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  • April 27- Jury selection kicked off on Monday in New York state court in the criminal trial of three former leaders of defunct law firm Dewey& LeBoeuf. Potential jurors began filling out questionnaires in the trial against former Dewey chair Steven Davis, ex-executive director Stephen DiCarmine and former chief financial official Joel Sanders.

  • April 27- ESPN sued Verizon Communications on Monday for breach of contract involving a new pay TV offering, as the cable sports network fired the latest volley in a mounting battle with the telecommunications company. ESPN, a unit of Walt Disney Co, said in a legal document sent to the Supreme Court of New York State that Verizon violated its obligations "under...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— A Vermont law that could make the state the first in the country to require labeling of genetically modified food has been allowed to stand for now despite opposition by food industry groups. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss in Burlington rejected a bid by food industry groups to block the law. Under the law Vermont is expected to become...

  • *Lynch takes over after protests in Baltimore. *Justice Department is probing use of excessive force. Lynch, 55, takes over as the country's top law enforcement official after a weekend that saw thousands of people in Baltimore take to the streets in mostly peaceful protests over the latest such case.

  • JACKSON, Miss.— A Chicago bankruptcy judge has blessed plans to dismantle the former casino at the shuttered Harrah's complex in Mississippi's Tunica County. It's one facet of a massive bankruptcy case involving Caesars Entertainment Corp. and its attempt to restructure or shed almost $20 billion in debt. The board collects $3.65 million yearly from a port...

  • WASHINGTON— House and Senate GOP negotiators neared agreement Monday on a budget blueprint that would enable Republicans controlling Congress to more easily target President Barack Obama's signature health care law while delivering an almost $40 billion budget boost to the Pentagon. The emerging plan relies on deep cuts to domestic agency budgets and...

  • The Arapahoe County Justice Center in suburban Denver has emptied quickly after opening statements in the Colorado theater shooting trial. The trial for James Holmes continues Tuesday morning. Court has adjourned for the day in the Colorado theater shooting trial after James Holmes' attorneys completed their opening statement.

  • CENTENNIAL, Colo.— Key players in the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes:. Samour moved to the United States from El Salvador in 1979, when he was 13. He received his law degree from the University of Denver. King, a law graduate of the University of Denver, defended Sir Mario Owens, one of three people now on Colorado's death row.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Some observers say a North Dakota bill passed this legislative session that sets guidelines for industrial hemp production should make it easier to grow and may help create an industry for Indian tribes, although it could take a while to sort out federal policies. David Monson is meant to put the state in line with the new federal farm bill that...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— Deutsche Bank says net profit fell to 559 million euros in the first quarter as legal penalties ate into stronger revenues from trading stocks and bonds. Last week the bank said that it had agreed to pay penalties of $2.175 billion to the U.S. Justice Department, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the New York Department of...

  • HAMBURG, April 25- An international maritime tribunal on Saturday ruled that Ghana can continue developing a $4.9 billion dollar offshore oil project in an area caught up in a border dispute with Ivory Coast but must not start new drilling. Ivory Coast in February asked the Hamburg- based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to issue a moratorium on oil...

  • Bill under debate would limit farm antibiotics in Oregon Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 11:38 AM ET

    As public pressure mounts nationally against antibiotics, Oregon legislators are debating whether to curtail their use in agriculture. If the legislation passes, Oregon would be the first in the nation to mandate stricter rules on livestock antibiotics. Proponents of Oregon's bill say that's inadequate, because the move still allows operators to...

  • With legalization, lawyers turn to business of pot Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    "It's definitely something that established firms are dipping a toe into, though they are being very cautious, and rightly so," said Sam Kamin, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law who teaches a class about representing the marijuana industry. California and more than 20 other states have legalized the drug for medical use, and the pot...

  • House GOP finalizes bid in education funding debate Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 1:31 AM ET

    Mark Dayton and fellow Democrats who control the Senate. During a House session that began Friday and stretched into early Saturday morning, GOP lawmakers offered a budget bill that also would limit future salary hikes for administration officials, cut the new Metropolitan Council chair's salary in half and remove the governor's ability to appoint those...

  • Lawmakers reached a compromise on the last day of the regular legislative session to resolve differences between competing versions that earlier cleared the Senate and House. The Senate voted 46-0 and the House 95-1 on House bill 1449, which now heads to Gov. "It's no secret to say that one of those chambers and one of those parties are much more solicitous of the...

  • Hawaii poised to raise smoking age to 21 Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 6:11 PM ET
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    A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.

  • Effort to repeal Clean Election law faces opposition Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 2:19 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— A proposal to ask voters whether they want to repeal Maine's Clean Election law received a cool response Friday from members of a legislative committee, most of whom received public funds on the campaign trail last year. "What this really is is an attempt to undermine the initiative," said Robert Howe, a lobbyist for Maine Citizens for Clean...

  • NEW YORK— Technology startups and New York authorities will get each other's input on dealing with regulations under an initiative announced Friday by the state attorney general and New York City's chief lawyer. "This will help new companies navigate our regulatory system, but it will also provide insights to the state and local government about outdated or...

  • BOSTON— Drivers for ride-hailing services such as Uber or Lyft would be required to undergo state criminal background checks, and the companies would be required to carry at least $1 million in liability insurance for each ride, under legislation filed Friday by Gov. Under the measure, which needs approval from the House and Senate, all drivers for ride-hailing...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— With oil prices sinking enough that drillers may soon see a more favorable tax rate, North Dakota lawmakers approved a new framework Friday that cuts the price-triggered exemption in exchange for a lower tax rate. Al Carlson, North Dakota's House majority leader, and other GOP representatives said the new system will provide a stable and...