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  • July 28- Smith& Wesson Holding Corp has agreed to pay $2.03 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges its employees and representatives bribed foreign officials to supply firearms to military and law enforcement departments overseas.

  • *Russia stocks tumble anew after new sanctions, on legal issues. Russia warned the moves would hamper cooperation between the two and undermine the fight against terrorism, although Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow would not impose tit-for-tat measures.

  • MOSCOW, July 28- Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man and head of the now defunct Yukos company, said on Monday he was satisfied with a court ruling that awarded shareholders of the company over $50 billion in compensation in a legal battle against Russia.

  • TEL AVIV, July 28- Leonid Nevzlin, the biggest ultimate beneficial owner of defunct oil giant Yukos, expressed satisfaction with the Hague's arbitration court ruling that Russia must pay a group of shareholders around $50 billion for expropriating its assets.

  • AMSTERDAM, July 28- An international arbitration panel in the Netherlands on Monday ordered Moscow to pay $51.57 billion in damages to shareholders in the defunct oil giant Yukos, saying officials under President Vladimir Putin had manipulated the legal system to bankrupt the company.

  • Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 3:50 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • *Russia has to start paying by Jan. 15 2015- paper. MOSCOW, July 28- Shareholders in defunct oil giant Yukos won a court battle against Russia in one of the largest-ever commercial legal cases, in which Moscow must pay $50 billion for expropriating the assets, Kommersant daily said, citing unnamed sources.

  • No booze for DC folks? New Hampshire may fix law Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | 9:19 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— New Hampshire is assuring residents of the nation's capital that they can purchase alcohol in the state despite a law that suggests otherwise.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- Argentina, out of legal options to avoid paying a court-awarded $1.33 billion plus interest to holdout creditors who twice spurned a restructuring offer, has until July 30 to either pay them, negotiate a settlement or default.

  • WASHINGTON, July 25- The U.S. House Financial Services Committee said on Friday that it will vote on a bill next week aimed at bringing more transparency to the Federal Reserve, including the controversial requirement of adopting a rules-based approach to its policy.

  • Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 5:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can— at least in some instances— be used on other carriers. The law, which President Obama said he looks forward to signing, undoes a move by the Librarian of Congress in 2012. That made it a copyright violation to unlock a phone without the carrier's permission.

  • House and Senate chairs resume talks on VA Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    Jeff Miller, R- Fla., chairman of the House veterans panel, and his Senate counterpart, Sen. He traveled to Philadelphia for a conference and was also planning to go home to Vermont. The House and Senate are set to adjourn next week until early September, and lawmakers from both parties have said completing a bill on veterans' health care is a top priority.

  • House votes to boost child tax credit for some Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    With nearly all Republicans voting in favor and most Democrats opposed, the bill cleared the House by a vote of 237-173. The White House threatened to veto the bill, though the Democratic-controlled Senate is unlikely to pass it. Dave Camp R- Mich., chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- A business unit of Citigroup will pay $5 million to settle civil charges that one of its private trading venues violated federal law by failing to protect clients' confidential trading data, U.S. regulators said on Friday.

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 25- Argentina's Economy Minister Axel Kicillof said on Friday it was impossible for the government to fulfill a U.S. court order to pay out in full to "holdout" investors whose legal action has left the country teetering on the brink of another debt default.

  • Colorado gun law relies on flawed estimate Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    DENVER— A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report.

  • Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 2:58 AM ET

    DENVER— Pot may be legal in some states— but the neighbors don't have to like it.

  • House votes to simplify education tax breaks Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 5:35 PM ET

    Diane Black, R- Tenn., who sponsored the bill. The White House says President Barack Obama supports making the tax credit permanent but that the administration opposes the bill because it would add $97 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade. The White House statement stopped short of threatening a veto.

  • At least eight European law firms are pitching their services to major U.S. law firms and Wall Street banks, hoping that U.S. companies considering an inversion choose Ireland, Britain or the Netherlands for their new tax domicile, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- Republicans in the U.S. Congress, mindful of voter anger over past budget showdowns, are preparing legislation to keep the government open beyond Sept. 30 when existing funding expires.