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  • SALT LAKE CITY— Two brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs can cite their religion in refusing to answer some questions about suspected child labor violations on a Utah pecan farm, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Nephi and Lyle Jeffs, considered high-ranking sect members, testified in a Salt Lake City courtroom that the doctrine of The...

  • Justices debate judicial candidates' campaign appeals Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court's conservative and liberal justices clashed Tuesday over campaign finance restrictions in a dispute involving candidates for elected state and local judgeships. Five years after the court's Citizens United ruling freed corporations and labor unions to spend as much as they want in elections for Congress and president, the...

  • JAKARTA, Jan 20- Freeport-McMoRan Inc could lose its permit to export copper concentrate from its massive Indonesian mine in West Papua, the country's mining minister said on Tuesday, unless it can show progress in developing a new copper smelter this week. "Freeport hasn't confirmed the location," Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said told...

  • Months after he landed in Florida's Manatee County Jail, Jovon Frazier's pleas for treatment of the intense pain that radiated from his left shoulder to his elbow were met mostly with Tylenol. Frazier, then 18, wrote the second time he asked for care, in August 2009. That company, Corizon Health Inc., is under growing pressure around the country after losing five...

  • "If you want to see how the international aviation landscape is going to evolve, just look to the United States, where consolidation has left just four major legacy carriers to compete with the low-cost airlines that serve the rest of the market," said Franke, managing partner of Phoenix- based private equity firm Indigo Partners. The former chairman of America...

  • Getting hot in here: 2014 hottest year on record Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 12:06 PM ET
    A worker delivering bottled water during the hot weather last July in Shanghai.

    Of the large inhabited land areas, only the eastern half of the United States recorded below-average temperatures in 2014, NYT reports.

  • Jan 15- Freeport-McMoRan Inc agreed on Thursday to pay $137.5 million to resolve a lawsuit claiming executives and directors had conflicts of interest that caused the natural resources company to overpay significantly for two oil and gas companies in 2013.. Shareholders led by a group of pension funds and union-owned Amalgamated Bank will receive...

  • Jan 15- Freeport-McMoRan Inc on Thursday agreed to pay $137.5 million to resolve a lawsuit claiming that executives and directors had conflicts of interest that caused the natural resources company to overpay significantly for two oil and gas companies in 2013.. Shareholders led by a group of pension funds and the union-owned Amalgamated Bank will receive...

  • Jan 13- Pet supply retailer PetSmart Inc disclosed on Tuesday it was in talks to acquire or merge with a privately held rival, but ended talks over competition and antitrust concerns. PetSmart succumbed to calls from Jana Partners LLC and other large shareholders for a sale last month by agreeing to be bought by a private equity consortium led by BC Partners Ltd...

  • IKEDA, Japan, Jan 14- When Daihatsu Motor Co launched the Mira e: S minicar in 2011, the Toyota affiliate thought it had found a model for emerging markets. The automotive keiretsu system, pioneered by parent Toyota Motor Corp. and widely adopted by rivals, was acclaimed across the world in the 1980 s and 1990 s as an ingredient in Japan Inc's success.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for high-tech firms in the United States to hire more foreign specialists in science, technology and engineering. A bill by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah, which is home to some of the companies that would benefit, would...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for high-tech firms in the United States to hire more foreign specialists in science, technology and engineering. A bill by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah, which is home to some of the companies that would benefit, would...

  • Prosecutors said to recommend charges for Petraeus Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 5:54 PM ET
    David Petraeus

    Prosecutors have recommended bringing felony charges against former Gen. David Petraeus for providing classified info to a mistress, officials say.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 7- The Federal Housing Administration will reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage point to 0.85 percent from 1.35 percent, the White House said on Wednesday. In a statement, the White House said the move was part of President Obama' s efforts "to expand responsible lending to creditworthy borrowers." The administration also...

  • UPDATE 1-Obama to announce cut in FHA premiums -Bloomberg Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    President Barack Obama is set to announce a 0.5 percentage-point reduction of Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance premiums to 0.85 percent, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. Obama is expected to make the announcement in a speech in Phoenix on Thursday, Bloomberg said, citing sources. The FHA was forced to draw on $1.7 billion in taxpayer funds...

  • Obama to announce cut in FHA premiums -Bloomberg Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 10:33 AM ET

    President Barack Obama is set to announce a 0.5 percentage point reduction of Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance premiums to 0.85 percent, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. Obama is expected to make the announcement in a speech in Phoenix on Thursday, Bloomberg said, citing sources. Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.

  • Jan 5- Arizona's new Republican governor pledged to solve the state's growing budget deficit on Monday but insisted it will not be done through raising taxes. Doug Ducey, the former CEO of the Cold Stone Creamery ice-cream chain and Arizona's former state Treasurer, said his administration can confront the state's deficit, but said raising taxes on people and...

  • WASHINGTON/ HONOLULU, Jan 4- Republicans take full control of the U.S. Congress this week with an agenda of trying to force approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and push back on President Barack Obama's sweeping policy shifts on Cuba and immigration. Angry over the president's moves last year to bypass Congress on issues such as immigration, Republicans have...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 30- The state of Illinois will likely find it difficult in 2015 to get to grips with its crippling $105 billion unfunded pension liability for government workers, pension and legal analysts warned. But the court rulings in Arizona show that Illinois, which has the worst funded pensions of any U.S. state, may not have much chance. The problem is that...

  • Where to watch ‘The Interview’ online Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:38 PM ET
    A man walks by the poster for the film "The Interview" outside the Alamo Drafthouse theater in Littleton, Colorado December 23, 2014.

    "The Interview" may be coming soon to a theater near you after all.