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  • Republicans criticize handling of IRS inquiry Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republicans chastised the Justice Department on Thursday for failing to share information with Congress about its investigation into the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Obama pushes transportation money at closed bridge Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:12 AM ET

    WILMINGTON, Del.— President Barack Obama announced a new program Thursday to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads and bridges as he criticized Congress for refusing to approve a more lasting source of funding.

  • July 17- Casablanca Capital LP said two independent proxy firms have recommended that shareholders of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc vote in favor of the hedge fund's board nominees. Cliffs is locked in a proxy battle with New York- based hedge fund Casablanca, which owns 5.2 percent of Cliffs stock and accuses the company of destroying shareholder value.

  • Fewer gas leaks found in cities with new pipes Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 5:18 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Cities such as Indianapolis that regularly replace old natural gas lines have significantly fewer leaks than older urban areas where they don't, like Boston and New York City's Staten Island, according to a new study by Google and an environmental group. Boston and Staten Island averaged one leak per each mile mapped.

  • Health chief: No fast answer to drilling questions Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The head of Pennsylvania's Department of Health said Wednesday that its experts are responding to health complaints related to natural gas drilling, but there is no quick and easy way to answer questions about the issue.

  • Dad's heartbreaking Internet plea spurs strangers Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    TOLEDO, Ohio— Just days after his infant daughter's death, Nathen Steffel asked strangers on the Internet for only one thing: He and his wife wanted a photo of their daughter without the breathing tubes and tape that masked her little face. Hundreds of photos, sketches and paintings have poured into the family's northwestern Ohio home and their inbox.

  • US homebuilder confidence surges in July Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market surged this month to the highest level since January, reflecting a pickup in sales of new homes and heightened expectations for sales the second half of the year. The brighter sales outlook suggests home construction could pick up in coming months after a sluggish start this year.

  • House Democrats best GOP rival in fundraising Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 7:12 AM ET

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $10.9 million from donors in June and has $50.9 million in its bank accounts, officials said. At the same time, the National Republican Congressional Committee said donors gave another $9.6 million to the committee tasked with keeping House Republicans in the majority.

  • INSIDE WASHINGTON: Bogus cash pays for roads Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 3:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— If there's anything that can unite Democrats and Republicans in the partisan swamp of Capitol Hill, it's free money. The latest example of free money in Washington is a retread proposal called "pension smoothing" that raises money but doesn't increase anyone's taxes. To some people's way of thinking, that's a win-win situation.

  • Solar panel array to help heat, power Ohio prison Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 12:19 AM ET

    CHILLICOTHE, Ohio— The state on Wednesday unveiled a large solar panel project at a southern Ohio prison it says will save taxpayers $245,000 in annual energy costs, reduce greenhouse emissions and help train inmates involved in the project as a route to future jobs.

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to ban permanently any taxation of Internet access, a prohibition that is temporary and currently set to expire in 16 weeks. The approval came on a voice vote, sending the legislation next to the Senate, where it also has bipartisan support.

  • House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 1:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. Bob Goodlatte, R- Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

  • Maggots in food among new prison food complaints Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    The records also show several days when Aramark employees simply failed to show up and cases of unauthorized relationships between inmates and Aramark workers. Last month, for example, an Aramark employee notified a prison guard at Trumbull Correctional Institution that "one of the two serving lines had maggots falling out of the warming tray."

  • Obama presses for more lasting highway funding Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 3:15 AM ET

    McLEAN, Va.— President Barack Obama said Tuesday he supports temporary measures to keep federal transportation aid flowing to the states and to keep construction crews on the job, while he also pressed Congress for a more permanent solution to the longstanding shortfall in funding for road and bridge-building projects.

  • House passes highway bill as deadline looms Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    The action cobbles together $10.8 billion by using pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for transportation programs nationwide, solvent through May 2015.

  • But I feel like I'm changing one or two minds here or there, "said Felice Pete, a nurse anesthetist and a member of the state party's Black Advisory Board. The swing state, one of 11 where the Republican National Committee has hired staff to reach black voters, hosts one of the country's most important Senate races in November's midterm elections.

  • NEW YORK, July 9- Four years into the shale revolution, the U.S. is on track to pass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer of crude oil, most analysts agree. "The key issue is not whether production grows, it's by how much," said Ed Morse, global head of commodities research at Citigroup in New York.

  • COLUMN-Cleaning up coal: Kemp Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 10:01 PM ET

    LONDON, July 9- According to the popular narrative, coal is locked in a fight to the death with natural gas and renewables to supply clean electrical energy. Promoters of gas, wind and solar often talk about coal as if it were not just a rival but an enemy.

  • July 7- United Airlines said on Monday it plans to outsource more than 630 union jobs at 12 U.S. airports in a cost-saving move. United Airlines would shift these jobs from its payroll and hire other companies to provide the employees, under the outsourcing plan. "This is a bad business decision for United Airlines," Carlson said.

  • July 7- United Airlines said on Monday it plans to outsource more than 630 jobs at 12 U.S. airports in a cost-saving move. United Airlines would shift these jobs from its payroll and hire other companies to provide the employees, under the outsourcing plan.