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  • WASHINGTON— Justice Antonin Scalia's death deprives conservatives of a key vote that could change the outcome in some major Supreme Court cases, including one in which labor unions appeared headed for a big defeat. Next month's Supreme Court arguments in clashes over contraceptives, religious liberty and President Barack Obama's health care law also now...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York may allow the parents of young children to defer a piece of their state income taxes to help cover the cost of child care. "Child care, next to the mortgage, is the biggest expense we have," said Tom Devaney, a grant writer in the Long Island town of Mineola. Child care in New York costs more than $10,000 a year on average, rivaling the cost of housing as the...

  • Forging a common front and encouraging bolder rhetoric against Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea, however, will be a challenge among the diverse collection of VIP guests, who did not criticize China by name in past joint summit statements as the disputes flared on and off in recent years. Only four of its 10 member states are locked in the disputes with...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- In almost 30 years on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was strident, colorful, and most of all, conservative. That made him an unlikely buddy for fellow justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Scalia, who died at age 79, was appointed to the high court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and built a reputation as one of the nation's most...

  • WASHINGTON— The State Department has released more than 1,000 new pages of Hillary Clinton's emails. It plans to finish making her emails public on Feb. 29, a day before the critical Super Tuesday primaries when multiple states hold nominating contests. The FBI also is examining the security of the home server she maintained for email use while in office.

  • MADISON, W.Va.— The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a commodity that is hard to come by in coal country: hope. For the long-suffering communities that depend on coal, last week's Supreme Court ruling was seen as a rare victory. To Joshua Johnson, 29, the Supreme Court's ruling was as welcome to him as a sunny day in spring in southern West Virginia.

  • Fracking, the drilling technology that has helped make Pennsylvania the nation's No. 2 natural gas producer, has divided the Democratic Party over its geopolitical and economic value when weighed against its real or potential harm to health and the environment. Two years ago, all four Democrats running for Pennsylvania governor opposed a broad moratorium on...

  • Russia's Medvedev: World is in a new 'Cold War' Saturday, 13 Feb 2016 | 9:43 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L) attend a meeting in Moscow in May 2015.

    The world has entered a “new Cold War,” Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday, The Financial Times reports.

  • But a nation not invited— neighboring power China— will be the proverbial elephant in the room as the leaders grapple with sensitive territorial disputes. U.S. officials say the two-day summit at the Sunnylands estate is not directed against China, a strategic rival of the U.S. China says it has a historical right to virtually all of the South China Sea and has...

  • MANILA, Philippines— A summit next week between Southeast Asian leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver any big economic prizes, but will allow the American side to press the advantages of joining a Pacific trade pact that doesn't include China. "We are going to be engaged in Southeast Asia, we're going to be engaged in working with the nations of...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to Feb 27 Friday, 12 Feb 2016 | 7:01 PM ET

    BRUSSELS- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi speaks at the European Parliament- 1400 GMT. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 WASHINGTON- Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Kashkari speaks at Brookings Institution- 1530 GMT. NEWARK- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker speaks on the economic outlook before the 2016 Economic...

  • HAVANA— The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday. Barring other major announcements, it would be the most significant development in U.S.- Cuba trade since Presidents Barack...

  • That's what many ranchers and sympathizers opposing federal control of public lands in the West concluded after the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. But not all condone the tactics of the armed group that drew the nation's gaze to the snowy landscapes of eastern Oregon. State lawmakers, notably in Utah, are considering a legal way to...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- A recent tightening of credit for U.S. companies is threatening to undermine economic growth, making it less likely the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates anytime soon. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said this week it was still too soon for the central bank to change its view that rate hikes are needed, a position supported by a still-robust pace...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation on Friday broadening sanctions to punish North Korea for its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber crimes, and sent the measure to President Barack Obama to sign into law. Lawmakers said they wanted to make Washington's resolve clear to Pyongyang, but also to the...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 12 Feb 2016 | 2:36 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve of New York releases its February survey of manufacturers, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for January, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases housing starts for January, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for January, 9:15 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases...

  • WASHINGTON— Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, offered this year's hopefuls advice about a hard-learned lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. Even as other candidates— most notably Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush— have already disclosed years' worth of private tax returns to dispel questions...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- U.S. consumer spending regained momentum in January as households ramped up purchases of a variety of goods, in a hopeful sign that economic growth was picking up after slowing to a crawl at the end of 2015.. "The markets may have decided that the U.S. is headed for recession, but obviously no one told U.S. consumers," said Paul Ashworth, chief...

  • Oil refiners are required to meet EPA targets for biofuel use. Each year, the EPA is required to set targets for biofuel use. "If EPA is going to use an extraordinary action like a waiver, then at least EPA must remove any structural impediments that prevent penetration of renewable fuels," Alonso said.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation on Friday broadening sanctions against North Korea, sending the measure to President Barack Obama to sign into law. Lawmakers said they wanted to make Washington's resolve clear to Pyongyang, but also to the United Nations and other governments- especially China, North...