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  • NEW YORK— A New York state judge on Monday overturned the conviction of a former Goldman Sachs programmer for stealing confidential computer code— three years after a federal appeals court overturned his conviction on similar charges. State Supreme Court Justice Daniel Conviser said in his ruling prosecutors didn't prove as required by state law that...

  • July 6- A U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of an Illinois man who prosecutors said made nearly $1.2 million trading on inside information about mergers involving clients of Citigroup Inc, where his brother-in-law worked. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco affirmed the conviction of Bassam Salman, who was sentenced in April...

  • WASHINGTON— Having lost their latest war against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republicans must decide how to wage battles that could fan the issue for the 2016 elections. Last month's Supreme Court decision upholding the statute's federal subsidies, which help millions of Americans afford health care, shattered the GOP's best chance of...

  • WASHINGTON, July 6- Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will return as a partner at the law firm he had left to become the nation's top law enforcement official, his new employer said in a statement. Holder, who led the Justice Department from 2009 to 2015 and was one of President Barack Obama's longest-serving cabinet members, will return to Covington& Burling,...

  • HOUSTON— A Texas man used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights. But after losing ownership of his suburban Houston store in bankruptcy, Jeremy Alcede spent nearly seven weeks in jail for refusing a federal judge's order to share with the new owner the...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— The $6.7 billion state budget may be in place, but Maine lawmakers don't get to clear off their desks just yet. While they plowed through nearly all of the remaining bills on their to-do list last week, lawmakers will be hauled back to Augusta later this month thanks to Gov. Roger Katz that's designed to force LePage to release more than $11 million in...

  • WASHINGTON— After July Fourth fireworks and parades, members of Congress return to work Tuesday facing a daunting summer workload and a pending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall. Republicans are eager to avoid another Capitol Hill mess as they struggle to hang onto control of Congress and try to take back the White House next year.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, July 5- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Sunday that he had referred "wild allegations" against him to lawyers and would decide any legal steps in a few days. Najib said he was accused of stealing $700 million and placing the money in his personal account. The statement comes after a Wall Street Journal report published on Friday said that...

  • DAR ES SALAAM, July 4- Tanzania's parliament resumed debate on Saturday on a contentious and long-delayed petroleum bill, after the speaker suspended around 40 opposition lawmakers for disrupting an earlier session. The government says the legislation will create a legal and regulatory framework to manage discoveries of gas- Tanzania's reserves are...

  • WASHINGTON— As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. A particularly cold winter in the Northeast, for instance, might merit more flights to the Caribbean.

  • Mexico City proposes regulations for Uber Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 3:46 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Mexico City is proposing regulations that would allow Uber and other smartphone-based ride-sharing apps to operate, while requiring drivers and cars to be registered, the city's Office of Legal and Legislative Studies said Friday. The Organized Taxi Drivers of Mexico City have pushed the city to regulate or ban Uber, saying it's unfair that its...

  • NEW YORK, July 3- When Puerto Rico hired former Detroit judge Steven Rhodes it sent a signal to creditors that one possible solution it sees is the one thing it cannot do now: declare bankruptcy. "The parallels between Detroit and Puerto Rico are strong enough that I think any of the public corporations or the commonwealth itself could take advantage of the same...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— A Maine legislator says he will try again next year to persuade the Legislature to limit the harvest on the state's popular, meaty scallops. He had proposed legislation to create a limit of 90 pounds a day per person on wild-caught Maine scallops so future generations, he said, would still be able to harvest them. Maine scallops are beloved in...

  • Denver campaign would allow marijuana use in bars Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 10:45 AM ET

    A campaign is underway to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21.. Activists who campaigned for recreational pot legalization in Colorado have launched a petition drive to allow what they call "limited social marijuana consumption" at bars. "Marijuana's now a legal product for adults in...

  • WASHINGTON— As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. A particularly cold winter in the Northeast, for instance, might merit more flights to the Caribbean.

  • MOSCOW— Lawmakers in the Russian parliament on Friday voted for a bill forcing online search engines to remove search results about a specific person at that person's request. Though similar to one recently adopted by the European Union, the Russian law is more sweeping, extending the right of removal to public figures and information that is considered in the...

  • PARIS— Uber is suspending its low-cost ride-hailing service in France, hoping to defuse an escalating legal dispute and sometimes-violent tensions with traditional French taxi drivers. Uber Technologies Inc. has run into legal problems elsewhere in Europe, as well as in China and India. The French battle centers around Uber's low-cost service, in France...

  • NEW ORLEANS— More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions. Federal and state government officials touted the...

  • WASHINGTON— New personal financial disclosures from the Supreme Court show that Chief Justice John Roberts and two other justices are maintaining significant investments in individual companies' stock. Breyer was forced to sit out a patent case in the spring that involved Cisco Systems, Inc., because he owns up to $100,000 in Cisco stock.

  • July 2- Unpaid internships are legal when they are closely tied to interns' educations, a U.S. appeals court in Manhattan said on Thursday in reversing a decision that Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc broke the law by not paying interns. The lower courts erred in finding the interns should have been treated as employees because Fox derived some benefit from their...