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  • Voters to decide North Dakota pharmacy ownership Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 10:26 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— On Election Day, North Dakota voters will have the chance to do what state lawmakers and the nation's highest court declined to do— reverse a half-century-old law requiring pharmacies to be majority-owned by pharmacists. North Dakota's law survived a legal challenge that went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the law in 1973. The Legislature...

  • Los Angeles airport shooting lessons linger Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 3:22 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— A year after a man walked into Los Angeles International Airport with an assault rifle and vendetta against security screeners, efforts are still underway to prepare for such attacks. In reviewing the Nov. 1, 2013, shooting, which left a Transportation Security Administration officer dead and three other people injured, the nation's...

  • Nevada court says Strip club dancers are employees Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:54 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— In a legal decision with wide implications for strip clubs in Sin City, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday that dancers at one Las Vegas club are employees, not independent contractors, and are entitled to be paid minimum wage. The unanimous ruling Thursday in a 2009 class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of six dancers at Sapphire Gentlemen's Club...

  • Oct 30- Citigroup Inc said it was setting aside an extra $600 million to cover legal expenses in the third quarter due to "rapidly evolving regulatory inquiries." On a per-share basis, Citigroup adjusted its profit to 88 cents for the quarter. Bernstein Research analysts estimated before Thursday's announcement that Citigroup's remaining reserves were about...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- A large group of creditors of MF Global Holdings Ltd's bankrupt brokerage unit will soon receive their first payout, as $518.7 million of checks start to be mailed out on Friday, the third anniversary of the company's Chapter 11 filing. James Giddens, the trustee liquidating the MF Global Inc brokerage unit, on Thursday said the payout to unsecured...

  • Citi revises Q3 lower due to legal accruals Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 4:29 PM ET

    Oct 30- Citigroup Inc revised its third-quarter results lower due to a $600 million increase in legal accruals. The bank adjusted its third-quarter net income to $2.84 billion from $3.44 billion, citing "rapidly evolving regulatory inquiries and investigations". The company, which had reported third-quarter results on Oct. 14, said its profit on a per share...

  • Mexico Supreme Court rejects energy referendum Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 4:24 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Mexico's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a bid to hold a national referendum on a major energy overhaul that opened the sector to widespread private investment for the first time in 76 years. By law, the Supreme Court must determine whether such a vote would be constitutional. Dolores Padierna of the opposition Democratic Revolution Party...

  • Oct 30- A Southern California law firm has sued Kimberly-Clark Corp for more than $500 million, alleging that the Kleenex tissue maker committed fraud by marketing and selling some of its surgical gowns as protection against Ebola. Law firm Eagan Avenatti said it filed a class-action lawsuit in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, stating that Kimberly-Clark had...

  • FTC accuses Gerber of false claim on baby formula Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 11:24 AM ET

    "We are defending our position because we believe we have met, and will continue to meet, all legal requirements to make these product claims," said Kevin Goldberg, vice president and general counsel for the New Jersey- based company. The FDA agreed, but only if Gerber qualified its statement by making clear that there was "little scientific evidence" for the...

  • Oct 30- A Southern California- based law firm has sued Kimberly-Clark Corp for more than $500 million, alleging that the Kleenex tissue maker committed fraud by marketing and selling some of its surgical gowns as protection against Ebola. Law firm Eagan Avenatti said it filed a class-action lawsuit in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, stating that...

  • New Australian law targets leakers, not reporters Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    CANBERRA, Australia— A contentious new law that carries a prison term for anyone who reveals information about certain secret security operations was aimed at Edward Snowden-like leakers rather than investigative reporters, Australia's attorney-general said on Thursday. The most contentious section of a tranche of counterterrorism legislation...

  • Utah man accused of chasing owl in paraglider Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A former TV pitchman in Utah with a history of running afoul of the law was charged Tuesday with two federal misdemeanors by prosecutors who say he chased a barn owl in flight on his motorized paraglider. Dell "Super Dell" Schanze is accused of knowingly using an aircraft to harass wildlife and pursuing a migratory bird, according to the U.S....

  • Judge approves California city's bankruptcy plan Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 3:46 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A judge on Thursday approved a plan that allows Stockton to leave bankruptcy protection by eliminating more than $2 billion in long-term debt payments without touching the city's pension obligations. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein marked an end to Stockton's Chapter 9 status, first sought in 2012.. "This plan, I'm persuaded, is the best...

  • Oregon, Alaska are ground zero in pot fight Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 3:43 AM ET

    GRANTS PASS, Ore.— From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink. Mark Kleiman, a drug policy consultant who helped Washington set up its legal marijuana industry, said the outcomes in...

  • Oracle tells lawmakers lawsuit is a waste of money Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 6:03 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Oracle Corp. is appealing to Oregon legislative leaders in the legal fight over the failed Cover Oregon health insurance website. In a letter sent last week to Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek, Oracle CEO Safra Catz hints that the Legislature should pull funding for the lawsuit. "We are flabbergasted by Oracle's back-door...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- Cigarette maker Reynolds American's proposal to buy smaller rival Lorillard Inc presents antitrust regulators with a conundrum: Their mandate is to prevent higher prices because of mergers, but U.S. public policy aims to make cigarettes more expensive to discourage smoking. Reynolds, the No. 2 U.S. cigarette maker, said in July it would buy No. 3...

  • Health overhaul's subsidies at Supreme Court Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 12:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Barack Obama's health care law. The challengers are appealing a unanimous ruling of a three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, that upheld Internal Revenue Service regulations...

  • Sole ND abortion clinic halts medication abortions Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota's sole abortion provider stopped providing medication abortions Wednesday in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that blocked the use of pregnancy-terminating drugs, though surgical abortions were still being provided, the clinic's director said. The state attorney general said the clinic in Fargo had two weeks to appeal...

  • Oct 29- Comcast Corp has reached a $50 million settlement in a decade-old lawsuit accusing it of overcharging cable television subscribers, 1-1/ 2 years after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a larger version of the class-action case. The preliminary settlement, which requires court approval, calls for Comcast to pay $16.67 million in cash to current and former...

  • Court: UK spies get bulk access to NSA data Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 9:55 AM ET

    LONDON— The British government's insistence that its spies don't use the vast espionage powers of the U.S. National Security Agency to sidestep U.K. restrictions on domestic eavesdropping was called into question by a court document published Wednesday. "The British public had been consistently persuaded by government over the last year that GCHQ are not...