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  • Consumer office opposes Duke's $1.9B Indiana plan Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:38 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Indiana's utility customer advocate has recommended that regulators reject Duke Energy's proposal for a $1.9 billion electric grid upgrade in the state. The Office of Utility Consumer Counselor says Indiana's largest electric utility hasn't provided legally required details about its proposed spending on infrastructure updates, such...

  • Judge awards Lifespan $30M in hospital breakup Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    The decision stems from a 1997 affiliation agreement between Lifespan and New England Medical Center, now Tufts Medical Center. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley also intervened, suing Lifespan on behalf of New England Medical Center because of its status as a public charity. Following a 2011 trial, New England Medical Center and Coakley's...

  • *Journey to Malaysia via Thailand usually takes 5 days. BANGKOK, Nov 15- Thousands of Rohingya boat people who have left Myanmar in the past month have yet to reach their destinations, say relatives and an advocacy group for the persecuted minority, raising fears their boats have been prevented from reaching shore. About 12,000 Rohingya, a mostly stateless Muslim...

  • G-20 leaders to tackle corruption at summit Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 12:37 AM ET

    BRISBANE, Australia— Corruption is a perennial topic for the G-20, with leaders dubbing it a threat to global growth, and activists arguing it hurts the poorest countries the most by siphoning away desperately needed money that could be used to improve health systems, schools and roads. Washington, D.C.- based advocacy group ONE has urged leaders to make the issue a...

  • Nov 13- Hachette Book Group and Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday they reached a multi-year agreement for e-book and print book sales after months of fighting that pitted authors, agents and publishers against the world's largest online retail store. Amazon, which pulled several of Hachette's books from its inventory, will immediately resume selling all of...

  • Less angst over health care at small businesses Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    Health care costs are second among owners' major concerns in a survey released Thursday by Bank of America. Seventy-two percent cited health care costs as a big concern, down from 74 percent in a similar survey in the spring. The Bank of America survey, taken last month, also found oil, gas and other commodities, are much less of a concern, cited by 63 percent of owners,...

  • Boxed turkeys spilled on highway will be donated Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    SAN RAMON, Calif.— About 25,000 pounds of frozen boxed turkeys that an overturned tractor-trailer spilled on a Northern California freeway two weeks before Thanksgiving will be donated to a local food bank. California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Bartlett tells KPIX that a health inspector determined the turkeys are still safe to eat. The semi-truck also...

  • Wolf to ban no-bid contracts with outside lawyers Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 10:24 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Gov.-elect Tom Wolf plans to ban no-bid contracts with private law firms and impose new competitive bidding requirements to make the hiring of outside legal counsel by state agencies more transparent, a spokesman said Wednesday. They include 512 employed by the governor's Office of General Counsel to handle day-to-day legal affairs in the 34...

  • Pennsylvania cities sue over law on firearm rules Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 6:50 AM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— Pennsylvania's two largest cities sued the state on Monday over a new law that was designed to let the National Rifle Association challenge local firearms ordinances in court. The lawsuit, filed by Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in Commonwealth Court, argues that lawmakers approved the measure in violation of state constitutional provisions...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 10- The following are written statements issued in response to President Obama' s comments on Monday pressuring the federal communications regulator to adopt Internet traffic rules that would treat Internet providers more like public utilities. Moreover, if the government were going to make such a momentous decision as regulating the...

  • Nov 10- Wearable camera maker GoPro Inc's chief executive, Nicholas Woodman, plans to sell a portion of his stake as part of an $800 million offering of the company's shares. GoPro's shares fell as much as 5.1 percent before easing back a little to trade down 3.8 percent at $76.04 on Monday. GoPro, which expects to raise about $100 million from the offering, did not say...

  • Admin. dials back goal for health law sign-ups Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 2:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— With a bright look to its rebuilt website, version 2.0 of President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul represents another chance to win over a skeptical public. Congress will be entirely in Republican hands in 2015, and GOP lawmakers will be itching to build the case for repeal. The Supreme Court's decision Friday to hear another challenge...

  • Facebook launches Ebola charity donation button Thursday, 6 Nov 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    Facebook users can donate to three charities- International Medical Corps, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Save the Children- starting today, the company said on its website on Thursday. The social media company is also donating 100 terminals to provide internet and voice-calling access for aid workers to Ebola-hit...

  • Nov 5- The defeat of twin measures in Oregon and Colorado that would have required labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients sets the stage for a battle over the issue in the nation's capital, both sides of the debate said on Wednesday. The Oregon measure lost 49 to 51 percent, according to unofficial results reported by the Oregon Secretary of...

  • BEIJING, Nov 4- China has contributed over $120 million to fight the spread of the Ebola virus, but its billionaire tycoons- it has more than anywhere outside the United States- have, publicly at least, donated little to the cause, underscoring an immature culture of philanthropy in the world's second-biggest economy. Many big Chinese companies have invested in...

  • BEIJING, Nov 4- China has contributed over $120 million to fight the spread of the Ebola virus, but its billionaire tycoons- it has more than anywhere outside the United States- have, publicly at least, donated little to the cause, underscoring an immature culture of philanthropy in the world's second-biggest economy. Many big Chinese companies have invested in...

  • YOUR MONEY-How to donate to help fight Ebola Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 11:09 AM ET

    You can find comprehensive lists of charities fighting Ebola from organizations that vet nonprofits like Guidestar, Charity Navigator, and the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. The organization, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, announced it is budgeting $64 million for its work fighting Ebola. It has raised at least $35 million in private...

  • After a series of perceived failures at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, David Friedman, who has served this year as acting head of the agency, is not expected to be tapped by the Obama administration for the job, the source said. The agency has been sharply criticized for responding slowly to repeated red flags of a deadly ignition...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 22- Shipments of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to California by barge have quietly overtaken those by train for the first time, showing how the state's isolated refiners are using any means necessary to tap into the nation's shale oil boom. While tough permitting rules and growing resistance by environmentalists have slowed efforts to...

  • UNITED NATIONS/ WASHINGTON, Oct 16- A United Nations trust fund seeking nearly $1 billion for rapid, flexible funding of the most urgent needs to fight Ebola in West Africa has received a deposit of just $100,000 nearly a month after it was set up. Since then $365 million has been committed to stop Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, which have been hit hardest...