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  • Daniel Roderick, president and CEO of Toshiba- backed Westinghouse Electric Co, said a commitment by India to "channel" immediate costs arising from any nuclear accident to the plant operator marked an important step forward. But he said he was looking for more detail on a nuclear liability insurance pool that India has proposed that would involve a state...

  • OMAHA, Neb.— Norfolk Southern Corp. reported its profit was little changed in the fourth quarter from a year ago because the railroad's coal revenue fell 15 percent on weak demand from utilities and export markets. Coal shipments are likely to remain weak throughout 2015, and the current low crude oil prices will limit Norfolk Southern's revenue because many...

  • HAVANA— Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access. Home Internet connections are banned for all but a handful of Cubans, and the...

  • *China pushing for greater recognition of yuan. LONDON/ WASHINGTON, Jan 26- China is expected to make another push for the inclusion of the yuan in the International Monetary Fund's in-house currency basket in a review later this year- and this time round its G20 partners may be willing to listen. One Asian G20 source said it would be welcomed by those like South...

  • Most were to or from cities in the storm's path, from Washington through New York to Boston. Most major U.S. carriers said they would allow passengers ticketed to, from or through the Northeast through Tuesday or Wednesday to change their plans without getting hit by a reservation-changing fee, typically $200. When weather causes delays, airlines have no legal...

  • Drone crashes at White House; hobbyist says it's his Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 4:51 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said the man had been interviewed by Secret Service agents and was cooperating with the investigation.

  • To avoid being called a party to the conflict, as Ukraine and the West see it, Russia is pushing the Ukrainian government to speak directly to the rebels. "is not even an army, it's a foreign legion, in this case a NATO foreign legion," Putin said, adding that it's serving the goal of "the geopolitical containment of Russia, which absolutely don't coincide with the...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 26- The Russian rouble fell sharply on opening on Monday, following a weekend of violence in eastern Ukraine and threats of further Western sanctions against Russia. President Vladimir Putin blamed "criminal orders" by Ukrainian leaders on Friday for a surge in fighting in east Ukraine, and Russian-backed separatists struck a bellicose tone in...

  • Unmanned drones could play key roles in food supply Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Steven Edgar, president and CEO of ADAVSO, says his Idaho- based business will use a...

  • WASHINGTON— Rand Paul is demonstrating how he could disrupt the Republican presidential field if he seeks the nomination, sparring with potential rivals over Iran, Cuba and the Pentagon's budget in a face-to-face forum that offered an early preview of the feisty policy debate to come. The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators Ted Cruz of...

  • WASHINGTON— Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. Waze, which Google purchased for $966 million in 2013, is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking. They are seeking support among other law enforcement trade groups to pressure Google to...

  • Survey: Firms optimistic on hiring, wages in Q1 Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Rising sales helped boost hiring at U.S. businesses in the last three months of 2014, and companies are optimistic that continued improvement in business conditions will bring increased employment and wages in the current quarter, a new survey shows. And many businesses expect the steep drop in oil prices in recent months to have a positive impact...

  • CHICAGO— With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy. Some parents insist that medical marijuana has cured their kids'...

  • President Barack Obama unveiled a plan centred on insurance on Sunday that they hope will convince U.S. companies to build nuclear power stations in India, but stopped short of demands to soften a liability law. "The India nuclear insurance pool is a risk transfer mechanism which is being formed by GIC Re and four other public sector undertakings in the general...

  • *United States sees India as counterweight to China. NEW DELHI, Jan 25- In a glow of bonhomie, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled plans to unlock billions of dollars in nuclear trade and to deepen defence ties, steps they hope will establish an enduring strategic partnership.

  • Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 12:21 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. "They've decided that today was the day that they...

  • CIVIL NUCLEAR India and the United States struck a deal that could open the door for U.S. companies to build nuclear reactors in India by promising insurance cover to U.S. companies that had shied away from an Indian law placing liability on suppliers in case of an accident. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertiveness in the region has already aligned India...

  • President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a breakthrough on nuclear trade on Sunday, a step that both sides hope will help establish an enduring strategic partnership. Signaling his determination to take ties to a higher level, Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug Obama as he landed in New Delhi earlier in the day.

  • When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Steven Edgar, president and CEO of ADAVSO, says his Idaho- based business will use a...

  • They ironed out differences over the liability of suppliers to India in the event of a nuclear accident and the United States dropped a demand to be able to track the whereabouts of material supplied to the country, TV news networks said. The White House declined to comment on the reports and the spokesman for India's Ministry of External Affairs said only "we...