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  • Senate OKs nominees and tax bill as term ends Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Democratic-controlled Senate confirmed the last batch of President Barack Obama's judicial appointees and sent the White House legislation extending tax breaks for working-class millions and special interests alike late Tuesday as Congress ended a tumultuous two-year run. But dozens of Obama's nominees to agency positions won...

  • *Dow Chemical to supply quantum dot material to LG. SEOUL, Dec 16- South Korea's LG Electronics Inc will launch a new range of high-tech TVs in early 2015, beefing up its line-up while it strives to cut costs that make its prized light-emitting diode sets too expensive for most consumers. A spokesman for the world's No. 2 TV maker after domestic rival Samsung...

  • SEOUL, Dec 16- LG Electronics Inc, the world's No. 2 television maker behind South Korean compatriot Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, said on Tuesday it will launch quantum dot television sets in early 2015.. Japan's Sony Corp is so far the only major TV maker selling quantum dot models. Dow is building a factory in South Korea to make quantum dot material using...

  • Senate cancels vote on Obama Social Security pick Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 1:03 PM ET

    Obama nominated Carolyn W. Colvin to a six-year term as commissioner in June, and Colvin's nomination cleared one procedural hurdle in the Senate Saturday. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D- Nev., canceled an upcoming vote, making it likely Colvin won't get a vote until next year, when Republicans take control of the Senate. Colvin's nomination would...

  • Spending deal may not offer 2015 Congress road map Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration's new immigration policy. The Senate passed the bill on a day Democrats launched a drive to confirm two dozen of Obama's stalled nominees to...

  • Uber French ruling latest in series of challenges Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:58 PM ET

    A judge ordered Uber's temporary suspension in Spain, saying it represents unfair competition. The Madrid commercial court judge said this week in a preliminary ruling that Uber drivers lacked proper permits to transport passengers in Spain. The suspension was sought by Madrid's Taxi Association, which is planning legal action against Uber.

  • French court says Uber may infringe on taxi law Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 6:23 AM ET

    A judge ordered Uber's temporary suspension in Spain, saying it represents unfair competition. The Madrid commercial court judge said this week in a preliminary ruling that Uber drivers lacked proper permits to transport passengers in Spain. The suspension was sought by Madrid's Taxi Association, which says it is planning legal action against Uber.

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  • Correction: Tech Diversity-Making It Happen story Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    SANTA CLARA, Calif.— In a story Dec. 10 about efforts to diversify the technology industry, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a computer coding camp co-founded by Liliana Monge. SANTA CLARA, Calif.— Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and...

  • BOSTON— New hurdles are emerging for Wynn Resorts as it prepares to build a $1.6 billion resort casino on the Everett waterfront after winning the lucrative casino license for the Boston area. Somerville filed a lawsuit last week against the state Gaming Commission asking a state court judge to void the Wynn license. Meanwhile, the gambling commission's staff...

  • Report: Rotor detached before deadly chopper crash Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Safety inspectors say mechanics had worked on the main rotor of a helicopter and were taking it for a test flight when the rotor came off and the chopper crashed into a building near Salt Lake City. The National Transportation Safety Board has released a brief preliminary report about the crash that killed two men Dec. 2. The agency says the...

  • Spending bill delays protections for sage grouse Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Montana— A legislative rider in Congress' $1.1 trillion spending bill would delay protections for a wide-ranging Western bird that's been on a collision course with the oil and gas industry. The bill also delays protections for the related Gunnison sage grouse of Utah and Colorado and for two subspecies of greater sage grouse in Washington, Nevada...

  • Passengers, airlines can't afford late 1st flight Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 11:09 AM ET

    DALLAS— For years, Southwest was the most punctual of big U.S. airlines, so its tumble toward the bottom of government rankings for on-time arrivals was stunning. Southwest officials needed to fix an ill-fated decision to squeeze more flights into the schedule. "If you're late out of the driveway in the morning, you're probably going to be a little bit late to work,"...

  • Trade authorization deal faces test from U.S. legislators Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 10- A push by the White House to woo free trade skeptics on Capitol Hill will help bills through the next Congress, but lawmakers are unlikely to simply wave through legislation that holds the key to deals covering two-thirds of the world economy. President Barack Obama plans to advocate for a bill allowing the administration to negotiate trade...

  • Tech summit addresses industry's lack of diversity Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 9:30 AM ET

    The challenges, along with some of the potential solutions, were explored Wednesday at a Silicon Valley summit organized by Jackson and his group, Rainbow Push. In a show of their commitment, Google, Apple, Facebook and more than other 20 other tech companies sent representatives to the forum held at the Santa Clara, California, headquarters of a Silicon Valley...

  • Obama announces $1B for early childhood education Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Declaring early childhood education "one of the best investments we can make," President Barack Obama on Wednesday followed up on a promise to expand early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children by announcing $1 billion in public-private spending on programs for young learners. He said the investments announced at a daylong...

  • California sues Uber in startup's latest legal woe Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 3:07 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— California prosecutors sued Uber over the ride-booking company's driver background checks and other allegations, adding to the popular startup's legal woes in the U.S. and around the world. "Uber continues to misrepresent and exaggerate background checks on drivers," Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. "It also agreed to pay...

  • Liberals and conservatives gripe about $1.1T bill Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 3:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Exposed to the light of day, a year-end, $1.1 trillion spending bill drew vociferous objections from liberals and milder criticism from conservatives on Wednesday while lawmakers readied a brief, stopgap measure to prevent a government shutdown both parties vowed to avoid. The White House declined to state President Barack Obama's position on...

  • Raimondo announces plan to expand college savings Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Governor-elect Gina Raimondo announced on Wednesday a plan aimed at ensuring that the thousands of children born in Rhode Island every year have savings for college. The change could benefit thousands of families, she said, because about 10,000 babies are born in Rhode Island each year. Rhode Island is one of only three states with college...

  • With future uncertain, Colorado shields its water Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 4:10 PM ET

    DENVER— With demand increasing across the West, Colorado is drawing up a strategy to keep some of the trillions of gallons of water that gushes out of the Rocky Mountains every spring— most of which flows downstream to drought-stricken California, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico. He referred to the Colorado River Compact of 1922 that covers water allocations to...