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  • Bribery case kicks off vs. Utah attorneys general Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 3:37 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Two former Utah attorneys general made their first appearance as criminal defendants Wednesday, vowing to beat a slew of bribery charges and other counts. Between the two, Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow spent nearly 13 years running Utah's top law enforcement office.

  • Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:40 AM ET

    The yearlong investigation by Republican staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee paints a portrait of inspection delays, government errors in risk assessment and industry loopholes in a $595 million terror prevention program passed by Congress in 2006..

  • Ticket me Elmo: NYC weighs street character law Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:39 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A summer spike in costumed characters behaving badly in Times Square— most recently a Spider-Man accused of punching a police officer— has turned up the heat on plans to regulate the legions of Elmos, Cookie Monsters and Statues of Liberty who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists.

  • Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    Tom Harkin, D- Iowa, a critic of the for-profit education industry who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, finds that for-profit colleges received $1.7 billion in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in the 2012-2013 school term.

  • popular dating website intentionally misled couples about their suitability could open it up to a U.S. Federal Trade Commission inquiry, according to lawyers and experts in consumer-protection law.

  • July 29- McDonald's Corp, not just its franchisees, can be held liable in complaints that the company violated employee rights, an official at the U.S. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin Jr. wrote in the letter that of the 181 complaints filed against the fast-food chain since November 2012 in connection with employee protests, 43 had merit.

  • Senate amends highway bill, delaying final action Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 6:09 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate has amended a House-passed highway bill. The Senate's action requires that the bill go back to the House. Leaders there say they will reject the Senate change.

  • Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 4:57 PM ET

    Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil liberties groups, the White House and Republicans.

  • Lawmakers employ gimmicks to pay for highway funds Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House and Senate have passed competing versions of legislation to prevent the federal trust funds providing highway and transit funds from running dry next month and to buy more time for Congress to draft a new highway bill.

  • Argentina is out of legal options to avoid paying a court-ordered $1.33 billion, plus interest, to the holdout creditors who declined to restructure their bonds.

  • Hawaii health care faces federal threat Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Janice Nakamura knows the financial burden of going without health care, and she's thankful for the Hawaii law that strictly mandates expansive, employer-provided coverage for her and her family.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- An attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission who once helped craft legislative language for the "Volcker rule" and other major pieces of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law is returning to Capitol Hill.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday rejected a food industry challenge to a federal rule concerning labeling requirements for meat, a ruling that could have a major impact on businesses fighting federal regulation on free-speech grounds.

  • House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 10:13 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.- Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home.

  • Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter& Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

  • Highway, bridge money at risk: Senate to vote Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:19 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Racing to adjourn for the summer, the Senate scheduled major votes Tuesday on proposals to keep federal highway funds flowing across the nation— billions of dollars to avert layoffs for construction workers and shutdowns of road and bridge projects just before the November elections.

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Argentina has fought in court for a dozen years against the claims of holdout investors in its defaulted debt, and Argentina has lost. Argentina defied court-ordered demands to pay all its bondholders by a June 30 deadline, and a 30- day grace period runs out this week.

  • NEW YORK, July 28- A U.S. judge on Monday said Citigroup Inc could make a one-time interest payment on Argentina bonds governed by that country's law, and which are held by creditors that participated in the country's prior debt restructurings.

  • WASHINGTON, July 28- One of the biggest hold-out creditors in Detroit's bankruptcy will argue next month for a dismissal of the historic case to lead to more equitable treatment of all the city's creditors, according to a report obtained by Reuters on Monday.

  • House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 2:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for airlines and their workers' unions, the House rejected consumers' complaints and easily passed legislation Monday letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and fees are added.