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  • US Withheld Data on Risks of Distracted Driving Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 1:13 PM ET
    Driving while using a cellular phone.

    In 2003, researchers at a federal agency proposed a long-term study of 10,000 drivers to assess the safety risk posed by cellphone use behind the wheel. But such an ambitious study never happened.

  • As Spain’s Economy Falters, Bank Robberies Rise Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 5:24 AM ET
    Bank robbery

    The 52-year-old contractor was desperate to save his business. Unable to pay his workers and facing bankruptcy, Ausencio C. G., as Spanish police identify him, went to the bank — but not for a loan.

  • Democrats Drop Key Part of Bill to Assist Unions Friday, 17 Jul 2009 | 12:49 PM ET
    Democrats

    A half-dozen senators friendly to labor have decided to drop a central provision of a bill that would have made it easier to organize workers.

  • Healthcare coverage and the hastle of forms

    Just two days ago, the New York Times heralded on its front page “Health Care Bill Passes First Test on Capital Hill”, a title that belied the fact that the health care bill as currently structured has almost no likelihood of becoming law. Moderate Democrat Senators have no stomach for it, because their constituencies have no stomach for it.

  • Maslansky: CEO Lessons From a 'Wise Latina Woman' Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | 2:12 PM ET
    Sonia Sotomayor, as nominee for US Supreme Court Justice.

    How much do you think Judge Sonya Sotomayor wishes she could take back her “hope that a wise Latina woman…would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male”  statement from a few years ago?

  • Sotomayor On the High Court: What Business Can Expect Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | 12:16 PM ET
    Sonia Sotomayor, as nominee for US Supreme Court Justice.

    Though Sonia Sotomayor is widely expected to win confirmation to the US Supreme Court, the business community is still wondering just what kind of justice she'll be

  • House Bill Would Make Healthcare a Right Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | 9:53 AM ET
    Healthcare coverage and the hastle of forms

    House Democratic leaders, pledging to meet the president's goal of health care legislation before their August break, are offering a $1.5 trillion plan that for the first time would make health care a right and a responsibility for all Americans.

  • Sotomayor Defends 'Wise Latina' Remark Tuesday, 14 Jul 2009 | 12:17 PM ET
    Sonia Sotomayor, as nominee for US Supreme Court Justice.

    Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor defended herself Tuesday against charges that her speeches and rulings show racial bias, telling a Senate panel vetting her nomination that critics had misunderstood her record.

  • Obama Struggles With Healthcare Overhaul Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 12:00 PM ET
    Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., answers a question during the first Democratic presidential primary debate of the 2008 election hosted by South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C., Thursday, April 26, 2007. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    President Barack Obama acknowledged the tough going for his health care overhaul in Congress but rejected the notion the legislation is doomed.

  • New Inquiries into Murdoch Paper Phone Hacking Case? Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 5:44 AM ET

    Even if the UK police said it would not reopen an inquiry into the phone hacking allegations against some of News Corp's publications, the Guardian newspaper reported Friday that three fresh inquiries would be launched into the matter.

  • UBS Can't Comply with US Request: Internal Memo Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 3:43 AM ET
    UBS

    When the Swiss bank UBS and federal prosecutors face off in a Florida courtroom on Monday, the focus will be whether UBS must disclose the identities of thousands of its American clients, but much more could be at stake as well, the New York Times reported.

  • Cities Lose Out on Road Funds From Federal Stimulus Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 10:39 AM ET
    South California highway

    Two-thirds of the country lives in large metropolitan areas, home to the nation’s worst traffic jams and some of its oldest roads and bridges. But cities and their surrounding regions are getting far less than two-thirds of federal transportation stimulus money.

  • Health Co-op Offers Model for Overhaul Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 10:40 AM ET
    Doctor Writing

    After a month of brainstorming, the Senate Finance Committee seems poised to propose private-sector insurance cooperatives — instead of a new government health plan — as its primary mechanism for stoking competition and slowing the growth of medical costs.

  • Stay Out of Russia Until They Fight Graft: Investor Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 9:16 AM ET

    Investors should stay out of Russia until the fight against corruption and the rule of law improve in that country, William Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, has been denied entry into Russia since 2006, told CNBC.

  • Plan to Sell General Motors' Assets Is Approved Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | 12:41 AM ET
    GM Dealership

    A federal judge late on Sunday approved a plan by General Motors to sell its best assets to a new, government-backed company, a crucial step for the automaker to restructure and complete its trip through bankruptcy court.

  • Drug Bust Nets Heroin Stuffed in Build-A-Bear Toys Sunday, 5 Jul 2009 | 10:21 AM ET

    A dozen people have been arrested, and 33 pounds of heroin worth $30 million and stuffed insideBuild-A-Bear toys has been seized in a drug bust in the Bronx.

  • Madoff Gets 150 Years Monday, 29 Jun 2009 | 9:06 PM ET
    Bernard Madoff

    The 150-year prison sentence issued to swindler Bernard Madoff Monday will send a strong signal to other potential perpetrators of fraud and to the financial markets in general, the White House said in a statement Monday.

  • Dow Rallies as Oil Tops $71, Madoff Gets Max Monday, 29 Jun 2009 | 5:21 PM ET

    Stocks rallied Monday as convicted Ponzi swindler Bernie Madoff received the maximum sentence and oil topped $71 a barrel. Plus, there was some window dressing as Tuesday marks the end of the second quarter.

  • Stocks Rally as Oil Tops $71, Madoff Gets Max Monday, 29 Jun 2009 | 2:09 PM ET

    Stocks rallied Monday as convicted Ponzi swindler Bernie Madoff received the maximum sentence and oil topped $71 a barrel.

  • Stocks Rally as Madoff Gets 150 Years Monday, 29 Jun 2009 | 11:43 AM ET

    Stocks rallied Monday as Bernie Madoff received the maximum sentence and oil topped $71 a barrel.