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  • The FDA said it considered Velocity adulterated because there is not enough information to provide reasonable assurance that DMBA is safe. The FDA actions come amid pressure from lawmakers and a Harvard University academic, Dr. "Rather than waiting until heart attacks, strokes or deaths are definitely linked to this new designer stimulant, the FDA has now made...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he shared Japan's concerns about China's assertive behavior in maritime disputes with its neighbors and assured him of the U.S. commitment to defending Japanese territory, including tiny islands that Beijing claims. Speaking at a joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden,...

  • Shuster hasn't considered recusal after dating lobbyist Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 12:37 PM ET

    Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania said he's been "transparent" about the relationship begun last summer with Shelley Rubino, a vice president for global government affairs at Airlines for America, a trade association for major U.S. airlines. "It's a personal and private relationship, but I think I've gone above and beyond what the rules require, and what the law...

  • WASHINGTON— A bipartisan bill to update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years won approval from a Senate committee Tuesday, moving it closer to a vote in the full Senate. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the bill, 15-5. Four Democrats joined all 11 committee Republicans to support the bill, which would...

  • WASHINGTON- JAPAN'S ABE SAYS WELCOMES FACT THAT SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE ON OUTSTANDING BILATERAL ISSUES IN TRADE TALKS.

  • The County of Lackawanna Transit System repeatedly rejected the ads sought by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Freethought Society, telling the group it doesn't permit advertising space to be used as a forum for public debate. The transit system allowed several churches— as well as a political candidate and a blog that linked to anti-Semitic, Holocaust denial...

  • WASHINGTON— House Republicans unveiled legislation on Tuesday to sharply curb the Obama administration's recent moves to ease restrictions on travel to Cuba. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Cuban-American from Florida, would block new flights and cruise ship travel to Cuba. Diaz-Balart's move comes in response to new rules issued by the administration in January...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- Hailing the U.S.- Japan partnership as "indestructible," President Barack Obama on Tuesday hosted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a visit to showcase deeper defense ties and advance a Pacific trade pact as the two allies seek to counter China's growing power in the region. But while Japan moves to loosen restrictions on its post- war...

  • US consumer confidence slides in April Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 10:13 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level in four months, knocked down by a slowdown in hiring. Lynn Franco, the Conference Board's director of economic indicators, blamed "the recent lackluster performance of the labor market." Also weighing on consumers' spirits: Gasoline prices, which tumbled to a nationwide average low of $2.03 a...

  • April 28- The United States and Japan have made "significant progress" on bilateral trade talks and will work towards a "swift" conclusion of a broader agreement on the 12- country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, the two countries said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON— Frustrated that cars recalled for serious safety defects aren't getting fixed quickly enough, the nation's auto safety chief is hosting a gathering of automakers ay to search for solutions. So, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind asked for ideas Tuesday from auto companies and safety advocates on how to boost...

  • Seeking answers on getting recalled cars fixed quickly Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 9:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Frustrated that cars recalled for serious safety defects aren't getting fixed quickly enough, the nation's auto safety chief will host a gathering of automakers Tuesday to search for solutions. In some recalls for problems as serious as air bags that can spew shrapnel into drivers or fuel tanks that can rupture in a rear-end crash, completion...

  • US home prices accelerated in February as sales rise Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices climbed at a faster pace in February than the previous month, driven by higher sales and a limited supply of available houses. The Standard& Poor's/Case-Shiller 20- city home price index rose 5 percent in February from 12 months earlier, S&P said Tuesday. "While slow and steady growth throughout the country may sound like an...

  • CHICAGO— Chicago's transit agency shares in the blame for an accident last year in which a driver fell asleep and crashed a commuter train into a platform and up an escalator at O'Hare airport, federal investigators concluded Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board announced its findings at a meeting in Washington, D.C., and made nationwide safety...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US consumer confidence Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 6:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Conference Board releases its April index on U.S. consumer confidence Tuesday at 10 a.m. Eastern. And gasoline prices, which tumbled to a nationwide average low of $2.03 a gallon in late January, have bounced back up to $2.54 a gallon, according to AAA, possibly dampening the desire and ability of Americans to go shopping. Still, gasoline prices were...

  • MOUNT HOLLY, N.J.— The name of Jenn Tompkins' company sends customers into fits of laughter. In two years, Pennsylvania- based Rent The Chicken has expanded to three other states, plus Toronto. "As a society, we don't really like commitment," Tompkins said while visiting an affiliate in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

  • TOKYO, April 28- Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari played down the prospect of substantial progress in trade talks being announced after a summit meeting between Japan and the United States on Tuesday. President Barack Obama in Washington. Japanese public broadcaster NHK said a joint statement after the meeting would probably refer to "substantial...

  • WILMINGTON, Delaware, April 28- Brazilian oil company Petrobras' $17 billion write-down, announced last week, may have been meant to close the accounting on a sprawling corruption scandal, but could instead provide fresh ammunition for a U.S. class action lawsuit. The case, filed in Manhattan federal court in December by a group of large investors, alleges $98...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for White House talks on Tuesday to showcase newly strengthened defense ties and advance a long-delayed Pacific trade deal as the two allies seek to counter China's rising influence in Asia. A deal between economic power houses Japan and the United States is vital to...

  • WASHINGTON— On a trip to Australia in 2012, Hillary Rodham Clinton lavished praise on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it the "gold standard" in efforts to create open and fair trade. The 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership under negotiation by Obama has divided the Democratic Party, leaving Clinton caught between angry liberal activists...