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  • California's top utility regulator defends record Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:06 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— California's chief utility regulator ended the last scheduled public hearing of his increasingly embattled 12- year term Thursday with no explicit reference to the alleged back-channel dealings with the state's largest utility company that have marred his tenure. California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey's only...

  • WASHINGTON— A Congress that began with bright hopes for immigration legislation is ending in bitter divisions on the issue even as some Republicans warn that the political imperative for acting is stronger than ever for the GOP. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, an author of the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate last year with bipartisan...

  • The latest collectible of the wealthy: Passports Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 5:17 PM ET
    Automated passport machines at JFK airport

    Rich investors are increasingly shopping for citizenship in other countries, hoping for a hedge against volatile governments or economies.

  • LONDON, Dec 12- The acrimonious divorce of Britain's most generous philanthropists, hedge fund billionaire Christopher Hohn and his estranged wife Jamie Cooper-Hohn, could lead to a split of one of the largest private charities in the world. "I am aware... that there have been discussions about the possibility of diverting funds from the UK Foundation into the U.S....

  • U.S. House rejects making charity tax breaks permanent Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 1:09 PM ET

    Dec 11- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday rejected legislation to make three U.S. tax breaks for certain kinds of charitable donations permanent parts of the tax code, handing a defeat to the chamber's top tax law writer. Representative Dave Camp, the Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, proposed the bill at the 11th hour in the...

  • Alexie, Woodson among the speakers at BookCon 2015 Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    A year after receiving strong criticism for only inviting white authors as featured panelists, BookCon is teaming with the advocacy group We Need Diverse Books for two gatherings that will showcase authors of various backgrounds. "We Need Diverse Books is focusing on trying to make change happen, getting more interns of color in publishing houses and getting...

  • Multiemployer pensions could face cuts Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:26 AM ET

    George Miller, D- Calif., who worked the deal out with Rep. But it quickly drew fire from some labor unions and AARP, who denounced what they call backroom deal-making that will create hardships for older Americans. These plans are usually found in industries that have many small employers that would not ordinarily put together a pension plan on their own, according...

  • Deal to allow multiemployer pension benefits cuts Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 5:59 PM ET

    George Miller, D- Calif., who worked the deal out with Rep. But it quickly drew fire from some labor unions and AARP, who denounced what they call backroom deal-making that will create hardships for older Americans. These plans are usually found in industries that have many small employers that would not ordinarily put together a pension plan on their own, according...

  • Small business and politics: How did Graves do? Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Small companies were still reeling from the recession in 2011 when Sam Graves became chairman of the House Small Business Committee. "I think he's had a pretty good record," says Todd McCracken, president of the advocacy group National Small Business Association. "His is one of the most active committees in Congress."

  • Estee, Evelyn Lauder jewels sell for $3.9 million Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 9:28 PM ET

    NEW YORK— An auction of 44 pieces of jewelry from the collections of Estee Lauder and Evelyn Lauder has totaled $3.9 million and will go to benefit two charities. Eleven pieces from the collection of Estee Lauder will benefit the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation. Estee Lauder died in 2004. She's the founder of the Estee Lauder fragrance and skincare...

  • Chamber of Commerce forms its own elite law team Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 5:32 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 8- Advocacy groups have long played an important role in Supreme Court litigation, crafting amicus or "friend of the court" briefs in significant cases. But perhaps no other national advocacy organization has so embraced the trend toward Supreme Court specialization as the chief American business lobby, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

  • A Reuters examination of nine years of cases shows that 66 of the 17,000 lawyers who petitioned the Supreme Court succeeded at getting their clients' appeals heard at a remarkable rate. The lawyers are the most influential members of one of the most powerful specialties in America: the business of practicing before the Supreme Court. They are the elite of the...

  • *PM Abbott billed himself as "infrastructure prime minister". SYDNEY, Dec 5- A year after Tony Abbott pledged to be an "infrastructure prime minister," he risks becoming the first Australian premier to preside over a recession since the early 1990 s, in part due to the snail's pace of new building projects. As mega projects in liquefied natural gas come to completion...

  • YOUR MONEY-Tips for giving beyond Giving Tuesday Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 3:08 PM ET

    The idea is catching on, with online donations for the day projected to surpass $40 million this year, up from $32 million in 2013, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The panel included Ken Berger, head of Charity Navigator; Clam Lorenz, general manager for social innovation at PayPal; Chris Carnal, who head of fundraising at Fidelity Charitable; Kat...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- First, Samantha Kemp-Jackson started noticing something unusual at the local grocery store. Then it started happening to the Toronto mom of four at the department store. An analysis of more than 60 of the most prominent such fundraising campaigns found that they brought in $358 million in 2012, according to consulting firm Cause Marketing...

  • Nov 23- A light earthquake shook the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of North Texas on Saturday night, leaving no known damage or casualties but stirring concern about the potential of the area's oil and gas fracking industry to generate seismic activity. The magnitude 3.3 earthquake struck about 9:15 p.m. Central time on Saturday, said Dale Grant, an geophysicist with...

  • *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...

  • 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...

  • 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...