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  • Jan 19- A partial U.S. government shutdown is just hours away as President Donald Trump and the Republican-run Congress struggle to find a solution. The House of Representatives approved a measure Thursday to extend funding through Feb. 16, but with several Republicans wavering and numerous Democrats opposed, the bill appeared on the verge of collapse in the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Trump administration's promise to exempt Florida from an offshore drilling plan is not a formal action, an Interior Department official said Friday in a statement that Democrats said contradicted a high-profile announcement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke's announcement about keeping Florida off the table, made during a...

  • Jan 19- President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress are racing to meet a midnight Friday deadline to pass a short-term bill to keep the U.S. government open and prevent agencies from shutting down. After previous government shutdowns, Congress passed measures to ensure that essential and nonessential employees received retroactive pay.

  • The US Capitol on January 18, 2018 as Congress continues to wrestle to pass a spending bill.

    President Trump and GOP leaders are racing to meet the Friday deadline to pass a short-term spending bill and prevent a government shutdown.

  • Jan 18- President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress are racing to meet a midnight Friday deadline to pass a short-term spending bill to keep the U.S. government open and prevent agencies from shutting down. After previous government shutdowns, Congress passed measures to ensure that essential and nonessential employees received retroactive...

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

    The program aims to help small businesses grow and workers gain the digital computer skills needed to find a job.

  • Jan 18- Toshiba Corp said on Thursday it had clinched an agreement to sell its claims in bankrupt U.S. nuclear plant maker Westinghouse Electric Co LLC in a deal that would add $3.7 billion to the Japanese owner's depleted capital base. Toshiba said in a statement that it would sell its claims against Westinghouse to a group of hedge funds led by the Baupost Group,...

  • —May 27, 2009: Ashley Parham, 18, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, 2001 Honda Accord. —Dec. 24, 2009: Gurjit Rathore, 33, of Richmond, Virginia, 2001 Honda Accord. —July 27, 2014: Law Suk Leh of Sibu, Malaysia, 2003 Honda City.

  • COLUMBIA, S.C.— Federal prisons officials on Wednesday tested a jamming technology inside the walls of a federal prison, a rare move that authorities said they hope will help combat the danger posed by inmates with cellphones. The test was conducted over several hours Wednesday morning at a federal prison in Cumberland, Maryland, Assistant Attorney General...

  • NEW YORK— The Trump-appointed acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday that he is launching a review of all the federal consumer watchdog agency's policies and priorities. It's the second major step taken this week by Mick Mulvaney, who took over as acting director in late November, to reshape the bureau.

  • A police officer walks from the scene of an overturned Jeep after an accident on a snow covered road in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

    Unusually arctic conditions continued to roil the South on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump relentlessly congratulates himself for the healthy state of the U.S. economy, with its steady growth, low unemployment, busier factories and confident consumers. "I don't see any noticeable break over the past year," said Michael Strain, an economist at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. The U.S. public appears to...

  • LEXINGTON, S.C. _ First Community Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $502,000. The holding company for First Community Bank posted revenue of $11.3 million in the period. First Community shares have increased almost 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON— Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there's "very, very strong" sentiment among Democrats in the chamber to oppose GOP- drafted legislation to keep the government's doors open, comments that could indicate the chances are increasing that the government could shut down at midnight Friday night. House GOP leaders unveiled the spending...

  • The rules barred companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's push to undo them inspired both street and online protests in defense of the Obama-era rules. FCC spokesman Brian Hart declined to comment on the litigation.

  • NEW YORK— The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has decided to reconsider a key set of rules enacted last year that would have protected consumers against harmful payday lenders. The bureau, which came under control of the Trump administration late last year, said in a statement Tuesday that it plans to take a second look at the payday lending rules.

  • Jan 16- The Trump administration's decision last week to exempt Florida from its national offshore drilling plan was based in part on the state's argument that a spill would cripple its crucial tourism industry. The Interior Department this month proposed opening up virtually all U.S. coastline to drillers as part of Republican President Donald Trump's...

  • Oklahoma, one of at least 13 states that have filed lawsuits against drugmakers, alleges fraudulent marketing of drugs that fueled the opioid epidemic in the lawsuit filed in June 2017, and seeks unspecified damages from Purdue Pharma, Allergan, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals and several of their subsidiaries. "We appreciate the urgency Judge...

  • COLUMBIA, S.C.— The state's leaders can either accept a deal to take over a troubled South Carolina utility or watch the company fail, an executive for the company proposing to take over SCANA Corp. said Thursday. Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell told the Public Service Commission that the Virginia company's proposed deal was the best option South Carolina could...

  • SEOUL, Jan 13- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Saturday its new home appliance factory in the United States had begun producing washing machines, as it awaits a U.S. government decision that could curb imports of the machines. "Because we are committed to supplying the U.S. market from Newberry, no remedy is necessary," said John Herrington, Senior Vice President...