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  • NY joins 4 states in suing subscriptions companies Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 1:33 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York has joined four other states in suing companies they say sell magazine and newspaper subscriptions at inflated prices and without the permission of the publishers. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says it's illegal in his state to trade on the name of reputable publications, use deceptive advertising and trick consumers into...

  • A look at top car, truck speed limits across the US Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 mph. But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas. Here is a look at the top speed limits for cars in...

  • MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J.— The federal government says it has collected $5.5 million for 1,100 New Jersey gas station attendants who were denied minimum wage and overtime payments. Gas station attendants are a rare sight elsewhere, but they're at every station in New Jersey. New Jersey and Oregon are the only states that don't let motorists pump their own gas.

  • March 26- Personal information gathered by RadioShack Corp from shoppers is not included in its sale, the consumer privacy ombudsman in the electronics retailer's bankruptcy case said in response to concerns shared by several states that the data could be sold. Her letter came as Oregon and Pennsylvania on Wednesday joined Texas and Tennessee in objecting...

  • RENO, Nev.— An unprecedented attempt to protect sage grouse habitat across parts of more than 900 square miles of privately owned land in Nevada will begin under a deal Thursday involving the federal government, an environmental group and the world's largest gold mining company. The agreement comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approaches a fall...

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • Connecticut lags much of the US in personal income growth Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:17 AM ET

    Connecticut's 3 percent rise from 2013 to 2014 also lagged other New England states except Maine, where it increased by 2.9 percent. Connecticut has been vexed by unemployment persistently higher than joblessness nationwide. The unemployment rate in Connecticut was 6.3 percent in January, the most recent month available, while nationally it was 5.7 percent.

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington state's insurance commissioner announced Tuesday a multistate investigation into this winter's cyberattack on Premera Blue Cross. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said he plans to work with his counterparts in Alaska and Oregon to look into operations at Premera, which is based in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. That number has dropped to 2,680 this month, David Sorensen, spokesman for the Department of Health and Services, told The Associated Press. "Northern Washington County really has never come out of the recession, so there aren't economic...

  • NEW YORK— A New York- based criminal justice nonprofit says it will work with jails and prisons in five states to reduce the use of solitary confinement. The Vera Institute of Justice said Tuesday that state corrections systems in Nebraska, Oregon and North Carolina as well as jails in New York City and Middlesex County, New Jersey, were picked for the two-year plan.

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's allies are recruiting high-profile Democrats to help combat liberal resistance to his bid for new trade agreements in Asia and elsewhere. The effort will sharpen differences between the Democratic Party's liberal and pro-business wings, especially in New England. But Patrick's might add some sizzle to the trade...

  • The Legislature will follow up later with a new bill to fix provisions that displeased Google Inc., said Sen. The provision that rankled Google was supposed to create incentives for Internet companies to invest in ultra-high-speed gigabit Internet services. "We are not aware of any consumer offering that offers speeds above a gigabit," Darcy Nothnagle, a Google...

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says some consumers have complaints about refund anticipation checks centered on advertising, quality of service or fees. Refund anticipation checks rose to roughly 21.6 million in 2014, up 17 percent from 2011, according to IRS data provided to The Associated Press. Currently, refund anticipation checks and...

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says some consumers have complaints about refund anticipation checks centered on advertising, quality of service or fees. Refund anticipation checks rose to roughly 21.6 million in 2014, up 17 percent from 2011, according to IRS data provided to The Associated Press. Currently, refund anticipation checks and...

  • California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought Saturday, 21 Mar 2015 | 1:45 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state's energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze— not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state's hydroelectric dams for the year. But what California is experiencing is historically low...

  • The Washington, D.C.- based Marijuana Policy Project, the largest group in the country dedicated solely to reforming marijuana laws and a key player in Colorado's successful legalization effort, is leading one charge. But Legalize Maine is framing Marijuana Policy Project as an out-of-state interloper, and organizers for Legalize Maine said their proposal...

  • NAPA, Calif.— Robert Dahl came west from Minnesota with a powerful desire to make his fortune in Napa Valley's famed wine country. He once bought a $42,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle rather than delay a road trip while another nearly new bike got fixed. Dahl, 47, then killed himself, leaving behind his wife, three children and two decades worth of failed projects,...

  • WASHINGTON— An emerging bipartisan House deal changing how Medicare reimburses doctors ran into turbulence in the Senate Thursday over abortion, spotlighting a rare public disagreement between Congress' two top Democrats. Aides to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., said the Medicare agreement's health center abortion language would expire...

  • BEAVERTON, Ore.— Nike Inc. said Thursday its net income climbed 16 percent in the fiscal third quarter even though the stronger dollar and other factors hurt the athletic apparel maker's results. The stronger dollar makes Nike's products more expensive in other currencies, and the company also said it invested more money in its business and effective tax rates...