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  • 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 "...

  • NEWPORT, R.I.— The public-sector unions and retirees suing the state over the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island's public pension system asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to delay the trial after a lower court refused. Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter ruled earlier in the day that all parties have had enough time to prepare for the trial.

  • Greek prime minister rules out third bailout Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 9:24 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece's new radical left government has no intention of seeking another bailout deal from international creditors and will spend coming months trying to ease the terms of its current commitments, the financially struggling country's prime minister said Friday. Alexis Tsipras remarks came hours after lawmakers in Germany, a key rescue loan...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Arguments in a federal lawsuit contesting the roundup of hundreds of wild horses in western Wyoming last fall will focus on a federal law that carries different rules for private and federal land. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal will consider Monday whether the U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— The state's casino location board on Friday moved forward with new bidding from developers for a license in New York's Southern Tier. That resulted in December recommendations for new casinos in the Catskills, Schenectady and the Finger Lakes. Tioga Downs, the racino in Nichols, was one applicant from the state's Southern Tier in the earlier bidding.

  • Theodore Hesburgh, former Notre Dame president, has died at 97..

  • The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and selected nonprofits under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously. Indiana could be the first state to allow use of the baby boxes on a broad scale to prevent dangerous...

  • House gives initial OK to new loans from payday lenders Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:04 PM ET

    PHOENIX— The Arizona House gave initial approval Thursday to a bill allowing payday lenders to offer a new product after they were barred from operating in the state under a 2008 voter initiative. Debbie McCune Davis, D- Phoenix, said House Bill 2611 gives "predatory lenders" the green light to return to Arizona. "The community has been pretty clear in raising...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— The Arkansas Supreme Court says a lawsuit against tobacco giant Philip Morris USA can proceed under class-action status. The lawsuit seeks refunds on every pack of Marlboro Lights sold in Arkansas from 1971 to 2010. The plaintiffs claim Philip Morris, which is part of the Altria Group, deceived smokers about health risks.

  • On Thursday, Obama stepped up his campaign for expanding exports and negotiating new trade deals in Asia and Europe, a rare spot of common ground with Republicans and a raw point of friction with Democrats. Presidents have had an increasingly tough time getting that authority from Congress; Bill Clinton had to buck his party to win it and George W. Bush got it by a...

  • The Senate Energy Committee approved a bill Thursday by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R- Sapulpa, to require planning for when wind farms are decommissioned and set minimum distances from places like schools or airports. Some of those concerns were aired during a House committee meeting this week that touched on plans for the construction of a major...

  • Puerto Rico seeks protection of federal bankruptcy code Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 2:28 PM ET

    The push comes after a federal judge ruled that a local debt-restructuring law pushed through last year by Puerto Rico's governor was unconstitutional. Melba Acosta, president of Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank, was among those who testified before a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington. Puerto Rico's delegate to Congress, Pedro...

  • Illinois plan would aid Exelon nuclear plants Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 2:25 PM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Power-producing giant Exelon Corp. rounded out a phalanx of Illinois lawmakers and business leaders who said Thursday that three nuclear power plants could close unless consumers chip in to reward them for producing environmentally-friendly electricity. The Exelon- backed plan was quickly derided as a "bailout" Thursday by a consumer...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 26- A New York state appeals court on Thursday revived most of Macy's Inc's lawsuit accusing JC Penney Co of interfering improperly with its exclusive merchandising contract with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.. It also agreed that Macy's third claim against JC Penney was valid, but that Macy's did not deserve punitive damages.

  • CHICAGO— Millions of Americans have a big personal stake in next Wednesday's Supreme Court challenge to the nation's health care law: Can they legally continue to get subsidies to help pay for their insurance? Young and healthy, Ariana Jimenez is just the kind of person the health insurance system needs in order to keep costs down for everyone.