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  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has signed long-delayed legislation to boost energy efficiency in buildings. He says it's an area where Washington could make a big impact and create jobs. The bill exempts some energy-efficient water heaters from pending Energy Department rules.

  • Indiana lawmakers give Pence much of what he sought Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 12:13 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Republicans approved shifting authority over Indiana's standardized testing and other education policy matters from Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz during the final hours of this year's legislative session. The House and Senate backed provisions Wednesday night that give the State Board of Education control over...

  • Agreement elusive on Hawaii medical marijuana dispensaries Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 10:47 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Hawaii lawmakers are disagreeing on a bill that would establish an islandwide system of medical marijuana dispensaries. Josh Green wants the system to issue a small number of dispensary licenses. Della Au Bellati says that approach would create a monopoly for big marijuana companies.

  • WASHINGTON, April 29- President Barack Obama could prevail in his drive for legislation to boost a major Pacific trade deal if enough members of a group of moderate Democrats, as expected, lend their support, said lawmakers and trade specialists on Wednesday. Obama faces a tough fight in Congress over "fast-track" trade negotiating authority.

  • Senate panel votes to expand tax-free college accounts Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Senate panel passed a bill Wednesday that would expand popular tax-free college savings accounts that President Barack Obama failed to scale back. The Senate Finance Committee voted 26-0 to send the bill to the full Senate. The bill would add $51 million to the budget deficit over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Joint Committee on...

  • Bill to ban criminal record question on job apps advances Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 5:13 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Oregon employers would be barred from asking job seekers about their criminal backgrounds on application forms under a bill passed by House lawmakers Wednesday. Rob Nosse, said the measure will help people with criminal records earn a living and rebuild their lives. And all the research shows that access to housing and employment are among the two...

  • Things to know about California's plan to cut emissions Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 4:43 PM ET

    Here are some things to know about what California is doing:. The order comes ahead of a United Nations meeting on climate change in Paris in late fall. He set the new target but did not lay out the specifics of how California will achieve it.

  • Nevada Assembly panel considers ban on powdered alcohol Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 3:11 PM ET

    CARSON CITY, Nev.— Nevada lawmakers are considering a ban on the sale and possession of powdered alcohol. The Senate already passed the measure unanimously. Settelmeyer said he wasn't aware of any Nevada stores selling the substance but wanted to take a proactive stance in prohibiting it.

  • GOP unveils budget plans in face of Obama opposition Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 1:07 PM ET

    The 10- year balanced budget plan calls upon lawmakers to repeal Obama's health care law while enacting major curbs on safety net programs like Medicaid and food stamps. It would cut future-year budgets for domestic agencies below already tight spending "caps" that the White House vows to dismantle. The White House promises to veto the veterans' bill in protest...

  • MILAN, April 29- Italian oil services company Saipem said it would vigorously contest a 174.2 million euro lawsuit from a group of investors claiming the firm overstated profits. Deminor Recovery Services, representing 64 institutional investors, said on Wednesday it was seeking the damages to cover losses on share purchases caused by Saipem's alleged...

  • ATHENS, April 29- Euro zone officials will discuss Greece on Wednesday after Athens said it would present a list of reforms for legislation to show it is serious about acting on pledges to secure aid. They will then be assessed at a broader meeting of technical-level teams from Greece and the lenders in Brussels on Thursday, Greek government officials said.

  • *CEO Mike Coupe found guilty of embezzlement by Egypt court. Chief Executive Mike Coupe attended a court hearing in Giza last Sunday to try to overturn the conviction which related to the collapse of an Egyptian business which Sainsbury's had invested in over a decade ago. "We are aware of media coverage today outlining a legal case in Egypt brought against our...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— The New Hampshire House once again rejected casino gambling on Wednesday, voting down a proposal that would have legalized two venues that supporters said would have provided badly needed revenue. "Casino gambling will not be an asset to New Hampshire," Democratic Rep. "All New Hampshire can expect are hometown convenience casinos that pull money...

  • GREECE EXPECTED TO PRESENT DRAFT REFORM LEGISLATION TO INTERNATIONAL LENDERS ON WEDNESDAY- GVT OFFICIALS.

  • Sainsbury's rejects Egypt legal case against CEO Coupe Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 2:34 AM ET

    LONDON, April 29- British supermarket operator Sainsbury's on Wednesday rejected any allegations against its chief executive after the Times newspaper reported that Mike Coupe had been sentenced in absentia to two years in an Egyptian jail. "We are aware of media coverage today outlining a legal case in Egypt brought against our chief executive, Mike Coupe,"...

  • Chris Christie's decision to send state troopers to help contain the violence in Baltimore dominated the governor's first news conference in New Jersey in more than five months. "Get the state troopers out of Baltimore!" Christie announced Tuesday he had deployed 150 state police personnel, including 100 state troopers, after rioting erupted in Baltimore...

  • April 28- A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by Philip Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners that accused satellite TV company Dish Network Corp and its chairman, Charles Ergen, of illegally trying to strip the hedge fund of control of the bankrupt wireless company LightSquared. District Judge William Martinez in Denver came after LightSquared...

  • April 28- A Colorado federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit in which Harbinger Capital Partners accused Dish Network Corp and its chairman Charles Ergen of violating a federal racketeering law, and sought at least $1.5 billion of damages. District Judge William Martinez said the claims that Harbinger sought to pursue could have been brought in a...

  • Settlement reached in 2003 Connecticut layoff lawsuit Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:23 PM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— State employee union leaders and State Attorney George Jepsen said Tuesday they have reached a long-awaited legal settlement, ending a federal court battle over former Gov. John G. Rowland's decision to lay off thousands of workers during a 2003 labor contract dispute. While the deal could potentially cost the state tens of millions of dollars,...

  • NEW YORK, April 28- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, is submitting 2016 individual insurance rates to state regulators but said it might need to reexamine them after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the legality of most Obamacare exchange subsidies. Aetna Chief Financial Officer Shawn Guertin said the company had been submitting proposed rates...