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  • AUSTIN, Texas— Federal judge blocks Texas law that would stop abortions at majority of facilities statewide.

  • Washington judge upholds small city's pot shop ban Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 7:16 AM ET

    But like dozens of other cities in Washington, the small Tacoma suburb of Fife doesn't want Wetherbee— or anyone else— opening marijuana businesses, even if state law allows it. The arguments officials are making in a lawsuit over the dispute threaten to derail Washington's big experiment in legal, taxed cannabis less than two months after sales began.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29- Malaysian state fund Khazanah plans to push a parliamentary bill to amend contracts between Malaysia Airlines and its suppliers, aiming to avoid having to go through law courts, Khazanah Managing director Azman Mokhtar said on Friday.

  • Denny's pops the cork on its first Manhattan diner Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 2:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Denny's is popping the cork on its first Manhattan location. The Daily News reports the diner chain's Financial District debut is serving up a special combo putting a pricy bottle of Dom Perignon alongside its down home Grand Slam breakfast. Denny's takes Manhattan after years of planning and a legal fight.

  • Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund, which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose advisers include top U.S. and European private equity executives.

  • The subpoenas are aimed at a US $4.7 bn facility provided by China Development Bank, ICBC and BOC to finance the construction of two hydroelectric dams in Patagonia and a US $2.1 bn loan from China Development Bank and ICBC to finance the Belgrano Cargas railway project.

  • ST. LOUIS, Aug. 28- Major banks are getting increasingly wary of some transactions with smaller banks that have begun to allow marijuana businesses to open accounts. The problem arises because in Colorado and Washington states, marijuana for general use is legal, and in a host of other states it is legal for certain medicinal purposes.

  • Assembly approves statewide ban on plastic bags Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 3:53 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California lawmakers passed a key hurdle Thursday in imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. It now heads to the Senate, where it must be approved by Sunday and has support from top Democrats who rejected a similar effort last year.

  • No. 2 House Republican faces unlikely challenge Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 3:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House's No. 2 Republican: "While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America's food?"

  • Iraq to appeal U.S court decision on Kurdish oil Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    However, the court gave Baghdad 10 days to resubmit its case. The United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying about $100 million worth of Kurdish crude, has been anchored in the Gulf of Mexico for weeks, with the Iraqi region of Kurdistan locked in a legal battle over ownership with the central government of Iraq.

  • Dominican park would halt Canadian company's mine Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 10:44 PM ET

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic— Lawmakers in the Dominican Republic approved a plan Wednesday to create a national park in an area where a Canadian company has sought to expand mining operations. President Danilo Medina has not said whether he will sign the bill into law over the objections of Toronto- based Glencore Xstrata PLC.

  • California sets ride-sharing insurance standards Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 9:08 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Drivers providing services for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber would have to carry a minimum level of insurance under a compromise the state Senate approved Wednesday. Holly Mitchell, D- Los Angeles, who carried the bill in the Senate. The Senate approved the bill on a 30-4 vote, sending it to the Assembly.

  • Lawmakers approve groundwater management bill Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 8:56 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation Wednesday that would begin to regulate groundwater for the first time in California history.

  • Obama crafts legal rationale for immigration steps Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The White House is crafting a blame-it-on- Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration.

  • Cypriots protest proposed bank loan legislation Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 2:09 PM ET

    NICOSIA, Cyprus— Hundreds of Cypriots have staged a protest outside the presidential palace against proposed legislation aimed at helping the bailed-out country's beleaguered banks collect on bad loans. Cyprus currently has a very lengthy foreclosures process and many bad loans.

  • Argentina plans to bring foreign debt under its law Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 1:40 PM ET
    A train passes by graffiti that reads "Homeland or vultures"  in Buenos Aires, August 21, 2014.

    Argentina's government says its long-term plan is to bring all its sovereign debt governed by foreign law under Argentine legislation.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Aug 27- Argentina's government said on Wednesday its long-term plan was to bring all its sovereign debt governed by foreign law under Argentine legislation.

  • ARGENTINA SAYS LONGTERM VISION IS TO BRING ALL DEBT UNDER ARGENTINE LEGISLATION.

  • Cantwell targets small business loan gender gap Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 10:12 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Women still have a hard time getting small business loans. Maria Cantwell is determined to close the gap. Cantwell, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business& Entrepreneurship, introduced legislation in July that would make it easier for women-owned companies to get loans and government contracts.

  • The bondholders would participate in a $600 million rights offering, while JPMorgan Chase& Co would supply a $1.3 billion loan.