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  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S. Senate's top Democratic and Republican tax law writers on Wednesday both urged colleagues to renew a set of expired federal tax breaks, many of which support renewable energy. "We are optimistic that Congress will pass tax extenders," said David Ward, spokesman for the American Wind Energy Association.

  • In a speech before New York University School of Law, Holder made some of his most extensive comments yet on how the department might better prosecute white-collar crime, proposing larger rewards for Wall Street whistleblowers and more FBI agents with forensic accounting expertise.

  • Temporary spending bill highlights Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    A must-do temporary funding bill has been selected as the House legislative vehicle to grant President Barack Obama's request to permit the U.S. military to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants. —Renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance foreign purchases of U.S. exports, through June 30, 2015.

  • Pa. pension agency executive cleared after review Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— A law firm's investigation into allegations of misconduct by the then-chief investment officer of Pennsylvania's state government pension system found no support for allegations that he improperly engaged in day trading while working for the agency.

  • 5 things small businesses need to know this fall Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 1:09 PM ET

    NEW YORK— What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall?

  • House passes bills highlighting IRS controversy Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:34 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House passed three bills designed to highlight complaints that the IRS mistreated conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status. One bill makes it illegal for IRS workers to use personal email accounts to conduct official business.

  • Bankruptcy judge OKs $2.9M W.Va. spill settlement Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:11 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a $2.9 million settlement that would benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill. Judge Ronald Pearson filed the order Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. Pearson's approval lets a U.S. District Court judge consider the deal as a separate lawsuit.

  • Exodus hits U.S. law firm Bingham amid merger talks Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    Sept 17- Twenty-two partners have jumped ship en masse from Bingham McCutchen's marquee restructuring practice, raising questions about the fate of the law firm's closely watched merger talks with the larger Morgan Lewis& Bockius.

  • UPDATE 1-Judge pauses Detroit's bankruptcy trial again Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:14 AM ET

    Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ordered a week-long break in Detroit's bankruptcy trial on Wednesday, giving the last major objector to the city's restructuring plan time to rework its case.

  • UKRAINE'S PM SAYS ONE MILLION CIVIL SERVANTS TO BE SCREENED UNDER NEW LEGISLATION TO PURGE SYSTEM OF CORRUPTION AND LOYALISTS OF OUSTED PRESIDENT YANUKOVICH.

  • No welfare for weed under House bill Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House passed a bill Tuesday night that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal. Dave Reichert, R- Wash., is the main sponsor of the bill.

  • DETROIT, Sept 16- An expert witness hand-picked by the federal judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case will testify on the feasibility of the city's debt adjustment plan without restrictions, the judge ruled on Tuesday.

  • NY ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS BARCLAYS FALSE STATEMENTS FALL WITHIN SCOPE OF STATE SECURITIES FRAUD LAW.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- A U.S. court on Tuesday largely rejected an attempt by banking groups to limit the U.S. swaps regulator's ability to apply its rules overseas, a hotly debated issue as the agency reins in the $710 trillion global market.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 16- Royal Dutch Shell Plc's U.S. subsidiary Shell Oil Co and the company's Motiva Enterprises joint-venture with Saudi Aramco have agreed to pay $4.5 million in back overtime wages to 2,677 current and former employees, the U.S. Department of Labor said on Tuesday.

  • Authorities said Braverman from 2010 to 2013 made close to $300,000 from illegal trades in stocks and options of eight companies, including Drugstore.com Inc, Dealertrack Technologies Inc and Seagate Technology Plc, involved in transactions on which Wilson Sonsini was providing legal advice.

  • Philadelphia cigarette tax tops legislative agenda Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 2:24 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Philadelphia's school system drew nearer to a badly needed infusion of cash with a unanimous Pennsylvania House committee vote Tuesday in favor of a $2- a-pack cigarette tax in the city.

  • Governor signs first California groundwater rules Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:46 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Tuesday overhauling the state's management of its groundwater supply, bringing it in line with other states that have long regulated their wells.

  • New rules established for NY debt collection cases Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York court administrators have adopted new filing requirements for debt collectors meant to prevent unfair claims and defaults in credit card collection cases against consumers.

  • Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006 Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 10:44 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.