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  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast. Snow was forecast to keep falling into early Wednesday in eastern New England, possibly...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- An employee of a U.S. spy agency has confessed to operating a small drone that crashed on the grounds of the White House, the agency said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of incidents that raised questions about the president's security. A spokesman for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency said that an off-duty employee had told the U.S.

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding, but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast. Snow was forecast to keep falling into early Wednesday in eastern New England, possibly...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. regulators have given the go-ahead for Argentina's biofuel makers to qualify for U.S. biofuel credits, potentially making it more attractive for South American exporters to sell into the U.S. market and potentially pressuring local prices. In a statement on Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency said it has approved a request from...

  • President Barack Obama met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday to pay respects to the late King Abdullah and bolster a relationship that now stretches well beyond oil interests to security cooperation across the volatile Gulf Arab region. Saudi Arabia, the Middle East's top Sunni power, has been anxious over the possibility that the talks would lead to...

  • NEW YORK— New York City lost about $200 million in economic activity in the fizzled snow storm and decision to shut down the transit system, but it wasn't a crippling loss, according to a preliminary estimate from Moody's Analytics. Evan Gold, senior vice president for Planalytics, a firm that advises companies on weather issues, estimated the economic losses for...

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it had signed up or automatically enrolled more than 7.1 million people on its HealthCare.gov website through Jan. 16. That data is through Jan. 18 for California and through Jan. 17 for the District and the other states. "The vast majority are able to lower their costs even further by getting tax credits," U.S....

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A U.S. blizzard swept past New York City and struck hardest at some 4.5 million people around Boston, dropping nearly three feet of snow in areas and triggering high tides that breached a seawall and forced residents to flee their coastal homes. The snow was forecast to continue into early Wednesday morning in eastern New England, which...

  • Figures on government spending and debt Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 4:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • The FAA said that United twice improperly accepted hazardous material for air shipments. The FAA said the violations were found during 2013 inspections in Boston, San Francisco, Denver and Chicago. He said United was reviewing a letter from the FAA and would cooperate with the agency.

  • American Express plans to start operations in Cuba Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 3:17 PM ET

    Jan 27- American Express Co said it would launch operations in Cuba following President Barack Obama's decision this month to ease sanctions against the communist-ruled island. MasterCard Inc said last week it would allow its cards issued in the United States to be used in Cuba from March 1 as Washington eases restrictions on travel, trade and financial...

  • OTTAWA, Jan 27- If Canada's opposition Liberals win the election set for this October they would be able to boost spending on their priorities without necessarily running a budget deficit, party leader Justin Trudeau told Reuters on Tuesday. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives, who have been in power since early 2006, portray management of the...

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that it had signed up or automatically enrolled more than 7.1 million people on its HealthCare.gov website through Jan. 16. That data is through Jan. 18 for California and through Jan. 17 for the District and the other states. While setting the 9.1 million enrollee target last year, U.S. Health and Human Services...

  • WASHINGTON— Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year. The Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday that, through the middle of January, more than 7.1 million people had signed up in 37...

  • WASHINGTON— Oppenheimer& Co. is paying $20 million in civil settlements with U.S. regulators who accused the investment firm of improper sales of penny stocks and inadequate controls against money laundering. The investment firm agreed to pay $10 million and is admitting wrongdoing in its settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission announced...

  • In a regulatory filing on Friday, BNY Mellon said that U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff had notified it that they would recommend the SEC charge the bank over alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. BNY Mellon said the so-called Wells notice came after SEC staff provided a similar notice in the third quarter of 2014 to some current...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, closing schools, cancelling thousands of flights and leaving residents in the hardest-hit parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut digging out as much as 2 feet of snow, though New York City was spared the storm's brunt. The governors of New York and New Jersey lifted travel...

  • Business events scheduled for Wednesday Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 1:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve policymakers meet to set interest rates and release statement, 2 p.m.. Anthem Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens. The Boeing Co. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- A gauge of U.S. business investment plans fell for a fourth straight month in December, a potential sign that slowing global growth and falling oil prices were weighing on the economy. "The drop in will weigh on growth, though stronger consumer spending should keep GDP from slowing too much," said Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial in New...

  • A major effort a decade ago by the federal government to check a rise in violent pipeline failures in "high-consequence" areas where people are more likely to be hurt or buildings destroyed has resulted in a slight leveling off of such incidents, but no decline, the National Transportation Safety Board said. A steady increase in pipeline explosions and fires in...