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  • Appeals court: Consumer case improperly sealed Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the public's right to access to judicial records trumps any possible damage to the company's reputation and bottom line. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. in Maryland with orders to unseal it and reveal the company's identity.

  • Consumer groups win appeal to reveal Company Doe Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:07 PM ET

    The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., sided with consumer groups Wednesday in their fight to reveal the identity of the manufacturer. In 2011, an unidentified manufacturer went to court to stop the Consumer Product Safety Commission from publishing online a complaint about a product the company makes.

  • People with old Social Security debts get reprieve Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve— for now. Social Security recipients and members of Congress complained that people were being forced to repay overpayments that were sometimes paid to their parents or guardians when they were children.

  • Social Security halts effort to collect old debts Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 6:11 PM ET

    Social Security Administration suspends a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup old overpayments.

  • Minnesota joins states raising minimum wage Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Tens of thousands of Minnesota workers have big raises coming their way, courtesy of a new minimum wage law that Gov. He said he has been stunned by GOP resistance— it passed the Legislature with only Democratic votes— to increasing the guaranteed wage from $6.15 per hour now to $9.50 by 2016 and then tie it to inflation.

  • Passengers ill on cruise ship that sailed from Md. Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 6:57 PM ET

    The most recent outbreak occurred on the Royal Caribbean International vessel, which left Baltimore on April 5 for a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas, Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said in an email Friday. The CDC said more than 100 passengers and crew members got sick on the Grandeur's last cruise from Baltimore from March 28 to April 5.

  • Obama taps budget guru, technocrat for health job Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 4:59 PM ET

    She served as chief of staff to former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and as deputy director of the White House budget office during a period in which the federal government saw three consecutive budget surpluses.

  • Miss. man indicted in $9 million bankruptcy fraud Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— A Jackson man was indicted Wednesday on charges that he defrauded his bankrupt business of more than $9 million. William "Butch" Dickson faces charges in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

  • PHILADELPHIA, April 10- A Philadelphia judge on Thursday set aside most of an arbitration ruling that could have cost the state of Pennsylvania some $180 million from a landmark 1998 settlement with the nation's tobacco companies.

  • Cover Oregon narrows exchange future to 2 options Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 6:37 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Officials with Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange say they've narrowed the options for the site's future to two: switching to the federal exchange, or staying with the current technology and hiring a new contractor to fix it.

  • Sebelius: 7.5 million now signed up Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    Four hundred thousand more have now done so, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee. Ben Cardin, D- Md., while bemoaning that "we're still stuck in this repeal, not repeal mode, particularly in the House of Representatives, and that's not doing a service to the people of this country.

  • Correction: United States-France-Holocaust story Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 9:25 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In stories March 10 and April 9 about the French rail company SNCF, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the company acknowledged guilt and paid more than $6 billion in reparations for its role in the Holocaust.

  • House panel votes to hold IRS official in contempt Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A House Committee voted Thursday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings. The official, Lois Lerner, previously headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status.

  • House passes Ryan budget with big cuts Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 3:26 AM ET

    Democrats countered with a plan that would leave Obama's health care plan and rapidly growing health programs like Medicare intact, relying on $1.5 trillion in tax hikes over the coming decade to bring deficits down to sustainable but still-large levels in the $600 billion range.

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- The number of U.S. home foreclosure filings slid 23 percent in March from a year ago, helping bring first-quarter foreclosure activity to its lowest level since the second quarter of 2007, a report from RealtyTrac showed on Thursday.

  • 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.

  • Republicans block US Senate bill on gender pay gap Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 2:56 AM ET

    Wednesday's vote was 53-44 to halt GOP tactics aimed at derailing the legislation, but that fell six short of the 60 Democrats needed to prevail. The outcome on the Senate floor was not a surprise, but Democrats were playing to a wider audience. Barbara Mikulski, D- Md., stood up after the vote and said supporters were disappointed but that they would fight on.

  • Vermont House bucks Shumlin, speeds wage hike Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont House bucked the wishes of Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday by calling for an increase in the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour starting in January, rather than 2017.. A January 2015 start date to $10.10 per hour would make Vermont the first state to break the $10 mark on its minimum wage.

  • Tesla to offer electric car leases to businesses Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 9:26 AM ET

    DETROIT— Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. says it will begin leasing cars to small and midsize businesses. Leasing a base Model S for 36 months would cost $1,012 per month with roughly $6,000 up front, according to Tesla's website.

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