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  • WASHINGTON, May 4- The World Bank indirectly invests part of its $18.8 billion staff pension fund in companies in industries such as coal and tobacco, holdings that clash with the development institution's own calls for ethical and low-carbon investing. In an internal post to staff seen by Reuters, the World Bank's treasurer said around 40 percent of the fund's...

  • Google embeds engineers as professors Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 12:12 PM ET

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course. In ongoing efforts to diversify Silicon Valley's tech sector, Google is embedding engineers at a handful of Historically Black Colleges and Universities where they teach, mentor and advise...

  • WASHINGTON— Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner says Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to back trade legislation that President Barack Obama wants— and help get Democrats on board. Boehner says Republican votes alone aren't enough to give Obama the negotiating authority to complete an Asia-Pacific trade deal. He tells NBC's "Meet the Press"...

  • Some make nothing at all when Congress is in recess. Members of the House and Senate collect their $174,000 annual salaries whether Congress is making laws, taking a break or causing a partial government shutdown. "This is the most important building in the world," said Sontia Bailey, who works the cash register and stocks the shelves at the "Refectory" takeout on the...

  • SPOKANE, Wash.— Federal investigators say a leaking oil train that hauled crude oil from North Dakota to Washington in January had tank cars with faulty valves, which also are installed on thousands of tank cars nationwide. The Federal Railroad Administration investigated the 100- car BNSF train because it had to have 14 cars with slow leaks removed after...

  • Police in Portland, Oregon, say an initially peaceful May Day demonstration turned violent Friday evening as a splinter group hurled chairs and other objects at officers. The Burnside Bridge over the Willamette River was closed for about a half-hour during the height of the evening commute when protesters tried to force their way across.

  • Canada has promised to "harmonize" its regulations with the United States. The decision has angered the North American rail industry, but Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said his department believes it will stand up to any legal challenge. The Association of American Railroads, which has lawyers studying the rule, slammed the government for basing its...

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- The United States and Canada have a 400- page plan to control oil train dangers that walks a thin line: promote safety without stifling a business that has spurred domestic oil production. As with many such contentious issues, calls by regulators to retrofit oil tank cars, reduce speeds and require new braking systems in the continent's...

  • Figures on government spending and debt Friday, 1 May 2015 | 4:06 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • WASHINGTON— International aviation officials are trying to quickly come up with safer packaging for cargo shipments of lithium-ion batteries on passenger planes after U.S. testing confirmed that aircraft fire suppression systems can't prevent overheated batteries from causing powerful explosions and fires. The hazardous cargo committee of the...

  • Judge Susan Braden of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington said the flooding was, in effect, a "taking" of property under the Fifth Amendment, for which the plaintiffs must be compensated. Friday's ruling came in an October 2005 lawsuit filed by the government of St. Bernard Parish— adjacent to New Orleans— and several property owners. "It's great news for St....

  • NEW YORK, May 1- The dollar touched a two-week high against the yen on Friday and rose from a two-month low versus a basket of major currencies, supported by signs that the U.S. economy may be stabilizing after a recent soft patch. Volumes was thin, with most of Europe shut for the May Day holiday. "The numbers were mixed and while there has been some improvement in the...

  • WASHINGTON— Construction workers in confined spaces like manholes and tanks will come under a new federal rule intended to give them similar protections to workers in manufacturing and other industries. The rule is being issued by the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Manholes, crawl spaces, tanks and other confined...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 1 May 2015 | 1:20 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for March, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases first-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m..

  • NEW YORK, May 1- The dollar touched a two-week high against the yen on Friday and rose from a two-month low versus a basket of major currencies, supported by signs that the U.S. economy may be stabilizing after a recent soft patch. "I don't think these numbers change the narrative for the dollar and we expect the dollar to trade in a range pretty soon," said John Doyle,...

  • Police say black-clad May Day marchers hurled wrenches and rocks at officers and hit police with sticks as a Friday evening march through a Seattle neighborhood turned violent, injuring three officers. That brought the day's Seattle demonstration arrest total to four. Hundreds of people earlier joined in May Day marches in Seattle and Yakima, Washington, in...

  • WASHINGTON— House Republicans Friday passed the second of 12 spending bills for the upcoming budget year, a $35 billion measure funding the Energy Department and popular water projects constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers. The measure includes a big boost to modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal and also contains money that would keep the Yucca Mountain...

  • US, Canada unveil rules to boost oil train safety Friday, 1 May 2015 | 10:30 AM ET

    The regulations are a long-awaited response to a series of fiery train crashes in the U.S. and Canada, including four so far this year. The most serious accident occurred in July 2013, when a runaway oil train derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, just across the border from Maine, killing 47 people and destroying most of the town's central business district.

  • WASHINGTON— Optimism about the job market lifted U.S. consumer sentiment in April to its second-highest level since 2007.. The University of Michigan's sentiment index rose to 95.9 from 93 in March. Richard Curtin, chief economist of the Michigan survey, attributed the April increase to optimism over consistently low inflation and low interest rates and...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. factories expanded in April at the same pace as in March, but manufacturers are starting to curtail hiring in a possible sign of weakness. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Friday that its manufacturing index was unchanged at 51.5. The drag from the since-resolved West Coast ports disruption...