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  • VIENNA/ NAIROBI, July 16- A United Nations panel that monitors compliance with U.N. sanctions on Somalia has accused the country's president, a former minister, and a U.S. law firm of conspiring to divert Somali assets recovered abroad, according to a new report.

  • Colorado foreclosure law firms accused of fraud Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 8:31 PM ET

    DENVER— Colorado's two largest foreclosure law firms were accused Tuesday of defrauding homeowners, banks and investors. The Castle Law Group and Aronowitz& Mecklenburg were sued Tuesday by the state attorney general's office, The Denver Post reported. Combined, the law firms handled more than 150,000 foreclosures in Colorado since 2006..

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. court revives BP retirement-plan lawsuit Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 8:07 PM ET

    July 15- A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit in which participants in four BP Plc employee retirement savings plans claimed they were deceived into buying and holding BP stock before and after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to ban permanently any taxation of Internet access, a prohibition that is temporary and currently set to expire in 16 weeks. The approval came on a voice vote, sending the legislation next to the Senate, where it also has bipartisan support.

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to ban permanently taxes on Internet access, a prohibition that is now temporary and is set to expire in 16 weeks. The approval came on a voice vote, sending the legislation next to the Senate, where it also has bipartisan support.

  • House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 1:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. Bob Goodlatte, R- Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

  • Agency toughens protections for pregnant workers Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Pregnant women have new protections against on-the-job discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has updated 30- year-old guidelines to make clear that any form of workplace discrimination or harassment against pregnant workers by employers is a form of sex discrimination and illegal.

  • Convenience stores keep up fight to sell cold beer Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Convenience stores in Indiana are keeping up their fight to be able to sell cold beer, as a trade group said Tuesday it was appealing a judge's decision upholding the state law that prohibits them from selling the beverages chilled.

  • UK lawmakers debate emergency data-retention law Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    A series of government and opposition legislators spoke in the House of Commons to condemn the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill, which requires phone and Internet companies to store call and search records for a year.

  • House votes to slash IRS tax enforcement budget Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 11:48 AM ET

    The House approved the cuts by voice vote after little debate Monday night as it took up a $21 billion spending bill that sets the IRS budget.

  • Senate panel doubles money for Israel's Iron Dome Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Congress is showing tangible support for longtime ally Israel as Gaza militants fire rockets, backing a measure that would double the amount of money for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system. In the latest hostilities between Israel and Hamas, Iron Dome has been successful in shooting down rockets and preventing Israeli deaths.

  • Budget bills signed by Corbett get legal scrutiny Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    Tom Corbett for Pennsylvania state government's two-week-old fiscal year is the subject of intense legal scrutiny.

  • House passes highway bill as deadline looms Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    The action cobbles together $10.8 billion by using pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for transportation programs nationwide, solvent through May 2015.

  • In Seattle, delivering legal pot illegally Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    While delivery services have existed for years to supply medical marijuana patients, the rise of similar businesses geared toward serving recreational users in Washington and Colorado highlights how the industry is outpacing the states' pot laws.

  • US consumer bureau sues debt-collection law firm Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 5:35 PM ET

    The bureau's claim, filed in federal court in Atlanta, states that Frederick J. Hanna& Associates has filed hundreds of thousands of lawsuits on behalf of banks including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Capital One and Discover without doing even basic checks to determine whether the people they sued actually owed debts.

  • NEW YORK, July 14- Former leaders of the defunct law firm Dewey& LeBoeuf have asked a state judge to dismiss criminal charges against them, saying they should not be made "scapegoats" for the firm's downfall.

  • MEXICO CITY, July 14- Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday signed into law new rules for the telecommunications and broadcasting industries that are designed to curb the power of billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil and broadcaster Televisa.

  • Group seeks access to energy planning documents Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Conservation Law Foundation is asking for access to more documents about energy plans in New England that the group says are shrouded in secrecy.

  • Philippine leader, high court clash on funds use Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 8:07 AM ET

    MANILA, Philippines— Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Monday that his administration would appeal a Supreme Court decision that declared his government's enforcement of a major economic stimulus program partly unconstitutional.

  • Deadline looms in Newark airport wage hike flap Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    United Airlines, the airport's primary carrier, said in an email Friday to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the airport's operator, that it still questions whether the agency has the legal power to impose a wage hike.