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  • SEC probes companies' treatment of whistleblowers - WSJ Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:16 PM ET

    The inquiries come as SEC officials have expressed concern about a possible corporate backlash against whistleblowers, the newspaper said. It couldn't be determined how many or which companies were sent the letters or what penalties the SEC could potentially levy in the probe, the Journal said. The 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law gave the SEC the power...

  • Christie and Walker take different paths on union issues Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:15 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey's Chris Christie and Wisconsin's Scott Walker are getting ready to run for president, but they've still got day jobs as governors— and face another round in the ring with organized labor. For Christie, that means trying to reach a deal to fix New Jersey's underfunded pension system by working with a teacher's union that he's repeatedly...

  • Confident Obama predicts success in immigration appeal Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    MIAMI— President Barack Obama urged immigrants thrown into limbo by legal wrangling to keep planning for eventual relief, professing confidence Wednesday that his deportation directives won't be thrown out in court. "This is just one federal judge," Obama said of the district judge in Texas who put Obama's order on hold. A 26- state coalition led by Texas is suing...

  • Obama says he would veto immigration repeal Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    MIAMI— President Barack Obama says he would veto a stand-alone measure in the Senate repealing his executive actions on immigration. Obama is answering questions at a town hall meeting in Miami hosted by the Spanish-language TV network Telemundo. But with a partial agency shutdown looming, the Senate is now looking to vote separately on funding and Obama's...

  • Feb 25- Morgan Stanley said it will pay $2.6 billion to the U.S. government to resolve potential claims stemming from the sale of mortgage bonds before the financial crisis, reducing its 2014 profit by more than half. Morgan Stanley increased its legal reserves by about $2.8 billion, which lowered its 2014 income from continuing operations by $2.7 billion, or...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Feb 25- Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will re-introduce legislation on Thursday designed to encourage the development of clean coal technologies that could keep the fuel a key source of American power generation. The bill, which is likely to be popular in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate but face opposition from the White House,...

  • MADISON, Wis.— For two straight days this week, 2,000 union members converged on Wisconsin's Capitol to rally against a new right-to-work bill, chanting, marching and hurling profanities at GOP lawmakers and Gov. They introduced the measure on Friday and the Senate began debating it Wednesday, making it difficult for unions to mobilize large-scale protests...

  • TORONTO, Feb 25- Canada's new rail safety legislation would make it possible for governments to recover costs from railways for any fire they cause, not just accidents that involve crude oil, said Transport Canada, a change that could force railways to pay millions in costs associated with forest fires. Canadian National Railway Co, which is in a legal dispute...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced a proposal Wednesday to expand affordable housing in California by charging a $75 fee to record real estate documents. About 36 percent of homeowners and nearly half of renters spend more than a third of their income on housing, a Public Policy Institute of California report released this month said.

  • Businesses couldn't process credit card transactions, ATMs didn't function, law enforcement databases were unavailable, and even weather reports were affected in an area stretching from north of Phoenix to Flagstaff, about 100 miles away. CenturyLink spokesman Alex Juarez said the problem was first reported around noon. Phoenix police said CenturyLink...

  • WASHINGTON— The House voted Wednesday to expand the benefits of popular college savings plans that President Barack Obama failed to scale back. The bill would add $51 million to the budget deficit over the next decade, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, which provides official estimates for Congress. While the measure highlights a political...

  • Petrobras scandal about to hit Brazil's political class Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 3:51 PM ET

    BRASILIA, Feb 25- Brazil's top prosecutor is expected to file charges in coming days against politicians implicated in the Petrobras corruption scandal, a political bombshell that could involve members of Congress and President Dilma Rousseff's government. Under Brazilian law, lawmakers and cabinet members can only be tried by the Supreme Court.

  • MADISON, Wis., Feb 25- The Wisconsin state Senate on Wednesday began debating a proposal to make Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state in the nation, as thousands of demonstrators protested the measure at the state capitol. The Republican-led state Senate is expected to approve the bill, which would prohibit requiring private sector workers to join or...

  • Utah medical marijuana bill unveiled Wednesday Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:29 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Calling it a move for freedom and compassion, a state lawmaker this week unveiled a medical marijuana bill that would allow residents of conservative Utah who have chronic and debilitating diseases to use certain edible products containing THC, the chemical responsible for most of the drug's psychological effects. The government policy is...

  • GOP lawmakers accuse Yellen of playing politics Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen came under fire Wednesday from House Republicans, who challenged the central bank's lack of accountability during her second day of testimony to Congress. After she gave her semiannual economic report, GOP lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee grilled Yellen with a basket of complaints.

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A legislative panel on Wednesday recommended significant changes to a contentious proposal that would allow people with concealed carry permits to take their guns to most public places in Wyoming. Allen Jaggi, R- Lyman, would allow concealed-carry permit holders to take their weapons to any public event or place, including schools and college...

  • SUPREME COURT JUSTICES SIGNAL SYMPATHY FOR MUSLIM WOMAN WHO SAYS SHE WAS DENIED JOB AT ABERCROMBIE& FITCH STORE FOR WEARING HEAD SCARF.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 25- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a North Carolina state dental board does not have the authority to regulate teeth-whitening services, accepting the federal government's claim that the system is anticompetitive because dentists sit on the panel. The court, on a 6-3 vote, ruled for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which had...

  • Regulators punt decision on allowing ride-booking service Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 10:37 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— After a heated meeting and charges of holding an illegal hearing, New Mexico regulators tabled a decision Wednesday to allow ride-booking service Lyft to operate in the state while lawmakers debate the future of such companies. The Public Regulation Commission voted not to issue a ruling on San Francisco- based Lyft's request to function in...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 25- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a North Carolina state dental board does not have the authority to regulate teeth-whitening services, accepting the federal government's claim that the system is anticompetitive because dentists sit on the panel. The court, on a 6-3 vote, ruled for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which had decided...