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  • LOS ANGELES, May 18- Nearly six million people with disabilities may benefit from new tax-free savings plans approved by Congress last year, but the accounts may not be as helpful or available as quickly as originally promised. After a decade of lobbying by disability advocates, Congress passed The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act in the final hour before...

  • Federal investigators say they aren't sure anything struck the windshield of an Amtrak train involved in last week's deadly derailment in Philadelphia. Federal investigators say they're months away from determining the probable cause of a deadly Amtrak train derailment last week in Philadelphia. Amtrak resumed service Monday between Philadelphia and...

  • She's drawn over 44,000 followers with her playful updates and witty replies as the real life shark cruises up and down the East Coast. "I would settle for an ice bag to put on my aching Twitter fin.-:" Mary Lee replied. But OCEARCH expedition leader Chris Fischer, who named Mary Lee after his mother, says the organization appreciates the attention the maritime...

  • NEW YORK— The trains that link global centers of learning, finance and power on the East Coast lumber through tunnels dug just after the Civil War, and cross century-old bridges that sometimes jam when they swing open to let tugboats pass. The railroad's importance became all the more apparent after Amtrak Train 188 derailed Tuesday as it sped around a curve in...

  • *OPEC pumps 2 million bpd more than needed. NEW YORK, May 15- Brent rebounded from Friday's early weakness while U.S. crude held to losses as traders and investors debated whether oil's rally over the past month and a half should continue amid stubbornly high supplies. "A mood change is in the air," Eugen Weinberg, global head of oil and commodities research at...

  • *OPEC pumps 2 million bpd more than needed. *Coming Up: Baker Hughes oil rigs data at 1700 GMT. "A mood change is in the air," Eugen Weinberg, global head of oil and commodities research at Commerzbank in Frankfurt, told the Reuters Global Oil Forum.

  • The National Transportation Safety Board says the engineer of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia has told investigators he has no recollection of the trip from the time the train went through a commuter rail station about 3 miles from the curve where it crashed. The derailment of the Washington- to- New York train killed eight people.

  • Obama pleased with Senate vote on trade deals Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 6:38 PM ET

    CAMP DAVID, Maryland— President Barack Obama is welcoming a Senate vote to advance legislation allowing him to negotiate trade deals that Congress can support or reject, but not change. In a news conference at the presidential retreat in Camp David, Md., Obama also says he shares the values of Democratic critics who worry that any trade deal will be detrimental to...

  • President Barack Obama on Thursday played down differences with lawmakers on the left wing of his Democratic Party, saying he shared concerns about the impact of trade deals on inequality and jobs. But, he said, it was important to put the right trade rules and right domestic policies in place to fix problems. "Blocking a trade deal will not, particularly since they...

  • CAMP DAVID, Maryland— President Barack Obama says experts have concluded that Royal Dutch Shell has developed strong safeguards to undertake offshore oil exploration in Arctic waters. Obama says his administration delayed Shell's application for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska until it could provide necessary assurances.

  • NEW YORK, May 14- The El Niño climate phenomenon is almost certain to last through the Northern Hemisphere summer, the U.S. weather forecaster said, raising the chance of heavy rain in the southern United States as well as South America, and scorching heat in Asia that could devastate crops of thirsty food staples like rice. "1/ 8 El Niño 3/ 8' s definitely upon us and it...

  • NEW YORK, May 14- El Nino is almost certain to last through the Northern Hemisphere summer, according to the U.S. weather forecaster, raising the chance of heavy rain in South America and scorching heat in Asia that could devastate crops of thirsty food staples like rice. El Nino often brings extreme heat across Asia and East Africa and floods in South America.

  • YOUR MONEY-How much should you give as a wedding gift? Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    BOSTON, May 14- When you go to as many weddings as Stephanie Wong does, you need to come up with some guidelines for gift-giving. During the past two years, Wong, 32, who works in marketing for a book publisher in San Francisco, has been to about a half-dozen weddings. She offers these guidelines to wedding-goers wherever they might be: A distant relative or co-worker...

  • Martin O'Malley plans to announce his decision on a presidential campaign May 30 in Baltimore, preparing for what would be a longshot bid for the Democratic nomination. The ex- Baltimore mayor, who has visited early-voting states, has tried to present himself as a champion of progressive causes and a fresh face for liberals hesitant to support Clinton.

  • 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-...

  • Amtrak to operate system that might have prevented crash Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 12:41 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn't have to happen. On Thursday, Amtrak President Joseph Boardman said the nation's passenger railroad will begin operating the technology, called positive train control, throughout its busy Northeast Corridor by the end of the year.

  • 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...

  • BALTIMORE— The fragility of Baltimore's economy was exposed by Freddie Gray's death from a spinal injury suffered while in police custody. Nearly 43 percent of families in Washington proper earn at least $100,000, for example, compared with just 16 percent in Baltimore. Baltimore has added nearly 4,000 upper middle-class families since 2010. But residents...

  • The Latest on Amtrak crash: Tracks inspected before crash Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 12:14 AM ET

    The Federal Railroad Administration says Amtrak inspected tracks in Philadelphia just hours before a deadly derailment and found no defects. The New York- bound train derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least seven people and injuring 200 others. Another body has been pulled from the wreckage of an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia,...

  • WASHINGTON— Verizon Wireless will pay $90 million and Sprint $68 million to settle charges that the mobile giants allowed phony charges on their customers' monthly bills so they could keep a cut of the profit, federal regulators announced Tuesday. Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Debra Lewis said the settlement "reflects Verizon's continued focus on putting...