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  • Are women overcharged? France probes price of pink Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:43 AM ET

    Now France wants to know why, for some goods and services, women seem to be paying more than men. The activists persuaded the Economy Ministry this month to launch an in-depth study to determine what price differences exist in France, the reasons behind them and which sectors are most affected. A quick look by The Associated Press at haircut prices and store aisles...

  • Missouri senators maintain support for Keystone XL Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri's U.S. senators are maintaining their support for the Keystone XL Pipeline after a vote on the project failed, citing economic benefits of the measure that will likely get another chance in the Senate. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is a Democrat and other members of her party voted in favor of the bill, including Missouri's Sen.

  • Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. He was joined by incoming Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R- Alaska, who...

  • UPDATE 6-Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in U.S. Senate Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 8:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from an expected veto of legislation that several fellow Democrats supported. She has staked her hopes of winning a fourth Senate term on the Keystone gambit. The tally was 59 to 41 on TransCanada Corp's $8 billion project,...

  • UPDATE 5-Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in Senate Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:08 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from having to veto legislation that several fellow Democrats supported. The measure fell just short of the 60 votes needed for passage, despite frantic last-minute lobbying by supporters, including Democratic Senator...

  • Senate blocks NSA phone records measure Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 3:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance. The 58-42 vote was two short of the 60 needed to proceed with debate. The revelation that the spying agency had been collecting and...

  • Professor: Union dues wrongly used for politics Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:05 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— A college professor is challenging the use of her union dues to promote the gubernatorial campaign of Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, adding fuel to a simmering legislative debate over dues deductions from public employees' paychecks. Mary Trometter, an assistant professor of culinary arts at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in...

  • Toxic plume spreading at defense plant, tests show Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:43 PM ET

    Officials revealed this month that the 4.5 mile by 3.5 mile plume of underground contamination in Bethpage is moving deeper than ever. The contamination is emanating from a 600- acre property that was once home to Grumman Aerospace Corp., the U.S. Navy and other associated defense industries. The company says it has spent $120 million and the Navy another $80...

  • Okla. high court finds for American Airlines Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:37 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY— The Oklahoma Supreme Court says American Airlines is entitled to sales tax refunds that could total more than $1 million. A 42- page ruling handed down Tuesday by the court overturns the Oklahoma Tax Commission's denial of the refund and orders the commission to determine exactly how much money is owed to the airline. Fort Worth, Texas- based...

  • Oklahoma court: American entitled to tax refunds Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:09 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY— The Oklahoma Supreme Court says American Airlines is entitled to sales tax refunds that could total more than $1 million. A 42- page ruling handed down Tuesday by the court overturns the Oklahoma Tax Commission's denial of the refund and orders the commission to determine exactly how much money is owed to the airline. Fort Worth, Texas- based...

  • Portugal gets first female interior minister Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    LISBON, Portugal— A female law professor with no political career is Portugal's new head of the police and immigration services, replacing an interior minister who quit the government amid a corruption scandal. Anabela Rodrigues, a former head of Coimbra University's law faculty, was appointed to the government Tuesday. She is the first woman to serve as...

  • NTSB: Gov't aircraft regulations apply to drones Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled Tuesday in a setback to small drone operators chafing under Federal Aviation Administration restrictions. The National Transportation safety Board, which hears appeals of Federal Aviation...

  • In making the decision, the National Transportation Safety Board sent its first case involving an FAA fine against a drone back to an administrative law judge to determine whether the flight in question was "careless or reckless." The FAA is developing specific regulations for such aircraft but has effectively banned their commercial use except when...

  • Parents' standing asserted in Ohio slots challenge Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

    John Kasich's decision to legalize slots-like video lottery terminals and use some proceeds for non-educational purposes, and so should be granted legal standing to sue, according to an anti-gambling group's brief to the Ohio Supreme Court. The lawsuit alleges that Kasich's decision to allow video lottery terminals at the state's seven horse tracks and to...

  • Producer moves to dismiss part of Kesha lawsuit Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— A hit-making music producer has asked a judge to dismiss allegations that he sexually abused pop singer Kesha from a civil lawsuit, court filings show. Attorneys for Lukasz Gottwald, known professionally as Dr. Portions of the deposition were unsealed by a New York judge last month.

  • Regulators cut New England cod quota Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— The maximum amount of cod fish that fishermen can take from the Gulf of Maine will be reduced by 75 percent next year after a Tuesday vote by a federal regulatory council. Regulators said the reduction in quota is necessary to rebuild the struggling fishery, on which Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts fishermen all rely to harvest the popular...

  • Lawmakers discuss Illinois' school funding Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Parents and teachers frustrated with Illinois' school funding formula rallied for action Tuesday at the state Capitol, as House lawmakers opened talks on a bill that aims to even out disparities between districts by pumping more state dollars into poorer ones and giving less to the wealthiest. Republicans largely oppose the bill, while...

  • US Senate rejects Canada-Texas oil pipeline Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The 59-41 Senate vote was one short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure, and marked a severe blow to embattled Sen. The vote was one of the last acts of this Senate controlled...

  • Keystone Pipeline vote on Tuesday Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— On the eve of a showdown, Maine independent Sen. King made his comments as Louisiana Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota, was more cautious.

  • Chemical plant had some environmental violations Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:59 PM ET

    LA PORTE, Texas— State records show dozens of minor or moderate state environmental violations since 2009 at a Houston- area DuPont chemical plant where four people died from toxic fumes over the weekend. The plant, however, which covers 600 acres along the Houston Ship Channel in LaPorte and has operated since 1956, has received a satisfactory rating from the...