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  • NY Gov. Cuomo bans some state-funded travel to Indiana Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 2:33 PM ET

    Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday banned non-essential, state-funded travel to Indiana in response to that state's religious freedom law that critics say opens the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians. The ban applies to all state agencies and public colleges and universities— meaning students and faculty would not be able to participate in athletic or...

  • Correction: XGR--Public Schools Budget story Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 2:02 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— In a story March 27 about an increase to Idaho's public education budget, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra misstated the percentage amount of the increase. Legislative committee boosts Idaho education budget by 7.4 percent, adding $101 million. C.L. "Butch" Otter's request to...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- A Spider-Man toy that shoots out webs of foam was at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Tuesday, with the justices appearing little inclined to overturn a half-century-old legal precedent to allow more royalty fees to go to its inventor. The nine justices heard more than an hour of oral arguments in the case pitting the inventor,...

  • WASHINGTON— The IRS has eliminated a huge processing backlog of groups seeking tax-exempt status, the agency's chief said Tuesday. A conservative legal center leading a federal lawsuit against the IRS challenged that, saying one group it represents is still awaiting an IRS ruling after five years. "The IRS commissioner continues to mislead the public...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 31- Ellen Pao faces an uphill battle should she choose to appeal her defeat last week in a gender discrimination lawsuit against former employer Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield& Byers, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Not only did a San Francisco Superior Court judge side with Pao on some key evidentiary disputes in the run-up to trial, but...

  • Obama vetoes measure against swifter union elections Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure passed by the Republican-run Congress blocking the National Labor Relations Board from streamlining the process for union elections, saying government should not make it harder for workers to be heard in the workplace. Obama also announced a fall White House summit on worker rights.

  • Supreme Court weighs Spider-Man toy patent fight Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:40 PM ET

    The Supreme Court was snarled in a web of legal arguments Tuesday over whether an inventor could keep collecting royalties on a Spider-Man toy even after his patent expired. The case began when Kimble sold his patent on the toy to comic book giant Marvel Entertainment— a division of Walt Disney Co.— in 2001 in a deal that has paid him more than $6 million in...

  • $28 million budget fix heads to Maine Gov. LePage Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:19 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine lawmakers on Tuesday sent a $28 million budget bill to Gov. The Democratic-controlled House backed the supplemental budget bill with a 146-1 vote and the Republican-led Senate followed with unanimous approval. Budget negotiators agreed to take out about $2 million to maintain the level of Medicaid reimbursements for primary care...

  • High court rules in Medicaid reimbursement dispute Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:40 AM ET
    The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

    The Supreme Court said private sector health care firms cannot sue to force states to raise their Medicaid reimbursement rates.

  • Supreme Court sides with Idaho in Medicaid pay dispute Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Private health care providers cannot sue to force states to raise their Medicaid reimbursement rates to keep up with rising medical costs, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a 5-4 decision that broke across ideological lines, the justices said medical companies have no private right to enforce federal Medicaid funding laws against states if...

  • SUPREME COURT RULES PRIVATE MEDICAL PROVIDERS CANNOT SUE STATES TO RAISE MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT RATES.

  • March 31- Sprint Corp has agreed to a $131 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit accusing the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier of defrauding investors about problems dating back to its $36 billion merger with Nextel Communications Inc in 2005.. The all-cash settlement made public on Monday resolves claims that Sprint, former Chief Executive Gary...

  • PARIS, March 31- The Paris appeals court has delayed a decision on whether to ban Uber's unlicensed UberPOP service while it awaits the result of the U.S. company's constitutional challenge of a new French law on taxis and chauffeured cars. A loss in France would add to a recent court decisions against UberPOP in Germany and the Netherlands, as well as an outright...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Big box retailers would be allowed to sell alcohol in some Kansas counties under a bill discussed by a state Senate panel Tuesday. Ralph Ostmeyer from Grinnell, who chairs the Federal and State Affairs Committee considering the bill, said that the idea of expanding liquor licenses has long been discussed, but once national retail chains got behind...

  • That's the plan for economic development in this otherwise sleepy town of Trimble, tucked away among the corn and soybean fields of northwestern Tennessee. Ballard, the proprietor of the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, South Dakota, wants to bring the biker party vibe back to his Tennessee home town by catering to hot rods, custom motorcycles and live concerts...

  • WOODBRIDGE, N.J.— The state's turnpike authority approved a preliminary legal settlement Tuesday that will pay more than $100,000 to a retired Army colonel who claimed a state trooper pointed a gun at him and his daughter during a traffic stop. R. Timothy Leever sued Trooper Rodrigo Coelho after the stop on the Garden State Parkway in Colonia in 2010. Leever said...

  • New Arizona governor avoids major GOP political fights Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 3:31 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Less than three months into his tenure, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has largely managed to avoid having to make the tough political decisions that could have alienated him with the two wings of the Republican Party he has courted. Jan Brewer vetoed that proposal three times in the last four years.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York lawmakers worked into the night Tuesday with the goal of approving the final provisions of the state budget, including changes to teacher evaluations and an ethics proposal intended to address corruption in Albany. "It's not an ideal world," Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told reporters as the final bills were being printed.

  • INDIANAPOLIS— Indiana lawmakers have been scrambling to control damage from a widely criticized new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. The Indiana law, which takes effect July 1, prohibits state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs unless the government can show...

  • BRASILIA, March 30- Brazil's Finance Minister Joaquim Levy told journalists on Monday he is increasingly confident there will be a solution for state debt woes after meeting with Senate President Renan Calheiros. The Senate may vote on Tuesday on a bill that would give 30 days for the federal government to change the way the debts of states and cities are...