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  • BOSTON— Drivers for ride-hailing services such as Uber or Lyft would be required to undergo state criminal background checks, and the companies would be required to carry at least $1 million in liability insurance for each ride, under legislation filed Friday by Gov. Under the measure, which needs approval from the House and Senate, all drivers for ride-hailing...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— With oil prices sinking enough that drillers may soon see a more favorable tax rate, North Dakota lawmakers approved a new framework Friday that cuts the price-triggered exemption in exchange for a lower tax rate. Al Carlson, North Dakota's House majority leader, and other GOP representatives said the new system will provide a stable and...

  • *Activists call for legal review of three key laws. *Indonesian government, foreign investors worried. JAKARTA, April 24- The head of an Indonesian Muslim organization has filed cases to overturn three laws, escalating what he calls' a constitutional jihad' that has already dealt a blow to investors in the oil, gas and water sectors and now threatens to hit more.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. House panel passes fast track trade bill Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 23- Legislation to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress cleared through a key committee on Thursday, but low Democratic support signaled a looming battle over a Pacific trade pact central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia. Despite the partisan wrangling, the vote in the House of Representatives' Ways and Means...

  • U.S. House panel passes fast track trade bill Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 7:48 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 23- A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Thursday approved a bill to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress, legislation that is seen as critical to closing an ambitious Pacific trade pact. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 25 to 13 in favor of the bill, clearing it for consideration by the full House.

  • Panama acts to clean up reputation for money laundering Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    PANAMA CITY— Panama took a major step in an effort to clean up its reputation as Latin America's premier hub for money laundering. The nation's legislature late Wednesday unanimously approved a proposed law that will toughen supervision of more than a dozen non-financial sectors where illicit proceeds from the sale of narcotics, corruption and terrorism...

  • Correction: Ride-hailing Regulations story Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:05 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— In an April 22 story about the Missouri House giving initial approval to statewide rules for the ride-sharing industry, The Associated Press misidentified the Democratic state House member who described the legislation as an example of big business taking advantage of local government. Missouri House endorses statewide regulations...

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota's Senate added language to a bill Thursday that would legalize gun silencers— a surprise development as majority Democrats had shown little interest in changing the state's gun laws and a direct challenge to Gov. It's an unexpected turn that puts the Senate in line with Republicans who control the House, which earlier this month passed a...

  • WASHINGTON, April 23- The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass a bill that extends liability protection for companies that share information about cyber attacks, if they give the data to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The legislation must still be passed by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama to become...

  • WASHINGTON— The House passed a bill Thursday encouraging private companies to share information about cyberattacks with federal authorities in an attempt to combat the growing problem. Michael McCaul, R- Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. The bills will now be merged and sent to the Senate, where similar legislation has bipartisan...

  • Auto insurance bills changed to require $100 premium cut Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 11:16 AM ET

    LANSING, Mich.— The Republican-led House will consider legislation that would cut auto insurance premiums in Michigan by $100 annually for two years and no longer let health providers charge car insurers much more to treat injured motorists than health plans are billed. The measure won approval 9-6 along party lines Thursday in the House Insurance Committee,...

  • ND Senate rejects bill on insurance benefits in new plan Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:35 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— The North Dakota Senate on Thursday rejected a House bill meant to ensure that thousands of public employees receive the same health benefits when their insurance coverage switches to another company this summer. Sanford Health Plan, which is based in Fargo and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will provide coverage for the North Dakota Public...

  • Ride-hailing firm Uber expands service to 4 Kansas cities Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:22 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.— Ride-hailing company Uber expanded service to four new Kansas cities Thursday, three days after Republican Gov. Uber said riders in Lawrence, Leavenworth, Manhattan and Topeka could connect with Uber drivers Wednesday afternoon. "We've got hundreds of drivers ready to rock' n' roll, and we've got hundreds of more applications in the pipeline," said Will...

  • MADRID— Spain's National Court has rejected the extradition to the United States of a former JPMorgan Chase& Co. trader wanted for allegedly falsifying bank records, but said the U.S. can take legal action against him in Spain. The court said in a statement Thursday that it rejected the request because the events in question occurred in Britain, not in the country...

  • HONG KONG, April 23- Chinese telecom gear manufacturer ZTE Corp has published a letter accusing Huawei Technologies Co Ltd of copying its camera technology and threatened legal action, a sign that smartphone patent battles have begun in earnest in China. Patent battles among Chinese smartphone manufacturers are expected to rise in the wake of Qualcomm Inc's...

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- Legislation to give the White House "fast track" authority to nail down a Pacific trade pact cleared its first hurdle in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday as a committee backed the bill and sent it to the full Senate for consideration. Approved by the Senate Finance Committee on a 20 to 6 vote, the legislation would prohibit Congress from amending...

  • Obama's trade agenda draws Republican support in House Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Republicans pushed White House- backed trade legislation toward committee approval on Thursday despite strong objections by Democrats demanding stronger labor and environmental standards as well as a ban on currency manipulation by Asian nations. With the GOP in the majority, there was no doubt the measure would clear the Ways and Means...

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- Legislation to give the White House "fast track" authority to nail down a Pacific trade pact cleared its first hurdle in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday as a committee backed the bill and sent it to the full Senate for consideration. Approved by the Senate Finance Committee on a 20 to 6 vote, the legislation would prohibit Congress from amending...

  • Trade bill clears U.S. Senate panel Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 9:50 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 22- A U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday approved a bill to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress, legislation that is seen as critical to closing an ambitious Pacific trade pact. The Senate Finance Committee voted 20 to 6 in favor of the bill, clearing it for consideration by the full Senate. A House committee is set to consider the...

  • NEW YORK, April 22- Prominent U.S. litigator David Boies is squaring off against another top American attorney, Alan Dershowitz, in a legal fight centered around a woman who says she was trafficked for sex as an underage girl. Boies and his firm are representing Virginia Roberts, who is a possible witness in a defamation lawsuit in Florida state court pitting...