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  • WASHINGTON, April 10- Eleven U.S. Democratic senators on Thursday called on President Barack Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31.

  • Jindal joins those calling for lawmaker to resign Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 4:39 AM ET

    MONROE, La.— Embattled Louisiana Rep. The best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress, "Jindal said. There was milder pressure from Washington, where House Speaker John Boehner said after talking to McAllister, "He's got decisions that he has to make.

  • NY lawmakers question auto insurance rate factors Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    "The more accurate we can make our premiums the more savings we can provide," said Kristina Baldwin, an assistant vice president at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, a trade group.

  • Gov't says report on power grid threats mishandled Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 5:54 PM ET

    The document created by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should have been kept secret as a national security matter, Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman said. The report followed a comment by former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff that an April 2013 attack on a California electric substation was terrorism.

  • WASHINGTON, April 9- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved the nomination of Justice Department official Terrell McSweeny to be the third Democratic commissioner on the five-member Federal Trade Commission. "We are delighted that the Senate has confirmed Terrell McSweeny to serve as an FTC Commissioner.

  • April 9- Hearst TV said on Wednesday it signed an agreement with Dish Network Corp ending a blackout that affected Dish subscribers who could not see programs from ABC, NBC and CBS broadcast affiliate stations in 25 markets. "We appreciate the support and patience of our viewers, advertisers and local communities served by our stations," Hearst said in a statement.

  • Dish, Hearst TV battle as TV programs in 25 cities cut Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    April 9- Dish Network Corp customers in 25 markets across the United States can no longer view programs from ABC, NBC and CBS broadcast affiliate stations due to an impasse between the satellite provider and Hearst Television. Hearst owns 29 local TV broadcast affiliate stations in 25 markets, including Baltimore, Boston and New Orleans.

  • VANCOUVER, April 9- Just over a year ago, Canadian trucking firm Bison Transport took a bet on a potentially game changing technology, buying 15 big rigs powered by liquefied natural gas. After 14 months on the road, though, the Winnipeg- based company has found that the reality- at least initially- is less rosy.

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- The United States should strengthen a century-old law designed to protect the domestic shipping industry, rather than relax it under pressure from the energy industry, the chair of the Senate Energy Committee said on Tuesday.

  • La. public school funding short $55M this year Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 4:17 PM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.— State financing for Louisiana's public schools is short $55 million of what is needed to cover all the state's students this year, Superintendent of Education John White told lawmakers Tuesday.

  • *Louisiana jury orders $6 bln damages from Takeda, $3 bln from Eli Lilly. *Award unlikely to stand after Takeda and Eli Lilly challenges. Eli Lilly and Co, Takeda's co-defendant in the case, was ordered to pay $3 billion in punitive damages by the jury in Louisiana on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- A U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday approved Timothy Massad as the next chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and two other commissioners to head the swaps and futures markets watchdog. The only nominee to draw a "no" vote, from Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, was Sharon Bowen, a partner at law firm Latham& Watkins in New York.

  • *Louisiana jury orders $6 bln damages from Takeda, $3 bln from Eli Lilly. SAN FRANCISCO/ TOKYO, April 8- Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd said it would contest $6 billion in punitive damages imposed by a U.S. federal jury in a case alleging that Japan's largest drugmaker had concealed cancer risks associated with its Actos diabetes drug.

  • US jury hits Takeda, Eli Lilly with $9B penalty Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 3:33 AM ET

    TOKYO— A U.S. jury ordered Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and its U.S. counterpart, Eli Lilly and Co., to pay $9 billion in punitive damages over a diabetes medicine linked to cancer. The U. S District Court in western Louisiana ordered a $6 billion penalty for Takeda and $3 billion for its business partner and co-defendant Eli Lilly.

  • *Louisiana jury orders $6 bln damages from Takeda, $3 bln from Eli Lilly. TOKYO, April 8- A U.S. jury ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd to pay $6 billion in damages over claims that it concealed cancer risks associated with its Actos diabetes drug, the plaintiffs' lawyer said on Tuesday.

  • Supporters of payday loan limits point to new data Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 4:26 PM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.— Organizations seeking to toughen regulations on payday loans Monday pointed to a report by the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions that shows state residents shelled out about $146 million in fees and interest on the loans last year. Advocates for payday loan reform used the report at a House Commerce Committee hearing to back Rep.

  • Hogan hosts at 'WrestleMania 30' Sunday, 6 Apr 2014 | 11:39 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— The Hulkster showed he can host, 30 years later. Three decades after he took part in the first "WrestleMania" at Madison Square Garden, Hulk Hogan presided over the 30th version of World Wrestling Entertainment's signature event at the Superdome. Vince McMahon had the vision to make this entertainment as big as he did, "Hogan said."

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- A rare burst of good news on President Barack Obama's healthcare program has given Democrats their first glimmer of hope in months on an issue that has helped drag the party down ahead of November's U.S. congressional elections.

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- Federal regulators should approve construction of Sempra Energy's liquefied natural gas export project by mid-June, the chair of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee said on Wednesday, arguing that the government needs to move swiftly to keep U.S. gas exports competitive.

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- The head of a nonprofit that manages the infrastructure of the Internet defended on Wednesday the U.S. government's move to cede oversight of the body, and downplayed concerns that Russia, China or other countries could exert control and restrict the web's openness.

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