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  • WASHINGTON— Consumers are getting the word that taxpayer-subsidized health plans are widely available for next year for no monthly premium or little cost, and marketing companies say they're starting to see an impact on sign-ups. More consumers also are finding plans for under $25 a month. It's another twist in a year in which the Obama health law has managed to...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— The nation's largest electric company agreed Monday to seek a smaller rate increase on more than a million North Carolina customers, with a smaller potential profit margin, but still wants nearly $200 million a year to clean up the toxic byproducts of burning coal. Duke Energy Corp. and consumer advocates working for the North Carolina Utilities...

  • BOSTON— The board overseeing the nation's fifth-largest transit agency has approved a $723 million overhaul of its fare collection system that will phase-out the CharlieCard and allow riders to board trains, trolleys and buses with the tap of a credit card or smartphone. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority awarded a 13- year contract to San...

  • WASHINGTON— The White House has sent Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request that's already under attack from lawmakers from hurricane-hit regions as way too small. The request issued Friday, President Donald Trump's third since hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria slammed the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, would bring the total appropriated for disaster...

  • Senate staffers must make their bill comply with procedural rules allowing it to be approved by a simple majority of 51 votes. TUESDAY, NOV. 28: Senate reconvenes after a week-long holiday break. THURSDAY, NOV. 30: Possible, although far from certain, final Senate vote on tax bill.

  • DETROIT— A new report on recalls of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators shows that automakers have replaced only 43 percent of the faulty parts even though recalls have been under way for more than 15 years. The slow completion rate comes even though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began coordinating the recalls and phasing them...

  • They were sold at Dollar Mania stores in Bossier City and Shreveport, Louisiana from August 2015 through December 2016. INCIDENTS: One report of a self-balancing scooter/hoverboard catching fire in Louisiana in 2017 resulting in approximately $40,000 of property damage to a consumer's home. FOR MORE: Call Dollar Mania at 844-333-4457 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— The director of Puerto Rico's power company resigned on Friday amid ongoing blackouts and scrutiny of a contract awarded to a small Montana- based company to help rebuild the electric grid destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority said Ricardo Ramos presented his letter of resignation to the company's board...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- U.S. homebuilding jumped to a one-year high in October as disruptions caused by recent hurricanes in the South faded and communities in the region started replacing houses damaged by flooding. The sharp rebound in home construction reported by the Commerce Department on Friday was also driven by robust gains in the Northeast and Midwest...

  • WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates fell to record lows in Idaho and Tennessee in September, and dropped in 9 other states. The Labor Department's report on state unemployment, released Friday, also showed the extent of Hurricane Irma's damage in Florida, which lost 127,400 jobs that month, or about 1.5 percent of the state's total jobs. The jobless rate dropped to 2.8...

  • Ivanka Trump is pictured during the Woman 20 Summit in Berlin, Germany.

    Broker who spearheaded sale of a Trump-branded project did business with a money launderer for Colombian drug cartels and two criminals from former Soviet Union.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- U.S. homebuilding jumped to a one-year high in October likely as disruptions caused by recent hurricanes in the South faded and communities in the region started replacing houses damaged by flooding. The sharp rebound in home construction reported by the Commerce Department on Friday could ease concerns about the housing market, which has...

  • PANAMA CITY/ TORONTO, Nov 17- In the spring of 2007, a succession of foreigners, many from Russia, arrived at Panama City airport to be greeted by a chauffeur who whisked them off in a white Cadillac with a Donald Trump logo on the side. "Mr Nogueira was an outgoing and lively young man," remembered Justine Pasek, who was crowned Miss Universe by Donald Trump in 2002 and was...

  • Nov 17- Ever since its dictator, Manuel Noriega, was captured by U.S. troops in 1989 and jailed for 30 years for drug trafficking, racketeering and money laundering, Panama has struggled to live down its reputation as a financial haven for the profits of crime. The arrival of the globally recognized Trump brand, first with the staging of Miss Universe in 2003 and...

  • The Republican-led FCC voted 3-2 to eliminate the 42- year-old ban on cross-ownership of a newspaper and TV station in a major market. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai defended the rule change, saying it was "utter nonsense" that rules banning cross ownership of a newspaper and broadcast station were still in place after massive changes in media over the last four decades.

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that airlines bumped 2,745 passengers between July and September. Spirit Airlines was most likely to bump a passenger in the latest quarter, followed by Frontier and Southwest. Four airlines— Delta, Virgin America, JetBlue and United— bumped no more than one in every 250,000 passengers, according to...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 16- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to remove key roadblocks to increased consolidation among media companies, potentially unleashing new deals among TV, radio and newspaper owners as they seek to better compete with online media. The Republican-led FCC voted 3-2 to eliminate the 42- year-old ban on...

  • Thursday's decision by the Federal Communications Commission also makes it easier for one company to own two broadcast TV stations in one market and coordinate operations with stations owned by others. Although the changes won't affect AT&T's pending bid for Time Warner and its cable channels, they come as cable and phone companies have grown into industry...

  • Paul Singer

    Mednax is a small Florida-based health-care services provider.

  • The Food and Drug Administration laid out a strategy for regulating cell-based medicine, including hundreds of private clinics that have opened across the nation in the last decade. They can cost $5,000 to $50,000, but there's little research that such procedures are safe or effective. FDA officials said they will focus their enforcement efforts on "bad...