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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A federal judge said Friday that an Ohio State University band director fired for turning a blind eye to a "sexualized culture" there has four months to gather evidence over his gender discrimination claim. Ohio State attorney Mike Carpenter told Graham at a Friday hearing that it would be unfair to allow Waters' legal team to conduct a sweeping...

  • WARWICK, R.I.— The police chief in Warwick said his department has stopped accepting a daily guest list from a city motel with a high crime rate. Chief Stephen McCartney said Thursday that the program has been discontinued out of concerns about legal ramifications and the possibility of the lists becoming public documents. The American Civil Liberties Union of...

  • The settlement ends a four-year legal battle and came as Grooveshark's parent company, Escape Media Group, was facing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages in a trial set to begin in federal court in Manhattan on May 4. Nine record companies, including Arista Music, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings, and Warner Bros Records, sued Escape Media Group for...

  • WASHINGTON— House Republicans Friday passed the second of 12 spending bills for the upcoming budget year, a $35 billion measure funding the Energy Department and popular water projects constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers. The measure includes a big boost to modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal and also contains money that would keep the Yucca Mountain...

  • 3 former Christie allies charged in bridge scandal Friday, 1 May 2015 | 7:33 AM ET

    NEWARK, N.J.— Federal prosecutors brought charges Friday against three former allies of Gov. Chris Christie— but not Christie himself— in the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal, apparently easing the legal threat that has hung over his 2016 White House ambitions for more than a year. One of those charged, David Wildstein, a former high-ranking official at...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York's attorney general has announced a settlement for $375,000 with the operator of 13 Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in New York City. The settlement with KFC Corp. franchisee Divine Investors LLC and owner Hiren Patel involves restitution for workers for labor law violations. Authorities say more than 700 current and former...

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- A key U.S. lawmaker said on Thursday he is optimistic Congress will approve legislation central to a Pacific trade pact even though the top Democrat in the House of Representatives said more work is needed to make the "fast track" legislation palatable to his party. The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Paul Ryan,...

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the first joint House-Senate budget plan in six years on Thursday, a measure that aids the party's goal of dismantling President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law this year. The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to pass the budget plan next week.

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to an $8.6 billion budget with new spending for property tax reductions, education and a controversial dental-school project in Omaha. Heath Mello of Omaha, chairman of the Appropriations Committee. If approved, owners of a $100,000 home would receive a $93.33 credit against their property tax...

  • LATEST RULING FROM GARAUFIS LAYS OUT SPECIFIC RULES FOR AMEX TO FOLLOW TO COMPLY WITH EARLIER ANTITRUST RULING.

  • DISTRICT JUDGE NICHOLAS GARAUFIS RULED IN FEBRUARY AMEX VIOLATED ANTITRUST LAW WITH MERCHANT STEERING RULES.

  • Texas takes aim at telemedicine care for patients Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 5:28 PM ET

    DALLAS— The state of Texas and telemedicine advocates are in a legal tussle over patients who receive doctor consultations through video. A Dallas company, Teladoc, has filed a lawsuit to block the state's action, arguing that it "would raise prices and reduce access to physician services in Texas." He argues that "not one shred of data was presented" during the Texas...

  • WASHINGTON— Republican leaders say GOP votes alone won't pass trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama and are urging the White House to put more pressure on reluctant Democrats to lend their support. Obama on Thursday met with members of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of moderate lawmakers who tend to back trade policies.

  • NEW YORK, April 30- Puerto Rico's House of Representatives voted against a controversial tax reform, a move blasted by the Governor on Thursday as irresponsible and dangerous to the island's financial stability. It is the latest turmoil for the Caribbean island of 3.6 million, which is struggling with debt of more than $70 billion and an economy that has been in...

  • NEW YORK— "Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons is joining anti-hunger advocates and the officials who serve 850,000 New York City school meals a day to raise awareness of child nutrition issues as Congress prepares to reauthorize the federal law that governs school meals. The advocates met at a Manhattan public school on Wednesday as cafeteria workers served the...

  • DOVER, Del.— A South Korean company accused of stealing trade secrets involving Kevlar technology has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges and settled separate civil litigation filed by the DuPont Co., officials said Thursday. In resolving the legal battles, Kolon Industries Inc. was sentenced to pay $85 million in criminal fines and agreed to pay...

  • Speaking at conference at Northwestern University's School of Law, White stopped short of saying whether the agency was investigating the issue, but strongly implied that the SEC is not happy about these tactics. Created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, the program lets the SEC dole out cash awards that range between 10 percent and 30 percent of...

  • NEW YORK— Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to ban plastic foam containers such as to-go cups and meal trays was politically motivated, out of step with a New York City law and should be stopped by a state supreme court judge, according to a coalition of restaurant, manufacturing and lobbying groups that filed a lawsuit Thursday. The ban would make New York the...

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- A key U.S. lawmaker said on Thursday he is optimistic Congress will approve legislation key to a Pacific trade pact even though the top Democrat in the House of Representatives said more work is needed to make the "fast track" legislation palatable to Democrats. The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Paul Ryan, said he...

  • Arizona lawmakers tell cities they can't ban plastic bags Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 12:35 PM ET

    PHOENIX— Vexed by the litter caught in cactus and shrubs, one Arizona city banned plastic bags on Earth Day last year. Those efforts are now in limbo after Arizona lawmakers voted this month to make it illegal for cities to impose bag bans, angering municipalities over what they see as heavy-handed action by the state. Arizona cities are forbidden from hiking...