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  • JACKSON, Miss.— Wealthy people would be allowed to put property in trust for up to 360 years in Mississippi, under a bill that advanced another step Thursday in the state Senate. Current Mississippi law allows trusts to last about 90 years. She said Mississippi banks and attorneys could lose business if Mississippi residents go elsewhere to establish a trust.

  • MADISON, Wis.— The Wisconsin Assembly has begun debating a right-to-work bill, with a vote expected Friday morning. The Senate passed the bill last week, now it's the Assembly's turn. Speaker Robin Vos said he doesn't expect every Republican to vote for it, but there will be far more than the 50 votes needed.

  • Chile eyes new push on a glacier protection law Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 11:13 AM ET

    SANTIAGO, March 5- The Chilean government and congressional lawmakers agreed this week to work together to try to pass legislation to protect the country's glaciers, a move that could hinder development of mining projects in the world's No. 1 copper exporter. Most glaciers in South America are already receding due to higher temperatures linked to global...

  • DENVER— Ten sheriffs from three different states sued Colorado Thursday for decriminalizing marijuana— joining a handful of recent legal challenges urging courts to strike down the state's legalization of recreational pot. The sheriffs from Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska say that Colorado's 2012 marijuana legalization vote violates federal law.

  • CARSON CITY, Nev.— Nevada lawmakers heard hours of testimony Thursday on a deeply divisive bill that would allow concealed weapons at college campuses, K-12 schools, day care centers and airports. Supporters and opponents filled committee and overflow rooms in Las Vegas and the Legislature during the nearly three hour meeting. Amanda Collins, a concealed...

  • Hillary Clinton breaks silence on email scandal Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 5:57 AM ET
    Hillary Clinton at the 2014 CGI annual meeting in New York.

    "I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them..." Clinton tweeted. NBCNews reports.

  • BEIJING, March 5- China's transport minister said on Thursday he hopes to have regulations issued on using mobile apps to book private cars within the first half of 2015, state media reported, amid doubts on the legal status in China of Uber and similar services. In January, China's Ministry of Transport banned taxi hailing apps such as Uber Technologies Inc and...

  • The blogger alleged that Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon wanted to hear both challenges as part of the apex court but could not earlier, when he was Singapore's attorney general, the state's legal representative in the two cases. Both challenges were heard, and rejected, by Singapore's apex court, the Court of Appeal, in October. The 62- year-old blogger is one of the...

  • JAKARTA, March 5- Investment bankers and company executives are worried President Joko Widodo's drive for clean governance is falling apart amid a dispute between rival law enforcement agencies in Southeast Asia's largest economy. Indonesia's main anti-corruption agency, Corruption Eradication Commission, has been severely weakened over the last few...

  • Wisconsin close to becoming 25th right-to-work state Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 1:13 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— With Wisconsin positioned to become the third Midwestern state in as many years to enact a right-to-work law, proponents are touting job growth in Indiana as reason for optimism while detractors say union membership slides in Michigan signal potential problems. Following in the footsteps of Indiana and Michigan, the two most recent states to...

  • WILMINGTON, Delaware— A Delaware judge signaled Wednesday that he will approve a $275 million settlement in a shareholder lawsuit alleging that videogame maker Activision Blizzard was shortchanged in a $6 billion buyback of shares from French media conglomerate Vivendi SA in 2013.. The lawsuit alleged that Activision executives and directors, including...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it. The Senate mustered just 62 votes in favor of overriding the veto, short of the two-thirds needed.

  • March 4- The judge overseeing RadioShack Corp's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case on Wednesday approved a revised $1.5 million bonus plan for eight top executives at the electronics retailer, over the objection of the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Brendan Shannon said that while he shared some of the trustee's concerns over the key executive incentive plan, or KEIP, he was...

  • Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the decisive vote in 2012 to beat back the first major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, kept his cards close on Wednesday. And the man who occupies the center chair on the Supreme Court's mahogany bench and often dominates arguments seemed to remain deliberately inscrutable. As liberal justices...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon's health insurance marketplace is a state-based exchange and would not be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court case against president Barack Obama's health care law, state officials say. Oregon built its own exchange, Cover Oregon, but it never fully launched. Oregon still contracts with health insurance carriers and certifies plans, and it...

  • Excerpts from arguments before the Supreme Court on Wednesday about whether the nation's health care law makes subsidies for buying insurance available to residents of all states, or only to people in states that establish their own insurance exchanges:. Justice Elena Kagan: "But we are interpreting a statute generally to make it make sense as a whole, right?

  • INDIANAPOLIS— Proposed regulations for the liquids used in electronic cigarettes that advanced Wednesday in the Indiana Legislature wouldn't add "vaping" to the state's smoking ban as the state attorney general and several health advocacy groups had requested. The state Senate and House have approved by wide margins similar bills on regulating the...

  • WASHINGTON— The never-ending political fight over health care hit the Supreme Court Wednesday, and insurance coverage for millions of Americans is on the line. Yes, but foes of President Barack Obama's signature law hope this time the justices will gut "Obamacare." Actually, a lot has changed since the Supreme Court's big health care decision of 2012..

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. Conservatives Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito asked questions sympathetic to the challengers.

  • NEW YORK, March 4- Options on U.S. hospital companies were unusually active on Wednesday, with bets leaning to the bullish side as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law. Shares of major hospital operators rose as investors interpreted comments made by Supreme Court justices during arguments as...