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Stories with subject: Economic policy
  • Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 2:12 am
  • TOKYO - Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully.

  • Obama: Time is now to resolve trade pact issues 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:31 am
  • TOKYO - President Barack Obama says the time is now to resolve issues preventing the conclusion of a major, 12-nation trade agreement.

  • Texas Gov. Perry courts NY business, Cuomo debate 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:41 pm
  • NEW YORK - States should face economic competition from each other because it pushes them to make sure their business environments are as strong as possible, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday as he met with business owners in New York City and encouraged them to consider moving to his state.

  • New Zealand raises key interest rate to 3 percent 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:34 pm
  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand - With its economy continuing to improve, New Zealand on Thursday raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time in six weeks, to 3 percent.

  • 3 gubernatorial hopefuls roll out policy plans 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:58 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The leading Democratic candidates for Rhode Island governor rolled out new policy initiatives Wednesday that focused on growing the state's struggling economy, fixing its aging infrastructure and boosting its "green energy" sector.

  • Iowa House backs tax credits for wind energy 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:29 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - The project completion deadline and tax credits for wind energy and other renewable energy projects would be extended under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Iowa House.

  • 3 charged with sending chemical equipment to Syria 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 2:01 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - U.S. prosecutors have charged a Pennsylvania man and two foreign citizens with conspiring to illegally export chemical warfare detection devices and laboratory equipment to Syria, authorities said in a case that was under seal for 17 months until Wednesday.

  • Greek milestone helps Europe put crisis in past 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 12:58 pm
  • BRUSSELS - Europe's debt crisis is receding farther behind in the rear view mirror.

  • Summit League tourneys boost Sioux Falls economy 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:00 am
  • SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The Sioux Falls economy received an $8.5 million boost from the recent Summit League men's and women's basketball tournaments.

  • Yields fall sharply in Portuguese debt auction 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:25 am
  • LISBON, Portugal - Portugal's chances of ending its three-year bailout program without requiring more help have increased after interest rates fell steeply in a 10-year bond auction Wednesday.

  • Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 12:03 am
  • TOKYO - President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth.

  • Beshear: 413,000 sign up for health care in Ky 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 4:50 pm
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Beth Moore left her job - and her health insurance - to start her own company in January.

  • Report: Legal gay marriage could boost Va. economy 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 11:46 am
  • NORFOLK, Virginia - Legalizing gay marriage in Virginia could create hundreds of jobs and generate up to $60 million in spending over three years as same-sex couples spend thousands on their nuptials and out-of-town guests come to celebrate with them, according to a study by a UCLA think tank.

  • Affordable Care Act only chips away at a core goal 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 8:01 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - Swan Lockett had high hopes that President Barack Obama's health overhaul would lead her family to an affordable insurance plan, but that hasn't happened.

  • Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 5:09 pm
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 18

  • US rules against Mexico, Turkey in steel dispute 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 4:36 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's administration on Monday sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute, ruling that imported steel reinforcing bar from Mexico and Turkey unfairly undercuts U.S. prices.

  • 3 vying for Republican nomination for House seat 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:47 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for a central Arkansas congressional seat are running on vows to cut taxes and regulations in Washington, but split sharply on who would be the strongest candidate in this fall's election.

  • Schools slash heating bills with stimulus project 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 12:40 pm
  • PORTLAND, Maine - Years after federal stimulus dollars funded a Maine Forest Service Project to heat with local wood products, schools and other facilities report they have slashed energy bills in half while supporting jobs in the state's struggling timber industry.

  • Gubernatorial candidates clash on economic policy 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:35 pm
  • TOWSON, Maryland - All three Democratic candidates in the governor's race agree Maryland's economic policies need work, but they disagree sharply about how much.

  • Kansas officials boost revenue estimates by $178M 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:22 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas officials projected Thursday that the state will collect nearly $178 million more in revenues than previously thought through June 2015, brightening its short-term budget picture.

  • Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:55 am
  • Wisconsin State Journal, April 16

  • Algerian election faces disaffected populace 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:15 pm
  • ALGIERS, Algeria - The college students playing pick-up soccer along the faded grandeur of Algiers' sweeping waterfront say they won't be voting in Thursday's presidential elections, echoing the sentiments of many young Algerians.

  • Yellen: Fed stimulus still needed for job market 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:10 pm
  • NEW YORK - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges.

  • US declines to name China a currency manipulator 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:18 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is raising concern about the value of China's currency but is declining, as in recent years, to accuse Beijing of manipulating it.

  • Oil lends boost to Wyoming economy 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 12:17 pm
  • CASPER, Wyoming - The oil industry continued to lend a boost to Wyoming's economy over the first three months of this year despite a slight slowdown in drilling.