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  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration may need the vote of a frequent conservative antagonist on the Supreme Court to preserve a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination. The court is considering a challenge from Texas officials to the use of so-called disparate impact lawsuits, which allege that even race-neutral lending or housing...

  • Months after he landed in Florida's Manatee County Jail, Jovon Frazier's pleas for treatment of the intense pain that radiated from his left shoulder to his elbow were met mostly with Tylenol. Frazier, then 18, wrote the second time he asked for care, in August 2009. That company, Corizon Health Inc., is under growing pressure around the country after losing five...

  • State regulators have written up the new firm, Lexycon LLC, eight times since September for pouring chemicals without a permit, lacking proper "last-resort" walls to contain spills, and hosting tanker-trailers full of unknown chemicals, among other infractions, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press. Inspectors even found the same...

  • 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...

  • Moving swiftly, US eases travel and trade rules on Cuba Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 9:15 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Swiftly expanding trade ties with Cuba, the Obama administration opened the door to easier travel and a wide range of new export opportunities with the communist island starting Friday, punching the biggest hole to date in America's half-century-old embargo. Less than a month after the Cold War foes agreed to end their enmity, the Commerce and...

  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON— The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday that U.S. efforts to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and ease curbs on trade presents American companies with "extraordinary opportunities" to boost business by selling everything from cars to computers. Chamber president and chief executive Thomas Donohue said President Barack Obama's...

  • The Ohio Republican, who became chairman of the House Small Business Committee when Congress took office last week, plans to continue the committee's focus on how the government burdens small companies. Chabot plans to hold hearings to advocate for small businesses, as did his predecessor Sam Graves, R- Mo. Chabot says the committee will focus on the health care...

  • 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...

  • Dec 18- Nobody who has ever had a customer service dispute wants to experience what happened to Ben Edelman, the Harvard Business School professor whose irate email to a Chinese restaurant went viral on social media and was chronicled by mainstream news outlets. When Edelman, who is also an attorney, emailed the restaurant seeking triple damages for a $4...

  • 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...

  • 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...