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  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon's health insurance marketplace is a state-based exchange and would not be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court case against president Barack Obama's health care law, state officials say. Oregon built its own exchange, Cover Oregon, but it never fully launched. Oregon still contracts with health insurance carriers and certifies plans, and it...

  • Excerpts from arguments before the Supreme Court on Wednesday about whether the nation's health care law makes subsidies for buying insurance available to residents of all states, or only to people in states that establish their own insurance exchanges:. Justice Elena Kagan: "But we are interpreting a statute generally to make it make sense as a whole, right?

  • INDIANAPOLIS— Proposed regulations for the liquids used in electronic cigarettes that advanced Wednesday in the Indiana Legislature wouldn't add "vaping" to the state's smoking ban as the state attorney general and several health advocacy groups had requested. The state Senate and House have approved by wide margins similar bills on regulating the...

  • WASHINGTON— The never-ending political fight over health care hit the Supreme Court Wednesday, and insurance coverage for millions of Americans is on the line. Yes, but foes of President Barack Obama's signature law hope this time the justices will gut "Obamacare." Actually, a lot has changed since the Supreme Court's big health care decision of 2012..

  • NEW YORK, March 4- Options on U.S. hospital companies were unusually active on Wednesday, with bets leaning to the bullish side as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law. Shares of major hospital operators rose as investors interpreted comments made by Supreme Court justices during arguments as...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. Conservatives Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito asked questions sympathetic to the challengers.

  • WASHINGTON— In a rare burst of bipartisanship, the House moved Wednesday to boost Amtrak's popular service between Boston and Washington while giving states a greater say in the local routes they help subsidize. But in a compromise between Democrats and Republicans, the bill separates Amtrak's Northeast Corridor service between Boston and Washington from...

  • NEW YORK, March 4- A federal judge let stand the insider trading conviction of former Foundry Networks Inc executive David Riley, rejecting his argument that a recent appeals court decision setting a higher bar for convictions warranted his acquittal. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan said in a decision late on Tuesday that evidence introduced at...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Settlement talks have been ordered to resolve a legal dispute in which former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and others are seeking $10 million in compensation over mining claims that were condemned to make way for a major silver and copper mine. The claims, or mining rights, were condemned for the Montanore silver and copper mine proposed by Mines...

  • Senate fails to override Obama's veto of pipeline bill Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 2:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, the first of many confrontations between the Republican-controlled Congress and the White House this year over energy policy. Already, the White House has issued more than a dozen veto threats on legislation.

  • U.S. SENATE FAILS TO OVERRIDE PRESIDENT OBAMA' S VETO OF BILL APPROVING KEYSTONE XL OIL PIPELINE.

  • Judge OKs $415M settlement in tech workers' lawsuit Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 2:09 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A federal judge has tentatively approved a $415 million settlement in a major class action lawsuit by Silicon Valley workers who accused Apple Inc., Google Inc. and other tech companies of making an illegal agreement not to hire each other's employees. Judge Lucy Koh had rejected an earlier settlement offer, saying it didn't offer enough...

  • BOISE, Idaho— An Idaho legislative panel will consider a roughly $215 million plan to boost teacher pay over the next five years with the hope of attracting and retaining skilled instructors. The House Education Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to introduce the bill after getting a sneak peek at it last week. Under the plan, rookie teacher pay would...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania's charter and cybercharter schools would obtain funding directly from the state Department of Education instead of through local districts as part of a package of changes that was passed Wednesday by the House. Mike Reese, R- Westmoreland, said the bill would apply the Ethics Act to charter trustees and administrators and noted it...

  • State-backed $28M bond for Balsams plan hits a snag Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 12:24 PM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— A state Senate committee on Wednesday recommended more study of a bill to provide a state-backed $28 million bond to help redevelop a storied North Country hotel, dealing a potential setback to the project's backers. If the full Senate agrees with the committee, the bill would be on hold for the rest of this legislative session but could come back...

  • WASHINGTON— The Republican-controlled Senate Wednesday voted to kill a National Labor Relations Board rule reducing the time between a union's request for representation and a vote by workers on it. But President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the measure, and the Senate's vote indicates that supporters are far from the two-thirds majority that would...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it weighed tax subsidies key to the implementation of the Obamacare health law. Potential swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy raised concerns to lawyers on both sides about the possible negative impact on states if the government loses the case, suggesting he...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday on a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, but no clear majority was immediately apparent in the case that takes aim at a pivotal part of the statute providing tax subsidies to help people afford insurance. A couple of dozen demonstrators from the conservative...

  • SUPREME COURT JUSTICES APPEAR DIVIDED ON IDEOLOGICAL GROUNDS IN OBAMACARE SUBSIDIES CASE.