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  • 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.

  • *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.

  • *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.

  • 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.

  • COLUMN-No winners from LME's legal setback: Andy Home Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    LONDON, April 1- Oh dear! The British High Court judge found the LME's consultation on forcing its warehouse operators to link load-in and load-out rates was "legally unfair". Even the victor of the High Court case, Rusal, has little to crow about.

  • NEW YORK, March 31- Last year's spike in the price of ethanol blending credits cost independent refiners at least $1.35 billion, more than three times as much as the year before, according to a Reuters' review of securities filings.

  • *All retail supplies recalled in U.S. and Puerto Rico. LONDON, March 27- GlaxoSmithKline is recalling all supplies of its non-prescription weight-loss drug Alli in the United States and Puerto Rico after customers reported finding other pills and tablets in some bottles.

  • March 27- A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.

  • Connecticut Senate approves highest minimum wage Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 8:06 AM ET
    Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy introduces President Barack Obama before Obama spoke about the minimum wage during an event in Kaiser Hall on the Central Connecticut State University campus in New Britain, Conn., Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

    The Connecticut Senate approved raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, the same rate the president wants for the federal minimum wage.

  • March 27- A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.

  • March 26- Some bottles of Alli, GlaxoSmithKline Plc's weight-loss drug sold over the counter in the United States, have been tampered with, and the Food and Drug Administration was investigating, the company said on Wednesday.

  • GSK reports tampering of some bottles of weight-loss drug Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    March 26- GlaxoSmithKline Plc said some bottles of its weight-loss drug Alli bought in the United States had been tampered with and that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was investigating. Consumers reported that some bottles bought in stores in seven states contained products other than the drug, the company said on Wednesday.

  • On Wednesday, some of Adelson's allies in Congress, including South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, plan to propose legislation that would do just that.

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. shale gas boom should be used to counteract Russian influence in Europe and on Ukraine, a key senator said on Tuesday, as lawmakers weighed changes to export policy to take into account a shifting geopolitical landscape.

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. shale gas boom should be used to rein in Russian influence on American allies in Europe and on Ukraine, a key senator said on Tuesday, as lawmakers weighed changes to export policy to take into account a shifting geopolitical landscape.

  • NEW YORK, March 25- The West Coast of the United States, long a battle ground for industrial and environmental interests, is set for another round of disputes as the region attracts key energy projects. As this happens, the West Coast, from California to Washington, has become a major focus for energy developers.

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