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  • WASHINGTON, April 13- The U.S. Congress must allow Puerto Rico to erase a share of its debt or investors will face a long, uncertain fight to recover their money from the cash-strapped island, a U.S. Republicans who control Congress outlined a plan this week to help Puerto Rico write off billions of dollars in debt if an agreement with creditors is out of reach.

  • *Eight of 10 sectors finish negative, as rally fades late. April 11- Wall Street closed slightly lower on Monday, with gains in materials and banks countered by declines in consumer staples shares, as investors girded for the start of an earnings season expected to be gloomy. "This is just all jitters and anticipation of the beginning of earnings season," said...

  • File photo of a tornado in Milsap, Texas.

    Texas and Oklahoma were bracing Monday for a second round of severe storms and hail the size of tennis balls, reports NBC News.

  • South Carolina officials say the individuals earned a total of more than $2.2 million between 2011 and 2014.

  • April 6- Eleven Boeing Co employees have been arrested in South Carolina for allegedly attempting to evade state income taxes, and the state's revenue department said more arrests were likely. The individuals collectively earned more than $2.2 million between 2011 and 2014, and evaded paying $99,729 in individual income taxes, the South Carolina...

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- Congress will soon decide whether to shield cash-strapped Puerto Rico from investor lawsuits while the island maps a plan to resolve its financial crisis- an intervention that could divide some lawmakers and creditors. Republican leaders who control Congress are due within days to outline a Puerto Rico rescue plan that would...

  • TOKYO/ WASHINGTON, March 24- South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has written to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz demanding a shipment of weapons-grade plutonium en route to her state from Japan be turned back or sent elsewhere, according to a copy of the letter seen by Reuters. The ship loaded with weapons-grade plutonium left Japan for a Department of Energy...

  • TOKYO/ WASHINGTON, March 24- South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has written to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz demanding a shipment of weapons-grade plutonium en route to her state from Japan be turned back or sent elsewhere, according to a copy of the letter seen by Reuters. The ship loaded with weapons-grade plutonium left Japan for a Department of Energy...

  • March 23- Respironics Inc has agreed to pay $34.8 million to settle U.S. Department of Justice claims that it provided kickbacks in the form of free call center services to suppliers, to induce them to buy its masks for patients suffering from sleep apnea. Gibran Ameer, a South Carolina pharmacist who worked for medical equipment suppliers that bought the masks.

  • WASHINGTON, March 23- Former candidate Jeb Bush endorsed Ted Cruz for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, saying the U.S. senator from Texas represents the party's best chance of winning the White House. In a statement, the former Florida governor called Cruz a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated an ability to appeal to...

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Winner Aviation in Youngstown, Ohio March 14, 2016.

    Trump wins the open primaries twice as often as the closed ones.

  • TOKYO, March 22- A ship loaded with weapons-grade plutonium left Japan for the United States on Tuesday in what is the largest such shipment of the highly dangerous material since 1992, the environmental group Greenpeace said. The 331 kg of plutonium, enough to make about 50 nuclear weapons, was taken from a nuclear research center in the port town of Tokai Mura,...

  • TOKYO, March 18- Japan will load weapons-grade plutonium onto a ship as early as this weekend to send to the United States, in what will be largest such shipment of the highly dangerous material since 1992, Greenpeace said on Friday. The shipment of 331 kilograms of plutonium, enough to make about 50 nuclear weapons, will be loaded in Tokai Mura northeast of Tokyo...

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Winner Aviation in Youngstown, Ohio March 14, 2016.

    Trump wins the open primaries twice as often as the closed ones.

  • The proposal would have opened up drilling sites more than 50 miles off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia to oil drilling by 2021.. Coastal communities in these states protested the administration's plan, fearing the possibility of an oil spill like the BP Horizon accident in 2010 on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and its effects on tourism and their economies.

  • The proposal would have opened up drilling sites more than 50 miles off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia to oil drilling by 2021.. Coastal communities in these states protested the administration's plan, fearing the possibility of an oil spill like the BP Horizon accident in 2010 on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and its effects on tourism and their economies.

  • WASHINGTON, March 15- The Obama administration will not open up the southeastern Atlantic coast to drilling due to record-low oil prices and strong local opposition, it said on Tuesday. The proposal would have opened up drilling sites more than 50 miles off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia to oil drilling by 2021.. Coastal communities in these...

  • NEW YORK, March 11- Investors who have pushed the U.S. stock market higher over the past month will be taking their cues about the pace of future interest-rate hikes next week from the Federal Reserve. "It's going to be a session with parsing individual words in the statement about how likely the market believes the Fed is to move, how quickly they are going to move for...

  • Home bakers fight 'cookie ban'

    CNBC's Kate Rogers reports small business owners in Wisconsin are fighting the state's baking lobby. One baker Lisa Kivirist, owner of Inn Serendipity B&B, could land in jail for up to six months if she charges for her muffins and cookies not made in a licensed commercial kitchen.

  • WILMINGTON, Del., March 7- HomeTown Buffet Inc and affiliated dining chains owned by Ovation Brands Inc filed on Monday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to court documents, potentially affecting more than 300 U.S. locations. The chains listed assets worth up to $50 million and liabilities of up to $100 million, according to documents filed in the U.S....