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US exchanges will have to test trading systems

U.S. stock exchanges will have to keep a closer eye on their electronic trading systems under rules adopted by federal regulators.

Military scaling back treatment units in Liberia

A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. military is scaling back the size and number of Ebola treatment facilities it is building in Liberia.

Dems reject Pelosi pick for top House post

A day after re-electing Rep. Nancy Pelosi to lead them in the next Congress, House Democrats rebuffed her effort Wednesday to elect a close ally to an important committee post.

UN: World not close to avoiding dangerous warming

The world still isn't close to preventing what leaders call a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. That's despite some nations' recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions.

Secret Service chief: Morale suffering at agency

The acting director of the Secret Service warned lawmakers Wednesday of "potentially dire consequences" from lowered morale and operational security at the agency. He vowed to do better.

DHS sec'y: Obama immigration plan 'comprehensive'

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson says President Barack Obama's executive immigration actions will be comprehensive and include border security measures.

US home construction drops 2.8 percent in October

Construction of new homes fell slightly in October after a big surge in the previous month, but the weakness was largely driven by the volatile apartment sector.

Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.

Some in House reject GOP warning against shutdown

Top Republicans say two things are clear: Last year's government shutdown hurt the party. And Republicans must not let the president's pending immigration action bait them into a repeat.

After Keystone, Landrieu faces tougher re-election

A failed effort to push approval of the Keystone XL pipeline through Congress behind her, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu now faces an even greater challenge to win a runoff election next month.

Ryan to chair tax panel, a possible 2016 platform

House Republican leaders chose Paul Ryan on Tuesday to head the powerful House Ways and Means Committee for the next two years, giving him a high-profile platform if he decides to run for president in 2016 or beyond.

Symbol of century-old suffering gets brief display

To Armenian-Americans, the display Tuesday of a hand-woven rug at the White House Visitor's Center represented a hard-fought victory in their push for official recognition of the killings of their ancestors experienced nearly a century ago.

Senate Democrats reject bill to build oil pipeline

The Democrat-controlled Senate has defeated a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Reid urges Obama to act quickly on immigration

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that President Barack Obama should take executive action as quickly as possible to remake the nation's immigration system.

Watchdog: Patent telework program invites abuse

Thousands of federal patent workers are allowed to work from home with little supervision and face almost no discipline even if they lie about the hours they put in, an internal watchdog told Congress Tuesday as lawmakers examine a telework program acclaimed as a model for the government.

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