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  • new storyIndiana AG Zoeller to advise on federal trade policy 
    Updated: May-26-15 3:40 am

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller (ZEHL'-ur) has been appointed to represent state attorneys general on a board that helps shape U.S. trade policy.

  • new storyGOP likely to feel the heat if court decision guts Obamacare 
    Updated: May-26-15 3:16 am

    WASHINGTON - A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans - not White House officials - who have been talking about damage control.

  • Taiwan proposes plan to ease South China Sea tensions story has photos
    Updated: May-26-15 1:04 am

    TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou laid out a plan Tuesday to ease tensions in a vast, resource-rich Asian ocean where China has chafed against its neighbors by expanding islets with landfill to solidify its claims in the region.

  • Conservative challenger Duda wins Polish presidential vote story has photos
    Updated: May-25-15 7:19 pm

    WARSAW, Poland - Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda has won Poland's presidential election and ousted the incumbent in a runoff vote, according to official results Monday.

  • China cuts import tax on clothes, other goods 
    Updated: May-25-15 10:49 am

    BEIJING - China announced Monday it will cut import taxes on clothing, cosmetics and some other goods by half in a new tactic to spur consumer spending and economic growth.

  • Defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises policy questions story has photos
    Updated: May-25-15 7:25 am

    WASHINGTON - The Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group.

  • Report: Iran raises gas prices by 40 percent in subsidy cut 
    Updated: May-25-15 5:25 am

    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent beginning Tuesday, the country's official news agency reported, the latest cut to the Islamic Republic's fuel subsidies that cost it some $32 billion a year.

  • APEC trade chiefs vow to speed up work in WTO 
    Updated: May-24-15 10:23 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Trade ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific countries on Sunday issued strong support to the World Trade Organization's efforts to boost global trade amid a flurry of regional free trade agreements.

  • China readies national carbon market to fight climate change 
    Updated: May-24-15 1:41 am

    BEIJING - At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing's financial district suggest a booming market.

  • NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-23-15 2:05 pm

    WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.

  • Christie criticizes Senate's failure to extend Patriot Act 
    Updated: May-23-15 12:20 pm

    MORRISTOWN, New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie said the U.S. Senate's failure to extend the Patriot Act could have dangerous consequences.

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-23-15 4:33 am

    WASHINGTON - In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.

  • Senators sing blues over impasse; GOP hopefuls stuck in DC story has photos
    Updated: May-22-15 10:13 pm

    WASHINGTON - Two senators have a plane to catch to Cuba, others were hoping to impress Republican presidential primary voters and then there's Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of "Ol' Man River" on the banks of the Mississippi.

  • Senate approves Obama's hard-fought trade negotiating bill 
    Updated: May-22-15 9:25 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-led Senate has handed President Barack Obama a major victory by approving his request for enhanced trade negotiating authority.

  • State agrees to pay $7.6M to firm that handled Sandy program 
    Updated: May-22-15 7:25 pm

    TRENTON, New Jersey - Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration has reached a deal to pay $7.6 million to a firm the state contracted to help handle applications for its Superstorm Sandy housing recovery program.

  • Some of the major bills approved by Oklahoma Legislature 
    Updated: May-22-15 6:44 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up the 2015 legislative session on Friday, one week before its constitutionally mandated deadline, by passing dozens of last-minute measures. Among them are several related to the $7.1 billion state budget.

  • For Senate leader Bakk, session's end exposes divisions 
    Updated: May-22-15 3:26 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - All eyes heading into this year's legislative session were on new House Speaker Kurt Daudt, under pressure to hold together 71 fellow Republicans back in power and eager to slash government spending.

  • Yellen: 1st rate hike likely by year end if economy improves 
    Updated: May-22-15 3:02 pm

    WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday she expects to begin raising interest rates later this year - if the job market improves and the Fed is confident inflation will climb closer toward its target rate.

  • Biden discusses Asia-Pacific region at Navy graduation story has photos
    Updated: May-22-15 1:16 pm

    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Vice President Joe Biden told graduates at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday that U.S. foreign policy is rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific region, and he said many of them will be stationed there "to keep the peace."

  • US consumer prices ticking up as Fed weighs first rate hike story has photos
    Updated: May-22-15 12:14 pm

    WASHINGTON - Core consumer prices outside of food and energy posted the biggest increase in April in more than a year, suggesting that an improving U.S. economy is finally starting to lift prices. That could prompt the Federal Reserve to start raising interest rates later this year.

  • GOP's NC budget proposal gets lots of Democratic votes 
    Updated: May-22-15 4:36 am

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - House Republicans experienced the first showing of strong bipartisan support for a budget bill since before the Great Recession as the chamber passed a two-year spending plan that benefited from a revenue windfall.

  • More NC budget changes made before House gives initial OK 
    Updated: May-22-15 12:50 am

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - A solid bipartisan majority in the House gave initial approval Thursday night to the chamber's state budget proposal for the next two years that was buoyed by additional expected funds from a recovering economy for pay raises, reserves and Medicaid.

  • Watchdog report examines FBI's use of Patriot Act authority 
    Updated: May-21-15 10:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - The FBI has broadened the scope of records it seeks under a section of the Patriot Act that permits agents to gather wide-ranging materials during national security investigations, and also took too long to create procedures for the handling of certain nonpublic information it collects, according to a watchdog report issued Thursday as Congress weighs the future of government surveillance authority.

  • Nebraska votes to scrap ban on immigrant driver's licenses 
    Updated: May-21-15 6:32 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska's Legislature voted Thursday to end the nation's last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children, agreeing to scrap the policy by a veto-proof margin even as the state's new Republican governor continued to signal his opposition.

  • Delaware lawmakers leery of cutting senior tax subsidies 
    Updated: May-21-15 5:31 pm

    DOVER, Delaware - Delaware's legislative budget writers signaled Thursday that they have no political appetite to swallow Democratic Gov. Jack Markell's proposal to cut property tax breaks for senior citizens in order to balance the budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.