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1 year 3 months ago

Obama administration overrules Apple import ban

President Obama's trade representative has vetoed a ban on imports of some Apple iPads and older iPhones, reversing a ruling in favor of rival Samsung Electronics. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Saturday overruled a June decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The commission banned imports of the iPhone...

1 year 9 months ago

Obama administration: Cuts to cause flight delays

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is warning that automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect March 1 will result in travel delays at major airports and require traffic-disrupting shutdowns of air traffic control towers at smaller facilities. Transportation Secretary Ray La Hood says the across the board reductions will...

2 years 1 week ago

HHS details overhaul rules and required benefits

The Obama administration is strengthening the prescription drug coverage that will be available to the millions of people who will start getting insurance through the nation's health care overhaul. The Health and Human Services Department announced Tuesday a long-awaited package of rules, such as minimum requirements for health insurance coverage...

2 years 4 months ago

US hits Syrian cabinet members with sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is slapping financial sanctions on a huge swath of top members in Syrian President Bashar Assad's government, targeting the prime minister and 28 other cabinet ministers and senior officials. The Treasury Department announced the sanctions on Wednesday, hours after top Syrian officials were killed...

2 years 8 months ago

Government not keeping up with information requests

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration isn't keeping pace with the increasing number of people asking for copies of government documents, emails, photographs and more under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. That's according to an Associated Press analysis of the latest federal data. Federal agencies did better last year...

2 years 8 months ago

US preparing to restart military aid to Yemen

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is developing plans to restart programs that would fund military training and equipment in Yemen, nearly a year after they were shut down due to escalating chaos in the embattled country. While no agreements have been cemented, U.S. defense officials say military assistance, which could...

3 years 1 month ago

High court to rule on Stolen Valor Act

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will decide whether a law making it a crime to lie about having received military medals is constitutional. The justices said Monday they will consider the validity of the Stolen Valor Act, which passed Congress with overwhelming support in 2006. The federal appeals...

3 years 5 months ago

McConnell: Debt-ceiling deal may be for short-term

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's top Republican is suggesting a short-term increase in the nation's borrowing limit unless there's deal soon that includes changes to big entitlement programs. Economists and Obama administration officials are warning of a calamity if the government defaults on its obligations. The default deadline is...

3 years 6 months ago

New app helps workers in wage disputes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Workers who don't trust the boss to keep track of their wages can now do it themselves with a new smartphone application from the Department of Labor. But employers worry that the timesheet app, along with other new initiatives, could encourage even more wage and hour...

4 years 2 months ago

White House sends spending wish list to Congress

The Obama administration is pushing a pre-election shopping list on its Democratic allies in Congress as they prepare must-pass legislation to prevent a government shutdown next month. Republicans are protesting the spending requests, which include $1.9 billion for school grants, financial help for the Postal Service and more than...

4 years 7 months ago

US pledges $1.15 billion to Haiti

A senior U.S. official says the Obama administration will pledge $1.15 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next two years to help with Haiti's post-earthquake reconstruction. The official says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will announce the pledge on Wednesday at a U.N. donors conference that is expected...

4 years 10 months ago

Key security agencies lack permanent leaders

Two federal agencies charged with keeping potential terrorists off planes and out of the country remain without their top leaders. The Obama administration took more than eight months to nominate anyone to head the Transportation Security Administration and the Customs and Border Protection agency. Those two agencies will be at...

5 years 2 weeks ago

Housing plan reaches 1 in 5 borrowers

After a slow start, the Obama administration's mortgage relief program has reached one in five eligible homeowners, a government report says. More than 650,000 borrowers, or 20 percent of those eligible, have signed up for trials lasting up to five months, the Treasury Department says. The modifications reduce monthly payments...

5 years 1 month ago

Feds to leave medical marijuana users alone

The Obama administration has ordered federal prosecutors to stop pursuing medical marijuana users and sellers in states, like Colorado, that have legalized its use. The new Justice Department guidelines say the US Attorneys will no longer target medical marijuana sellers on federal drug charges and only prosecute those who abuse...

5 years 1 month ago

Rust Belt uneasy over climate change plan

Nestled in Ohio's Amish country, Bill Belden's 124-year-old family owned brick company has thrived on the region's rich red clay and shale, and cheap energy from abundant coal. Which he's convinced that a climate bill being considered in Congress will end. A cap-and-trade system forcing businesses away from...

5 years 1 month ago

Mortgage relief plan hits goal early

The government's mortgage relief program has hit its goal of helping 500,000 borrowers, almost a month ahead of schedule. The government in July gave the lending industry a Nov. 1 deadline to meet that goal for the $50 billion program, which is designed to reduce foreclosures by lowering borrowers' monthly...

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