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  • Lawmakers seek lower price for bill on vets' care Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Stung by sticker shock, members of Congress are scrambling to lower the cost of a bill to fix veterans' health care amid a growing uproar over long waits for appointments and falsification of records to cover up the delays at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

  • OTTAWA, July 11- The Supreme Court of Canada backed the right of the province of Ontario to grant forestry licenses on a tract of traditional native land on Friday after an aboriginal challenge of licenses that had been granted to a lumber company.

  • Syncora, which insures some of the city's bonds and interest-rate swaps, appealed an Aug. 28, 2013 ruling by U.S. Syncora's attorney, James H.M. Sprayregen at law firm Kirkland& Ellis LLP, said an appeal will be filed with the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • House votes to make business tax break permanent Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House voted Friday to make permanent a temporary tax break that makes it easier for businesses to invest in new equipment, one of many expired tax breaks that Congress must deal with by the end of the year. But the White House has threatened a veto because the bill would add $287 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.

  • July 11- Silver Lake Partners LP agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle a lawsuit that accused it and several other large private equity firms of conspiring not to outbid each other on takeovers prior to the financial crisis, court records showed. The settlement was disclosed in a filing late Thursday in federal court in Boston.

  • Massachusetts Senate OK debate environmental bill Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 9:30 AM ET

    BOSTON— The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously approved a $1.9 billion, four-year environmental bond bill. During Thursday's debate, senators added $200 million to the bill, which was originally $1.7 billion.

  • NC coal ash bill destined for compromise committee Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 9:29 AM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— A co-author of a Senate bill to clean up coal ash ponds at Duke Energy's North Carolina power plants said Thursday that his chamber would reject the House's competing version of the measure, requiring negotiators to forge a compromise.

  • Obama taps controversial nominee for labor board Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 7:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is once again nominating lawyer Sharon Block to serve on the National Labor Relations Board, a move that could anger congressional Republicans. The Supreme Court ruled last month that the appointments were invalid.

  • Patrick signs $36B state budget, announces vetoes Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    Deval Patrick signed into law Friday the final state budget of his administration, while also asking lawmakers to expand his authority to order spending cuts, if needed, during his last months in office.

  • Manila court enters not-guilty plea for senator Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 1:46 AM ET

    MANILA, Philippines— A Philippine court entered a not-guilty plea Friday for a senator and dictatorship-era martial law enforcer who has been detained on charges of economic plunder with two other colleagues, bringing the case a step closer to what would be the country's largest corruption trial in more than a decade.

  • Gov. Jerry Brown signs tax bill benefiting Tesla Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 7:14 PM ET

    Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he signed legislation creating a $420 million tax credit for aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin, in a measure that also includes other tax incentives apparently designed to benefit California- based electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc..

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:28 p.m. EDT Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 5:28 PM ET

    Fears over fate of major Portuguese financial group reignite euro market tensions Portugal bank worries rattle Wall Street; investors move into bonds, gold Federal judge orders IRS to explain emails lost by key official in tea party investigation Mayor: Atlantic City shift from gambling to other attractions will be painful but do-able Fed No. 2 Fischer says regulators must keep working to end' too big to fail;' avert new crisis Aereo presses case despite Supreme Court setback, seeks licensing treatment as cable company FTC sues Amazon over children's unauthorized in-app charges Ag industry seeks to create right to farm for legal protection against animal-welfare groups WellPoint CEO: Insurer rides growing technology wave, preps reluctant health care shoppers Crude oil price gains for first time in 2 weeks, but analysts don't rule out more declines

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 4:04 p.m. EDT Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 4:05 PM ET

    Aereo presses case despite Supreme Court setback, seeks licensing treatment as cable company Fears over fate of major Portuguese financial group reignite euro market tensions US stocks recover half of earlier losses; Portugal bank worries rattle world markets FTC sues Amazon over children's unauthorized in-app charges Ag industry seeks to create right to farm for legal protection against animal-welfare groups WellPoint CEO: Insurer rides growing technology wave, preps reluctant health care shoppers Crude oil price gains for first time in 2 weeks, but analysts don't rule out more declines In Beijing, Kerry, Lew talk cyberhacking with Chinese officials amid new allegations Stigma versus green allure: Nuke professionals at Japan's Fukushima utility quit in droves As global economy recovers, corporate deal values reach highest level since 2007

  • Aereo presses case despite Supreme Court setback Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 4:04 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Aereo, the television-over-the-Internet service that suspended operations after the Supreme Court ruled against it, is refusing to disband for good. The company is now using the Supreme Court's own language to force broadcasters to treat it just like a cable TV company.

  • Linking Nevada's online poker rooms gets early OK Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 3:31 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Nevada gambling regulators have given preliminary approval to a system that could link online poker websites, creating a larger player pool that's expected to make legal play more attractive.

  • Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 1:59 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. "A couple of years from now, we might say this was the beginning of the trend," said Rusty Rumley, a senior staff attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

  • Missouri governor vetoes payday loan legislation Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 1:28 PM ET

    Jay Nixon vetoed legislation re-writing Missouri's payday loan laws Thursday, describing the newly proposed limits as an industry-backed "sham" that fell short of "true reform." Missouri law currently limits interest and fees on payday loans at 75 percent for the life of the loan.

  • House, Senate committees advance highway aid plans Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    Dave Camp, R- Mich., that cobbles together $11 billion in pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund through May 2015. In the Senate, the Finance Committee, also on a voice vote, approved a compromise worked out between the committee's chairman, Sen.

  • MOSCOW, July 10- Ukraine protested over recent grain exports from Crimea on Thursday, questioning their legal basis following Russia's annexation of the region and fuelling tensions between the two countries. Russia and Ukraine are the region's main global grain exporters and rivals to supply customers in North Africa and the Middle East.

  • Retrial of federal agent begins in Hawaii killing Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    HONOLULU— The attorney for a federal agent charged with murder in Hawaii told jurors Thursday that the defendant acted in line with his law-enforcement training when he shot and killed a man inside a fast-food restaurant in 2011..