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  • new storyAetna turns in better-than-expected 2Q, hikes forecast again story has photos
    Updated: Aug-04-15 1:10 pm

    Aetna's second-quarter earnings jumped 33 percent and the health insurer raised its 2015 forecast again after receiving a boost from a government business it plans to feed with a roughly $35 billion acquisition.

  • Freddie Mac posts $4.2B profit in 2Q; paying $3.9B dividend story has photos
    Updated: Aug-04-15 11:28 am

    WASHINGTON - Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported net income of $4.2 billion for the second quarter, up sharply from the same period of 2014, as it increased its purchases of home loans and sold off greater volumes of riskier mortgages.

  • EU, Vietnam agree deal for free trade pact 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 8:02 am

    BRUSSELS - The European Union and Vietnam clinched on Tuesday an agreement in principle on a new free trade deal that would see the lifting of most tariffs on goods.

  • Kerry pushes Asia trade pact in Singapore story has photos
    Updated: Aug-04-15 2:37 am

    SINGAPORE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Tuesday for countries negotiating a major Pacific Rim trade deal to overcome differences that have stalled its conclusion.

  • GOP hopefuls take on illegal immigration in debate preview story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-03-15 11:07 pm

    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - The Republican Party's presidential class demanded aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue while facing off in New Hampshire on Monday night during a crowded and pointed preview of the 2016 primary season's first full-fledged debate.

  • Iran's Ahmadinejad seeks political comeback 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 2:59 pm

    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a political campaign ahead of February's parliamentary elections in what could prove a challenge to the moderates behind a landmark nuclear agreement reached last month.

  • Pelosi praises papal climate encyclical during Italy visit 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 8:49 am

    MILAN - Leading U.S. Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Monday called the pope's climate encyclical "an important new effective asset" in pushing forward policy to slow global warming by bringing aboard a new audience.

  • Economic boost expected amid Detroit religious conventions 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 7:31 am

    DETROIT - More religious conventions are planned in Detroit and officials say they're expected to provide an additional economic boost to the area.

  • Virginia's combined sales tax holiday to begin Friday 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 2:04 am

    NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia - Virginians will get a three-day break on sales taxes on a variety of items, beginning Friday.

  • Welch, Luján propose nationwide energy standards 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 3:17 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - Two members of Congress - Vermont's Peter Welch and New Mexico's Ray Luján are proposing nationwide energy standards - one for renewable energy and another for energy efficiency.

  • Pacific trade ministers fail to reach deal in Hawaii talks story has photos
    Updated: Aug-01-15 1:10 am

    LAHAINA, Hawaii - Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations failed to reach a deal on a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Friday.

  • Taking on Bush and Rubio, Clinton calls for Cuba embargo end story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-31-15 4:16 pm

    MIAMI - Drawing a sharp distinction with Republican rivals in the pivotal election state of Florida, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called on the GOP-run Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed on Cuba since 1962

  • Monster of a fall awaits Congress after summer break 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 3:20 pm

    WASHINGTON - As lawmakers head out of the Capitol for a five-week summer recess, they leave behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall.

  • Wynn wants to pay for subway improvements in casino plan 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 2:46 pm

    BOSTON - Wynn Resorts is proposing lending a hand to Boston's creaky transit system.

  • WTO rules against China in specialty steel dispute 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 1:06 pm

    WASHINGTON - The World Trade Organization says China broke global trade rules by failing to comply with an earlier WTO ruling and continuing to impose duties on specialty steel imports.

  • Breastfeeding advocates rally in Concord 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 12:11 pm

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - Nursing mothers joined advocates at the Statehouse lawn on Friday to emphasize that women who breastfeed in the workplace should not face discrimination or retaliation, kicking off World Breastfeeding Week.

  • WikiLeaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 10:13 am

    TOKYO - The WikiLeaks website published documents Friday that it said shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies.

  • Russia's central bank cuts key interest rate story has photos
    Updated: Jul-31-15 10:10 am

    MOSCOW - The Russian central bank cut its key interest rate by 0.5 percentage points to 11 percent on Friday, bowing to the pressure of businesses to make lending more accessible.

  • US paychecks grow at record-slow pace in 2nd quarter 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 9:21 am

    WASHINGTON - U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers.

  • Muted reaction in Almaty as Kazakh city's Olympic bid fails story has photos
    Updated: Jul-31-15 8:30 am

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan - Within minutes of the announcement that Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics had failed, it was almost as if it had never happened.

  • Trump's call for mass deportations runs into messy realities 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 6:10 pm

    NEW YORK - In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump is calling for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally and allowing what he calls "really good people" to return.

  • Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 5:37 pm

    WASHINGTON - A Senate panel approved energy legislation Thursday that would lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports and open more areas of the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas exploration.

  • Officials: Proposed mine won't break environmental policy 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 4:50 pm

    LIBBY, Montana - Owners of a northwestern Montana mine say they are one step closer to operating after the U.S. Forest Service found the project would not violate environmental laws or regulations.

  • Alaska Editorials 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 1:38 pm

    Here is a sampling of editorial opinions from Alaska newspapers:

  • US economy likely rebounded to solid growth rate in spring 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 3:04 am

    WASHINGTON - After a terrible winter, the economy is improving, with a solid rebound in the spring expected to be followed by stronger growth in the second half of the year.