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  • BEIJING, April 15- Smog-hit China is set to pass a new law that would give Beijing more powers to shut polluting factories and punish officials, and even place protected regions off-limits to industrial development, scholars with knowledge of the situation said.

  • Ex-CFTC regulator Chilton joins DLA Piper law firm Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 14- Bart Chilton, an outspoken former regulator who spent more than six years as a member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, will join the law firm DLA Piper, the company said on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- Generic drug manufacturers on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a lower court ruling favoring them to take effect while the high court considers an appeal in a patent fight over Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug, Copaxone.

  • Senior Circuit Judge A. Raymond Randolph cited both the Dodd-Frank law and the SEC regulation in his ruling, writing that they "violate the First Amendment to the extent the statute and rule require regulated entities to report... on their website that any of their products have not been found to be... conflict free."

  • Maine Legislature rejects right-to-work zones plan Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— The Democrat-controlled Legislature in Maine on Monday killed a bill proposed by Republican Gov.

  • Congressional report presses for e-cigarette rules Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 6:44 AM ET

    A 2009 law gave the FDA the power to regulate a number of aspects of tobacco marketing and manufacturing, though it cannot ban nicotine or cigarettes outright. The proposed FDA regulation was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review in October.

  • UAE unveils new law in wider push for job creation Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 6:17 AM ET

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— The United Arab Emirates finance minister said Sunday that officials are finalizing a new law to boost entrepreneurship with broad incentives, part of a wider push to create jobs for a burgeoning young population.

  • Puerto Rico court strikes down new pension law Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 6:34 PM ET

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a law to change a teachers' retirement system is unconstitutional, dealing a blow to the U.S. territory's governor as he tries to revive a sluggish economy.

  • Vermont program could grow to meet heat pump boom Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— Money from Vermont's statewide energy efficiency program could be used to install electric heat pumps— and insulation in the houses where they are going— under legislation endorsed Friday by the Vermont Senate.

  • Tech giants demand more visas as critics cry foul Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:09 AM ET

    Facebook, Google, Microsoft,and other firms want easier access for foreign workers, but critics allege it will discourage them from hiring Americans.

  • ISTANBUL, April 11- Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan suffered a double blow to his authority when Turkey's top court annulled part of a law tightening government control of the judiciary on Friday hours after Moody's cut its rating outlook.

  • Judge approves Detroit swaps deal with 2 banks Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    DETROIT— Detroit can move ahead with a plan to settle a ruinous multimillion-dollar debt with two banks for $85 million, a judge said Friday as he also urged the bankrupt city and other creditors to reach more deals. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes signed off on the agreement to pay UBS and Bank of America.

  • Ailing Puerto Rico open to radical economic fixes Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 12:04 AM ET

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Slash the number of public holidays by two-thirds. From the intriguing to the impossible, there is no shortage of ideas for fixing Puerto Rico's ailing economy as the government tries to dig out from a whopping $70 billion in public debt and bring back economic growth.

  • Del. governor gets tax increases approved Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    Jack Markell sought to help pay for his proposed spending plan for next fiscal year is headed to his desk after receiving final legislative approval by the state Senate on Thursday.

  • PG&E offers $250K reward in California grid attack Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Pacific Gas& Electric Co. offered a $250,000 reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a startling attack mounted nearly a year ago on telephone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley. Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff has called the incident an act of terrorism.

  • Judge awards fees to former trustee for co-op Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— A federal judge has awarded fees and costs to a former bankruptcy trustee and his lawyers who oversaw attempts to reorganize a Montana power cooperative. Bankruptcy Judge Ralph Kirscher said in a recent order that the fees sought by ex-trustee and Livingston attorney Lee Freeman were reasonable.

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- The chairman of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee said on Thursday that intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities would be top priorities as the panel puts together this year's massive defense policy bill.

  • CAIRO, April 10- Egypt's cabinet approved a draft investment law on Thursday that prevents third parties from challenging contracts made between the government and an investor, two government officials said, a move that could boost the struggling economy.

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- U.S. lawmakers investigating General Motors' slow recall of 2.6 million cars are zeroing in on engineers and others who may have been aware of problems with ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths.

  • Alaska House Resources advances gas line bill Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 11:09 AM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— Following an intensive amendment process that began last week, Alaska's House Resources Committee on Wednesday passed out its rewrite of a bill aimed at advancing a major liquefied natural gas project. Co-chair Dan Saddler, R- Eagle River, said he thought Alaskans could take comfort that the committee did "good, hard work."

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