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U.S. cracks down on e-cigarettes and cigars, bans sales to minors

May 05 2016

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON The U.S. government on Thursday took wide-ranging steps to crack down for the first time on e-cigarettes and cigars, growing in popularity among teens, and banned sales to anyone under age 18 in hopes of sparing a new generation from nicotine addiction. | Video

U.S. regulators ban e-cigarette, cigar sales to minors

May 05 2016

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON U.S. regulators on Thursday took their first steps to crack down on e-cigarettes and cigars, increasingly popular among American youth, and banned sales to anyone under age 18 in hopes of preventing a new generation from becoming hooked on nicotine.

U.S. regulator to let Fannie, Freddie cut mortgage balances

Apr 19 2016

The regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said on Thursday it would allow the government-controlled mortgage finance companies to cut loan balances for thousands of U.S. borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth.

Immigration overhaul backers sing, dance, chant at U.S. Supreme Court

Apr 19 2016

WASHINGTON Dancing, singing, chanting and cheering, throngs of supporters of President Barack Obama's plan to protect millions of people in the country illegally from deportation and provide them work permits rallied on Monday outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. regulator to let Fannie, Freddie cut mortgage balances

Apr 19 2016

(This April 14 story corrects fourth paragraph to say principal balances need to be $250,000 or less, not more than $250,000 error first occurred in UPDATE 1)

Immigration overhaul backers sing, dance, chant at U.S. Supreme Court

Apr 18 2016

WASHINGTON Dancing, singing, chanting and cheering, throngs of supporters of President Barack Obama's plan to protect millions of people in the country illegally from deportation and provide them work permits rallied on Monday outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

Immigration overhaul backers sing, dance, chant at U.S. Supreme Court

Apr 18 2016

WASHINGTON Dancing, singing, chanting and cheering, throngs of supporters of President Barack Obama's plan to protect millions of people in the country illegally from deportation and provide them work permits rallied on Monday outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

Almost 400,000 disabled Americans eligible for student loan forgiveness

Apr 13 2016

WASHINGTON The U.S. government announced plans on Tuesday to forgive $7.7 billion in student loans for about 387,000 permanently disabled borrowers.

Washington subway chief warns of funding needs, possible shutdown

Mar 31 2016

WASHINGTON The chief of Washington's subway system warned on Thursday of possible maintenance shutdowns lasting months, while urging a major funding boost for the U.S. capital's transit system.

Amazon exec weighs in on proposed Staples-Office Depot merger

Mar 22 2016

WASHINGTON An executive with Amazon.com Inc's unit that sells office supplies to businesses gave testimony on Tuesday that appeared to bolster a U.S. regulator's wariness over a potential merger of Staples Inc and Office Depot Inc .

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Trump says Iran may have shot down U.S. drone by mistake

U.S. President Donald Trump played down Iran's downing of a U.S. military drone on Thursday, saying he suspected it was shot by mistake and that "it would have made a big difference" to him if the remotely-controlled aircraft had been piloted.