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Obama: Health-Plan Sign-Ups at 8 Million

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 4:11pm
Enrollment for private health insurance through federal and state exchanges has swelled to about 8 million, President Obama says, who also criticized the GOP for refusing to admit the health law is working.

SEC Advances Final Set of Swaps Rules

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:36pm
U.S. securities regulators are inching closer to completing post-crisis rules designed to bring more sunlight to the swaps market.

Pentagon Official Criticizes F-35 Costs

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:34pm
A senior Pentagon official lashed out at Pratt & Whitney, saying the unit is failing to meet commitments to cut costs for engines for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Report Praises Fed Role in Terrorism Insurance

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:05pm
A report by financial regulators released Thursday said expiration of a federal program providing a backstop for private terrorism insurance would make the policies more expensive and harder to obtain.

American Securities Puts Prison-Phone Operator GTL on Block

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:05pm
Global Tel*Link Corp., the largest U.S. operator of prison phones, is being shopped by its private-equity owner, a move that comes as regulators have capped the fees for interstate inmate calls.

Feds Examine Auto Insurance Rates

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:37pm
The U.S. Treasury's Federal Insurance Office is moving into territory long overseen by state insurance departments by examining the affordability of car insurance for low- and moderate-income consumers and minorities.

Newark Airport's One-Runway Blues

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:57pm
With a runway closed for repaving, Newark's airport is expected to be down from three to two runways until May 31. But when visibility worsens, or winds gust, the shorter runway is closed—leaving the airport with just one runway.

House Race for Cash Tightens

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:16am
Democrats are leading the money chase in the most-contested 2014 House elections, but Republicans are showing signs of closing the gap.

GOP Fall Strategy: Slam Health Law

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:09am
Republican leaders are telling House members that criticism of the federal health-care law is the best path to victory this fall regardless of how the law's implementation evolves meantime.

For Obama, a Standoff With Moscow

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:56am
The Ukraine crisis and Russia's newly combative stance have scrambled the world map around which President Obama has shaped his foreign-policy doctrine.

Yellen Stakes Out a Flexible Policy Path

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:00pm
Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen left markets comforted and reassured about continued low interest rates after a speech that emphasized her focus on low inflation and economic slack.

Unions Want Federal Funds to Bolster Detroit Pensions

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:24pm
Union leaders want federal money originally slated for struggling Michigan homeowners to help plug a pension hole in Detroit as officials work to resolve the nation's largest municipal bankruptcy.

Schooling on a 'Debit Card'

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:12pm
Kathy Visser is educating her son, Jordan, who has cerebral palsy, at their Scottsdale, Ariz., home, paying for a schedule of one-on-one instructional sessions with a specialist, physical-education classes, music lessons, horse-riding therapy and other programs through a state-funded program informally known as the "education debit card."

Treasury Turns Its Gaze to Municipal-Bond Market

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 6:40pm
The department is forming a new unit to broadly monitor the municipal-bond market, with a focus on troubled borrowers.

Attorney General Warns Against Some Heroin-Fighting Tactics

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:21pm
The U.S. shouldn't deal with the recent rise in heroin use the same way it dealt with the crack cocaine boom of the 1980s, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday.

Obama to Unveil Job-Training Initiatives

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:36am
The White House will announce $500 million in grants aimed at increasing coordination between community colleges and industry groups and another $100 million to expand access to apprenticeships to boost job training, officials said.

Money Chase Puts Some Democrats Ahead

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:45am
Democratic candidates in some of the most competitive Senate races are raising more money than their Republican opponents, some of whom also are being forced to spend cash on primary races, new fundraising reports released show.

Health Law Poses a Test in N.H. Senate Race

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:03am
New Hampshire's rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been one of the rockiest in the nation, putting Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on the front lines of Republican efforts to make the 2014 elections a referendum on the health law.

No New Rules Despite West, Texas, Disaster

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:40am
A year after a depot storing ammonium nitrate exploded in West, Texas, killing 15 people, safety rules for the fertilizer remain unchanged around the country.

Slackening Growth Pressures Beijing

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:38pm
China's economic growth slowed to its weakest pace in 18 months, putting pressure on China's leaders to allow the yuan to fall as a way to help troubled exporters and boost growth, and setting up a potential fight with the U.S. on trade and currency policy.