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  • TAIPEI, Dec 22- Taiwan's transport ministry said Uber Technologies Inc is operating a taxi-hailing service "in violation of the law," and that it is investigating the possibility of blocking access to the U.S. company's website and mobile app. Ministry of Transportation and Communications Deputy Director Liang Guo Guo said on Monday that Uber only possesses a...

  • Inslee criticized for ignoring school levy equity Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    SEATTLE— When the Washington Supreme Court told the Legislature it needed to fix the way the state pays for public schools, it also ordered lawmakers to stop relying so much on local levy dollars to pay for basic education. Levy reform has been a topic of discussion at every legislative session since the 2012 Supreme Court decision in the McCleary case, but Gov.

  • USVI rejects bill to sell Hovensa oil refinery Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands— Legislators in the U.S. Virgin Islands have rejected a proposal to sell the former Hovensa oil refinery in St. Atlantic Basin Refining Inc. had pledged to employ more than 700 workers and make more than $1.6 billion in fixed payments. John de Jongh Jr. warned that the legislative action would have serious repercussions on the...

  • Ohio enacts law shielding execution drug sources Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 5:37 PM ET

    John Kasich has signed a bill into law shielding the names of companies that provide the state with lethal injection drugs. Supporters say such confidentiality is necessary to obtain supplies of the drugs, and the measure is needed to restart Ohio executions. The legislation also shields the names of participants in Ohio executions.

  • Retailers vow to follow NY's toy gun law Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:59 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Big name retailers say they are taking steps to follow a New York state law that prohibits the sale of toy guns that could be mistaken as the real thing. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Thursday said his office wrote to Amazon, K-Mart, Sears and Walmart after an investigation found that non-compliant toys were sold online.

  • 2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    Even though law enforcement didn't deem the threats of violence credible at the time, theater owners and Sony undoubtedly considered the 2012 massacre of a dozen people in a Colorado movie theater. "President Barack Obama said Friday that it was a mistake for Sony to scrap the film, and he wished executives had consulted with him first. Some Hollywood notables,...

  • LOS ANGELES— Sony Pictures defends decision to shelve' The Interview,' says "We had no choice."

  • Protection sought for scenic California region Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:13 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country. Congress declined this session to pass legislation from Democratic...

  • For US and Cuba, normalcy will take many steps Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba. While international relations can be subject to laws passed by Congress, the White House enjoys broad discretion in diplomatic recognition.

  • It's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis' Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. The AP's investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of...

  • EPA sets first national standard for coal waste Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    "The regulatory uncertainty that has impeded the beneficial use of coal ash for half a decade has finally come to an end," said Thomas H. Adams, the executive director of the American Coal Ash Association. "EPA's final decision to regulate coal ash as a' non-hazardous' material puts science ahead of politics and clears the way for beneficial use of ash to begin growing...

  • *Turkey assumed G20 presidency this month. They fear he is taking Turkey ever further from Western standards on rule of law and free speech. Supporters say he is returning Turkey to its former glory, restoring its Ottoman and Islamic heritage after nine decades of rule by a secular elite.

  • IMF withholds bailout money for Cyprus Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:53 PM ET

    NICOSIA, Cyprus— The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it won't release $108 million in rescue money for bailed-out Cyprus after the country's parliament voted to hold a key foreclosure law from taking effect at the end of December. The European Union had released a $430 million installment prior to the vote, bringing the amount of bailout cash given...

  • Dec 18- Chinese government approval for imports of a controversial type of Syngenta AG biotech corn increases the likelihood the seed maker will pay legal settlements, said some lawyers for U.S. farmers and exporters suing for damages from grain shipments rejected by Beijing. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, ends uncertainty about Agrisure Viptera...

  • Assembly passes bills requiring use of US goods Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 5:57 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— The Assembly has passed a package of bills requiring companies that have contracts with state entities to use products made in the United States. The bills call for companies with contracts with public colleges and universities, as well as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Delaware River Port Authority, Delaware River Joint Toll...

  • Obama signs bill to sanction Venezuelan officials Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has signed legislation into law allowing him to sanction Venezuelan government officials who were involved in a crackdown on anti-government protesters. Last summer, the State Department imposed a travel ban on Venezuelan officials who were accused of abuses during street protests that left dozens of people dead.

  • A look at Michigan road funding plan Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:31 PM ET

    In May, voters would be asked to increase the state's 6 percent sales and uses tax to 7 percent and eliminate the sales tax on motor fuel, generating a net $588 million— mainly for $300 million for schools and nearly $100 million for local governments. The plan also would bar the Legislature from spending School Aid Fund revenue on public universities, an issue for...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 18- Royal Bank of Canada has agreed to pay $35 million to resolve a lawsuit by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, accusing it of running a massive trading scheme to gain lucrative Canadian tax benefits. The settlement, disclosed in papers filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, would resolve claims that a group of RBC employees...

  • Obama waives sanctions authority despite new law Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday authorizing new sanctions on Russia but said he does not plan to impose the penalties outlined in the measure. The U.S. and Europe have sought to present a united front against Russia over Moscow's provocations in Ukraine. Obama has told Russian President Vladimir Putin he would roll back U.S....

  • LONDON, Dec 18- Britain's Supreme Court has denied Rusal, the world's biggest aluminium producer, the right to appeal against a court ruling that allows sweeping reform of the London Metal Exchange warehousing system, and also ordered it to pay costs. That court also denied Rusal leave to appeal, but the company approached the Supreme Court directly.