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  • WASHINGTON— More than 10 million people have signed up for private health insurance this year under President Barack Obama's law, the administration said Tuesday. And the Supreme Court is weighing the legality of subsidized premiums for millions of consumers in more than 30 states. "Enrollment has been lower and slower than what most people projected," said...

  • DENVER— A Colorado coal mine at the center of a legal fight over whether coal's impact on climate change needs to be considered before it is mined is asking to keep mining while it appeals a federal court ruling. On Friday, the Colowyo Coal Co. asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to overturn a ruling requiring federal regulators to redo their...

  • House panel uses war funds to skirt budget limits Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 1:08 PM ET

    The move came over the opposition of Democrats and the White House, who argue that domestic programs deserve equal treatment. The Appropriations Committee action came as it approved a $579 billion Pentagon spending bill that would fund a 2.3 percent pay increase for the military and add new money to boost air reconnaissance. The sweeping Pentagon funding...

  • Representative Fred Upton, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives' energy panel, on Tuesday said he favors lifting the 40- year-old U.S. oil export ban. "Oil exports can be a win for the American people and a win for our allies," Upton said. His backing could boost support for a bill in the House to overturn the trade restriction Congress enacted in the...

  • Judge dismisses gamblers' $3M lawsuit against Foxwoods Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 11:05 AM ET

    NEW HAVEN, Conn.— Three gamblers from China including a woman known as the "Queen of Sorts" for her card-monitoring skills have lost a legal challenge to reclaim nearly $3 million in winnings and deposits they say were kept by Foxwoods Resort Casino based on false cheating allegations. Chinese nationals Cheung Yin Sun of Las Vegas and Long Mei Fang and Zong Yang Li...

  • WASHINGTON— Senate rejects any changes to surveillance bill, clearing the way for congressional approval.

  • Wolf's Department of Insurance submitted the application to the federal government on Monday, the deadline if Pennsylvania is to move to a state-based marketplace in 2016.. A U.S. Health and Human Services Department spokesman could not immediately say whether Pennsylvania was the first or only state to take such a step ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— A key Pennsylvania state Republican House lawmaker signaled support Tuesday for major provisions in a Senate Republican plan to end the traditional pension benefit for school and state government employees. State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe, R- Butler, said he supports replacing the traditional pension benefit for future...

  • CARSON CITY, Nev.— Nevada lawmakers were wrapping up major policy issues Monday in the final hours of the 120- day legislative session. Members of the Assembly and Senate cleared their plates of arguably their biggest task when they passed a tax package worth $1.1 billion. With less than an hour left in the session, lawmakers still hadn't given final approval to...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— Two Malaysian boys whose father was a passenger on the jetliner that vanished in March last year secured an out-of-court settlement in the tragedy's first legal case against Malaysia Airlines and the government. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board when it disappeared March 8...

  • Obama signs bill remaking NSA phone records program Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 1:13 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Republicans warned the Senate on Tuesday not to move ahead with planned changes to a House bill that would end the National Security Agency's collection of American calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities. "The best way to make sure America is protected is for the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act," he said.

  • In a letter dated Monday, the law firm representing Argentina in the United States said Argentina also lacks confidence in appointed mediator Daniel Pollack. But a group of creditors refused and took Argentina to court in New York. Judge Thomas Griesa has repeatedly ruled that Argentina can't make payments on its debt without paying the holdout funds.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Senate on Monday approved a plan to again raise the state's minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that. Jerry Brown signed legislation giving California one of the highest minimum wage rates in the nation. He says his plan would bring workers to the federal poverty level by...

  • Don Young, R- Alaska, would remove a 10- year timeframe for rebuilding depleted fish stocks and allow fisheries managers to consider the economic needs of fishing communities in setting annual catch limits. Rob Bishop, R- Utah, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, called the vote "a win for the consumer, a win for the industry that puts food on our tables...

  • WASHINGTON, June 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Muslim woman who sued for discrimination after being denied a sales job at age 17 at an Abercrombie& Fitch Co clothing store in Oklahoma because she wore a head scarf for religious reasons. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver then threw that out, ruling in favor of Abercrombie, before...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey lawmakers have introduced a bill that would let voters decide whether to allow three new casinos in the northern part of the state just outside New York City. The bill introduced Monday would schedule a referendum in which voters would be asked to approve up to three casinos in Bergen, Essex or Hudson counties. The bill comes as Hard Rock...

  • RI senators consider whether to approve pension deal Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 12:16 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Only two people testified in opposition of the settlement terms for a deal in the legal fight over the state's public pension system overhaul during the General Assembly's first hearing on the agreement Monday. The Senate Finance Committee met for a rare Monday hearing to consider the settlement terms. The General Assembly typically meets...

  • Muslim woman wins Abercrombie headscarf case Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 10:39 AM ET
    Samantha Elauf (R) and her mother Majda Elauf of Tulsa, Oklahoma, pose for photographers outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the court heard oral arguments in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch February 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.

    The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Muslim woman who filed a lawsuit after she was denied a job at an Abercrombie & Fitch.

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court strengthened civil rights protections Monday for employees and job applicants who need special treatment in the workplace because of their religious beliefs. The justices sided with a Muslim woman who did not get hired after she showed up to a job interview with clothing retailer Abercrombie& Fitch wearing a black headscarf.

  • WASHINGTON, June 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a win to Bank of America Corp by ruling that a second mortgage on an "underwater" home- one with a mortgage balance exceeding its current value- cannot by voided during bankruptcy. But Bank of America, which is the second mortgage holder in both cases, argued in court papers that the approach taken by the 11th...