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  • JUNEAU, Alaska— Questions to ponder as Alaska legalizes marijuana:. BUT WASN'T POT ALREADY LEGAL IN ALASKA? A 1975 Alaska Supreme Court decision protected residents with small amounts of pot in their homes from prosecution.

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate's top Republican shifted tactics Tuesday to try to free up stalled legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security in advance of a Friday midnight deadline. "But... we can't do that until we fully fund the Department of Homeland Security. Tuesday's developments did little to clear up the impasse over immigration that is...

  • Nevada lawmakers introduce competing equal pay bills Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 4:31 PM ET

    CARSON CITY, Nev.— Nevada lawmakers are introducing competing bills aimed at closing the gender pay gap. Meanwhile, Republican Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson is sponsoring SB 167, which would empower the state Equal Rights Commission to administer fines and strengthen Nevada discrimination protection law. Roberson said his bill, which was...

  • "That's the stick we'll use to measure every candidate," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. As an example, he cited the success of Wisconsin Gov. Walker survived a subsequent recall attempt and then won re-election, and lawmakers in Wisconsin are now pushing to pass right-to-work legislation that would limit the organizing power of private-sector unions.

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court next week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that hinges on just four words in the massive law that seeks to dramatically reduce the ranks of the uninsured. The argument threatens subsidies that help make insurance affordable to consumers in about three dozen states. Q. Would Congress have...

  • Feb 19- Newmont Mining Corp, the U.S.' s largest gold producer, reported on Thursday a narrower adjusted fourth quarter profit, though earnings were stronger than expected. Adjusted net income, which excludes one-time items like non-cash write downs, was $86 million, or 17 cents a share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with $143 million, or 28 cents a share, in the...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- Five Republican state governors say they will not rescue a crucial part of Obamacare if it is struck down by the Supreme Court, underlining the prospect for a chaotic aftermath to a ruling that could force millions of Americans to pay much more for coverage or lose their health insurance. In response to Reuters' queries, spokespeople for the...

  • Feb 13- United Airlines will outsource about 1,150 positions at 16 airports across the country, but reached tentative agreements with its union to keep another 800 jobs in-house that also had been under scrutiny, a company spokesman said on Friday. Before taking effect, the agreement must be approved by a vote of the affected workers, who are located in or near...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- The number of U.S. properties in foreclosure upon rose 5 percent in January, driven by a jump in bank repossessions, real estate data firm RealtyTrac said on Thursday. A nationwide increase in scheduled foreclosure auctions in 21 states in January reflected that they were "coming off somewhat artificially low levels last year," RealtyTrac Vice...

  • DETROIT, Feb 11- Tesla Motors Inc missed fourth-quarter sales targets and analysts' profit expectations, but Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk on Wednesday said by 2025 Tesla's growth trajectory could take its market value to $700 billion, matching that of Apple Inc.. It was a glimmer of optimism capping a difficult quarter that saw the electric-car company...

  • BOSTON, Feb 10- Ten U.S. states have sent a letter to Anthem Inc complaining that the company has been too slow in notifying consumers that they were victims of a massive data breach disclosed last week. "The delay in notifying those impacted is unreasonable and is causing unnecessary added worry to an already concerned population of Anthem customers," said the...

  • BOSTON, Feb 10- Attorneys general from 10 U.S. states sent a letter to Anthem Inc complaining that the company has been too slow in notifying consumers that they were victims of a massive data breach disclosed last week. "Anthem must communicate detailed information without any further unnecessary delay," said the letter, which was written by Connecticut...

  • In Macau, casino titans join China reform wagon Sunday, 8 Feb 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    HONG KONG, Feb 9- Leading China's anti-corruption campaign, President Xi Jinping warned Macau last December that the world's biggest gambling hub needs to be about more than baccarat. "When you hear the central government and the Macau government urged operators to diversify the attractions of their facilities... they are preaching to the choir.

  • Treasury and a federal grand jury over alleged failures to comply with anti-money laundering law, has hired away Wal-Mart Stores Inc's top expert. "We are very confident AML experience with Wal-Mart qualifies him for his new role with us." The Las Vegas- based company's decision to hire a high-profile, outside anti-money laundering expert, instead of promoting...

  • EXCLUSIVE-The FAA: regulating business on the moon Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    The Federal Aviation Administration, in a previously undisclosed late-December letter to Bigelow Aerospace, said the agency intends to "leverage the FAA's existing launch licensing authority to encourage private sector investments in space systems by ensuring that commercial activities can be conducted on a non-interference basis."

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 30- Ride service Uber, which is trying to enhance its image after several controversies, on Friday released the findings of a report on its handling of passenger data and said it would act on all the report's recommendations for improvements. Management at the San Francisco- based company, which announced the report's findings in a blog post,...

  • District Judge James Mahan in Las Vegas granted an SEC request that MRI International Inc and its owner, Edwin Fujinaga, be ordered to give up $544.4 million of illegal profit and interest, and to each pay a $20 million civil fine. But the SEC said the defendants ran an "extensive and egregious Ponzi scheme" in which they used new money to repay older investors, and...

  • Jan 28- The bankruptcy of the operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp's will proceed in Chicago, a victory for the casino company's private equity backers over its hedge fund creditors who wanted the case in Delaware. Bankruptcy Judge in Delaware sent shares of parent company Caesars Entertainment, which is controlled by Apollo Global Management and...

  • Jan 28- A U.S. bankruptcy judge said on Wednesday he would not transfer the bankruptcy filing of Caesars Entertainment Corp's operating unit to Delaware from Chicago, a victory for the company's private equity backers. Hedge funds creditors wanted the casino company's $10 billion debt-cutting plan reviewed under the legal standards of the Delaware court.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway agreed to sell 168 stores in eight states to win U.S. antitrust approval for their $9.2 billion merger, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Albertsons, which has 630 supermarkets under various brand names, and Safeway, which has 1,332 stores, will divest stores in Arizona, California, Montana,...