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  • Senate roll call vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:49 PM ET

    The 62-36 roll call Thursday by which the Senate passed a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. Baldwin, Wis.; Blumenthal, Conn.; Booker, N.J.; Boxer, Calif.; Brown, Ohio; Cantwell, Wash.; Cardin, Md.; Coons, Del.; Durbin, Ill.; Feinstein, Calif.; Franken, Minn.; Gillibrand, N.Y.; Heinrich, N.M.; Hirono, Hawaii; Kaine, Va.; Klobuchar, Minn.; Leahy, Vt.; Markey, Mass.; Menendez, N.J.;...

  • Administration to seek $1 billion for tribal schools Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration says it will ask Congress for $1 billion next year to run schools for Native American children— including millions in new money to help fix crumbling buildings. The request— $150 million more than in this year's budget— sets aside $58 million in new funding for school construction and $18 million in new funding for repairs.

  • Maine: Shaw's firings discriminated against older workers Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 11:35 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— The Maine Human Rights Commission says three women were discriminated against because of their age when Shaw's supermarkets laid off hundreds of workers three years ago. The Portland Press Herald reports the commission ruled on Monday that the supermarket chain's actions in 2012 unfairly affected older workers. Maine law says the...

  • New Jersey dispensary workers file unfair labor charges Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 8:53 AM ET

    United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 152 says a majority of the 11 employees at the Compassionate Care Foundation in Egg Harbor Township have filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board. Brian String, the president of Local 152, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the dispensary was using "tricks from the usual...

  • HANOVER, N.H.— Dartmouth College banned hard liquor on campus Thursday and said all students will have to take part in a sexual violence prevention program all four years they're enrolled at the Ivy League school. Dartmouth has long tried to move past its hard-partying reputation— especially after the movie "Animal House," the 1978 comedy partly inspired by one of...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Environmental advocates called on the divided Maine Legislature on Thursday to back a series of bill this session they say will expand the use of solar power, help residents cut their heating bills and bolster wildlife protections. The six-bill package outlined by the Environmental Priorities Coalition includes measures that would provide...

  • USDA revises maple syrup grading with descriptive terms Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 11:52 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they're buying. "The hope is that it will help producers, too, because it will make it easier for them to market their syrup... not only domestically...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast. Snow was forecast to keep falling into early Wednesday in eastern New England, possibly...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding, but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast. Snow was forecast to keep falling into early Wednesday in eastern New England, possibly...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- U.S. states for years have asked Congress for federal legislation easing the way for them to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases, but now that a bill has been drafted, state lawmakers are resisting. The National Conference of State Legislatures on Tuesday released a letter it sent to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A U.S. blizzard swept past New York City and struck hardest at some 4.5 million people around Boston, dropping nearly three feet of snow in areas and triggering high tides that breached a seawall and forced residents to flee their coastal homes. The snow was forecast to continue into early Wednesday morning in eastern New England, which...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- U.S. states for years have asked Congress for federal legislation easing the way for them to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases, but now that a bill has been drafted, state lawmakers are putting up resistance. The National Conference of State Legislatures on Tuesday released a letter it sent to House of Representatives Speaker John...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, dropping more than a foot of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions. The governors of New York and New Jersey lifted travel bans they had imposed a day earlier and New York City's subway system was set to...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States, dropping more than a foot of snow but falling short of more dire predictions that sent workers and students home, halted thousands of flights and prompted New York officials to ban cars from roads and shut down subway trains. As day broke on Tuesday, the leaders of New York City, New York...

  • The heaviest snowfall was recorded in parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, while New York City's Central Park saw just 6 inches, less than a quarter of the "historic" snowfall that some meteorologists had predicted. Travel was still snarled, with more than 4,500 flights canceled at U.S. airports, according to FlightAware.com, and no trains or buses in New York,...

  • With memories still fresh of Sandy, a superstorm that ravaged the East Coast in 2012, the governors of six East Coast states declared emergencies. The National Weather Service in New York said roughly 5.5 inches of snow had fallen in the Manhattan's Central Park by early Tuesday and nearly nine inches were recorded on parts of Long Island.

  • Northeast, affecting up to 20 percent of Americans by making workers and students housebound, halting thousands of flights and prompting New York to ban cars from roads and halt subway trains. With memories still fresh of Sandy, a superstorm that ravaged the East Coast in 2012, the governors of six East Coast states declared emergencies, and the snow blast...

  • Northeast on Monday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the region in 2012.. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts declared states of emergencies as people were urged to stay home with transit systems, including the New York City...

  • Unemployment falls in Maine and nationwide Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 4:34 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Maine's labor officials say the unemployment rate dropped slightly in December. Maine Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette says the preliminary seasonally adjusted rate was 5.5 percent, down from 5.7 percent in November and 6.4 percent in December 2013. Maine's figure has been higher than the country's for 87 consecutive months.

  • Monster winter storm about to sock Northeast US Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    A resident shovels snow after a snowstorm in Buffalo, New York, November 20, 2014.

    The National Weather Service called "potentially historic" could dump 2 feet or more of snow between New York and New England.