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  • Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:45 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President Barack Obama. Mary Landrieu is vying for a fourth term representing Louisiana; Alaska Sen.

  • *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

  • WRAPUP 2-U.S. industry shows some vigor, but housing soft Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:15 AM ET

    *Industrial output up 0.7 in March. WASHINGTON, April 16- U.S. industrial production rose at a faster-than-expected clip in March, the latest sign the economy was gaining momentum.

  • US factory output extended solid gains in March Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January. Manufacturers produced more furniture, clothing, chemicals and aerospace products.

  • US home building up in March after frigid winter Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 8:34 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. Builders started work on 946,000 homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in March, up 2.8 percent from 920,000 in February, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON— US home building up in March, led by 6 percent gain in single-family home construction.

  • AUCKLAND, April 16- Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom holds court while bathing in the pool of a sprawling New Zealand mansion, fist bumping and chatting with some of the 700 guests gathered to celebrate the political party he launched last month to promote Internet freedom.

  • *Tension rises on eve of four-power talks on Ukraine in Geneva. *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism".

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Russia is looking at the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the United States in the World Trade Organisation over sanctions hitting Russian banks, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday, according to Russian news agencies.

  • Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, adding a new dimension to his long-running fight for tighter firearms regulation.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US home construction Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:27 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in March. BUILDER CONFIDENCE: On Tuesday, the National Association of Home Builders reported that builders' confidence rose slightly in April but remained at a low level.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US Industrial Production Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:13 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve issues its March report on U.S. industrial output, which includes factories, mines and utilities. The report will be released at 9:15 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday.

  • Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Jill Biden is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs.

  • *Tension rises on eve of four-power talks on Ukraine in Geneva. *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism".

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, April 16- China rejected on Wednesday a warning from the Obama administration that its currency was too weak, urging the United States to recognise that China aims to "perfect and regulate" the exchange rate system.

  • Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:07 AM ET

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine— The well-armed, Moscow- backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero's welcome.

  • KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 16- Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday after securing control over an airfield from pro-Russian separatist militiamen, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war.

  • House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in November.

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