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In this Friday, June 13, 2014 photo, a new cooling tower for a nuclear power plant reactor that's under construction stands near the two operating reactors at Plant Vogtle power plant in Waynesboro, Ga. Southern Co. said the firms building its new nuclear power plant in Georgia estimate the project will be delayed 18 months, potentially costing the power company $720 million in new charges, company officials said Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Builder projects 18-month delay for nuclear plant in Georgia

- Associated Press

Southern Co. said the firms building its new nuclear power plant in Georgia estimate the project will be delayed 18 months, potentially costing the power company $720 million in new charges, company officials said Thursday.

Just-cut stacks of $100 bills make their way down the production line at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

US loans fueled insider deal, failed power plan in Liberia

- Associated Press

A failed U.S. government-backed plan to produce environmentally friendly energy in one of Africa's poorest countries was marred by insider connections and questionable planning, an Associated Press investigation found. The federal agency at the center of the deal is one of the government's biggest secrets and routinely escapes public scrutiny.

FILE - In this May 21, 2013 file photo, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican senators poised to lead major committees when the GOP takes charge are intent on pushing back many of President Barack Obama's policies, setting up potential showdowns over environmental rules, financial regulations and national security. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Asia trade deal coming together quickly, Froman says

- The Washington Times

In the face of sometimes open Democratic skepticism, President Obama's top trade adviser told lawmakers Tuesday that an ambitious trade deal with Asia could be finished in the next few months.

Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece's Syriza left-wing main opposition party, waves to his supporters as he arrives for a pre-election speech at Omonia Square in Athens Thursday. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' New Democracy party has failed so far to overcome a gap in opinion polls with the anti-bailout Syriza party ahead of the Jan. 25 general election. (Associated Press)

Left’s surge in polls could strain Greece’s ties to EU

In a vote that could strain Europe's unity and rattle global markets, Greece on Sunday seems poised to embrace a once-shunned far-left party that vows to reject the six-year austerity plan imposed by creditors and renegotiate the southern European nation's crippling foreign debt.

President Barack Obama speaks to a capacity crowd at Boise State University during a visit to Boise, Idaho, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green)

Left slams Obama’s call for fast-track trade pact

- The Washington Times

House Democrats mobilized Wednesday in opposition to President Obama's call for legislation that would make it easier for him to negotiate free-trade agreements, one of the few areas of potential compromise between the White House and Republican lawmakers.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Wednesday came out against President Obama's new paid family-leave policy, saying the cost was to high for businesses. (Associated Press)

Obama paid-leave mandate runs into GOP opposition

- The Washington Times

President Obama on Thursday rolled out a new family leave policy for federal workers and called on Congress to make it law for private-sector workers as well, the latest executive action from Mr. Obama's pen designed both to pressure congressional Republicans and to demonstrate the president will to act on his own if necessary.

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 file photo, Giselle Basurto, of Mexico, shops at a Kmart store in New York on Thanksgiving Day. Retail sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 according to data provided from First Data Corp., which tracks purchases at 800,000 stores including online. The modest growth comes despite the heavy discounting customary throughout the season. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Weak holiday retail numbers clouds U.S. recovery hopes

- The Washington Times

U.S. retail sales unexpectedly tumbled nearly 1 percent in December, the Commerce Department announced Wednesday, sending U.S. stock markets lower and leading at least one analyst to says it's time to pump the brakes on talk of a strong U.S. economic rebound in 2015.

In this Jan. 8, 2015 file photo, men work on an oil pump during a sandstorm in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. The price of oil dipped below $45 a barrel Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, following the latest sign from OPEC that the group doesn’t plan to cut production. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Government predicts shale slowdown as oil falls

- Associated Press

As oil's long slide continued, the Energy Department forecast Tuesday that production from U.S. shale operators will begin to tail off in the second half of the year.

From left to right, Richard Doidge Managing Director of Maersk Oil Middle East, Suhail bin Mohammed al-Mazroui, UAE Oil Minister and Fouad Siniora former Lebanese Prime Minister take part in the 6th Gulf Intelligence UAE Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

UAE energy minister: No change in OPEC policy amid oil slide

- Associated Press

The energy minister for the United Arab Emirates said Tuesday there are no plans for OPEC to curb production to shore up falling crude prices, and instead put the onus on shale oil drillers for oversupplying the market.