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  • SALEM, Ore.— Oregon lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal aimed at closing a loophole in state privacy laws that recently let a man go unpunished after he took photographs up a teenager's skirt. The state Senate unanimously passed the bill, which would make it a misdemeanor to surreptitiously take photos up women's dresses without their consent.

  • *Time Warner Cable's shares up 7.1 pct, Charter up 2.7 pct. May 26- Charter Communications Inc's $56 billion bid to remake the U.S. cable television industry by acquiring larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc will try to skirt the regulatory obstacles that helped sink Comcast Corp's earlier bid for Time Warner Cable. The transaction faces a close review from the...

  • FOREX-U.S. data drive dollar gains of over 1 percent Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 3:34 PM ET

    *Euro falls below $1.09, Greek concerns growing. The dollar climbed to its highest in nearly eight years against the Japanese yen and pushed the euro, already weighed down by anxieties over Greece's financial crisis, below $1.09 for the first time in a month. Against the yen, the dollar broke through longer-term resistance and topped 123 yen to a high of 123.32 yen, a...

  • May 26- Delta Air Lines Inc on Tuesday announced new flights from Seattle to five destinations in its latest move to strip market share from Alaska Air Group Inc, which is based in that city. Investors worry that overlaps with the airport's larger operator Alaska Airlines could lead to lower ticket prices and revenue from Seattle. Delta said it would begin...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 26- Judging by the latest performance rankings, two 529 college savings plans in particular look enticing. SavingForCollege.com, a plan comparison website that publishes rankings each quarter, said the District of Columbia's direct-sold DC 529 College Savings Program topped the lists for one-, three- and five-year performance as of March 31.

  • FOREX-Dollar gains top 1 percent on U.S. rates outlook Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 11:03 AM ET

    *Euro falls below $1.09, Greek concerns growing. The dollar climbed to its highest in nearly eight years against the Japanese yen and pushed the euro, already weighed down by anxieties over Greece's financial crisis, below $1.09 for the first time in a month. Against the yen, the dollar broke through longer-term resistance and topped 123 yen to a high of 123.28 yen, a...

  • TORONTO, May 26- Toronto Dominion Bank said on Tuesday it will acquire Nordstrom's U.S. consumer credit card portfolio as the Canadian bank looks to use its strong balance sheet to expand its lending business in the United States. But under the terms, Nordstrom will receive a large slice of net revenue generated by the credit card accounts. Nordstrom's U.S. credit...

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • ORANGE BEACH, Ala.— With the Memorial Day holiday just around the corner, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. Questions remain about the long-term environmental impacts of the BP...

  • MIAMI, May 25- The Florida Bar is sending its first ever delegation of lawyers to Cuba this week to explore emerging new business opportunities as prospects heat up for closer political and commercial relations between the United States and the Communist-run island. Some big law firms with Miami offices, often staffed by Cuban-American exiles, are already...

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • CARACAS, Venezuela— It's still possible to buy a gleaming Ford truck in Venezuela, rent a chic apartment in Caracas, and snag an American Airlines flight to Miami. The latest sign of an emerging dual-currency system came earlier this month when Ford Motor Co. union officials said the company had reached a deal with officials to sell trucks and sports utility...

  • Dog lovers and restaurateurs say the proposal would safely accommodate people who want to dine out with man's best friend in places from Manhattan sidewalk cafes to country ice cream stands. They're my boys, "Vargas said while relaxing this past week with her poodle mixes, Luigi and Carmine, and a friend's wire fox terrier at an outdoor Manhattan park cafe.

  • A line of children's booster seats with potentially faulty safety straps are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include several types of gas ranges with defects that can cause burn or fire hazards. FOR MORE: Call Vivint at 759-8189 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday or online at www.vivint.com and click on "Product Recall."

  • HAMPTON, N.H./ WASHINGTON, May 22- Hillary Clinton on Friday voiced strong support for keeping the U.S. Export-Import Bank open and accused Republican opponents who want to close the export-promoting lender of putting American jobs at risk. Some of the bank's biggest beneficiaries, including General Electric Co and Boeing Co, say closing Ex-Im will lead to the...

  • LOS ANGELES— Richard Martinez thinks of his son every day, and with those thoughts come the constant reminder of a young life cut tragically short by a troubled man with a gun. Martinez had just gotten off the phone with his son, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, on the night of May 23, 2014, when the sophomore English major at the University of California, Santa...

  • HAMPTON, N.H.— Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees "no role whatsoever" for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State militants. She addressed the matter after visiting Smuttynose Brewery, where she spoke in defense of the Export-Import Bank, a little-known U.S. agency that...

  • Boston, several suburbs see major population growth Friday, 22 May 2015 | 12:34 PM ET

    The U.S. Census Bureau in estimates released this week said Boston and four of its immediate suburbs added the most new residents from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014. Boston gained nearly 6,000 new residents, with Cambridge, Everett, Watertown and Chelsea closing out the top five. The greater Boston population has been growing in the past five years, said Susan Strate,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy. But what started as a casual suggestion during a 2010 conference call with advisers to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy center in Dallas, has...

  • PALO ALTO, May 21- Minutes of the Federal Reserve's regular meetings have become so detailed and such a central focus for investors and the news media that the quality of policy debates may be suffering as a result, a top Fed official said on Thursday. The Fed publishes minutes of its policy-setting meetings three weeks after the fact. John Williams, president of...