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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...

  • 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..

  • The pro-reform camp drew in more than $1.4 million in contributions, with more than $1 million coming from Arnold, according to the Arizona Republic newspaper. Pension costs and debt were significant factors in the bankruptcies of Detroit, and of Stockton and San Bernardino in California, where bankruptcy judges have said public pensions are no longer...

  • Members under the Medicaid health plans rose 28 percent to 2.3 million as Florida, Kentucky and Georgia added more to the federal health insurance program for lower-income people. The expansion of Medicaid also helped other insurers such as UnitedHealth Group Inc, Centene Corp and Cigna Corp.. WellCare's medical benefit expenses rose 40 percent to $3...

  • Texas town passes ban on fracking in its birthplace Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 7:54 AM ET

    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. But several similar measures failed in cities and counties in Ohio and California. Fracking was pioneered in Texas at the Barnett shale...

  • DALLAS, Nov 4- Voters appeared to back a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the North Texas town of Denton, which could become the first city in the Lone Star State to outlaw the oil and gas extraction technique behind the U.S. energy boom. Fracking was pioneered in Texas at the Barnett shale formation where Denton is located. The Ohio cities included Athens, Gates Mills,...

  • Nov 3- Energy and climate are central issues on some of the tightest U.S. Senate races of 2014 and have created a surge in spending by outside groups. First-term Democrat Mark Begich has stood behind actions by President Obama' s Environmental Protection Agency, including a decision to limit development of the massive Pebble Mine project in the state because it...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 3- U.S. Supreme Court justices raised doubts on Monday about an appeals court ruling that revived securities class-action claims against Omnicare Inc over whether the top U.S. provider of pharmacy services to the elderly misled investors prior to a public stock offering. Several justices appeared to agree that the May 2013 ruling by the...

  • NASHUA, New Hampshire, Nov 2- Long viewed as an ally by Wall Street, likely 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton has increasingly been taking banks and big business to task while on the campaign trail for Democrats across the country. It comes days before Tuesday's midterm elections and as Clinton ramps up her political activity ahead of a probable White...

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 30- A push to reform Phoenix's retirement system has become the latest front in a battle between union-backed groups and a Texas hedge fund billionaire over the future of America's public pensions. Hundreds of thousands of dollars, much of it anonymous out-of-state money, has been flowing to backers of a November 4 ballot initiative in Phoenix...

  • Current polling suggests Republicans will take control of the Senate and hold onto the House. If Republicans take control of the Senate, McConnell has said he may use high-pressure tactics to challenge Obama, such as attaching riders to rein in the EPA via must-pass spending bills that only require a simple majority to pass. As McConnell mulls using riders to...