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  • WASHINGTON, Sept 12- U.S. job openings rose to a record high in July, suggesting a slowdown in job growth in August was an aberration and that the labor market was strong before the recent disruptive hurricanes. The monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, released by the Labor Department on Tuesday showed the labor market continued to tighten amid...

  • The family had pursued a private criminal complaint against train engineer Brandon Bostian. A judge has dismissed criminal charges against the engineer in an Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people. The decision came Tuesday after a preliminary hearing for 34- year-old Brandon Bostian.

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday that the administration's goal of cutting the corporate tax rate to 15 percent may be unattainable, even as President Donald Trump steps up his push for tax cuts in Congress. Republicans in Congress also have not agreed on a tax plan, despite months of high-level discussions. Trump may visit as many as 13 state...

  • ANN ARBOR, Mich.— The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled updated safety guidelines for self-driving cars aimed at clearing barriers for automakers and tech companies wanting to get test vehicles on the road. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao update policies issued last fall by the Obama administration, which were also largely voluntary.

  • Senate Republicans are struggling with how many billions of dollars President Donald Trump's tax code overhaul will add to the deficit as they work on a GOP budget plan that's a prerequisite to any far-reaching change in the nation's tax system. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP members of the Budget Committee met Tuesday with Trump's top...

  • PITTSBURGH— The Port Authority of Allegheny County would be forced to make significant cuts in service under a proposed state budget. The Tribune-Review reports an estimated $80 million in operating funds would be stripped from the authority under the new budget. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says the move would be devastating to the area's...

  • The White House announced the dinner with the Republican president late on Monday, and a White House aide confirmed the guest list included three Democrats: Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. It also included Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah, Patrick Toomey of...

  • WASHINGTON— Senate Republicans are struggling with how many billions of dollars President Donald Trump's tax code overhaul will add to the deficit as they work on a GOP budget plan that's a prerequisite to any far-reaching change in the nation's tax system. Trump had dinner Tuesday with a group of Republican and Democratic senators to talk taxes, after Senate...

  • PHILADELPHIA— A passenger who survived a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia more than two years ago testified Tuesday that she could feel the train speed up as it approached a curve, then heard a "big bang" as her car hurtled off the tracks and she wound up unconscious in the woods. Blair Berman, who rode in the severely damaged first car of the train, testified at a...

  • A customer prepares to fuel her vehicle at a Road Ranger gas station in Princeton, Ill.

    New York, California and three other states are suing the Trump administration, saying it must put in place higher penalties for automakers that violate federal fuel economy standards.

  • The Delaware River Basin Commission said it will vote on a horizontal drilling and fracking measure at its meeting outside Philadelphia on Wednesday, the first step in a lengthy process to ban the technique that has enabled a U.S. production boom in shale gas and oil. The Associated Press reported last week that DRBC, a regulatory body that has representatives...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 11- New York, California and three other U.S. states said on Monday they sued the federal government for delaying the rollout of higher "gas-guzzler" penalties for automakers whose vehicles fail to meet minimum fuel-economy standards. The lawsuit, which also includes Vermont, Maryland and Pennsylvania, is the highest profile legal challenge to...

  • DETROIT— New York, California and three other states are suing the Trump administration, saying it must put in place higher penalties for automakers that violate federal fuel economy standards. The U.S. Department of Transportation more than doubled civil penalties for fuel economy violations last year after Congress ordered agencies to adjust their fines...

  • A Ford hybrid vehicle on the assembly line in Wayne, Michigan.

    New York, California and three other U.S. states are suing the government for delaying the rollout of higher "gas-guzzler" penalties for automakers.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 11- New York, California and three other U.S. states on Monday are suing the federal government for delaying the rollout of higher "gas-guzzler" penalties for automakers building new vehicles failing to meet minimum fuel-economy standards. The suit, which also includes Vermont, Maryland and Pennsylvania, is the highest-profile legal...

  • NEW YORK— Tesla Inc. is building electric charging stations in city centers to attract urban buyers who don't have a garage to charge in. The first two stations— in Boston and Chicago— opened Monday. A map on Tesla's website shows urban stations planned for New York, Philadelphia, Washington and other cities before the end of this year.

  • NEW YORK— Equifax, one of the three main credit reporting companies, said this week that a major data breach exposed Social Security numbers and other important information of millions of people. The breach affected about 143 million in the United States, as well as some people in Canada and the United Kingdom, but Equifax didn't provide a number.

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump ignored seething Republicans and made good on his deal with Democrats, signing legislation that links $15.3 billion in disaster aid to an increase in the U.S. borrowing limit. Trump signed it Friday as Hurricane Irma approached Florida and as Texas picks up the pieces after the devastation of Harvey. Jeff Duncan of South...

  • Following Trump's deal with Democratic leaders, the House of Representatives on Friday approved legislation that provides $15.25 billion in emergency disaster aid for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which battered coastal areas of Texas and Louisiana last week, and Hurricane Irma, which is expected to pound Florida in coming days. Already approved by the...

  • NEW YORK/ HOUSTON, Sept 8- Oil and petrochemical plants along the U.S. Gulf Coast intend to go ahead with plans for near record spending on expansions next year, despite Hurricane Harvey driving up labor costs and slowing work, experts said. Industrial investment in the Gulf Coast is expected to hit $51.9 billion next year, near the 2015 peak, requiring an army of...