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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- U.S. lawmakers proposed a bill on Wednesday that would create a single food safety agency by bringing together the oversight functions of the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies. Democratic Senator Richard Durbin from Illinois and Representative Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat from Connecticut, told...

  • Jan 28- The bankruptcy of the operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp's will proceed in Chicago, a victory for the casino company's private equity backers over its hedge fund creditors who wanted the case in Delaware. Bankruptcy Judge in Delaware sent shares of parent company Caesars Entertainment, which is controlled by Apollo Global Management and...

  • DENVER— Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport. Airport executives extended the ban this month after a retailer sought a free-standing kiosk to sell the boxer shorts and similar items that played off Colorado's place as...

  • The FDIC said in an internal memo this week that any recommendations to terminate customers' deposit accounts must be made in writing, vetted by legal staff and discussed with bank managers. FDIC officials have repeatedly said Choke Point is a Justice Department operation. Both the FDIC and Justice Department have said they would conduct internal...

  • WASHINGTON— In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Barack Obama's health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50- worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under that statute. Yet senators' comments suggested that party-line battling over many aspects of the statute— and other...

  • The FDIC said in an internal memo this week that any recommendations to terminate customers' deposit accounts must be made in writing, vetted by legal staff and discussed with bank managers. FDIC officials have repeatedly said Choke Point is a Justice Department operation. Both the FDIC and Justice Department have said they would conduct internal...

  • House passes bill aimed at expediting natural gas exports Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 11:55 AM ET

    In a 277-133 vote, the House approved a bill giving the Energy Department a 30- day deadline to authorize natural gas exports from facilities after they are reviewed and approved. While stopping short of threatening to veto the bill, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said it was "totally unnecessary." More than three dozen applications to build export...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- Republican Senator Rand Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, on Wednesday re-introduced a bill that would expose the Federal Reserve's monetary policy discussions and decisions to a congressional audit. The Kentucky senator's move to re-introduce the bill, along with 30 co-sponsors, comes as Republican lawmakers and some...

  • Jan 28- A U.S. bankruptcy judge said on Wednesday he would not transfer the bankruptcy filing of Caesars Entertainment Corp's operating unit to Delaware from Chicago, a victory for the company's private equity backers. Hedge funds creditors wanted the casino company's $10 billion debt-cutting plan reviewed under the legal standards of the Delaware court.

  • WILMINGTON, Del.— A federal judge in Delaware ruled Wednesday that the Chapter 11 case of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. will proceed in Illinois, denying a motion by several creditor groups who wanted the case heard in Delaware. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross was a victory for Caesars, whose operating unit filed for bankruptcy protection in Chicago...

  • U.S. Senator Rand Paul re-introduces "Audit the Fed" bill Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 10:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 28- Rand Paul, a Republican Senator from Kentucky and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, re-introduced a bill on Wednesday that would expose monetary policy discussions and decisions to a Congressional audit. The Fed's monetary policy deliberations are currently exempt from Government Accountability Office audits, though the Fed...

  • Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 12:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Most Americans including significant numbers of Republicans would want lawmakers to restore federal aid for buying coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court annuls some of the subsidies, according to a poll released Wednesday. But should the Supreme Court strike down subsidies for millions of people who buy...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- U.S. states for years have asked Congress for federal legislation easing the way for them to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases, but now that a bill has been drafted, state lawmakers are resisting. The National Conference of State Legislatures on Tuesday released a letter it sent to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on...

  • DENVER— Colorado's marijuana experiment was designed to raise revenue for the state and its schools, but a state law may put some of the tax money directly into residents' pockets, causing quite a headache for lawmakers. That means Coloradans may each get their own cut of the $50 million in recreational pot taxes collected in the first year of legal weed.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- U.S. states for years have asked Congress for federal legislation easing the way for them to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases, but now that a bill has been drafted, state lawmakers are putting up resistance. The National Conference of State Legislatures on Tuesday released a letter it sent to House of Representatives Speaker John...

  • WILMINGTON, Del, Jan 27- The operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp will learn Wednesday whether its bankruptcy will proceed in Chicago, where the casino company filed for Chapter 11 this month, or in Delaware, a U.S. bankruptcy judge in Delaware said on Tuesday. Allowing the case to proceed in Chicago would be a victory for Caesars private equity backers,...

  • WASHINGTON— Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year. The Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday that, through the middle of January, more than 7.1 million people had signed up in 37...

  • SEATTLE— American Indian tribes wrestling with whether to legalize marijuana have scheduled a national conference on the topic next month in Washington state. Organizer Robert Odawi Porter, a tribal law expert and former president of Seneca Nation in New York, says there's been a lot of discussion among tribes since the Justice Department announced in...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The top U.S. trade official told lawmakers on Tuesday he hopes to wrap up an ambitious Pacific trade pact within months as he urged Congress to back the administration's trade agenda. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the administration looked to lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation allowing a streamlined approval process...

  • Senate bill calls for end to Seattle tunnel project Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 1:17 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Two state senators say it's time to scrap the stalled Seattle tunnel project and bury Bertha, the broken-down $80 million state-of-the-art drilling machine, so the transportation department can find alternatives to fix or replace the viaduct that carries traffic along the city's waterfront. Curtis King, chairman of the Senate Transportation...