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  • New York Gov. Cuomo announces new LaGuardia Airport Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 10:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A year after comparing New York's LaGuardia Airport to "some Third World Country," Vice President Joe Biden helped unveil an ambitious plan Monday to rebuild its collection of aging terminals into a modern, unified hub while easing congestion by doubling the space available for planes to operate. "I wish everything I said that was truthful but...

  • ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Rochester, whose fortunes have risen and fallen with the demand for futuristic technologies from former powerhouses like Xerox and Kodak, is looking for its next big breakthrough in the field of integrated photonics, a light science with the potential to transform communications, medicine and national defense. "You've gone from making Brownie...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state's 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees. The 240,000- student University of California becomes the nation's first public...

  • On Wednesday, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced the 10- campus system would pay its employees that much by late 2017, while a New York wage board backed an eventual $15 an hour for the state's 150,000 fast-food workers. Voters in SeaTac, Washington, population 27,875, made their suburban Seattle city the nation's first with a $15-...

  • Defense Department chooses Rochester for photonics center Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 5:02 PM ET

    ROCHESTER, N.Y.— The Department of Defense has picked Rochester as the location for a sought-after manufacturing hub focused on the field of integrated photonics, U.S. The New York Democrat called the project a "game-changer" for Rochester. He compared it to the founding of photography pioneer Kodak in the western New York city more than 100 years ago.

  • Higher minimum-wage proposals gain ground on both coasts Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 12:33 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state's 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees. The 240,000- student University of California becomes the nation's first...

  • Los Angeles County takes step toward $15 minimum wage Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 3:15 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles County is crafting a law to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years, with supporters arguing it will help lift the working poor into the middle class and opponents warning businesses will have to cut back, move out or close down. Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to promote a higher minimum wage during a stop...

  • LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles County on Tuesday became the latest area in the country to take a step toward lifting the minimum wage to $15 an hour after officials were told it would either kill business or help lift bread-winners out of poverty. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to direct county lawyers to draft a proposed law that would gradually increase the base...

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and nervous allies, insisted on Wednesday the landmark agreement was the only alternative to a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East. Obama made his case in a nationally televised news conference responding to critics at home and abroad after...

  • June 26- Mining firm Rio Tinto Ltd has pledged to invest at least $250 million to $300 million in the construction of the underground section of the massive Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in Mongolia this year, Mongolia's prime minister said on Friday. The second phase of construction at the mine is expected to begin this year, Prime Minister Chimed Saikhanbileg...

  • WASHINGTON, June 23- The United States on Tuesday said cyber theft sponsored by the Chinese government was a major problem and stressed the need to keep Asian sea lanes open at annual talks with China. In opening statements at the wide-ranging Strategic and Economic Dialog forum in Washington, both sides expressed a desire for constructive bilateral...

  • In opening statements at the wide-ranging Strategic and Economic Dialogue forum in Washington, China expressed a desire for constructive relations with the United States, and said the two sides could manage their differences- as long as they accommodated each other's core interests. Vice President Joe Biden said China and the United States might not...

  • WASHINGTON, June 16- The White House has secured more than $4 billion to boost clean energy and fight climate change from foundations, institutional investors and philanthropies, doubling a goal set in February, administration officials said. Vice President Joe Biden told a conference on clean energy at the White House on Tuesday that a "staggering" number of...

  • Why this Democrat opposes Obama's trade deal Monday, 11 May 2015 | 9:34 AM ET
    President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the White House South Lawn in Washington, April 28, 2015.

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership does not include a provision that would prevent currency manipulation, Democratic economist Jared Bernstein tells CNBC.

  • *Lynch takes over after protests in Baltimore. *Justice Department is probing use of excessive force. Lynch, 55, takes over as the country's top law enforcement official after a weekend that saw thousands of people in Baltimore take to the streets in mostly peaceful protests over the latest such case.

  • SNL star hosts WH press dinner Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 6:28 AM ET
    SNL star hosts WH press dinner

    CNBC's John Harwood reports highlights from the White House correspondents' dinner.

  • SAO PAULO, March 24- The Obama administration has again invited Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff for a state visit to Washington, a diplomatic breakthrough that both sides hope will lead over time to greater trade between the two biggest economies in the Americas. The dust-up led one former top aide to President Barack Obama to describe Brazil and the United...

  • Wanted: Fresh political faces—NBC/WSJ Poll Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 6:36 PM ET
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush attends a Long Island Association luncheon in Woodbury, N.Y.

    Voters think some candidates represent the past rather than the future, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds.

  • MUNICH, Feb 7- Germany's Angela Merkel said on Saturday that sending arms to help Ukraine fight pro-Russian separatists would not solve the crisis there, drawing sharp rebukes from U.S. politicians who accused Berlin of turning its back on an ally in distress. The heated exchanges at a security conference in Munich pointed to cracks in the transatlantic...

  • Venezuelan oil deal hits Caribbean hard Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 2:13 PM ET
    People line up to pay inside a Makro supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 9, 2015.

    For struggling Caribbean nations dependent on energy subsidies from Venezuela, the crash in oil prices is not welcome news.