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  • LOS ANGELES— Lawyers for former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose data was breached last year say they have tentatively reached a settlement with the company. Plaintiffs' attorney Daniel Girard wrote that he and fellow lawyers believe the settlement is favorable to employees whose personal, financial and medical information was posted online.

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Two former shepherds from Peru are accusing key players in the sheep industry in the western U.S. of conspiring to keep wages low for foreign workers. Rodolfo Llacua and Esliper Huaman, represented by a Denver law firm called Towards Justice, are seeking to have their lawsuit treated as a class-action case seeking damages for current and former...

  • WASHINGTON— A federal judge said Wednesday he plans to push ahead with a challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans, even as the program is set to expire at the end of November. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said he has no intention of allowing the Obama administration to use legal...

  • A class-action lawsuit was filed in 2013 by women working at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair Inc. The shipyard helps maintain and modernize U.S. Navy warships, and performs work for other government agencies and private companies. "Nothing in the Settlement is intended or will be construed as an admission by BAE Systems that Plaintiffs' claims in the lawsuit...

  • Real estate tycoon Donald Trump (L) and former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) arrive on stage for the Republican presidential primary debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Republican candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have traded rhetorical punches before, but never as forcefully as they have over the past 24 hours.

  • Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina responds to a question at a Fox-sponsored forum for lower polling candidates held before the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015.

    CNN is amending the rules for its Sept. 16 GOP debate amid outcry that its criteria would unfairly exclude Carly Fiorina.

  • BOSTON— The state's attorney general cleared the way on Wednesday for supporters of more than 20 proposed ballot questions, including ones calling for the legalization of recreational marijuana use, to proceed with efforts to place the measures before Massachusetts voters next year. Among a handful rejected by Healey was one that sought to legalize the sale...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A federal judge granted class-action status Tuesday to a lawsuit in California against Uber over the payment of its drivers, upping the stakes for the ride-hailing company in the case. The ruling increases the number of potential California plaintiffs in the suit that claims Uber drivers are incorrectly classified as independent...

  • District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco said drivers could sue as a group. Such a designation means the suit could cover more than 160,000 California drivers and could give plaintiffs more leverage to negotiate a settlement. In June, a California labor commissioner ruled that an Uber driver was an employee, not a contractor.

  • WASHINGTON— The last major piece of President Barack Obama's health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members when it takes effect in 2018.. The so-called Cadillac tax was meant to discourage extravagant coverage. Critics say it's a tax on essentials, not luxuries.

  • Since the FDA doesn't have the legal authority to pull such a substance off the shelves, the agency has been building a case against those who are marketing it in bulk in an attempt to persuade them to stop. Last summer, the FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine. A teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine is roughly equivalent to 28 cups of coffee, according...

  • Sweden optimistic over questioning Assange in London Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    HELSINKI— Swedish officials said Tuesday they are optimistic about reaching a general agreement on legal assistance with Ecuador which could pave the way to questioning WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London on outstanding accusations against him. Assange, who has avoided extradition to Sweden by sheltering in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since...

  • SEATTLE— A lawyer for the International Franchise Association is arguing before a federal appeals panel that Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law unfairly treats one class of small employer differently from others. Paul Clement told a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that the ordinance discriminates against franchises.

  • TOKYO, Sept 1- The number of Japanese nuclear reactors likely to restart in the next few years has halved, hit by legal challenges and worries about meeting tougher safety standards imposed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, a Reuters analysis shows. The findings are based on reactor inspection data from industry watchdog the Nuclear Regulation Authority,...

  • The group says failure to enact the laws will cost Atlantic City $50 million this year— money that would have to come from the city's already-strapped taxpayers. "As the clock continues to tick while we wait for Governor Christie to sign the Atlantic City revitalization legislation, the price of inaction continues to grow and the fate of Atlantic City and the...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine Governor Paul LePage and other state officials are opposing proposed changes to federal labor rules on the grounds that the rules will negatively impact employment and small businesses. The federal Department of Labor is taking public comments on proposed changes to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act until Friday.

  • The pieces are among millions held by the Illinois State Museum, a favorite stop for school groups and scientists looking to learn the history of a state that, millions of years before it went broke, was literally underwater. Bruce Rauner is targeting the 138- year-old museum and four satellite sites for closure, the latest in a series of cuts the former...

  • TOKYO— Japan's Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped destroyer and more F-35 fighters under its largest-ever budget to bolster the defense of southern islands amid a territorial dispute with China. Abe's government says Japan needs to bolster its military role amid China's growing territorial assertiveness and the rising risk...

  • Sanders, Trump ride anti-establishment wave: Poll Sunday, 30 Aug 2015 | 5:55 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during his "Make America Great Again Rally" at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa, Tuesday, August 25, 2015.

    Sen. Bernie Sanders and mogul Donald Trump have seen their support surge in Iowa, according to a new poll, NBC News reports.

  • After legal battle, Utah town to allow chain restaurants Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 12:29 PM ET

    Resident Jack Fotheringham and his business partners have been trying to open a Subway sandwich shop since 2006, all while fighting with the town over a law passed that same year barring chain restaurants. Fotheringham believes the 2006 ordinance was written specifically to keep the Subway from opening. Springdale Mayor Stan Smith said the ordinance was...