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Attorney General Loretta Lynch (center), flanked by Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, Criminal Division (left) and FBI Assistant Director Andrew McCabe, announces guilty pleas from four large banks for their manipulation of global currency markets. (Associated Press)

Banks fined $5B for currency rigging

The Washington Times

They called themselves "The Cartel" and used secret chat rooms to plot strategy and manipulate prices on the world's trillion-dollar currency markets.

NY report measures tax exemptions, job gains

Associated Press

New York's comptroller reports that the state's industrial development agencies received $660 million in tax exemptions in 2013, up $105 million from 2012.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Gaston Hall at Georgetown University in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The president said that "it's a mistake" to think efforts to stamp out poverty have failed and the government is powerless to address it.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama sees link in problems of poor, middle class

- The Washington Times

While the government must still push for public investments in areas such as education and infrastructure, President Obama said Tuesday that family structure, community and faith organizations also have an important role to play in combating poverty in the United States.

Backers rally to save Export-Import Bank

- The Washington Times

Supporters of the Export-Import Bank of the United States are accelerating efforts to keep it in business as a potential life-or-death battle looms on Capitol Hill next month.

Gov. Jerry Brown responds to a reporters question concerning he meeting he held businesses affected by the drought at his Capitol office in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, April 16, 2015. Cities expected to slash water use in the drought are revolting against Brown's mandatory water restrictions, and dozens of agencies are telling water regulators that their assigned water use targets are unrealistic and unfair.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Liberal water czars create 2015 Dust Bowl in Golden State

California's liberals are seeking scapegoats to divert attention from how that entire state may soon become another Detroit, emptying out as people flee. Scapegoats like almonds, alfalfa and meat. Really. What Big Labor did to the Motor City the environmental extremists are doing to California, threatening to create a new Dust Bowl with their misguided water policies.

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to student Travis Lemieux during a campaign stop at New Hampshire Technical Institute on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's economic criticisms miss mark, manufacturing professionals say

- The Washington Times

As she brought her presidential bid to manufacturing businesses and technical colleges on the campaign trail, Hillary Rodham Clinton repeatedly has questioned why their high-tech machinery is made in other developed countries such as Germany and the Netherlands and not in the United States, identifying the foreign-made machines as a symptom of America's economic ills.

**FILE** President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Thomas J. Donohue, left, listens as AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, right, testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on transportation infrastructure Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

Business groups hail breakthough on trade

- The Washington Times

American business groups were quick to hail the congressional deal on new legislation Thursday that renews President Obama's authority to negotiate major new trade deals with Europe and Asia.

The Segway was once pitched by inventor Dean Kamen as the future of 21st century transportation and "would be to the car what the car was to the horse and buggy." Now, the New Hampshire-based Segway, Inc. has been bought by Beijing-based scooter manufacturer Ninebot Inc. (Associated Press)

Former Chinese rival in deal to buy Segway

- The Washington Times

There will be a new pair of hands on the handlebars of the Segway, as a former Chinese rival has acquired the ungainly two-wheeled scooter that never lived up to its early billing as the future of 21st century transportation.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Michigan Republican, said that it would be best to wait for the resolution of legal challenges to the EPA's Clean Power Act before implementing the plan. (Associated Press)

GOP calls for temporary halt to EPA's Clean Power Plan

- The Washington Times

Republicans' latest attempt to slow the Obama administration's climate change agenda calls for new regulations to be halted until all legal challenges are settled — an argument similar to the one President Obama has used when blocking the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

In this Thursday, April 9, 2015 photo, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks at the Atlantic Council in Washington.  The IMF predicted Tuesday, April 14,  that the American economy will grow 3.1 percent this year and next, a performance the fund characterized as "robust." But the U.S. outlook was down from the IMF's January forecast of 3.6 percent growth in 2015 and 3.3 percent growth in 2016. The American economy advanced 2.4 percent last year.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

IMF cuts growth forecast for U.S., sees pickup in Europe, Japan

- The Washington Times

A stronger dollar and weaker demand in its major trading partners will cut into U.S. growth through 2016, the International Monetary Fund said in a new survey Tuesday, while the forecast is a bit sunnier for Europe and Japan. Going into this week's annual spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington, IMF economists now predict that the American economy will grow 3.1 percent this year and next, down from January's forecast of 3.6 percent growth in 2015 and 3.3 percent growth in 2016.