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  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a group of flexible foam manufacturers challenging one of the largest class action lawsuits ever certified. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that allowed a lawsuit to go forward that seeks more than $9 billion in damages against Carpenter Co., Woodbridge Foam Corp. and others.

  • HAVANA, March 2- The most important U.S. agricultural delegation to visit Cuba in more than a decade began three days of meetings on Monday, hoping to find potential business partners and urge the U.S. Congress to lift the trade embargo against the Caribbean nation. Two former agriculture secretaries, a number of state agriculture officials and representatives...

  • WASHINGTON— US manufacturing grew in February at slowest pace in a year as orders and employment weakened.

  • Consumer spending drops 0.2 percent in January Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 8:53 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Consumer spending fell for a second consecutive month in January, weakness that was expected to be temporary. Consumer spending declined 0.2 percent in January following a 0.3 percent drop in December, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said the surge in inflation-adjusted income...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US construction spending Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 6:56 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on U.S. construction spending in January. The report will be issued Monday at 10 a.m. Eastern. For all of 2014, total construction spending increased 5.6 percent to $961 billion.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US consumer spending Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 6:48 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department releases its January report on consumer spending Monday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. FURTHER SLIP: The expectation is that consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of U.S. economic activity, dipped a slight 0.1 percent in January, according to a survey of economists by data firm FactSet. REBOUND COMING: In December, U.S....

  • WASHINGTON— The Institute for Supply Management reports on a survey about U.S. manufacturing production, orders and other activity in February. The trade group of purchasing managers will release its manufacturing index at 10 a.m. Eastern Monday. SLOWER BUT STEADY: Manufacturers have been held back in recent months by weak growth in China, Europe and Japan.

  • WASHINGTON— With a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department looming, House Speaker John Boehner is demanding negotiations with Democrats on a funding bill that rolls back President Barack Obama's immigration policies. The Senate has scheduled a procedural vote Monday and Democrats are expected to block an attempt to establish negotiations...

  • NEW YORK, March 2- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may strip Vanguard Group, BlackRock Inc and State Street Corp, the oldest and biggest providers of exchange-traded funds, of an advantage they hold over newer rivals in how they assemble the shares of their funds, said sources familiar with the SEC. To do that, the SEC has said the securities used to create...

  • WASHINGTON, March 2- Janet Yellen's premium on consensus may lead to a Federal Reserve decision the chair hasn't yet endorsed, as a near majority aligns in favor of a possible June interest rate hike. The five members of the Fed's Washington- based board of governors, including Yellen, have spoken less definitively, though governors including Jerome Powell have...

  • JUPITER, Florida, March 2- In October 2003, Jeb Bush unveiled one of the largest economic projects in Florida history: a $500 million plan to bring Scripps Research Institute to the state and build a biomedical hub he said would generate nearly 50,000 jobs in 15 years. As governor, he described it as a "seminal moment," comparable to Walt Disney World's arrival in...

  • WASHINGTON— Congress' dysfunction isn't limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption. The to-do list includes forestalling a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians, preventing a cutoff of highway and transit dollars in the middle of peak construction season this summer and renewing critical parts of the...

  • KIEV, Ukraine— War-torn Ukraine is a long way from Wood Dale, Illinois. "I don't see myself as a politician," she told The Associated Press at her office in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Corruption is endemic throughout Ukraine.

  • WASHINGTON, March 1- Congress narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency late on Friday night, but the forces behind the chaotic episode remain- fractious Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner's lack of control over them. In five to seven months, the federal debt ceiling will again be reached, and by October Congress must pass...

  • CARACAS, Feb 28- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had captured American citizens involved in "espionage activities," and said U.S. citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to the OPEC nation. Speaking during a rally, he said his government will prohibit some U.S. officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for...

  • *Opposition plan march in Moscow on Sunday. Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across the bridge over the Moskva River in central Moscow with a Ukrainian woman, who was unhurt, just before midnight on Friday, police said. Police sealed off the blood-stained bridge close to the red walls of the Kremlin and Red Square for...

  • SANAA, Yemen— A suspected U.S. drone strike Saturday in central Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants, security officials said. The U.S. has launched several strikes in recent weeks, reflecting Washington's resolve to keep fighting the militants despite Yemen's political paralysis. Meanwhile Saturday, the Shiite rebels who control Yemen's...

  • WASHINGTON— It's not uncommon to feel some trepidation around tax-filing season. But there's an added hassle this year for nearly a million consumers who got financial help with health insurance premiums under President Barack Obama's law. "It's been a comedy of errors from the start," said K.C. Crafts, a freelance financial writer from South Berwick, Maine.

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • Ted Cruz of Texas told an influential anti-tax group Friday that he opposes Common Core education standards, a day after potential GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush endorsed the program. Cruz described Common Core as "national standards being dictated from Washington" during an appearance at the Club for Growth's annual winter meeting. Cruz and Bush are among...