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  • WASHINGTON— Congressional Republicans sent a message Monday that they hope the Supreme Court and voters will hear: They have ideas to keep the country's health care system from crumbling if the justices obliterate a bedrock feature of President Barack Obama's heath care law. They were released in the run-up to Wednesday's oral arguments before the Supreme...

  • MADISON, Wis.— Opponents of right-to-work have dominated more than eight hours of testimony in a Wisconsin state Assembly committee that's hearing the fast-tracked proposal. A Senate committee hearing on the measure was cut about 40 minutes short. The Senate passed the bill last week and the Assembly is expected to vote on it Thursday.

  • NEW YORK— Morgan Stanley, which agreed to a $2.6 billion settlement with the federal government last week, says it expects to be sued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over subprime mortgage bonds. Morgan Stanley say the lawsuit will say that it misrepresented or omitted important information related to the loans, including Morgan Stanley's due...

  • FACTBOX-How Europe's "bad banks" have fared Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 12:12 PM ET

    Belgium had two major banking failures, Fortis and Dexia. With the former, toxic assets were purchased for 11.7 billion euros by a separate vehicle Royal Park Investments, owned by Fortis, the Belgian state and BNP Paribas. Credit Suisse and Lone Star Funds bought RPI's assets for 6.7 billion euros in 2013. RPI is active now only in U.S. legal disputes.

  • Democrats fend off GOP renewable energy bill Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 11:03 AM ET

    DENVER— A Republican effort to reduce renewable energy mandates on Colorado utilities failed its first test before a Democratic panel Monday. The rejection of the renewable-energy reduction continued a string of misses for the GOP, which has tried to use its bigger piece of the Legislature to roll back laws passed in recent years. Dan Thurlow, R- Grand Junction,...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a group of flexible foam manufacturers challenging one of the largest class action lawsuits ever certified. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that allowed a lawsuit to go forward that seeks more than $9 billion in damages against Carpenter Co., Woodbridge Foam Corp. and others.

  • MADISON, Wis.— Testimony has begun at a public hearing on Wisconsin's right-to-work bill, after the measure rapidly passed the Senate last week. The state Assembly labor committee's hearing is set to last 10 hours, and the gallery in the hearing room was full when the meeting began Monday morning. Committee Chairman Andre Jacque, a DePere Republican, said people...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 2- Workers accusing Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley companies of conspiring to hold down salaries will try on Monday to win approval of a $415 million settlement from a U.S. judge who rejected an earlier deal as too low. The plaintiffs alleged that Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Corp and Adobe Systems Inc agreed to avoid poaching each...

  • Indiana contractors and business leaders gathered at the Statehouse to praise the economic impact made by union contractor companies and recognize the 10,000th graduate to get an Ivy Tech Associate's Degree in partnership with union construction apprenticeship programs. The event, hosted by the Indiana Building Contractors Alliance, fell on the first...

  • WASHINGTON— Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Monday that the House might pass long-term funding for the Homeland Security Department without immigration provisions attached, as Republican options dwindled for avoiding a capitulation to the White House and Democrats. Boehner declined to say over the weekend if he would permit a vote on the...

  • Under the proposed settlement, Basic Research will pay a refund of $25 per box after being sued by law firms on behalf of consumers who purchased the product called Akavar beginning in 2007.. A Basic Research representative didn't respond to requests for comment. In 2007, a proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Utah against Basic...

  • ATLANTA— Georgia lawmakers may eliminate a tax break for airlines buying jet fuel at the world's busiest airport, setting up a face-off with one of the state's largest employers, Atlanta- based Delta Airlines. Earl Ehrhart would remove the break for all airlines, updating his original proposal to end only Delta's. Ehrhart still bristled this week at the...

  • Moody's downgrades Chicago's rating over pensions Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 10:41 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Chicago's credit rating to two levels above junk status, citing the city's $20 billion mountain of unfunded pension liabilities. "Regardless of outcome of the legal challenges to pension reforms, we expect Chicago's unfunded pension liabilities— and the costs of servicing those liabilities— to continue to...

  • Judge sets date to hear Medicaid plan lawsuit Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:04 PM ET

    PHOENIX— A judge will hear arguments July 10 on whether the main funding source for Arizona's Medicaid expansion was legally enacted. Jan Brewer's Medicaid plan a severe blow by allowing a lawsuit challenging the plan to proceed. Republicans who control the Legislature argue the assessment in the 2013 law expanding Medicaid to about 300,000 poor Arizonans...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- The White House released draft legislation on Friday that would give consumers more control over how the trail of data they leave behind them on the internet is used, stored and sold. President Barack Obama has made cybersecurity a major focus in the wake of high-profile hacks at companies such as Sony Pictures Anthem Inc and Target Corp..

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- A bipartisan group of U.S. legislators reintroduced a bill on Friday aimed at putting pressure on China to ensure autonomy and human rights in Hong Kong. It would require the U.S. secretary of state to certify annually that Hong Kong is sufficiently autonomous before enacting any new laws or agreements granting Hong Kong such different...

  • AUSTIN, Texas— State Farm agreed Friday to pay $352.5 million in refunds to more than 1 million of its Texas customers as part of a sweeping settlement that ends nearly 12 years of legal battles over premiums that state officials say were too high. The company admits no wrongdoing, but says most homeowners who had State Farm policies between Sept. 7, 2003, and the end...

  • Democrat: veto override still on despite GOP bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 2:36 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— Lawmakers' efforts to overhaul the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey got a jump-start on Friday, but the prospects for passing legislation are still uncertain. Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie vetoed an overhaul passed unanimously in both legislatures, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. is introducing a new bill aimed at reforming the...

  • TULALIP, Wash.— The Justice Department's announcement in December that it would allow the nation's Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution— if not silence or opposition— from many tribes. Representatives of about 75 tribes from around the country converged on the Tulalip Indian Tribes' resort and casino...

  • WASHINGTON— Amid "rapid growth" in the collection of data on Americans, the White House on Friday proposed legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information. Consumers might also be skeptical about how much the White House values Americans' privacy: President Barack Obama outlined similar goals in 2012 in his "...