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  • Senate roll call vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:49 PM ET

    The 62-36 roll call Thursday by which the Senate passed a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. Baldwin, Wis.; Blumenthal, Conn.; Booker, N.J.; Boxer, Calif.; Brown, Ohio; Cantwell, Wash.; Cardin, Md.; Coons, Del.; Durbin, Ill.; Feinstein, Calif.; Franken, Minn.; Gillibrand, N.Y.; Heinrich, N.M.; Hirono, Hawaii; Kaine, Va.; Klobuchar, Minn.; Leahy, Vt.; Markey, Mass.; Menendez, N.J.;...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 29- A U.S. judge on Thursday said it was "very difficult" to decide whether drivers for smartphone-enabled car service Lyft are employees or independent contractors, but that California law appears to favor the drivers. Lyft and larger rival Uber face separate lawsuits seeking class action status in San Francisco federal court, brought on...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- Republicans in the U.S. Senate made good on a pledge to pass the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House said President Barack Obama would veto. Approving Keystone has been the top priority of Republicans in the new Congress after they won control of the Senate in November. While the project would create...

  • FTC settles case against 'revenge porn' site operator Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 3:44 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Colorado man accused of operating a "revenge porn" website has settled with federal regulators who said he broke the law by posting nude pictures of women without their consent or knowledge. The FTC says Craig Brittain of Colorado Springs, Colo., ran the website isanybodydown.com, which is no longer operational. The FTC says Brittain advertised a...

  • WASHINGTON— Key U.S. senators said they want more oversight of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the federal government's development finance agency that was the subject of an Associated Press investigation earlier this week into a failed $217 million energy project in western Africa marked by insider connections and questionable due...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House said President Barack Obama would veto. Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority of the new Congress after winning control of the Senate in November. The Senate will vote after 2:30 p.m. EST on...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House has said President Barack Obama would veto. Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority of the new Congress after winning control of the Senate in November's elections, but they are four votes shy...

  • Senate panel approves Iran sanctions bill Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 11:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A bill that would levy tough new sanctions on Iran if it fails to sign an agreement to curb its nuclear program cleared a Senate committee on Thursday. Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee voted 18-4 to pass the bill aimed at ramping up economic pressure on Iran starting in July if it doesn't ink...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to keep the state's compromise Medicaid expansion for another year and create a task force to look at alternatives for the hundreds of thousands of people receiving coverage through the first-in-the-nation initiative. Crafted two years ago as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal...

  • Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and marked the first time the Senate...

  • WASHINGTON— Applications for US unemployment aid plummet to nearly 15- year low as companies cut fewer jobs.

  • UPDATE 3-Deutsche Bank's legal headaches drag into 2015 Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:03 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 29- Legal costs will weigh down Deutsche Bank's results well into 2015, Germany's biggest bank said on Thursday, as global investigations into cases such as the alleged manipulation of interest rate and currency benchmarks drag on. Deutsche Bank, which had originally hoped to clear its decks of legal problems in 2014, postponed a big litigation...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— Police departments in New Jersey might have new rules to follow before acquiring military surplus equipment from the federal government. Police use of military equipment, acquired through a program within the Pentagon, drew criticism after police in Missouri used it to quell protests. Police departments in New Jersey have received more than $50...

  • ATHENS, Greece— The first European official to visit Greece since the country elected a new left-wing government said Thursday that he expects clashes over how to lighten the country's bailout— not rash actions from Athens. European Parliament president Martin Schulz said he had concluded after discussions with 40- year-old Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras...

  • Backers see a changing landscape that includes a Congress controlled by Republicans generally viewed as more receptive to oil exports, and some signs the Obama administration will consider modifications to the longstanding policy that bans exports of raw crude. The ban is a relic of the 1970 s, after an OPEC oil embargo led to fuel rationing, high prices and...

  • Ducey explains decision to stop citing Uber, Lyft drivers Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 12:44 AM ET

    Doug Ducey on Thursday said he stopped state regulators from citing drivers for rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft because the policy wasn't working and was hampering job creation. It comes as the Legislature works on a deal allowing the new and growing ridesharing industry to operate legally while protecting consumers. The Legislature passed a bill...

  • The legislation kicks off a likely battle this year between the Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, Jeb Hensarling, one of the bank's strongest critics, and moderate Republicans, Democrats and business groups determined to keep Ex-Im open. A bill introduced by Tennessee lawmaker Stephen Fincher and 57 fellow Republicans would give the...

  • The legislation kicks off what is likely to be a battle this year between the Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, Jeb Hensarling, one of the bank's strongest critics, and moderate Republicans, Democrats and business groups determined to keep Ex-Im open. A bill introduced by Tennessee lawmaker Stephen Fincher and 57 fellow Republicans would...

  • WILMINGTON, Del.— A federal judge in Delaware approved $20 million in new bankruptcy financing Wednesday for Trump Entertainment Resorts from billionaire investor Carl Icahn as the company continues to work to keep the struggling Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, open. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross approved the debtor-in-possession financing...

  • NEW YORK— A Connecticut woman's claims that media outlets libeled her by refusing to delete stories about her arrest after charges were dismissed were rejected by a federal appeals court Wednesday. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan pertained to the August 2010 arrest of Lorraine Martin. In an opinion written by Judge Richard...