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  • DeFazio tours abandoned mine Superfund site Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    DeFazio, D- Ore., said the Formosa Mine, which is on federal and private land outside Riddle, illustrates what is wrong about the 1872 Mining Act: the Canadian companies that reopened the mine in the 1990 s have disappeared; the bond put up for cleanup was nowhere near enough to cover the true costs; and the federal government never got a penny in royalties.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- A federal judge in California on Thursday rejected a request by patent consortium Rockstar to transfer patent litigation against Google Inc to Texas, according to a court ruling.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Ford Motor Co and IBM Corp will again have to face a U.S. lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases.

  • Record labels sue Pandora over older songs Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:55 PM ET

    The labels, including divisions of Sony, Warner and Universal, argue that songs such as Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and the Beatles' "Hey Jude" are not covered by federal copyright law, but they have been protected in common law by states including New York.

  • Herbalife discloses investigation in Illinois Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:23 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Nutritional supplements and weight-loss products maker Herbalife is being investigated by the attorney general of Illinois. Herbalife says it will work with the attorney general's office, and that it is confident in the integrity of its business and its compliance with the law. Herbalife shares fell 17 cents to $55.10 on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd on Thursday told the U.S. Supreme Court that it is willing to post up to a $500 million bond in return for a decision suspending a lower court ruling that would allow generic competitors to go on the market as soon as next month.

  • Old timey car to replace NYC horse carriages shown Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK— An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City was presented Thursday at the New York International Auto Show, as critics expressed their distaste for the idea.

  • Teva willing to post $500 million bond in Copaxone case Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:18 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 17- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd on Thursday told the U.S. Supreme Court that it is willing to post up to a $500 million bond in return for a decision suspending a lower court ruling that would allow generic competitors to go on the market as soon as next month.

  • Taxi app Uber faces ban in Berlin Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    BERLIN— Ride-hailing app Uber could face a ban in the German capital after the head of the Berlin Taxi Association convinced a local court that the company's service breaks the law.

  • Miss. gov signs bills to limit union activities Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed three bills to limit union activities in Mississippi, saying he hopes they strengthen the state's reputation as a place where organized labor has little influence. Mississippi AFL-CIO president Robert Shaffer said in March that the bills will hurt low-wage workers.

  • Bullock proposes $45 million in oil-patch grants Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern Montana towns that have struggled to keep pace with the demands of the fast-growing Bakken oil patch. That's why folks like in Glendive are already working on projects that we can be a part of. "

  • Judge wants Detroit mayor to back bankruptcy plan Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    DETROIT— Looking years ahead, the judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy said Thursday he wants assurances from the mayor and other elected leaders that they'll follow a final plan that likely cuts pensions, sheds debt and plows millions into better services.

  • President defending health law good for some Dems Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically. At a White House news conference Thursday, Obama noted that health insurance enrollments under the new law are higher than expected, and costs are lower.

  • Colorado advances edible marijuana restrictions Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado lawmakers advanced a measure to broaden a ban on certain types of edible marijuana to include products that mimic other foods or candies. A final vote is expected next week before the Senate takes it up.

  • Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont's contains no such trigger clause.

  • Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 3:03 PM ET

    More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Tom Harkin, D- Iowa, would gradually raise the minimum to $10.10 by 2016. The Congressional Budget Office estimates it would mean higher earnings for 16.5 million workers— but also would cost 500,000 others their jobs.

  • Maine Senate sustains veto of solar rebate bill Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    The measure drew sharp criticism from LePage and GOP lawmakers because it would have been paid for by raising Mainers' electric bills roughly 60 cents a year. "Maine needs a governor who will lead the state into a cleaner, more prosperous energy future," Glen Brand, director of the Sierra Club Maine Chapter said in a statement.

  • April 16- Signaling a tougher stance toward legal claims stemming from its recent recall over faulty ignition switches, General Motors Co said it will ask a U.S. court to bar lawsuits related to actions before its 2009 bankruptcy.

  • Former Rothstein CFO charged in $1.2B Ponzi scheme Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— The former chief financial officer of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein's law firm has been charged with conspiracy in the $1.2 billion fraud. South Florida federal prosecutors filed a court document Wednesday charging Irene Shannon in the case.

  • April 16- Bank of America Corp reported an unexpected first-quarter loss on Wednesday after it took a $6 billion charge to cover litigation expenses, a figure that far exceeded the legal settlements the No. 2 U.S. bank has announced recently.

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