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  • Judge puts GM ignition-switch lawsuits on ice, for now Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 5:10 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 27- A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Wednesday put on hold dozens of lawsuits accusing General Motors Co of concealing an ignition-switch defect while plaintiffs in those cases appeal an earlier ruling that found their cases were barred. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber's April 15 ruling that the company was shielded from those claims by the terms of its...

  • Haley urges senators to pass bill allowing Uber services Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 4:51 PM ET

    Nikki Haley urged senators Wednesday to pass a bill that would allow Uber to continue operating in South Carolina past this summer. South Carolina risks losing Uber's ride-sharing services entirely if the Legislature doesn't act, Haley said in a letter to senators, which lauded Uber as an "innovative, cutting-edge" company. Uber's departure from South...

  • NEW YORK— Federal investigators are looking into the financial records and other documents of the powerful union representing New York City's 9,000 jail guards, the union's president and its law firm confirmed Wednesday to The Associated Press. Among the allegations in the lawsuit is that Correction Officers' Benevolent Association President Norman...

  • NEW YORK, May 27- A U.S. judge in California allowed a class action lawsuit to proceed on Wednesday against satellite-radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc over the payment of royalties for songs produced before 1972, in a case that is being closely watched for its implications for digital media. Gutierrez ruled last September that, under California state law,...

  • CHICAGO, May 27- The operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp received court approval on Wednesday to remain in control of its bankruptcy for another six months. Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin Goldgar in Chicago allows the country's largest casino operator to pursue its plan for cutting its $18 billion debt without the threat of a rival plan from creditors.

  • NY Assembly votes for universal health coverage Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 3:46 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— The New York Assembly voted 89-47 on Wednesday for legislation to establish publicly funded universal health coverage in a so-called single payer system. Also, waivers would be sought so federal funds now received for New Yorkers in Medicare, Medicaid and Child Health Plus would apply. The Manhattan Democrat estimated universal care would save...

  • Wyoming officials blast proposed EPA water regulations Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 2:54 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming officials say they're disappointed with water quality regulations the federal government released Wednesday that would extend federal authority over smaller waterways such as tributaries and wetlands. Mead issued a statement saying he's frustrated the EPA didn't work more closely with states on developing the rules, something he...

  • SIRIUS XM WILL FACE CLASS ACTION IN CALIFORNIA IN LAWSUIT OVER PRE-1972 RECORDINGS- COURT RULING.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday proposed extending New York City's rent regulations for two more years and limiting how much a landlord can increase the rent when a rent-stabilized unit becomes vacant. The proposal from the Senate Democrats would extend the rules by two years— until just after the next Senate election.

  • PHOENIX— Hopi tribal leaders and Arizona's members of Congress are asking U.S. law enforcement to stop the sale of about a dozen sacred Hopi artifacts at a Paris auction house in June. The Hopi Tribe contends the auction house is illegally selling the spiritual objects, known as Katsina Friends, and is urging U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to help recover...

  • Health law court case winner could be political loser Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 1:13 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The party that wins the impending Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama's health care law could be the political loser. If the Republican-backed challenge to the law's subsidies for lower-earning Americans prevails, the GOP would have achieved a paramount goal of severely damaging "Obamacare." Tom Davis, R- Va., who once led the House GOP...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Planet Fitness is threatening to move its headquarters out of the state, taking hundreds of jobs with it, if the Legislature doesn't change a tax law ahead of its anticipated initial public offering. The fitness company, founded in New Hampshire and based in Newington, said Tuesday it had filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...

  • Utah defends contentious law on contact lens price-fixing Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:25 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Utah state attorneys have asked an appeals court to clear the way for a contentious law that bans price fixing by contact lens makers and could have wide-ranging implications for the $4 billion industry. They were joined by the discount retailers Costco and Utah- based 1-800 Contacts. Suing to block the law are lens makers Alcon Laboratories,...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas legislators must trim state spending, the Senate's top leader said Wednesday, after the chamber rejected a plan for raising taxes to close a projected budget shortfall. The Senate voted 30-1 against giving first-round approval to a bill to raise sales, tobacco and gasoline taxes and to suspend for two years a 2012 tax break for business owners...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A bill banning the sale of pure caffeine products in Ohio cleared the state House on Wednesday, one year after a high school senior overdosed on a powdered form of the stimulant and died. Eighteen-year-old Logan Stiner was just days from graduating high school in northeast Ohio when, on May 27, his brother found him unresponsive in the family's home...

  • WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, May 26- The Obama administration on Tuesday sided against Google Inc and said the U.S. Supreme Court should not hear the company's appeal in a case against Oracle Corp with wide implications for the technology industry, according to a court filing. Oracle won a federal appeals court ruling last year that allows it to copyright parts of...

  • May 26- Puerto Rico's House of Representatives passed an amended tax bill on Tuesday to raise $1.2 billion through an increased sales tax, a measure needed to secure additional financing for the indebted U.S. territory. The vote clears the way for the governor to sign the bill into law and allows Puerto Rico to pursue negotiations with hedge funds and other...

  • May 26- Puerto Rico's House of Representatives passed an amended tax bill on Tuesday that seeks to raise $1.2 billion through an increased sales tax, a measure needed to secure additional financing for the indebted U.S. territory. The vote clears the way for the governor to sign the bill into law and allows Puerto Rico to pursue negotiations with hedge funds and...

  • May 26- Nearly three years after the demise of law firm Dewey& LeBoeuf, a Manhattan prosecutor opened the criminal trial of three of the firm's former executives on Tuesday by accusing the trio of directing employees to make millions of dollars in bogus accounting entries to hide Dewey's deteriorating financial condition from investors and lenders.

  • SALEM, Ore.— Oregon lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal aimed at closing a loophole in state privacy laws that recently let a man go unpunished after he took photographs up a teenager's skirt. The state Senate unanimously passed the bill, which would make it a misdemeanor to surreptitiously take photos up women's dresses without their consent.