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  • MEXICO CITY, July 21- Mexico's Senate completed on Monday approval of the bulk of legislation setting out rules and regulations for President Enrique Pena Nieto's opening of the oil and gas market, the cornerstone of his economic agenda.

  • MEXICO CITY, July 21- Mexico's Senate gave general approval on Monday to legislation laying out expanded powers for energy regulators, part of the fine print needed to implement a constitutional reform that overhauls the oil, gas and electricity sectors.

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- U.S. Senate leaders were nearing an agreement to vote this week on a $10.9 billion transportation funding extension already passed by the House of Representatives, signaling a desire to minimize drama over road construction money this summer.

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- U.S. Senate leaders were nearing an agreement to vote this week on a $10.9 billion transportation funding extension already passed by the House of Representatives, signaling a desire to minimize drama over road construction money this summer.

  • July 21- The U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico asked a federal court to dismiss as premature a lawsuit filed by U.S. mutual funds that sought to strike down a recently enacted Puerto Rican law that the funds said posed a threat to American investors.

  • Pennsylvania sees 3rd rating downgrade in 2 years Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:36 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania received its third bond downgrade in two years Monday, after Gov.

  • RJ Reynolds vows to fight $23.6B in damages Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    MIAMI— The nation's No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. executive J. Jeffery Raborn has called the damages awarded by a Pensacola jury "grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law."

  • New Peru law weakens environmental safeguards Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    LIMA, Peru— Dozens of international groups, the United Nations, and even Peru's own citizen ombudsman are objecting to a new law that weakens environmental protections in the Andean nation even as it prepares to host international climate-control talks this year.

  • ORLANDO, Fla., July 19- A Florida jury has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer punitive damages of more than $23 billion in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the nation's second-biggest cigarette maker.

  • Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 3:48 PM ET

    MIAMI— A Florida jury has slammed the nation's No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.. The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class action verdict.

  • 2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

  • Law requires investment training for pension board Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 6:19 PM ET

    Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill requiring board members of California's public pension fund to receive investment-related training every two years, even though the fund already requires such education.

  • FBI issues warning about air conditioner coolant Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 5:32 PM ET

    The FBI is warning people to be on alert for refrigerant substitutes that have not been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Products like "Super Freeze 22 a" have been selling mostly online or over the telephone to home owners and "do-it-yourselfers," circumventing stores and regulators, the FBI said on its website.

  • UK court orders 'Glee' name change in legal row Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    LONDON— Glum news for "Glee"— Britain's High Court ruled Friday that the musical TV show must change its name because it breaches the trademark of a chain of comedy clubs. The studio was sued by Comic Enterprises, which operates a string of venues called The Glee Club.

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- A U.S. appeals court dealt a blow to the victims of Allen Stanford's Ponzi scheme on Friday, ruling that they are not eligible under federal law to file claims seeking compensation for their losses. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit also marks a major loss for the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Details of court ruling on 2012 gas drilling law Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:42 PM ET

    Details of Thursday's Commonwealth Court ruling on a lawsuit challenging aspects of a 2012 law that updated Pennsylvania's oil and gas drilling regulations:. —The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's power to withhold drilling fee revenue from municipalities whose zoning it deems to illegally restrict drilling activity.

  • Senate votes to extend terrorism insurance program Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 1:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate voted Thursday to extend a program that helped stabilize jittery insurance markets in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Senate voted 93-4 to extend the program through 2021. Under the program, the federal government helps pay damages for attacks that cost more than $100 million.

  • House passes tax breaks to boost charitable giving Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators. The White House threatened to veto the bill because it would add $16 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.

  • Court further limits reach of gas drilling law Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— A Pennsylvania court has further limited the reach of a major 2012 law that modernized drilling regulations, ruling Thursday that state public utility regulators cannot review how local zoning restrictions affect the natural gas industry.

  • WASHINGTON, July 17- General Motors' legal department came under fire in a Senate hearing on Thursday, as lawmakers questioned why the automaker took more than 10 years to recall cars with ignition switch flaws while its lawyers worked on numerous cases involving deaths or injury caused by the malfunctioning switch.