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  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • Ted Cruz of Texas told an influential anti-tax group Friday that he opposes Common Core education standards, a day after potential GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush endorsed the program. Cruz described Common Core as "national standards being dictated from Washington" during an appearance at the Club for Growth's annual winter meeting. Cruz and Bush are among...

  • Pence: 'Dramatically increase' defense spending Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 9:49 PM ET

    OXON HILL, Md.— Indiana Gov. The Republican state executive, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, told conservatives that the next race for the White House would likely center on foreign policy for the first time in more than three decades. "With everything happening in the world, it is imperative, my fellow conservatives, that conservatives again embrace...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 27- Negotiations to settle the largest U.S. refinery strike are set to resume on March 4, the union and lead oil company negotiator said on Friday, the 27th day of the work stoppage. Talks between Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and the United Steelworkers union broke off on Feb. 20 after refinery owners balked at a settlement.

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 27- The leader of a truth commission investigating abuses during Brazil's 1964-85 military dictatorship lambasted German automaker Volkswagen AG at a hearing on Friday for providing what he called "unsatisfactory" testimony regarding its alleged ties with the regime. In a contentious, nearly three hour-long session, Sao Paulo state...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 27- Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil after police began fining and arresting protesters, though strike organizers said they had no plans to end their stoppage now in its 10th day. Brazil is the world's No. 2 soy producer and a top global supplier. Silos at Paranagua, Brazil's second-largest soy export port, now...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 27- Brazil's Braskem SA, Latin America's largest petrochemical company, said on Friday it had agreed to a revised naphtha supply contract with shareholder Petrobras, staving off a threatened shutdown of its Brazilian plants. The contract with Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as Petrobras is formally known, extends the supply agreement until Aug. 31,...

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 27- After two days of negotiations, Mexico and Brazil have still not reached an agreement on an auto pact and will continue discussions in the second week of March, the Mexican government said on Friday. The accord, signed in 2012, limits the export of vehicles from Mexico to Brazil. While sources have told Reuters that Brazil wants to extend the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 27- Google Inc submitted plans on Friday for a vastly expanded headquarters at the Silicon Valley city where the tech giant is based, presenting a bucolic vision of movable structures to be built under curving and translucent canopies. The new headquarters would give the Internet company the room for an additional 10,000 employees, compared...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 27- Brazil's embattled state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Friday that the director of its corporate-services division will take a 90- day leave of absence for health reasons. Dutra, a former Brazilian Senator, served as Petrobras' chief executive officer for two and a half years from 2002 to 2005 and president of Brazil's...

  • NEW YORK— A judge has ordered a prominent Texas businessman and his brother's estate to pay $299 million after a federal jury New in York found they engaged in a massive fraud to evade taxes. District Judge Shira Scheindlin issued a final order Thursday in the Securities and Exchange Commission's suit against Sam Wyly and the late Charles Wyly.

  • *Opposition plan march in Moscow on Sunday. MOSCOW, Feb 28- Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister who was an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead metres from the Kremlin in central Moscow late on Friday. Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back, the Interior Ministry said.

  • WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen met Friday with a group of conservative activists who are unhappy with the way the central bank is conducting its interest-rate policies. Yellen rejected the GOP criticism as unfounded. Representatives of the Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute also participated in the meeting.

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Feb 27- Puerto Rico's Doral Bank has failed and a local rival will take over its operations, authorities said on Friday after accidentally releasing the information early and sending shares down 46 percent before trading was halted. The FDIC announced on Friday that the bank had been closed and its banking operations and deposits will be...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 27- Chicago drew closer to a fiscal free fall on Friday with a rating downgrade from Moody's Investors Service that could trigger the immediate termination of four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about $58 million and raising the prospect of more broken swaps contracts. "This is an unfortunate wake-up call for anyone still asleep...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's heavily indebted public power company is asking creditors for more time to present its restructuring plan. The Electric Energy Authority owes more than $9 billion and is still negotiating with creditors. The announcement comes as Puerto Rico seeks to have its public corporations given protection under the federal...

  • Judge sets date to hear Medicaid plan lawsuit Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:04 PM ET

    PHOENIX— A judge will hear arguments July 10 on whether the main funding source for Arizona's Medicaid expansion was legally enacted. Jan Brewer's Medicaid plan a severe blow by allowing a lawsuit challenging the plan to proceed. Republicans who control the Legislature argue the assessment in the 2013 law expanding Medicaid to about 300,000 poor Arizonans...

  • Final Glance: Drug Benefits companies Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top drug benefits companies were mixed at the close of trading:. CVS Health Corp. fell$. 30 or. 3 percent, to $103.87. Express Scripts Holding Co. rose$. 25 or. 3 percent, to $84.79.

  • Final Glance: Silver companies Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 10 or 1.0 percent, to $9.68. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 04 or. 8 percent, to $5.26. Silver Wheaton rose$. 15 or. 7 percent, to $21.59.

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest volume decreases Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    American Independence Corp.: Approximately shares changed hands, a 99.4 decrease from its 65- day average volume. American River Bankshares: Approximately 300 shares changed hands, a 98.4 decrease from its 65- day average volume. The shares fell$. 01 or. 1 percent to $9.56.