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  • U.S. lawmakers gear up for Supreme Court Obamacare fray Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 4- War rooms of lawmakers and their aides in the U.S. Congress are working furiously to try to influence the Supreme Court's nine justices who will hear arguments on Wednesday on the future of President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law. Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, a member of the Republican leadership, is spearheading his party's...

  • BRASILIA, March 3- Brazil's top prosecutor asked the Federal Supreme Court on Tuesday to open investigations into politicians who allegedly benefited from a multibillion-dollar kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, a court official said on Tuesday. Janot's office did not release the names of the politicians to be investigated,...

  • March 3- Apple Inc is discussing a settlement in a lawsuit brought by electric car battery maker A123 Systems, which accused the iPhone maker of poaching top engineers to build a large-scale battery division. Around June 2014 Apple began aggressively poaching A123 engineers tasked with leading some of the company's most critical projects, A123's lawsuit...

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- Bipartisan talks on how to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress are deadlocked and legislation is unlikely to come up for debate before April, a senior Republican senator said on Tuesday, tightening the timeframe to finish a Pacific trade pact before the U.S. election season. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said talks on...

  • March 3- The operating unit of casino company Caesars Entertainment Corp unveiled its plan to cut $10 billion of debt and to exit Chapter 11 in a late Monday filing with a U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin Goldgar in Chicago and creditors, a process that can easily take a year. The plan was filed on Monday when the parent company Caesars...

  • NEW YORK— A Citibank lawyer warned a judge on Tuesday that its Argentina branch will be in "great danger" if he refuses to let the South American nation pay interest to bondholders. She said the judge would be "forcing Citibank to violate the law and putting it in a position of great danger" if he applied to Citibank his rulings requiring Argentina to pay $1.5 billion...

  • CARSON CITY, Nev.— Nevada Republicans are looking to significantly change how the state's public employee benefits system operates. The Assembly Committee on Government Affairs reviewed the first details of AB 190 on Tuesday to committee rooms in Las Vegas and Carson City packed with worried public employees. Reno Republican Assemblyman Randy Kirner...

  • WASHINGTON— Republicans controlling the Senate moved Tuesday to try to reverse a new National Labor Relations Board rule that would shorten the time between a union's request for representation and the vote on whether to certify a union. But the White House promised to veto the measure just before the Senate's 53-45 party-line vote. The White House statement...

  • WASHINGTON— Insurance coverage for millions of people is riding on the latest politically charged Supreme Court clash over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. "This case is no less important to the future of the Affordable Care Act" than the court's decision in 2012, said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California at Irvine law school.

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Electric-car maker Tesla Motors on Tuesday offered to make some compromises to help state lawmakers pass legislation this year allowing direct sales to Connecticut consumers. To further limit the impact of the legislation, Tesla said it would agree to language restricting direct sales to manufacturers with an established presence in...

  • DUBLIN, March 3- Ireland on Tuesday became the second country in the world to pass legislation requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packets, despite threats of legal action by tobacco companies opposed to the move. Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Group have said they would take legal action against the plan to ban the colourful logos used...

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- Bipartisan talks on a bill to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress are "stuck" over Democratic demands, the Republican chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance said on Tuesday.

  • Irish parliament passes plain tobacco packaging law Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 12:41 PM ET

    DUBLIN, March 3- Ireland's parliament on Tuesday became the second in the world to pass legislation requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packets, despite threats of legal action by tobacco companies opposed to the move. Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Group have announced they would take legal action against the move to ban the colourful...

  • Caesars' operating unit files bankruptcy exit plan Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 12:20 PM ET

    March 3- The operating unit of casino company Caesars Entertainment Corp unveiled its plan to cut $10 billion of debt and to exit Chapter 11 in a late Monday filing with a U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin Goldgar in Chicago and creditors, a process that can easily take a year or more. The plan was filed on Monday when the parent company Caesars...

  • BUENOS AIRES, March 3- Argentina's economy minister said on Tuesday "me-too" investors who want compensation for debt owed since the country's 2002 default have lodged claims for between $7 billion and $8 billion in the hope of gaining from its legal battle with other holdouts. A U.S. judge ordered Argentina in 2012 to pay a group of hedge funds that did not...

  • WASHINGTON— A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal courts can hear a dispute over Colorado's Internet tax law. The ruling is a win for business groups that want to challenge the state's so-called "Amazon tax," which requires extensive reporting by out-of-state retailers that don't collect the state's 2.9 percent sales tax from Colorado...

  • March 3- The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday, focusing on the issue of tax subsidies available through insurance exchanges set up under the statute. The Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, requires people who do not get health insurance through their employer, or the...

  • WASHINGTON— Israeli leader: World must unite to' stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror'.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Ex-Rhode Island House Speaker Fox charged with bribery, wire fraud, filing false tax return.

  • March 3- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law. -March 23, 2010: The Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare, becomes law after a protracted debate in the U.S. Congress, with Democrats narrowly securing passage over unified Republican opposition.