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  • WASHINGTON— The GOP- controlled House has voted to block the government from forcing reporters to testify about their sources or where they got information. The 245-182 vote came on a measure by liberal Florida Democrat Alan Grayson that's designed to shield reporters from the threat of fines or jail time if they protect whistleblowers and other anonymous...

  • Figures on government spending and debt Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 4:28 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • GOP-controlled House backs state medical marijuana laws Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 2:40 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The GOP- controlled House voted Wednesday to prevent the federal government from blocking state laws that permit the use of medical marijuana. Most Republicans opposed the idea and the Senate is in GOP hands this year, so the outcome could still be reversed. But Senate advocates of medical marijuana won a test vote in the GOP- controlled...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama said China has made inquiries about potentially joining a Trans-Pacific trade agreement in the future, introducing a new variable to an unfolding debate in Congress over granting the president the authority to negotiate such international pacts. In an interview with American Public Media's "Marketplace" radio show on...

  • Four districts— Boston, Atlanta, Chicago and St. Louis— reported moderate growth in manufacturing, while some other districts said growth was basically flat during the survey period. Kansas City described a sharp fall in activity in energy producers Oklahoma and New Mexico, while the Dallas district said that oilfield machinery sales were down significantly...

  • WASHINGTON— New York state's chief financial regulator has issued final rules for companies dealing in bitcoin, adding more oversight to the virtual currency that has widened in popularity and moved into the commercial mainstream. Benjamin Lawsky outlined the third and final version of the rules in remarks Wednesday at a financial industry conference in...

  • United apologizes after Muslim chaplain's soda complaint Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 12:50 PM ET

    In an email to The Associated Press, United spokesman Charles Hobart said the airline "does not tolerate behavior that is discriminatory— or that appears to be discriminatory— against our customers or employees." The statement came five days after Northwestern University chaplain Tahera Ahmad said a flight attendant declined her request for an unopened can...

  • WASHINGTON, June 3- The Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday that it would place a higher priority on integrating drones into the national air space by appointing a senior adviser to coordinate relations with industry and other outside stakeholders. The job, which has not yet been filled, is the latest in a series of FAA actions to enhance its...

  • NEW YORK, June 3- New York state issued on Wednesday its final rules for companies that operate in virtual currencies such as bitcoin, doing little to accommodate complaints that overly tight regulation could hamper a nascent industry. Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of financial services for the state of New York, said the new digital currency rules known as...

  • *U.S. services growth slows in May- ISM, Markit. NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, June 3- The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in April on a drop in imports, which surged in March following the end of a West Coast ports labor dispute, while companies picked up their hiring in May after a pullback the previous month. September is very much on table, "said Christopher Low, chief economist at FTN...

  • New York regulator issues final bitcoin rules Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 11:38 AM ET

    NEW YORK, June 3- New York state issued on Wednesday its final rules for virtual currencies such as bitcoin, easing regulations on the type of companies that could apply for a license. Benjamin Lawksy, superintendent of financial services for the state of New York, said the new digital currency rules known as the "BitLicense" will focus on overseeing financial...

  • NEW YORK, June 3- The U.S. dollar hit its lowest against the euro in over two weeks on Wednesday after the European Central Bank kept monetary policy steady despite recent market volatility and Bund yields extended their rise. The ECB sees no reason to adjust its monetary policy stance in response to a recent rise in bond yields in Europe, ECB President Mario Draghi...

  • The officials, appearing before the House Homeland Security Committee, said that even as thousands of Islamic State supporters around the world share communication in public view on Twitter, some are exploiting social media platforms that allow them to shield their messages from law enforcement. Some of these companies build their business model around...

  • NEW YORK— American cities are enticed by the economic growth and services that "sharing economy" companies such as Airbnb, Uber and Lyft can offer, but officials are anxious about safety in a largely unregulated realm, a city advocacy group found in a study released Wednesday. Nearly three-quarters of city leaders said they want to see the "sharing" sector grow,...

  • TOBYHANNA, Pa.— A charter bus taking Italian tourists to Niagara Falls collided with a tractor-trailer Wednesday morning on an eastern Pennsylvania highway, killing the bus driver and two others on the bus and leaving four people in critical condition, authorities said. The crash occurred on Interstate 380 in the Pocono Mountain region as the bus, which...

  • Betsy Garvin's three dogs were rescued from Thailand, where they had been caged their entire lives and where many dogs roam the streets or are raised as food for other Asian countries. LIFE Animal Rescue in the California city has placed 50 Thai dogs in the last two years, including Garvin's, said founder Emily Bernie. In March, Humane Society International and the...

  • Growth in US services firms slowed in May to 12-month low Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 10:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. service firms grew in May at the slowest pace in a year, as both new orders and hiring slipped. The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index fell to 55.7 in May from 57.8 in April. "The indications are that we have had a slowing or cooling off here," said Anthony Nieves, chairman of ISM's non-manufacturing business survey...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, June 3- The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in April on a drop in imports, which surged in March following the end of a West Coast ports labor dispute, while companies picked up their hiring in May after a pullback the previous month. The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday said the trade gap narrowed to $40.9 billion from March's revised deficit of...

  • US trade deficit drops sharply in April Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 8:32 AM ET

    The April deficit tumbled 19.2 percent to $40.9 billion after surging to $50.6 billion in March, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The March deficit, which was revised down from an initial estimate of $51.4 billion, was the highest since January 2012. With the ports fully operational, a backlog of imports, many from China, flooded into the country.

  • Survey: US business hiring picks up in May to 201,000 Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 8:32 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. companies stepped up hiring in May, a private survey found, evidence that employers remain confident in the economy even after it contracted at the start of the year. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added 201,000 jobs last month, up from just 165,000 in the previous month. "The relative strength in today's report is an...