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  • LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., June 2- Differences emerged on Tuesday among Republican rivals for the 2016 presidential nomination at a forum where it was clear that Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio will face some competition in Florida despite their home-state edge. The fact that seven Republican candidates or potential candidates spoke at Florida Governor Rick Scott's "...

  • Health care enrollments by state Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 5:02 PM ET

    Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Volvo incentives package could cost $87M more Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 1:06 PM ET

    That's on top of the $123 million the state would borrow to fund the site preparation and road improvements for the future plant in Berkeley County. The House Ways and Means Committee advanced a supplemental budget bill Monday that would put $70 million of a newly available windfall toward the Volvo commitment, leaving $53 million to borrow.

  • Michael Burgess, R- Texas, said at a subcommittee hearing to question federal regulators and officials from Takata Corp., the Japanese company that makes the air bags. Takata agreed last month to expand recalls of driver and passenger air bags from around 16 million to 33.8 million under pressure from regulators. Another concern: After years of testing by Takata,...

  • BANGOR, Maine— Prices for tiny glass eels caught in river inlets along the Maine coast soared to record levels this year because a slow season resulted in reduced catch, fishermen and dealers say. Jeffrey Pierce of Dresden, who is an adviser to the Maine Elver Fishermen's Association, said fishermen had only caught about 5,000 pounds as of late May.

  • Obama pinned responsibility directly on the Senate if something were to go awry. "And heaven forbid we've got a problem where we could have prevented a terrorist attack or apprehended someone who is engaged in dangerous activity but we didn't do so simply because of inaction in the Senate." McConnell is calling the Senate back into session Sunday, just hours...

  • Rand Paul is fighting to transform his recent Capitol Hill victory into momentum with presidential primary voters. "I think some of his ideas are a breath of fresh air," said Corey Brooks, an African-American pastor on the South Side of Chicago, where Paul campaigned on Wednesday. He says the Republican Party's reputation "sucks" in a book released this week that...

  • CHARLESTON, S.C.— The CEO of Volvo Cars of North America said Thursday that infrastructure, a business-friendly climate and a capable workforce were reasons Volvo selected South Carolina over 60 sites nationwide for its first North American assembly plant. "Here in Charleston and South Carolina we have found our American manufacturing home," said Lex...

  • Haley urges senators to pass bill allowing Uber services Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 4:51 PM ET

    Nikki Haley urged senators Wednesday to pass a bill that would allow Uber to continue operating in South Carolina past this summer. South Carolina risks losing Uber's ride-sharing services entirely if the Legislature doesn't act, Haley said in a letter to senators, which lauded Uber as an "innovative, cutting-edge" company. Uber's departure from South...

  • South Carolina unemployment unchanged in April Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 4:02 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C.— There was no change in South Carolina's unemployment rate last month, according to data released Wednesday by state officials. Workforce officials say that overall employment in South Carolina set a record last month, at more than 2.1 million people. "The positive economy in South Carolina is drawing more and more people into the workforce as...

  • NEW YORK— Amazon is hiring 6,000 full-time workers to staff up across its more than 50 distribution centers in the U.S. Its $99 annual Prime membership service comes with free two-day delivery on many items. The Seattle- based company employed about 154,100 full-time and part-time workers in total at the end of 2014..

  • HAMPTON, N.H.— Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees "no role whatsoever" for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State militants. She addressed the matter after visiting Smuttynose Brewery, where she spoke in defense of the Export-Import Bank, a little-known U.S. agency that...

  • Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment. We're going to continue and finish up the bill this week, "Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., and Obama's most...

  • May 19- Duke Energy Corp, the largest U.S. power company by generation capacity, said it would invest $1.1 billion to convert a coal-powered power plant in North Carolina into a natural gas plant over four to five years. Duke will retire the 376 megawatt coal plant in Asheville and spend about $750 million to build a 650 MW natural gas-fired power plant, the company...

  • WASHINGTON, May 18- Lockheed Martin Corp said on Monday it is working to resolve "relatively minor" issues with a portable version of the F-35 fighter jet's automated logistics system, but the problems should not impede a Marine Corp milestone this summer. Jeff Streznetcky, the Lockheed executive in charge of the logistics system known as ALIS, told Reuters the...

  • WASHINGTON, May 18- Lockheed Martin Corp said on Monday it is working to resolve "relatively minor" issues with a portable version of the F-35 fighter jet's automated logistics system, but the problems should not impede a Marine Corp milestone this summer. Jeff Streznetcky, the Lockheed executive in charge of the logistics system known as ALIS, told Reuters the...

  • Why Ted Cruz is wowing some of Wall Street's money-men Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, May 14- Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite and leading figure in the 2013 government shutdown that rattled investors, isn't the kind of politician who usually wins a lot of friends among Wall Street campaign donors. Despite the uncompromising rhetoric, Cruz is winning praise from some potential Wall Street donors, including bankers...

  • PARIS/ DETROIT, May 11- Sweden's Volvo Cars has chosen a site in South Carolina for a $500 million investment in its first U.S. plant, it said on Monday, targeting a bigger share of the increasingly competitive North American premium market. Work will begin this year on the factory in Berkeley County, with production due to start in 2018 and quickly reach 100,000...

  • A Volvo truck equipped with safety technology.

    PARIS/ DETROIT, May 11- Sweden's Volvo Cars has chosen a site in South Carolina for a $500 million investment in its first U.S. plant, it said on Monday, targeting a bigger share of the increasingly competitive North American premium market. Work will begin this year on the factory in Ridgeville, Berkeley County, with production due to start in 2018 and quickly reach...

  • MIAMI, May 8- Meteorologists expanded a tropical storm warning for part of the North Carolina and South Caroline coastline on Friday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. A warning is now in effect for areas from South Santee River, South Carolina to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, at the southern end of the Outer Banks, it said. It stalled on Friday about 165...