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  • WASHINGTON, June 17- The U.S. Senate's chief tax law writer on Tuesday vowed to work on overhauling the federal tax code by August 2015, citing a move by Medtronic Inc to shift its tax home base to Ireland as a spur to congressional action.

  • WASHINGTON, June 16- The threat of U.S. tax revenue losses from Medtronic Inc's plan to buy rival Covidien Plc and move its base to Ireland is stoking concerns from lawmakers and the Obama administration about corporate tax "inversion" deals.

  • WASHINGTON, June 16- The threat of U.S. tax revenue losses from Medtronic Inc's plan to buy rival Covidien Plc and move its base to Ireland is stoking concerns from lawmakers and the Obama administration about corporate tax "inversion" deals.

  • *Sunni Islamists strengthen grip on northern Iraq. NEW YORK, June 16- Brent crude oil futures rose on Monday as advances by Sunni insurgents in Iraq fueled concerns over a potential disruption to oil exports from OPEC's second-largest producer.

  • *Sunni Islamists intensify grip on northern Iraq. NEW YORK, June 16- Brent crude oil futures rose on Monday as advances by Sunni insurgents in Iraq fueled concerns over a potential disruption to oil exports from the second-largest OPEC producer.

  • Size of income tax drop surprises U.S. states -study Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 12- Most U.S. states were surprised by the size of the drop in their personal income tax collections this April, even though they had expected a decline, according to a report released by the Rockefeller Institute of Government on Thursday.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY, June 12- An Oklahoma company that sells a blanket to protect children from gunfire has seen its business grow after a spate of U.S. school shootings has left parents and educators on edge.

  • *Bank of America shares biggest drag on S&P 500. *World Bank cuts global 2014 outlook. NEW YORK, June 11- U.S. stocks dropped on Wednesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 pulling back from recent record highs, following the World Bank's reduction of its global growth forecast.

  • Federal Reserve advanced in the Senate on Tuesday, along with two other nominees to the U.S. central bank, setting the table for their expected confirmation later this week.

  • WASHINGTON, June 5- For the first time in six years, the share of people who either have a job or are looking for one is on the rise in a majority of U.S. states, a sign one of the deepest scars of the economic crisis could be healing.

  • The U.S. arm of German solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG filed a petition complaining that Chinese manufacturers are sidestepping duties imposed in 2012 by shifting production of the cells used to make their panels to Taiwan and continuing to flood the U.S. market with cheap products.

  • The U.S. arm of German solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG had complained that Chinese manufacturers are sidestepping duties imposed in 2012 by shifting production of the cells used to make their panels to Taiwan and continuing to flood the U.S. market with cheap products.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 2- Creating the state of California took a revolt that led to the short-lived Bear Republic, a war with Mexico, and various international treaties. Tuesday, voters in Del Norte and Tehama counties will consider a measure calling for separation from California and the formation of a new state.

  • California un-dreaming? Voters mull 51st state Monday, 2 Jun 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    Voters in Del Norte and Tehama Counties will consider a measure calling for separation from California and the formation of a new state.

  • Next up at the ballot box: Undreaming California Monday, 2 Jun 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 2- Creating the state of California took a revolt that led to the short-lived Bear Republic, a war with Mexico, and various international treaties. Tuesday, voters in Del Norte and Tehama Counties will consider a measure calling for separation from California and the formation of a new state.

  • On Monday, those states may finally get the nudge they need to jump into the $20 million a day California market for emitting carbon dioxide when the Environmental Protection Agency releases much-anticipated new rules that will force deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

  • May 28- California lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a bill that would require labels on foods made with genetically modified organisms, the second time in two years such legislation has failed to take hold in the state.

  • Drought relief: Are victory gardens in our future? Friday, 23 May 2014 | 10:20 AM ET
    Dried and cracked earth on an unplanted field at a farm on near Mendota, Calif.

    As drought bakes nearly half the country, an expert says we may have to return to the days of WWII to ease the pain.

  • BEIJING, May 20- China has warned the United States that it would retaliate if Washington presses on with charges against five Chinese military officers accused of hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets, state media said on Tuesday. The indictment is likely to further roil relations between China and the United States.

  • China immediately denied the charges, saying in a strongly worded Foreign Ministry statement the U.S. grand jury indictment was "made up" and would damage trust between the two nations. Officials in Washington have argued for years that cyber espionage is a top national security concern.