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  • Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont's contains no such trigger clause.

  • Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 3:03 PM ET

    More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Tom Harkin, D- Iowa, would gradually raise the minimum to $10.10 by 2016. The Congressional Budget Office estimates it would mean higher earnings for 16.5 million workers— but also would cost 500,000 others their jobs.

  • Maine Senate sustains veto of solar rebate bill Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    The measure drew sharp criticism from LePage and GOP lawmakers because it would have been paid for by raising Mainers' electric bills roughly 60 cents a year. "Maine needs a governor who will lead the state into a cleaner, more prosperous energy future," Glen Brand, director of the Sierra Club Maine Chapter said in a statement.

  • April 16- Signaling a tougher stance toward legal claims stemming from its recent recall over faulty ignition switches, General Motors Co said it will ask a U.S. court to bar lawsuits related to actions before its 2009 bankruptcy.

  • Former Rothstein CFO charged in $1.2B Ponzi scheme Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— The former chief financial officer of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein's law firm has been charged with conspiracy in the $1.2 billion fraud. South Florida federal prosecutors filed a court document Wednesday charging Irene Shannon in the case.

  • April 16- Bank of America Corp reported an unexpected first-quarter loss on Wednesday after it took a $6 billion charge to cover litigation expenses, a figure that far exceeded the legal settlements the No. 2 U.S. bank has announced recently.

  • AUCKLAND, April 16- Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom holds court while bathing in the pool of a sprawling New Zealand mansion, fist bumping and chatting with some of the 700 guests gathered to celebrate the political party he launched last month to promote Internet freedom.

  • Kansas to mandate some health coverage on autism Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan.— Kansas will require health insurance companies to cover services for hundreds of children with autism starting next year under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Brownback signed the bill in an auditorium on the satellite University of Kansas campus in Overland Park, the home of a center for autism research.

  • If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:34 AM ET

    BEIJING— Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States.

  • A year after background check defeat, modest goals Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.

  • GM to ask bankruptcy court for lawsuit protection Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 10:48 PM ET

    DETROIT— General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.

  • District Court judge on Tuesday stopped Massachusetts from implementing a ban on the sale of Zogenix Inc's prescription painkiller Zohydro, saying federal law superseded the state's action.

  • Bill to protect unpaid interns signed into NYC law Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 5:53 PM ET

    NEW YORK— New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation Tuesday that makes sure the city's law against discrimination applies to interns, whether they're paid or not. The law, passed by the City Council late last month, clarifies that the protections of the city's Human Rights Law cover interns as well as employees.

  • District Court judge on Tuesday stopped Massachusetts from implementing a ban on the sale of Zogenix Inc's prescription painkiller Zohydro, saying federal law superceded the state's action.

  • Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:50 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S.

  • Four months later, Age Group and PetSmart struck a deal under which PetSmart would buy Stewart-branded pet products from Age Group. Martha Stewart Living disparaged Age Group to PetSmart and withheld approval of pet products to try to get PetSmart to contract directly with Martha Stewart Living, according to the complaint.

  • Bill would create Rhode Island sales tax holidays Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 2:32 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— A bill that would create two sales-tax holidays a year in Rhode Island is being heard by House lawmakers. The Finance Committee is scheduled to take up a bill Tuesday that would create tax holidays on Presidents Day and the Saturday before Labor Day.

  • Obama discusses immigration with faith leaders Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama told religious leaders Tuesday that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws while there's still a window for Congress to pass legislation.

  • Union fights push to hire private tax collectors Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 12:53 PM ET

    The IRS stopped using private tax collectors in 2009 after determining that agency employees could do a better job. The National Treasury Employees Union said the program failed in the past and should not be forced on the IRS. The Senate Finance Committee passed a bill two weeks ago that included an amendment requiring the IRS to revive the program.

  • San Francisco considers ending rental ban Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 12:47 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Legislation set to be unveiled in San Francisco would make it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported. Short-term rentals are currently banned in San Francisco.

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