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  • WASHINGTON— The Treasury Department has placed five countries— China, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Taiwan— on a new monitoring list designed to pressure foreign governments to tackle large trade imbalances with the United States. The action was disclosed in a report to Congress, which did not designate any nation as a currency manipulator.

  • WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt in millions of dollars.

  • NEW YORK, April 29- The U.S. dollar was on track for its biggest weekly percentage decline against the yen since the 2008 financial crisis in the aftermath of the Bank of Japan's decision not to ease policy further, while strong euro zone growth data boosted the euro. The dollar was last down 1.27 percent against the yen at 106.71 yen on Friday, near an 18- month low of...

  • WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for April, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for March, 10 a.m.. BERLIN— Automaker BMW releases first-quarter earnings figures. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases...

  • WASHINGTON— An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana is emitting roughly 2 percent of the ethane detected...

  • The Food and Drug Administration granted the authorization Thursday to the test's developer, Quest Diagnostics, which said it would make it widely available to doctors for patient testing. Eventually the test could be expanded to several dozen other Quest laboratories throughout the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. Zika has become epidemic in Latin America and the...

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    Fast-casual restaurants are popping up across the country. But they face an obstacle that has nothing to do with the food, Racked reports.

  • WASHINGTON— A federal appeals court has once again ruled that Congress can't give Amtrak power to impose rail standards on other private railroads. The Supreme Court sent the case back, telling the lower court to consider that Amtrak was created by Congress with heavy government oversight and public subsidies. "There are limits to how far Congress may go to...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background check system. Smart guns use various technologies to prevent an accidental...

  • The University of Michigan said Friday that its index of consumer sentiment slid to 89 in April from 91 in March. Richard Curtin, chief economist of the Michigan surveys, said consumers may have been troubled this month "by growing uncertainty about the economic policies advocated by various presidential candidates." AAA says the average U.S. price of a gallon of...

  • A panel of FDA advisers meets next week to review risk-management plans put in place nearly four years ago to reduce misuse and abuse of long-acting painkillers, powerful opioid drugs at the center of a national wave of abuse and death. However, many experts— including a previous panel of FDA advisers— said those measures don't go far enough and that physician...

  • WASHINGTON— Employment costs paid to U.S. civilian workers rose at a slightly faster pace in the first three months of the year compared to the previous quarter, as wages and salaries gained steam. The Labor Department says overall compensation was up 0.6 percent in the first quarter compared to a 0.5 percent rise in the final three months of 2015..

  • WASHINGTON— US consumer spending up tiny 0.1 percent in March, while incomes post solid 0.4 percent gain.

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. consumers boosted their spending by a tiny amount in March as purchases of nondurable goods such as clothing offset a big fall in spending on autos and other long-lasting items. Spending edged up 0.1 percent last month after a 0.2 percent rise in February, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Incomes rose a solid 0.4 percent.

  • WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on consumer spending and personal incomes for March. The report will be issued at 8:30 a.m. EDT Friday. SPENDING SLOW: The expectation is that spending rose by a slight 0.2 percent in March, according to a survey of economists by data firm FactSet.

  • PHOENIX— A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box. It's also insulated really well, "said Patrick Tupas, who is in the Air Force and along with his wife signed a one-year lease for $1,000 a month. Housing and retail projects using the containers have popped up in recent years in Las...

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 28- Iran asked U.N. chief Ban Ki- moon on Thursday to convince the United States to stop violating state immunity after the top U.S. court ruled that $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be paid to American victims of attacks blamed on Tehran. Zarif's appeal comes amid increasing Iranian frustration at what they say is the failure of the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is proposing a rule that would prohibit federal agencies from asking certain job applicants questions about criminal and credit history until a conditional offer of employment has been made. Beth Cobert, the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, told reporters in a conference call that the rule being...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Mexico, clearing the way for the first woman to hold what is considered to be one of the country's most important diplomatic posts. Roberta Jacobson was confirmed by voice vote nine months after her nomination. Marco Rubio, R- Fla., had been blocking her...

  • WASHINGTON— Eight former secretaries of defense are pushing congressional leaders to back one of President Barack Obama's top priorities and pass a free trade agreement they say is fundamental to national security. The bipartisan group has penned a letter stating that the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will strengthen alliances with regional...