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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a company that amended a collective bargaining agreement to force retirees to pay toward healthcare costs, throwing out a lower-court ruling that favored the former employees who objected to the change. On a unanimous vote, the nine-member court handed a win to M&G Polymers USA, a subsidiary of Italy-...

  • Small business owners who gave employees stipends or subsidies last year to help them buy health insurance may get an unpleasant surprise this tax filing season. "Any time employees receive cash, it's a taxable event," says Steven Friedman, an attorney with Littler Mendelson, a New York- based firm that specializes in employment law. Those are paycheck deductions...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent three patent cases, including one dispute over Shire Plc's Lialda drug, back to a lower court for further proceedings in light of a ruling the justices issued last week. Watson Pharmaceuticals, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 14-206.. Butamax Advanced Fuels LLC and Lighting Ballast Control LLC v.

  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects BP executive's appeal Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 9:41 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by a former BP Plc executive who contested whether he can be charged with obstruction of Congress for downplaying the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Prosecutors say David Rainey misled members of Congress over the amount of oil spilled in the April 2010 Deepwater...

  • President Barack Obama unveiled a plan centred on insurance on Sunday that they hope will convince U.S. companies to build nuclear power stations in India, but stopped short of demands to soften a liability law. "The India nuclear insurance pool is a risk transfer mechanism which is being formed by GIC Re and four other public sector undertakings in the general...

  • Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 12:21 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. "They've decided that today was the day that they...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— The offers to license Frank Broyles' name came in as soon as the Arkansas football legend retired last year, from Broyles books to Broyles tailgating grills and Broyles pre-cooked meat. Jon Woods, R- Springdale, and state Rep. Greg Leding, D- Fayetteville, would give celebrities the exclusive commercial rights to their names and likenesses.

  • Medicaid, firing squads on agenda for Utah Legislature Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 11:01 AM ET

    Utah leaders are grappling with how they'll help thousands of poor Utah residents get health coverage under Medicaid, in what's expected to be one of the most hotly debated issues of the session. In Utah, that's about 90,000 people. Rather than having more people on Medicaid, Utah Gov.

  • GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is hoping to make Oregon its next prize in a campaign to require gun sales to go through universal background checks. Part of that was devoted to strengthening the Democratic majority in the state Senate, the key battleground.

  • Proposed Illinois legislation would ban powdered alcohol Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 10:30 AM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— A proposed Illinois law would ban the sale of powdered alcohol before it hits store shelves. Ira Silverstein, a Chicago Democrat sponsoring the measure, said he doesn't want the product to reach stores. His plan amends the state's Liquor Control Act of 1934, according to the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers.

  • LAS VEGAS— Adult film production migrated from California to Nevada after voters in Los Angeles County approved a law requiring condom use on set. Nevada health officials said Friday that they're considering strict brothel-style regulations for a booming adult film industry following the announcement last month that two male performers tested positive...

  • Amazon to start collecting sales tax in Illinois Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 4:05 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Amazon will start collecting sales tax from Illinois consumers next month to comply with a new state law, the company said. Illinois lawmakers passed the measure last year after the state Supreme Court threw out an earlier attempt at legislation. "We want to say welcome, Amazon, to Illinois," said Rob Karr of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

  • CHICAGO— Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan rejected a proposed agreement ending the state's contract with the private vendor that ran the Illinois Lottery because of possible legal violations and the potential of higher fees, according to a letter made public Friday. Pat Quinn directed the Lottery last year to end its dealings with Northstar Lottery...

  • Caesars bankruptcy venue decision near Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 3:30 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Delaware or Chicago: Troubled casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. should find out early next week where a subsidiary's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case will be decided. Caesars prefers Chicago, where its Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. filed for bankruptcy protection filed Jan. 15. Based only on previous cases, that may be easier to do in Chicago...

  • Richmond- based Dominion Resources is partnering with other utilities to build the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would cross the Blue Ridge Mountains to deliver gas from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Friday's rally was organized by the Sierra Club and Friends of Nelson, a group of property owners in Nelson County who live along the proposed...

  • TORONTO, Jan 22- A Canadian Supreme Court ruling on Thursday about a tiny landfill deal in British Columbia is set to make it a lot harder for Canada's competition watchdog to challenge potentially anti-competitive deals between companies, lawyers said. The ruling by Canada's top court foiled the Competition Bureau's bid to unwind privately-held Tervita's...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 22- A U.S. judge on Thursday threw out the guilty pleas of four men accused of illegally dealing in shares ahead of an IBM Corp acquisition, the first decision in response to a landmark appellate ruling curtailing prosecutors' ability to bring certain insider trading cases. In the IBM case, prosecutors said a worker at IBM's law firm told former Royal...

  • Budget Chairman promises GOP plan to balance in decade Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The new Republican chairman of the Senate Budget Committee said Thursday that he'll try to pass a fiscal blueprint this spring that will promise a balanced budget by the end of 10 years. But Enzi wouldn't say what he hopes to do with special budget legislation that can overcome a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. Enzi promised to pass such a...

  • LONDON, Jan 22- The British government plans to introduce a law before May forcing tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets without branding in England, ending years of debate and lobbying. The move, aimed at improving public health and cutting the number of child smokers, is likely to crimp tobacco firms' profits and would emulate Australia, which two...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Following the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota's current oil boom, Democrats in the state legislature said Thursday they will revisit measures overwhelmingly rejected two years ago that would mandate additional monitoring and safeguards. Cleanup was underway after the spill of nearly 3 million gallons of brine leaked from a pipeline...