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  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Some businesses in Iowa will be required to offer more leave benefits to parents of adopted children under a bill that received preliminary approval Monday from a House panel. The bill, which passed in the Senate earlier this month, would require businesses that offer time-off entitlements to parents of newborns to do the same for adoptive...

  • NEW YORK, March 30- A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Philip Falcone and his Harbinger Capital Partners LLC of misleading investors by taking a majority stake in wireless company LightSquared Inc without disclosing the investment or its risks. Once known as SkyTerra Communications Inc, LightSquared filed for bankruptcy protection in...

  • HONG KONG— The president and CEO of The Associated Press called on Monday for changes to international laws that would make it a war crime to kill journalists or take them hostage. "But guess what: That labeling now is more likely to make them a target," he said in a speech at Hong Kong's Foreign Correspondents' Club. One of the most high profile killings was that of AP...

  • SEC files fraud charges against Lynn Tilton, firms Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 11:18 AM ET

    The SEC said Tilton and the firms have misled investors since 2003 and wrongly collected nearly $200 million in fees and other payments. The case will be heard before an administrative law judge at the SEC. The SEC action against Tilton represents an example of government regulators enforcing the fiduciary standard for investment advisers.

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact a ruling that prevents plaintiffs from suing banks that they say aided and abetted convicted fraudster Bernie Madoff. The high court declined to hear two separate appeals filed by investors in foreign investment vehicles that lost money when Madoff's the Ponzi scheme collapsed in 2008. They...

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent a securities class action case against Dutch bank ING Groep NV and others back to a lower court to reconsider in light of the justices' ruling last week in a case involving pharmacy services company Omnicare. The high court threw out a November 2013 decision by the New York- based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of...

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law that took aim at a bureaucratic board labeled by some Republicans as a "death panel" because it was designed to cut Medicare costs. The high court left intact a ruling by the San Francisco- based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that threw...

  • PARIS— A French bill which aims to make it illegal to buy sex is being turned upside down by the Senate, led by the conservative opposition. The bill was approved by France's Socialist-dominated lower house of Parliament in 2013 amid heated debate. The Senate is taking up the debate Monday and votes on the bill Tuesday.

  • SUPREME COURT REJECTS NEW CHALLENGE TO OBAMACARE THAT TARGETED COST-CUTTING BOARD THAT REPUBLICANS CALL "DEATH PANEL".

  • ATHENS/ BERLIN, March 30- Greece's biggest creditor Germany said on Monday that the euro zone would give Athens no further financial aid until it has a more detailed list of reforms and some are enacted into law, adding to scepticism over plans presented last week. A senior official in Brussels on Sunday had dismissed the list as "ideas" rather than a plan that Greece...

  • SYRACUSE, N.Y.— A lawsuit filed against the popular Dinosaur Bar-B-Que restaurant chain claims the Syracuse- based business doesn't pay tipped workers fair wages. According to a report in The Post-Standard of Syracuse, the lawsuit filed in federal court last week by the New York City law firm Fitapelli and Schaffer says the company failed to properly use the "...

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.— A politically charged proposal to raise Washington's highest-in-the-nation state minimum wage to $12 an hour over four years drew extended debate and a capacity crowd to a Senate committee hearing Monday. The bill to raise minimum wage via a series of annual 50- cent increases, passed the Democrat-controlled House in a party-line vote earlier...

  • Cook calls 'religious objection' laws dangerous Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 7:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business. The bills, like the one enacted last week in Indiana, create a legal framework for individuals, mostly business owners, to claim that a law or regulation mandated by the government infringes on their religious...

  • *OECD struggling to find solution before Paris climate talks. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures on export credits are central to a debate on targeting funding ahead of U.N. climate talks in Paris at the end of the year. One, dated March 4, when the OECD held closed-door talks on the issue, shows OECD governments provided...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas is considering $1 billion or more in pension bonds because it has a chance to improve the state retirement system's financial health, not because officials want to back off short-term funding commitments, the Legislature's pension committee chairmen said Monday. Jeff King, of Independence, and GOP Rep. Sam Brownback outlined proposals—...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A long legal battle over accusations that a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm demeaned women and held them to a different standard than their male colleagues became a flashpoint in the ongoing discussion about gender inequity at elite technology and venture capital firms. Though Ellen Pao lost her lawsuit against Kleiner...

  • WASHINGTON— With Republicans muscling a balanced-budget plan through the Senate, Congress is positioned for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law. The Senate was beginning a spring recess after approving the measure, leaving Congress' two GOP- run chambers to negotiate a...

  • The GOP's first months in control of both chambers of Congress were marked by high-profile stumbles and a near-shutdown of the Homeland Security Department. Republicans in both the House and the Senate came together to pass boldly conservative and balanced budgets, and House leaders struck a bipartisan deal on Medicare that passed on a huge vote and is...

  • The regulator announced it was taking the measure due to what it called Citigroup Inc's deal with litigating hedge funds in the U.S. courts in the country's long-running legal fight over unpaid debt. The leftist government is concerned Citigroup's departure may further hamper the chances of interest payments on debt restructured after its record 2002...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 27- Apple Inc's Tim Cook, one of the most prominent openly gay American CEOs, has joined fellow tech industry chiefs in decrying a controversial Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people. Cook, who publicly declared his sexual orientation last year, joined other tech chief executives, including...