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  • WASHINGTON— Two House members are seeking a Justice Department investigation of the former head of the federal board that investigates chemical accidents, saying they believe he made multiple false statements while testifying before an oversight committee. The request for the federal probe was being sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday by...

  • WASHINGTON— The most reliable method in the fight to end homelessness is housing vouchers, a Department of Housing and Urban Development report released Tuesday found. Jennifer Ho, a HUD senior adviser on housing and services, said the vouchers help reduce overall homelessness. Nan Roman, the president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness,...

  • MIAMI, July 7- Carnival Corp has won U.S. approval to operate culturally-themed cruises to Cuba and plans to start taking travelers there in May, joining a growing list of maritime companies hoping to profit from a thaw in relations between Washington and Havana. The United States and Cuba have been working for months to improve relations after more than five...

  • WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • WASHINGTON— Government regulators have approved a new pill from Novartis to treat heart failure, a deadly chronic disease that affects millions of U.S. patients. The Food and Drug Administration approved the combination drug, Entresto, based on studies showing it reduced rates of heart-related death and hospitalization compared with older drugs.

  • Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla of Puerto Rico dropped a bombshell on debt holders a week ago by saying he wanted to restructure debt and postpone bond payments. He urged changes to U.S. bankruptcy laws that currently exclude Puerto Rico. Like U.S. states, Puerto Rico cannot file for bankruptcy protection.

  • The findings appear to contradict a recent review by the Education Department that found that four of the nation's biggest loan servicers— Navient, Great Lakes, PHEAA and Nelnet— complied with a law aimed at protecting military personnel in the "vast majority of cases" between 2009 and 2014.. Dorie Nolt, a spokeswoman at the Education Department, said the...

  • MIAMI, July 7- Carnival Corp has won U.S. approval to operate cruises to Cuba and plans to start taking travelers there in May, joining a growing list of maritime companies hoping to profit from a thaw in relations between Washington and Havana. Miami- based Carnival, the world's largest cruise operator, said it was still in talks with Cuba for approval to start...

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling that undermined a federal rule targeting mercury pollution will not affect the Obama administration's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions to slow the effects of global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said she was disappointed with last week's...

  • *China stock markets fall again. *Concern about Greece dogs oil market. NEW YORK, July 7- U.S. crude resumed its decline on Tuesday, sinking for a second straight day as investors fled to safe havens on worries about a near-bankrupt Greece and China's stock market losses, with technical selling threatening to push oil into a bear market.

  • The Transportation Department said Tuesday that 80.5 percent of flights operated by the leading airlines were on time in May, up from 76.9 percent in May 2014. Ten of those flights were on the same stormy day at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines had the best on-time ratings, while Spirit Airlines had...

  • WASHINGTON— Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday said Congress and the Obama administration should help Puerto Rico restructure its debts under a Chapter 9 bankruptcy, saying the island commonwealth needs partners to "get on a path toward stability and prosperity." She called on Congress and the White House to "partner with Puerto Rico by providing real support...

  • He also urged Washington to make changes to U.S. bankruptcy laws to include Puerto Rico. Like U.S. states, Puerto Rico, a commonwealth, cannot file for bankruptcy protection. "As a first step, Congress should provide Puerto Rico the same authority that states already have to enable severely distressed government entities, including municipalities and public...

  • *China stock markets fall again, Greece fights to stay in euro. NEW YORK, July 7- U.S. crude tumbled about 2 percent on Tuesday, sinking for a second straight day as investors fled to safe havens on worries about a near-bankrupt Greece and China's stock market losses and as technical selling threatened to push oil into a bear market. U.S. crude was down $1.15, or 2.2...

  • Writing for a unanimous 11- judge panel, Judge Merrick Garland said recent corruption scandals involving members of Congress point to the continuing danger of "quid pro quo" corruption— a direct exchange of money for political favors. Congress outlawed political contributions by federal contractors largely in response to a New Deal-era scandal involving...

  • NEW YORK— Sarah Palin has a new book coming out, with a new publisher. Regnery Publishing, a conservative press based in Washington, D.C., announced Tuesday that it was planning a November release for Palin's "Sweet Freedom: A Devotional." The former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate published her other books, notably the million-selling "Going...

  • NEW YORK, July 7- Equity markets around the world fell while the euro slid to a five-week low against the dollar on Tuesday amid concerns over Greece's future as euro zone leaders were set to meet for an emergency summit on the country's debt crisis. "Markets seem to be losing patience and faith in the Athens' debt crisis ending with Greece's banks intact and the...

  • *China stock markets fall again, Greece fights to stay in euro. NEW YORK, July 7- U.S. crude futures tumbled 3 percent to lead the oil complex down for a second straight day on Tuesday as an investor flight to safe havens continued from worries of a Greece exit from the euro zone and China's deepening stock market losses. Iran's determination to seal a nuclear deal with...

  • WASHINGTON— The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that American stock prices are high and U.S. insurers and mutual funds are vulnerable to financial shocks. It also urged Congress not to weaken financial regulations passed in 2010.. The IMF says that American banks are stronger but that risk has risen elsewhere.

  • WASHINGTON— Job openings stayed close to a 15- year high in May. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the number of open jobs rose 0.5 percent to 5.36 million in May. "Measures of job turnover, which tend to lead wage acceleration, were disappointing," said Jeremy Schwartz, an analyst at Credit Suisse.