The White House renewed pressure on China on Wednesday to move toward a market-determined foreign exchange rate and to rein in cyber theft. Susan Rice, President Barack Obama's national security adviser, announced in a speech that Obama would travel to Asia in April to make up for a visit canceled in October due to a U.S. budget crisis. Speaking to an audience at Georgetown University, Rice said the United States will continue insisting on tangible progress by Beijing to improve the atmosphere for bilateral trade, such as a market-based exchange rate and increased U.S. access to Chinese markets and a bolstering of protections of U.S. corporate intellectual property rights. Cyber-assisted espionage hurts China, she said, and if actions are not taken to rein it in, "This behavior will undermine the economic relationship that benefits both of our nations." (Reporting by Steve Holland;
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on Capitol Hill have launched a drive to renew jobless benefits averaging less than $300 a week nationwide for people out of work for more than six months.
By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama joined forces with Bill and Hillary Clinton on Wednesday to recognize the legacy of John F. Kennedy, the president who inspired a generation until he was felled by an assassin's bullets 50 years ago this week. Obama awarded the highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to former President Clinton and 15 other Americans who have made significant contributions to U.S. culture, politics, sports and science. The event was intended as a testament to the memory of Kennedy, who signed an executive order shortly before his death creating the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Kennedy also established the Peace Corps and set the country on a path to landing humans on the moon.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators say they will require that new tour buses and buses that carry passengers on scheduled routes between cities be equipped with seat belts. It's a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half century.