allowed to cut deals with the content providers but is stumbling...

  • Pizza Hut's revamp: Curry crusts, balsamic drizzle Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Pizza Hut is letting customers play mad scientist, giving them the freedom to make pies with honey Sriracha sauce or add curry flavor to the crusts. Pizza Hut, which is owned by Louisville, Kentucky- based Yum Brands Inc. and based in Plano, Texas, has reported sales declines for eight straight quarters at established locations, even as rivals Domino's and...

  • Due to cuts, Navy bands change approach Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 4:56 AM ET

    For years, Navy Band Mid-South, based in Millington, Tennessee, played for audiences that not only enjoyed renditions of "God Bless America" or the Navy theme song, but also pieces of rock and roll and jazz music. But because of budget cuts, the Navy decided to dismantle the 30- plus member band, sending its musicians to other bands around the world and disappointing...

  • Admin. dials back goal for health law sign-ups Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 2:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— With a bright look to its rebuilt website, version 2.0 of President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul represents another chance to win over a skeptical public. Congress will be entirely in Republican hands in 2015, and GOP lawmakers will be itching to build the case for repeal. The Supreme Court's decision Friday to hear another challenge...

  • As coal jobs vanish, miners search for new careers Sunday, 9 Nov 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— When 61- year-old Glen Turley lost his job as a coal company truck driver, he did what many people his age shudder to consider: He went back to school to find a new career. But like many of the jobs taught at career centers in rural West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia, he doesn't make nearly as much money as he once did. Brett Dillon, a former coal miner, is...

  • Higher bar for health law in 2nd sign-up season Sunday, 9 Nov 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— With a bright look to its rebuilt website, version 2.0 of President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul represents another chance to win over a skeptical public. Congress will be entirely in Republican hands in 2015, and GOP lawmakers will be itching to build the case for repeal. The Supreme Court's decision Friday to hear another challenge...

  • Stocks that could benefit from a GOP-led Congress Saturday, 8 Nov 2014 | 9:06 AM ET

    The GOP- controlled House of Representatives has tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act's medical device tax several times only to see their efforts die in the Democratically-controlled Senate. With the Senate under Republican control starting next year, the 2.3 percent excise tax is likely to be on the chopping block, market strategists and Washington...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- A Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate has brightened prospects for an effort to fight frivolous patent litigation, although the path to success is far from clear, sources close to the lobbying effort said on Wednesday. That legislation, backed by technology companies like Cisco Systems Inc and Google Inc, stalled in the Senate amid...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- Senate Republicans will charge ahead early in 2015 with a bill to approve the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, a move that would back President Barack Obama into a corner and set the tone for how the party taking control of Congress will govern the next two years. The $8 billion project would deliver heavy Canadian oil sands...

  • Nov 5- Duke Energy Corp, the largest U.S. power company by market value, reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as a cool summer reduced demand. The company, which also operates in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, said the results were also hurt by lower income from international operations and higher fuel costs. The company sells power to 7.2 million...

  • DALLAS, Nov 5- Voters approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the north Texas town of Denton on Tuesday, making it the first city in the Lone Star State to outlaw the oil and gas extraction technique behind the U.S. energy boom. The vote in the city of 123,000 was highly symbolic because hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is widely used in Texas, the top...

  • Members under the Medicaid health plans increased 28 percent to 2.3 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30, driven by additions in Florida, Kentucky and Georgia under the federal health insurance program for lower-income people, Wellcare said. Medicaid expansion has also helped other insurers such as UnitedHealth Group Inc, Centene Corp and Cigna Corp..