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  • updated storyQuiet on Keystone, Clinton faces sharper attacks from rivals story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-28-15 4:57 pm

    NASHUA, New Hampshire - Hillary Rodham Clinton dodged questions Tuesday about her positions on trade and the Keystone XL pipeline, telling a New Hampshire voter that if the future of the project opposed by environmentalists remains "undecided when I become president, I will answer your question."

  • Short-term highway deal punts another fight until fall 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 4:33 pm

    WASHINGTON - House and Senate Republicans acknowledged Tuesday a long-term highway deal is out of reach for now, and embraced a three-month extension that will punt yet another messy fight into the fall.

  • Taiwan, Thailand join deal to end tariffs on tech products 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 12:19 pm

    BERLIN - The World Trade Organization says Taiwan and Thailand have joined an agreement reached last week to abolish duties on more than 200 technology products.

  • UAE slashes fuel subsidies, announces 24 percent price hike 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 9:46 am

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The United Arab Emirates has slashed gasoline subsidies, announcing Tuesday that it will raise the cost of a liter of regular gasoline by 24 percent amid globally low oil prices that have cut into the country's revenues.

  • Covered California: Cost of health care coverage increasing story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 9:16 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - The cost of private individual health plans on California's state-run market will increase about 4 percent for the second straight year, evidence the strategy of forcing insurers to compete is controlling costs, program officials said Monday.

  • Sky trade Sylvia Fowles to Lynx as part of 3-team deal story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 5:50 pm

    Sylvia Fowles only wanted to play for one team this season - the Minnesota Lynx. The Chicago Sky finally were able to make it happen.

  • As Fed meets, it edges toward its first rate hike since 2006 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 1:31 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve is getting close to raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, perhaps in September. When it meets this week, though, don't expect any timetable for a rate hike to be spelled out in a post-meeting statement. For now, the Fed wants to keep its options open.

  • Malaysia, Cuba taken off US human trafficking blacklist story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-27-15 12:52 pm

    WASHINGTON - Democratic lawmakers and rights groups on Monday accused the State Department of politicizing its annual rankings of nations on their efforts to combat modern-day slavery, as key trading partner Malaysia was taken off a blacklist.

  • Trade deal wipes out tariffs on more than 200 tech products story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 1:56 pm

    WASHINGTON - Dozens of countries have agreed to abolish duties on more than 200 technology products - from advanced computer chips to GPS devices, printer cartridges and video-game consoles.

  • GOP-controlled Senate panel votes to lift Cuba travel ban 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 9:06 am

    WASHINGTON - A GOP-controlled Senate panel has voted to lift a decades-long ban on travel to Cuba, giving a boost to President Barack Obama's moves to ease travel restrictions and open up relations with the Castro-governed nation.

  • GOP-controlled Senate panel votes to lift Cuba travel ban 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 7:47 pm

    WASHINGTON - A GOP-controlled Senate panel has voted to lift a decades-long ban on travel to Cuba, giving a boost to President Barack Obama's moves to ease travel restrictions and open up relations with the Castro-governed nation.

  • Bevin, Conway highlight farming roots in forum 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 4:01 pm

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Jack Conway fondly recalled his family farm's motto plastered on an old grain elevator while Matt Bevin said the "highlight of my life" was sleeping in a barn at the state fair as the two candidates for governor sought to shed their big-city backgrounds while emphasizing their small-town roots in a forum before the state's farmers.

  • Germany rejects criticism of its business ambitions in Iran story has photos
    Updated: Jul-23-15 12:29 pm

    BERLIN - In the race to secure business deals with Iran, Germany was quickest out of the blocks.

  • Website offers window into Baton Rouge government spending 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 10:46 am

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - East Baton Rouge Parish residents now have a way to know where their tax dollars are going.

  • South Korea's growth slowest in more than 2 years 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 4:34 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's quarterly growth slowed to the lowest in more than two years as a severe drought hit agriculture and an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome sapped consumption.

  • Report: Social Security disability fund to run dry next year story has photos
    Updated: Jul-22-15 5:15 pm

    WASHINGTON - The 11 million Americans who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year, the government said Wednesday, handing lawmakers a fiscal and political crisis in the middle of a presidential campaign.

  • Report: State needs accountability in workforce development 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 4:32 pm

    FRANKFORT, Kentucky - The government spends $900 million a year to train Kentucky workers, yet just 8 percent of employers say the state's workforce has "good skills" according to a new report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

  • Senate GOP adds Dodd-Frank rewrite to $21B funding bill 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 1:56 pm

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans are trying to use a must-do spending bill to advance legislation significantly revising a landmark law that tightened regulation of the financial services industry after the 2008 financial crisis.

  • Poll: Majority of Americans favor diplomatic ties with Cuba story has photos
    Updated: Jul-21-15 7:39 am

    WASHINGTON - Nearly three-fourths of Americans think the United States should have diplomatic ties with Cuba, but they're not sure how far to go in lifting sanctions, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released Monday as full diplomatic relations between the two countries were formally restored.

  • Grievances persist despite start of new era in US-Cuba ties story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-20-15 5:27 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Cuban national flag fluttered in the Washington sun Monday as the U.S. and Cuba formally ended more than a half-century of estrangement, formally re-establishing relations severed at the height of the Cold War. But the symbolism of an embassy ceremony could not conceal deep, lingering conflicts between the nations.

  • Gold falls to lowest level in five years on dollar strength story has photos
    Updated: Jul-20-15 5:05 pm

    NEW YORK - Investors are running out of reasons to own gold.

  • Fed directs 8 biggest US banks to hold extra capital 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 4:13 pm

    WASHINGTON - Federal regulators are directing the eight biggest U.S. banks to hold capital at levels above industry requirements to cushion against unexpected losses and reduce the chances of future taxpayer bailouts.

  • EU agrees to help Tunisia fight terror, boost economy 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 2:43 pm

    BRUSSELS - The European Union on Monday agreed to help Tunisia combat violent Islamic extremism and boost its economy, including by raising quotas on how much olive oil it can sell in EU markets.

  • Russian scientists squeezed by sanctions, Kremlin policies story has photos
    Updated: Jul-20-15 7:19 am

    NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia - Hundreds of Russian scientists say companies abroad are refusing to sell them scientific equipment they need to do their work and Western publications are curtly turning down their research papers.

  • Nuclear deal has companies eyeing Iranian opportunities anew story has photos
    Updated: Jul-18-15 12:36 pm

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The nuclear deal is done. Now it's time to talk business.