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  • The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 11:46 AM ET

    The International Monetary Fund certainly thinks so, according to a new report in which it argues Greece should get help. But Germany, another major creditor to Greece, is resisting, even though it knows better than most what debt relief can achieve. The 1953 agreement, in which Greece and about 20 other countries effectively wrote off a large chunk of Germany's...

  • What's next for California's contentious vaccine law Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:32 AM ET

    Jerry Brown has signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year. After a measles outbreak at Disneyland in December sickened over 100 people in the U.S. and Mexico, Democratic Sens. Richard Pan of Sacramento and Ben Allen of Santa...

  • Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious objections. Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which sparked protests and boycott threats earlier this year before being quickly revised, is...

  • Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 10:47 AM ET

    The EPA did factor in costs at a later stage, when it wrote standards that are expected to reduce the toxic emissions by 90 percent. The rules, which took effect in April, will remain in place while the case goes back to a lower court for the EPA to decide how to account for costs, environmental advocates say. Writing for the court, Justice Antonin Scalia said the EPA was...

  • LOS ANGELES, June 27- As calls grow to remove the Confederate flag from public spaces across America's South, Vanessa White says she questions whether that would mark real progress for black Americans like her. The 57- year-old Compton, California construction worker has seen and endured too much, she says, to be excited. Across the country, African Americans are...

  • BOSTON— Urban planners have long considered public transportation the best remedy for traffic congestion, but many of the nation's largest mass-transit systems simply aren't up to the task. Consider Boston, where the oldest American subway system began operating in 1897. During a winter of record-setting snow, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation...

  • Savers stores agree to changes after sued by Minnesota AG Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— The Savers thrift store chain has agreed to improve transparency and will not solicit non-clothing donations without compensating charities as part of a settlement with Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. Swanson said the agreement, approved Thursday in Hennepin County District Court, requires enhanced transparency about the amount...

  • June 19- Delta Air Lines Inc and Southwest Airlines Co have scheduled overlapping flights from identical gates at Love Field in Dallas, creating potential havoc for customers as a gate-sharing agreement between the carriers is set to expire and a court battle looms over slots at the airport. Dallas had responded Wednesday by suing the federal agency for...

  • Gilead still has China patent for active compound. NEW YORK/ SHANGHAI, June 19- China has rejected a Gilead Sciences Inc patent application related to its costly hepatitis C drug, a U.S. advocacy group said, adding the move may lead to other countries to consider rejecting patents for the controversial treatment. Gilead, however, holds the China patent to the base...

  • June 17- Wal-Mart Stores Inc has built a network of 78 subsidiaries and branches in 15 offshore tax havens to minimize taxes on its operations outside the United States, said a report by tax reform advocacy group Americans for Tax Fairness released on Wednesday. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has assets worth at least $76 billion through shell...

  • In campaign reboot, Clinton vows wage gap push Saturday, 13 Jun 2015 | 3:05 PM ET
    Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosts a small business forum with members of the business and lending communities at Bike Tech bicycle shop on May 19, 2015 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a populist promise to reverse the gulf between the rich and poor at her biggest campaign event to date.

  • HENGDONG, China, June 12- Scuffles broke out at the end of the first day of a landmark pollution trial in China on Friday as families who sued a chemical plant over high levels of lead in the blood of their children confronted lawyers representing the company. Police had to shield one lawyer from angry families and their supporters as he left the courtroom in the...

  • A 9-year-old takes girl power to new level Tuesday, 9 Jun 2015 | 1:47 PM ET
    Hailey Fort, 9, builds houses for the homeless.

    In less than two weeks, a young girl from Washington has crowdfunded her work helping the homeless.

  • Lunch with Warren Buffett auctioned for $2.35 million Saturday, 6 Jun 2015 | 11:15 AM ET

    June 6- The chairman of a Chinese company that develops online games has agreed to pay $2,345,678 for a private lunch with billionaire investor Warren Buffett, winning a charity auction. Glide said Zhu Ye, chairman of Beijing- based Dalian Zeus Entertainment Co, submitted the highest of 76 bids to win the five-day auction on eBay, which concluded on Friday night.

  • The EPA has yet to issue its "endangerment finding," despite pressure from environmental groups who first sued the agency to start the rulemaking process in 2010. A federal court in 2011 said the EPA must address aircraft emissions under the U.S. The EPA had initially promised the finding would be ready in 2014.. Most observers expect the EPA to say that aviation...

  • June 1- An online auction for the right to dine with billionaire investor Warren Buffett and raise money for a San Francisco charity has started strongly, with the top bid surpassing $1 million in less than a day. As of 2:30 p.m. EDT Monday, the top bid was $1,000,100 in the eBay auction, which ends at 10:30 p.m. EDT Friday. This year's winner can bring up to seven...

  • BEIJING/ HONG KONG, June 1- Western governments and foreign non-profit groups are pressuring China to revise a proposed law they say would severely restrict the activities of non-government organizations, business groups and universities, according to people familiar with the matter. In a confidential diplomatic document seen by Reuters, the European...

  • Only high-income households have managed to build significant savings, and the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College says 52 percent of today's working-age households face the shock of declining living standards in retirement. "If you have a dollar to spend on retirement security, it's much better to spend it on Social Security than by spreading...

  • CHICAGO, May 22- Wal-Mart Stores Inc is pressing meat, seafood, dairy and egg suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics, becoming the first large retailer to take such a public stand against the excessive use of drugs in raising farm animals. Wal-Mart, the country's biggest food retailer, is also telling suppliers not to raise animals in gestation crates or in...

  • Wal-Mart urges meat suppliers to curb antibiotic use Friday, 22 May 2015 | 1:42 PM ET

    CHICAGO, May 22- Wal-Mart Stores Inc is pressing meat, seafood, dairy and egg suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics, becoming the first large retailer to take a stand against the excessive use of drugs in raising farm animals. Wal-Mart, the country's biggest food retailer, is also telling suppliers not to raise animals in gestation crates or in other...