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Signing of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal opens up tough battle in US (+video)

WASHINGTON — Representatives of the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations on Thursday formally signed a sweeping free trade agreement reached last fall, setting in motion what is expected to be a hard battle for approval in national legislatures, none more contentious than in the U.S.

Shift from coal accelerating more rapidly than expected (+video)

WASHINGTON - In mid-2015, when the Environmental Protection Agency released its Clean Power Plan, it made a prediction of sorts. Under the new policy to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity sector, the EPA said, coal use would decline and the use of natural gas and renewables would increase. The result, by the year 2030, would be a country in which coal, once the leading source of U.S. power, would only provide “about 27 percent of the projected generation,” with “natural gas providing about 33 percent.”

Hiring by US businesses slows in January, but job growth still solid despite market turmoil (+video)

WASHINGTON — Hiring by U.S. businesses slowed in January, but private-sector job growth remained solid in a sign the labor market has been able to withstand the recent financial market turmoil, according to a report released Wednesday by payroll firm Automatic Data Processing.

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