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  • Spark electric car's price sparks a sales run Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:01 PM ET

    Chevrolet lowered the starting retail price for the plucky subcompact electric car to $25,995 last month, making it the lowest-priced 2015 electric car with two rows of seats offered in the U.S. by a major auto manufacturer. With the $7,500 tax credit, the purchase price can wind up at just $18,495— akin to the price of a gasoline-powered small car like the Honda...

  • WASHINGTON— If the U.S. doesn't write the rules of international trade, President Barack Obama warns, China will. In fact, China is already helping write those rules, and in some ways has jumped ahead of the game. China is the largest economy negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, 16 countries that include the 10 members of the Association of...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have driven and where. The volunteers will agree to pay 1.5 cents for each mile traveled on...

  • The current authorization to spend money from the federal Highway Trust Fund, which finances most aid to states, expires May 31. A Senate vote is expected later this week. Unable to find a politically acceptable solution, Congress has kept the trust fund teetering on the edge of insolvency since 2008. The extension passed by the House would expire July 31, when...

  • WASHINGTON— If the U.S. doesn't write the rules of international trade, President Barack Obama warns, China will. In fact, China is already helping write those rules, and in some ways has jumped ahead of the game. China is the largest economy negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, 16 countries that include the 10 members of the Association of...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey drivers won't have to pump their own gas any time soon. Senate President Steve Sweeney said on Tuesday that recently introduced measures to roll back the law requiring gas station attendants to pump gas will not be posted as long as he's in charge. Republican Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon and Sen.

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— The head of the largest U.S. trade union federation said Monday that a bad deal is worse than no deal, and he urged Congress not to support fast-track legislation that would let President Barack Obama present Congress with proposed trade agreements that lawmakers can ratify or reject, but not amend. Trumka spoke Monday at a news conference about 10...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate rejected a liberal-led move Monday to increase aid for workers who lose their jobs to imports, pushing for passage by week's end of major trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama. In remarks on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the trade legislation and two other bills— one to renew the Patriot Act, the other...

  • 8 states get new drought aid for farms, ranches Monday, 18 May 2015 | 2:18 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Farmers and ranchers in the West's worst-hit drought regions will receive an additional $21 million to help them save water and soil despite the long dry spell. That includes parts of California, Kansas, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah. The money comes from the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service.

  • Wyoming governor pushes coal ports on Northwest trip Monday, 18 May 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Faced with sliding domestic demand for coal, the governor of Wyoming has kept pressing for access to deep-water ports in the Northwest that would allow exports to Asian markets. Jay Inslee in Olympia and plans to meet Tuesday with Oregon Gov. The stakes are high for Wyoming— the nation's leading coal-producing state— to find new markets.

  • Oregon farmers say company lags on payments for seed Monday, 18 May 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Oregon growers have filed $4.85 million in liens against a Pennsylvania company they say has not paid them for radish seed. Jim Gardner of K&J Farms in Monmouth says his family needs to pay people and has yet to see a penny from seed company Cover Crop Solutions. David Weaver, CEO of Cover Crop Solutions, told the Capital Press newspaper last week that he is...

  • 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...

  • *White House calls setback "snafu," vows to continue battle. Failure to clinch a U.S.-led TPP agreement could also damage Washington's leadership image in Asia, where China is forging ahead with a new Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank without the participation of the United States and Japan. The Senate voted 52-45- short of the 60 votes needed- to...

  • *Nebraska becomes 16th U.S. state affected by avian flu. May 12- The fast-spreading avian flu virus was confirmed for the first time in Nebraska, at a commercial egg-laying farm that housed a flock of 1.7 million chickens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, Nebraska has joined a long list of states currently dealing with highly...

  • *White House calls setback "snafu," vows to continue battle. "What we just saw here is pretty shocking," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, after the Senate voted 52-45- short of the 60 votes needed- against paving the way for debate on "fast-track" trade authority for Obama. The vote marked a victory for Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, an...

  • President Barack Obama authority to speed trade deals through Congress failed a crucial procedural test on Tuesday, delaying a measure that may be key to President Barack Obama's diplomatic pivot to Asia. In a setback to the White House trade agenda, the Senate voted 52-45- eight votes short of the necessary 60- to clear the way for debate on the legislation, which...

  • May 11- A strain of avian flu that until now had been found only in the Western United States has cropped up in Indiana, bringing the total number of states affected by the virulent outbreak to 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain found in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana is concerning to them also. It was also found in captive...

  • UPDATE 1-USDA finds H5N8 bird flu strain in Indiana Monday, 11 May 2015 | 1:59 PM ET

    May 11- A strain of highly pathogenic H5 avian flu that had recently been found only in the Western United States has been confirmed in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain in Indiana is the same one that had been previously confirmed in the Pacific flyway, specifically in commercial chicken and...

  • Obama scolds Democrats on trade pact stance Saturday, 9 May 2015 | 6:32 AM ET
    President Barack Obama.

    The president, battling for passage of one of the final initiatives of his presidency, said liberals opposed to the accord were “just wrong.”

  • May 7- When Kim Forrest attends dog shows, she is there not just for her two wirehaired pointing griffons. Forrest, who works for the Pittsburgh- based Fort Pitt Capital Group, believes participation in dog shows is as middle class as it gets and as such is a great economic gauge. "Many market strategists cling to the Fed minutes and other standard information," says...