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  • new storyGOP in tumult after McCarthy's withdrawal from speaker race story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-09-15 6:33 am

    WASHINGTON - Jolted by political lighting for the second time in two weeks, House Republicans are staring at turmoil and uncertainty after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's astonishing decision to abandon his campaign to become the chamber's next speaker.

  • World stocks rise on expectations Fed will delay rate hike 
    Updated: Oct-09-15 5:16 am

    TOKYO - World stock markets rose Friday on expectations the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates at a record low for at least several more months.

  • Trade official visits Delaware on heels of landmark pact 
    Updated: Oct-09-15 2:15 am

    WILMINGTON, Delaware - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is traveling to Delaware in his first public event since negotiating a contentious trade pact involving the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries.

  • Trade deal, Keystone open Clinton to flip-flop charges 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 3:47 pm

    WASHINGTON - Martin O'Malley was blunt when he learned Hillary Rodham Clinton had announced her opposition to a Pacific Rim trade deal. "Wow, that's a reversal," he told reporters minutes after Clinton announced her shift.

  • Global worries kept Fed from hiking rates in September story has photos
    Updated: Oct-08-15 2:50 pm

    WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve officials were almost ready to raise interest rates in September but held off because of China's economic slowdown and its potential to derail U.S. growth and inflation.

  • IMF Chief: We're cooked if we fail on climate change story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 11:28 pm

    LIMA, Peru - International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday that failure to take urgent action on global warming will condemn humanity to the same fate as the Peruvian poultry that so many delegates to the group's annual meeting are enjoying this week in a country famed for its cuisine.

  • US official: Ending embargo of Cuba will take time story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 11:10 pm

    HAVANA - U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker wrapped up her visit to Cuba on Wednesday by saying both sides need to learn more about each other as they work to improve relations.

  • Senators want drilling ban on outer continental shelf 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 8:40 pm

    LOS ANGELES - A group of Democratic senators on Wednesday proposed permanently banning offshore drilling on the outer continental shelf off California, Oregon and Washington.

  • Kansas governor not looking at cuts, taxes to balance budget story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 7:11 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said Wednesday that he's not considering additional spending cuts over the next few months and he ruled out new tax increases to keep the state budget balanced in the wake of disappointing tax collections.

  • IMF sees recession for Latin America on commodities shock story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 6:21 pm

    LIMA, Peru - Latin America's economy is likely to go into recession this year for the first time since the end of the global financial crisis as China's slowdown lessens demand for the region's commodities, threatening to undo recent progress in reducing poverty, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday.

  • Senate OKs massive defense bill, sends measure to Obama 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 5:23 pm

    WASHINGTON - Congress on Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill that he has threatened to veto over an ongoing battle between Democrats and Republicans about government spending.

  • As Clinton campaigns, complications with her old boss arise story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 10:12 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama seemed to call Hillary Rodham Clinton's idea of a no-fly zone in Syria "half-baked."

  • Vietnam seems big winner in US-anchored Pacific trade deal story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 7:56 am

    HONG KONG - An ambitious Pacific Rim trade deal anchored by the U.S. promises to boost the economies of its 12 participating countries by opening their markets to one another, but not all the gains will be spread evenly.

  • Obama begins selling trade agreement to Congress, public story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 2:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - Negotiations over the complex trade deal took more than five years. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama began what may be a similarly difficult task - selling the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress and the American public.

  • US trade deficit widens to $48.3 billion in August story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 10:22 am

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit jumped sharply in August as exports fell to the lowest level in nearly three years while imports increased, led by a surge in shipments of cellphones from China.

  • Company announces plans for major LNG facility in Cameron 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 4:09 pm

    CAMERON, Louisiana - A Louisiana-based company says it plans to build a massive facility along the Calcasieu River ship channel to export liquefied natural gas.

  • Bernanke defending Fed actions to battle recession 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 2:37 pm

    WASHINGTON - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the U.S. economy is outperforming Europe at the moment because the Fed moved more quickly and aggressively to fight the 2008 financial crisis than Europe did.

  • Iowa insurer Wellmark to sell policies on health exchange 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 1:55 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa's dominant health insurer has agreed to start selling policies for 2017 that will qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, the company announced Monday.

  • Obama welcomes agreement on Trans Pacific trade deal 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 9:40 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is heralding an agreement on an ambitious Pacific Rim trade pact that he says "reflects America's values" and gives U.S. workers a fair shot at success.

  • Bernanke: Wall St execs should have gone to jail for crisis 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 8:15 am

    WASHINGTON - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says some Wall Street executives should have gone to jail for their roles in the financial crisis that gripped the country in 2008 and triggered the Great Recession.

  • Public defender says court appointed defense pays little 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 11:10 am

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio public defender says qualified lawyers are increasingly cutting back on court-appointed work representing poor defendants, leaving that work to less-experienced attorneys.

  • Portugal: A look at the election of a new government 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 2:18 am

    LISBON, Portugal - Portugal holds a general election Sunday when the country's 9.7 million eligible voters choose a government for the next four years. Here are some of the issues:

  • Connecticut tobacco farmers look to new markets in Cuba 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 4:58 pm

    SOUTH WINDSOR, Connecticut - As public health initiatives cut into sales of cigars and cigarettes, Connecticut tobacco farmers are looking for new markets in Cuba.

  • An ailing global economy starts to weigh on US job market story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 4:25 pm

    WASHINGTON - A sagging global economy has finally caught up with the United States.

  • Democrats block veterans funding bill as budget talks loom 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 4:25 pm

    WASHINGTON - Democrats on Thursday blocked the Senate from turning to a $78 billion spending measure for the Department of Veterans Affairs and military base construction. They and the White House argue that it's part of an overall GOP budget framework that shortchanges spending on other domestic programs.