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  • Having taken the helm of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in January, Mark Rosekind has wasted no time in forcing reluctant companies into recalling millions of defective vehicles. In the past week alone, the agency announced the biggest recall in history, involving nearly 34 million vehicles with potentially deadly Takata Corp air bags.

  • About 162,000 U-Haul vehicle trailer hitches recalled Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 4:01 PM ET

    The recall, announced Saturday, covers two types of hitches made by Wisconsin- based Curt Manufacturing between July 2014 and January 2015 and sold under the "U-Haul Power Tow" brand. Curt Manufacturing said a Chinese company, Shandong Jiyang Machinery, changed the way it cleaned steel during the hot-rolling process, reducing the steel's strength.

  • PHILADELPHIA— Nearly two weeks after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia killed eight people and injured more than 200 others, investigators are still trying to piece together what led the train to enter a sharp curve at more than double the 50 mph speed limit. The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled out the locomotive being hit by a bullet...

  • Ireland first country to vote yes on gay nuptials Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 1:34 PM ET
    People celebrate a landslide victory of a Yes vote after a referendum on same sex marriage was won by popular ballot vote by a margin of around two-to-one at Dublin Castle on May 23, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

    Ireland is now the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote, The NY Times reports.

  • GM facing criminal charges over ignition woes Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra

    Federal prosecutors have identified criminal wrongdoing in G.M.'s failure to disclose a switch defect, the NYT reports.

  • WASHINGTON— The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of...

  • WASHINGTON— If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. At $2.74 a gallon, the average price of gas nationwide is nearly $1 lower than it was a year ago. Consider what Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said in December: Lower gas prices, Yellen declared, are "certainly good for...

  • WASHINGTON— A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections. Jim McDermott, D- Wash., a congressional leader on health care. Since virtually all U.S. residents are now required to have health insurance by President Barack Obama's health care law, McDermott...

  • WASHINGTON— Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. It's the 33rd time in more than six years that Congress has resorted to a temporary patch to keep transportation programs going, 12 bills specific to highway and transit...

  • Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 1:46 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. It's the 33rd time in more than six years that Congress has resorted to a temporary patch to keep transportation programs going, 12 bills specific to highway and transit...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act. Finally, McConnell announced early Saturday that the Senate would begin a weeklong Memorial Day break and return on Sunday, May 31,...

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 12:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. Separate legislation to prevent parts of the anti-terror USA Patriot Act from lapsing on June 1 was caught in a...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- President Barack Obama scored a major victory on Friday when the U.S. Senate voted to give him "fast-track" powers that would help wrap up negotiations on a 12- nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia. The Senate voted 62-37 to approve the Trade Promotion Authority bill, or fast-track as it is known in...

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Friday, 22 May 2015 | 9:23 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. Senate passage of the trade bill capped two weeks of tense votes and near-death experiences for legislation the...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 4 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SINTRA, Portugal- European Central Bank board member Vitor Constancio chairs session 2 on "Structural Perspectives on European Employment, Productivity, and Growth in a Global Context" at an ECB forum on Central Banking "Inflation and Unemployment in Europe"- 0800 GMT. SINTRA, Portugal- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer participates in a panel...

  • CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, May 22- As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps- importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for Archer Daniels Midland Co said that as egg supplies tighten and prices rise, the food processing...

  • WASHINGTON— There's something strange about the U.S. economy in the first three months of every year: It frequently grows at a much slower pace than in the other nine months. And on Friday, the government agency charged with calculating the economy's growth rate said it would adjust its methods in an effort to resolve the problem. Alec Phillips, an economist at...

  • Figures on government spending and debt Friday, 22 May 2015 | 4:08 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • WASHINGTON— The White House says "offensive and disgusting" replies posted on President Barack Obama's new Twitter account are part of an open society. But spokesman Josh Earnest says the bile flooding Obama's@ POTUS account is worth the price of engaging the public on issues they care about. "POTUS" is an acronym for "President of the United States."

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- Rising shelter and medical care costs boosted underlying U.S. inflation pressures in April, a welcome sign for the Federal Reserve as it contemplates raising interest rates this year. "It will give the Fed greater confidence that inflation will indeed make it to its target in the next couple of years, it increases the odds of faster Fed action,"...