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  • Mexico Supreme Court rejects energy referendum Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 4:24 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Mexico's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a bid to hold a national referendum on a major energy overhaul that opened the sector to widespread private investment for the first time in 76 years. By law, the Supreme Court must determine whether such a vote would be constitutional. Dolores Padierna of the opposition Democratic Revolution Party...

  • Oct 30- A Southern California law firm has sued Kimberly-Clark Corp for more than $500 million, alleging that the Kleenex tissue maker committed fraud by marketing and selling some of its surgical gowns as protection against Ebola. Law firm Eagan Avenatti said it filed a class-action lawsuit in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, stating that Kimberly-Clark had...

  • FTC accuses Gerber of false claim on baby formula Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 11:24 AM ET

    "We are defending our position because we believe we have met, and will continue to meet, all legal requirements to make these product claims," said Kevin Goldberg, vice president and general counsel for the New Jersey- based company. The FDA agreed, but only if Gerber qualified its statement by making clear that there was "little scientific evidence" for the...

  • Oct 30- A Southern California- based law firm has sued Kimberly-Clark Corp for more than $500 million, alleging that the Kleenex tissue maker committed fraud by marketing and selling some of its surgical gowns as protection against Ebola. Law firm Eagan Avenatti said it filed a class-action lawsuit in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, stating that...

  • New Australian law targets leakers, not reporters Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    CANBERRA, Australia— A contentious new law that carries a prison term for anyone who reveals information about certain secret security operations was aimed at Edward Snowden-like leakers rather than investigative reporters, Australia's attorney-general said on Thursday. The most contentious section of a tranche of counterterrorism legislation...

  • Utah man accused of chasing owl in paraglider Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A former TV pitchman in Utah with a history of running afoul of the law was charged Tuesday with two federal misdemeanors by prosecutors who say he chased a barn owl in flight on his motorized paraglider. Dell "Super Dell" Schanze is accused of knowingly using an aircraft to harass wildlife and pursuing a migratory bird, according to the U.S....

  • Judge approves California city's bankruptcy plan Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 3:46 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A judge on Thursday approved a plan that allows Stockton to leave bankruptcy protection by eliminating more than $2 billion in long-term debt payments without touching the city's pension obligations. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein marked an end to Stockton's Chapter 9 status, first sought in 2012.. "This plan, I'm persuaded, is the best...

  • Oregon, Alaska are ground zero in pot fight Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 3:43 AM ET

    GRANTS PASS, Ore.— From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink. Mark Kleiman, a drug policy consultant who helped Washington set up its legal marijuana industry, said the outcomes in...

  • Oracle tells lawmakers lawsuit is a waste of money Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 6:03 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Oracle Corp. is appealing to Oregon legislative leaders in the legal fight over the failed Cover Oregon health insurance website. In a letter sent last week to Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek, Oracle CEO Safra Catz hints that the Legislature should pull funding for the lawsuit. "We are flabbergasted by Oracle's back-door...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- Cigarette maker Reynolds American's proposal to buy smaller rival Lorillard Inc presents antitrust regulators with a conundrum: Their mandate is to prevent higher prices because of mergers, but U.S. public policy aims to make cigarettes more expensive to discourage smoking. Reynolds, the No. 2 U.S. cigarette maker, said in July it would buy No. 3...

  • Health overhaul's subsidies at Supreme Court Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 12:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Barack Obama's health care law. The challengers are appealing a unanimous ruling of a three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, that upheld Internal Revenue Service regulations...

  • Sole ND abortion clinic halts medication abortions Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota's sole abortion provider stopped providing medication abortions Wednesday in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that blocked the use of pregnancy-terminating drugs, though surgical abortions were still being provided, the clinic's director said. The state attorney general said the clinic in Fargo had two weeks to appeal...

  • Oct 29- Comcast Corp has reached a $50 million settlement in a decade-old lawsuit accusing it of overcharging cable television subscribers, 1-1/ 2 years after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a larger version of the class-action case. The preliminary settlement, which requires court approval, calls for Comcast to pay $16.67 million in cash to current and former...

  • Court: UK spies get bulk access to NSA data Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 9:55 AM ET

    LONDON— The British government's insistence that its spies don't use the vast espionage powers of the U.S. National Security Agency to sidestep U.K. restrictions on domestic eavesdropping was called into question by a court document published Wednesday. "The British public had been consistently persuaded by government over the last year that GCHQ are not...

  • NY voters to decide on digital legislation Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— If New York voters approve proposition No. 2 on the ballot next week, their 213 legislators will join the digital age. Assemblyman James Tedisco, a Schenectady Republican who has been calling publicly for the change for four years, believes they'll equip the desks with keypads and computer tablets that legislators can pick up to show colleagues what...

  • Thai court dismisses case against British activist Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 12:17 AM ET

    Hall's legal troubles began after the activist helped author a report last year for the Finland- based watchdog Finnwatch that detailed what it said were poor labor conditions in seafood and pineapple export companies in Thailand. On Wednesday, a judge said the case was dismissed because the interview took place in Myanmar and the office of Thailand's...

  • Judge orders mediation in guardrail lawsuit Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 6:09 PM ET

    DALLAS— A federal judge has ordered mediation between a Texas company and a whistleblower who won a $175 million verdict over a design change in the company's highway guardrails. On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap ordered Trinity Industries Inc. and the whistleblower to attend mediation with Duke University law professor Francis...

  • Bar sues Florida over beer growler ban Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 4:35 PM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— A Florida craft beer bar is suing the state over its ban on half-gallon, refillable beer jugs known as growlers. The lawsuit was filed in federal court Tuesday and names the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The bar is being represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 28- U.S. officials on Tuesday urged corporate America to work with the government to fend off cyber threats and said intelligence and law enforcement authorities are working to get useful information to companies about potential attacks. The FBI has presented more than three dozen classified, sector-specific threat briefings to companies...

  • Group wants court review of reactor license Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 1:11 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— An environmental group asked a federal court Tuesday to review its claim that California's last operating nuclear power plant is violating federal law and should be shut down at least temporarily. In a petition filed in Washington with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Friends of the Earth said the Nuclear Regulatory...