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  • The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate's environmental record has come under renewed scrutiny after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative have accepted large donations from major energy companies Exxon Mobil and Chevron. The groups also got money from...

  • WASHINGTON— Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologized anew Tuesday for erroneously claiming he served in the military's special forces, and veterans groups and lawmakers appeared ready to accept his expression of regret. At a news conference outside VA offices, McDonald told reporters he made the misstatement in a conversation with a...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas on Monday banned local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, a move criticized by retail giant Wal-Mart and gay rights groups who said the prohibition damaged the state's image. Asa Hutchinson allowed legislation to go into law without his signature that...

  • ComEd's charitable contributions have totaled $60 million over the last eight years, the Chicago Tribune reported. Among the beneficiaries was World Business Chicago, an economic development organization chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that received $736,000 from ComEd in 2011. The CEO of ComEd parent company Exelon is a member of the group's board.

  • Buffett put the 2006 Cadillac DTS for sale on the website Proxibid, specifying that the money would be donated to Girls Inc. of Omaha. "Girls Inc. has benefited multiple times from auction events championed by Warren Buffett, but the Buffett family's endorsement of Girls Inc. and its role in the community has been invaluable," Roberta Wilhelm, the nonprofit's...

  • Lenovo shipped laptops with security flaw, experts say Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 7:06 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— If you've recently purchased a laptop computer made by Lenovo, you may want to hear this: Experts say the world's biggest computer maker shipped laptops with pre-installed software that could let hackers steal passwords or other sensitive information when you use the web to shop, pay bills or check email. Lenovo said Thursday that it has disabled...

  • Sanders, top opposition member on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, released a report decrying what he called "legalized tax fraud." Using the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and other tax havens, these companies have saved more than $280 billion in tax liabilities, Sanders concluded in the report. The senator from Vermont delivered his broadside a day ahead of a media...

  • Congress slow to agree on Internet regulation Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 4:50 PM ET

    That means that communications legislation written in 1934, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office, will likely be used to regulate how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast do business with content providers like Google, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon. On Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a plan that would put Internet service...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 5- China's flagging economy is making it harder for Beijing to mend holes in its pension system for 166 million of the country's migrant workers, a problem that contributed to a doubling in the number of strikes last year. "The government and factory have a responsibility to look after us," says Peng Xiaomei, 50, who has worked for 22 years in a bag factory...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 1- Some charities that have received money from U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein said they are reviewing their relationships with him or will decline to accept any future gifts from him in the wake of recent allegations he forced an underage girl to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew and other powerful men. Epstein, 62, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to...

  • BERLIN, Jan 27- International donors pledged $7.5 billion on Tuesday to immunize 300 million children in poor countries against deadly diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia. At a Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization conference in Berlin, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the British government topped the donations list at $1.55 billion and $1.5...

  • New York City subway, bus fares to increase Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 12:58 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 22- New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted on Thursday to increase subway and bus fares on the nation's largest mass transit system in March. The cost of riding a subway or bus will increase to $2.75 from $2.50 and riders will get an 11 percent bonus by putting $5.50 or more on a Metrocard, which is used for access to the system, the...

  • GUANGZHOU, Jan 21- As China's economic growth slows, fuelling industrial unrest, independent labour advocates say they have never faced so much intimidation- and they expect it to get worse this year. In coastal areas like Guangdong province in southern China, the slowdown and rising costs are forcing some factories to close or move inland, often without...

  • Jan 15- The week before Christmas, a fire gutted the Beverly, Massachusetts home shared by Kevin Wagner, his fiancée and their four young children. For the $25,000 Wagner's friends raised on DreamFund, that amounts to $2,000, and another $800 went to GoFundMe and its credit card processors for the $10,000 raised on that platform. More than 2,000 crowdfunding...

  • YOUR MONEY-Crowdfunding for a cause gets cheaper Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    Jan 15- The week before Christmas, a fire gutted the Beverly, Massachusetts home shared by Kevin Wagner, his fiancée, and their four young children. For the $25,000 Wagner's friends raised on DreamFund, that amounts to $2,000, and another $800 went to GoFundMe and its credit card processors for the $10,000 raised on that platform. More than 2,000 crowdfunding...

  • Roughly two years after promising to donate his personal winnings from his controversial $1 billion bet against nutritional and weight-loss company Herbalife Ltd., the hedge fund titan is making good on the pledge with a $10 million donation to a scholarship charity, his foundation said. Herbalife stock closed 2015' s first week of trading down 12 percent at...

  • While precise figures are not available, the American Red Cross and its U.S. affiliates have received at least $12 million from tobacco companies such as Altria Group, Reynolds American and Philip Morris International since 2001, according to Red Cross tax records and tobacco company press releases and annual reports. An American Red Cross spokeswoman,...

  • UPDATE 1-Google's Gmail blocked in China Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 2:51 AM ET

    BEIJING, Dec 29- Google Inc's Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world's biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame. Large numbers of Gmail web addresses were cut off in China on Friday, said GreatFire.org, a China- based freedom of speech advocacy group. Almost all of Google's...

  • BEIJING, Dec 29- Google Inc's Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world's biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame. Large numbers of Gmail web addresses were cut off in China on Friday, said GreatFire.org, a China- based freedom of speech advocacy group. Almost all of Google's...

  • MIAMI, Dec 21- For a handful of Cuban-Americans, President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy wasn't much of a shocker. "There is a clear understanding in the White House that politically they are going to have to focus on and cultivate the younger generation of Cuban-Americans who are mobilized and out there supporting the president's decision," said Frank Mora, a...