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  • WASHINGTON— With Republicans muscling a balanced-budget plan through the Senate, Congress is positioned for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law. The Senate was beginning a spring recess after approving the measure, leaving Congress' two GOP- run chambers to negotiate a...

  • ANNAPOLIS, Md.— Maryland misallocated $28.4 million in federal money for its flawed health care exchange and should pay the money back, according to a federal audit released Friday. The audit found that Maryland misallocated costs to federal grants instead of the Medicaid program in 2013 and 2014, failing to use updated estimated enrollment data when it...

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • GOP-controlled House passes budget to erase deficits Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 3:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Normally quarrelsome House Republicans came together Wednesday night and passed a boldly conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Tom Price, R- Ga., chairman of the House Budget...

  • Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia kept it from becoming law. Rockefeller has retired from the Senate. Darrell Issa of California and Democratic Rep.

  • March 25- Emergent BioSolutions Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its treatment for inhaled anthrax, triggering a $7 million milestone payment from the Department of Health and Human Services. Emergent Bio developed the treatment, Anthrasil, as part of a $160 million contract it signed in 2005 with the Biomedical Advanced Research and...

  • March 25- Emergent BioSolutions Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its treatment for inhaled anthrax, triggering a $7 million milestone payment from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Emergent Bio developed the treatment, Anthrasil, as part of a $160 million contract it signed in 2005 with the Biomedical Advanced Research...

  • CHERRY HILL, N.J.— Two newspapers in southern New Jersey have named a new publisher. Joseph Calchi has been named president and publisher of the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill and the Daily Journal in Vineland. Former Courier-Post General Manager and Advertising Director William Janus was named Tuesday as president and publisher of The Daily Times in Salisbury,...

  • Organic food company Amy's Kitchen has voluntarily recalled about 74,000 cases of frozen and prepackaged products containing spinach. The company reports it has not had any complaints of illnesses from the products being recalled in the United States and Canada. The 12- ounce product was sold in the frozen food department of the company's 85 stores in New...

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- A Republican congressman and a Democratic colleague on Tuesday introduced a bill to shed more light on the workings of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, which watches for emerging threats to market stability. The draft bill by Florida Republican Dennis Ross and Maryland Democrat John Delaney was introduced a day before...

  • The Sparks, Maryland- based company earned $70.5 million, or 55 cents per share, for the period ended Feb. 28. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 64 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $986.3 million.

  • Parents seeking urban lifestyles for kids Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 3:26 AM ET

    SEATTLE— A small but growing number of parents are bucking a trend when it comes to raising their kids: Rather than move to suburbs as their parents once did, many are opting to stay in or near downtown. Parents in cities across the country, including Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver, are banding together to advocate for new downtown schools, more playgrounds and more...

  • In Maryland, key liberal groups are assailing a well-regarded Senate candidate for his earlier refusal to rule out bipartisan deals that could combine tax increases with cuts in the projected growth of Medicare and Social Security. The Maryland target is seven-term Rep. Now the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, Van Hollen has held other party...

  • BOSTON— The nation's mayors are calling on Congress to increase transportation funding in order to keep roads and bridges in good repair. The call came Monday during a task force meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Congress needs to do more than just maintain existing funding for the bill, which he said has been...

  • WASHINGTON, March 23- A former executive at Bechtel Corp was sentenced to 3-1/ 2 years in prison on Monday for accepting $5.2 million in kickbacks for state-run power contracts in Egypt. Asem Elgawhary, who lives in Maryland but was a general manager at a joint venture Bechtel ran with Egypt's state-owned electricity company, pleaded guilty in early December to...

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says some consumers have complaints about refund anticipation checks centered on advertising, quality of service or fees. Refund anticipation checks rose to roughly 21.6 million in 2014, up 17 percent from 2011, according to IRS data provided to The Associated Press. Currently, refund anticipation checks and...

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says some consumers have complaints about refund anticipation checks centered on advertising, quality of service or fees. Refund anticipation checks rose to roughly 21.6 million in 2014, up 17 percent from 2011, according to IRS data provided to The Associated Press. Currently, refund anticipation checks and...

  • Jeb Bush’s team plots vast effort to win Florida Saturday, 21 Mar 2015 | 8:14 PM ET
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush waits to address the Detroit Economic Club about his "Reform Conservative Agenda" in Detroit, Michigan, February 4, 2015.

    The political apparatus around former Gov. Bush is plotting to turn Florida into a bulwark for his presidential campaign. The NY Times reports.

  • March 20- A federal judge rejected Bank of America Corp's request to dismiss a lawsuit in which Cook County, Illinois, accused the lender of targeting black and Hispanic borrowers in the Chicago area with subprime mortgages. District Judge Elaine Bucklo in Chicago said Cook County could pursue allegations that the bank steered minority borrowers into an...