US isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China’s frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power. … Continue reading


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AP Exclusive: Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated … Continue reading


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Japan PM Abe to address joint session of Congress

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so. … Continue Reading »


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Exclusive: Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting some campaign donations

By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) – Big Wall Street banks are so upset with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren’s call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources … Continue reading


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Senate delays vote on Medicare payment fix for two weeks

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate will wait more than two weeks before acting on a bill to permanently fix the flawed formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, after an April 1 deadline to start a 21 percent cut … Continue reading


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Senate passes Republican budget with deep safety net cuts

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding. The 52-46 vote on the non-binding budget resolution put … Continue reading


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Oscars producers out after three years and a TV ratings drop

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producers behind the last three Academy Awards telecasts, will not be returning for next year’s Oscars, the ceremony organizers said on Thursday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, … Continue reading


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Final curtain for ‘Downton Abbey’ after Season 6

LONDON (Reuters) – The hugely successful British period drama “Downton Abbey” will wind up after the sixth season, its executive producer said on Thursday, but a possible movie version cannot be ruled out. “There’s so many different explanations” for the … Continue reading


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Guitarist John Renbourn, of ’60s folk-jazz band Pentangle, dies at 70

LONDON (Reuters) – Acclaimed guitarist John Renbourn, founding member of 1960s progressive folk group Pentangle, has died at age 70, British media reported on Friday. He was found dead by police at his home in Scotland after failing to show … Continue reading


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Maryland House, Senate Pass Fracking Bills

Legislation that limits when and how fracking could take place in Maryland passed Tuesday in both chambers of the state legislature. Senators voted 29-17 for a bill that holds drilling companies strictly liable for injuries to residents or their property, … Continue reading


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Va. Retailer Lumber Liquidators Faces Safety Inquiry

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it is investigating Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring following a national TV broadcast raised concerns over levels of formaldehyde. Chairman Elliot F. Kaye said Wednesday the agency is taking the issue seriously … Continue reading


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Germanwings Crash Shows Need for Protections Against Suicidal Crew Members

The suspected intentional destruction of a Germanwings jet by a pilot shows the need for new protections against suicidal crew members, a threat emerging as one of the worst in modern aviation, accident investigators say. With French prosecutors saying the co-pilot apparently … Continue reading


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