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  • SIRIUS XM WILL FACE CLASS ACTION IN CALIFORNIA IN LAWSUIT OVER PRE-1972 RECORDINGS- COURT RULING.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday proposed extending New York City's rent regulations for two more years and limiting how much a landlord can increase the rent when a rent-stabilized unit becomes vacant. The proposal from the Senate Democrats would extend the rules by two years— until just after the next Senate election.

  • PHOENIX— Hopi tribal leaders and Arizona's members of Congress are asking U.S. law enforcement to stop the sale of about a dozen sacred Hopi artifacts at a Paris auction house in June. The Hopi Tribe contends the auction house is illegally selling the spiritual objects, known as Katsina Friends, and is urging U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to help recover...

  • Health law court case winner could be political loser Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 1:13 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The party that wins the impending Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama's health care law could be the political loser. If the Republican-backed challenge to the law's subsidies for lower-earning Americans prevails, the GOP would have achieved a paramount goal of severely damaging "Obamacare." Tom Davis, R- Va., who once led the House GOP...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Planet Fitness is threatening to move its headquarters out of the state, taking hundreds of jobs with it, if the Legislature doesn't change a tax law ahead of its anticipated initial public offering. The fitness company, founded in New Hampshire and based in Newington, said Tuesday it had filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...

  • Utah defends contentious law on contact lens price-fixing Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:25 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Utah state attorneys have asked an appeals court to clear the way for a contentious law that bans price fixing by contact lens makers and could have wide-ranging implications for the $4 billion industry. They were joined by the discount retailers Costco and Utah- based 1-800 Contacts. Suing to block the law are lens makers Alcon Laboratories,...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas legislators must trim state spending, the Senate's top leader said Wednesday, after the chamber rejected a plan for raising taxes to close a projected budget shortfall. The Senate voted 30-1 against giving first-round approval to a bill to raise sales, tobacco and gasoline taxes and to suspend for two years a 2012 tax break for business owners...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A bill banning the sale of pure caffeine products in Ohio cleared the state House on Wednesday, one year after a high school senior overdosed on a powdered form of the stimulant and died. Eighteen-year-old Logan Stiner was just days from graduating high school in northeast Ohio when, on May 27, his brother found him unresponsive in the family's home...

  • WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, May 26- The Obama administration on Tuesday sided against Google Inc and said the U.S. Supreme Court should not hear the company's appeal in a case against Oracle Corp with wide implications for the technology industry, according to a court filing. Oracle won a federal appeals court ruling last year that allows it to copyright parts of...

  • May 26- Puerto Rico's House of Representatives passed an amended tax bill on Tuesday to raise $1.2 billion through an increased sales tax, a measure needed to secure additional financing for the indebted U.S. territory. The vote clears the way for the governor to sign the bill into law and allows Puerto Rico to pursue negotiations with hedge funds and other...

  • May 26- Puerto Rico's House of Representatives passed an amended tax bill on Tuesday that seeks to raise $1.2 billion through an increased sales tax, a measure needed to secure additional financing for the indebted U.S. territory. The vote clears the way for the governor to sign the bill into law and allows Puerto Rico to pursue negotiations with hedge funds and...

  • May 26- Nearly three years after the demise of law firm Dewey& LeBoeuf, a Manhattan prosecutor opened the criminal trial of three of the firm's former executives on Tuesday by accusing the trio of directing employees to make millions of dollars in bogus accounting entries to hide Dewey's deteriorating financial condition from investors and lenders.

  • SALEM, Ore.— Oregon lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal aimed at closing a loophole in state privacy laws that recently let a man go unpunished after he took photographs up a teenager's skirt. The state Senate unanimously passed the bill, which would make it a misdemeanor to surreptitiously take photos up women's dresses without their consent.

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- The Obama administration on Tuesday sided against Google Inc and said the U.S. Supreme Court should not hear the company's appeal in a case against Oracle Corp with wide implications for the technology industry, according to a court filing. Oracle won a federal appeals court ruling last year that allows it to copyright parts of Java, while...

  • SUPREME COURT SHOULD NOT HEAR GOOGLE INC APPEAL IN SOFTWARE COPYRIGHT CASE AGAINST ORACLE CORP- FILING.

  • FBI director meets with Connecticut police chiefs Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 4:50 PM ET

    NEW HAVEN, Conn.— On a visit with Connecticut police chiefs, FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday that he spoke about how law enforcement can participate better in the national conversation about race and policing. "As you would expect in the Nutmeg State, it was a thoughtful and rich conversation," said Comey, a former attorney for Bridgewater Associates, a...

  • May 26- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that bankruptcy judges can resolve disputes that otherwise would have to be decided in a federal court, in an opinion tied to the legal legacy of the late Anna Nicole Smith. The 6-3 ruling, which stemmed from the Chapter 7 bankruptcy of Richard Sharif of Chicago, recognized the authority of U.S. bankruptcy judges to...

  • May 26- Nearly three years after the demise of law firm Dewey& LeBoeuf, a Manhattan prosecutor opened the criminal trial of three of the firm's former executives on Tuesday by accusing the trio of directing employees to make millions of dollars in bogus accounting entries to hide Dewey's deteriorating financial condition from investors and lenders.

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against Cisco Systems Inc over a patent infringement claim the tech giant is fighting. On a 6-2 vote, with Justice Stephen Breyer recused from the case, the court threw out a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in favor of Cisco. Commil sued Cisco for patent infringement and induced...

  • MOSCOW, May 26- Russia is increasing its gold holdings because gold is a reserve asset that is free from legal and political risks, a senior central banker said on Tuesday. Russia increased its gold holdings for many months in a row last year, as shown by central bank and International Monetary Fund figures. Western sanctions imposed because of Russia's actions in...