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  • DETROIT— The National Wildlife Federation accused the U.S. Transportation Department on Tuesday of not enforcing a federal law that requires pipeline owners and operators to establish safety response plans for worst-case oil spills in lakes, rivers and other waterways. While the pipelines that spurred the group's action are two side-by-side conduits...

  • The House has passed and sent to President Barack Obama a bill raising the lending authority for the Small Business Administration's biggest loan program, known as the 7 program. The bill, passed earlier by the Senate, raises the lending limit to $23.5 billion. Last year, the SBA didn't approach the limit until September, but Congress raised the ceiling before it...

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Forty percent of millennials have at least one tattoo, according to Pew Research Center. "If you walk into a boardroom and you have that baby girl tattoo on your neck, you may not get that job you want," said Univerity of Tampa assistant professor Kristen Foltz, who conducted the research. Katie Murtagh, a first-year law student at the Charlotte School...

  • VIENNA, July 28- Austria's highest court on Tuesday overturned a law that had canceled nearly a billion euros of debt owed by defunct bank Hypo Alpe Adria, raising chances that certain creditors could get some of their money back. The country's worst postwar financial scandal has swelled Austria's state debt and budget deficit, soured ties with BayernLB owner...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Ivory dealers in San Francisco's Chinatown stood in their shop doors next to windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets, unfazed by proposed federal rules that the White House says go as far as possible to ban the U.S. trade of ivory from the world's endangered elephants. "Cow bone," Virginia Lo, manager of a Chinatown shop next door, said of the...

  • *Details widening U.S. probe into Puerto Rico unit. ZURICH, July 28- U.S. authorities have widened a probe into bond funds sold by UBS's Puerto Rico arm, the Swiss bank announced on Tuesday, alongside figures showing it has used up some of the money it set aside to cover legal costs and regulatory fines. They stood at 2.37 billion Swiss francs at the end of June, down from...

  • VIENNA, July 28- Austria's highest court on Tuesday overturned a law that wiped out some junior debtholders in defunct lender Hypo Alpe Adria, raising chances they could get part of their money back. Passed last year, the law effectively cancelled 890 million euros of subordinated debt guaranteed by Hypo's home province of Carinthia, a move that drew howls of...

  • WASHINGTON— The federal Export-Import Bank expired June 30 when Congress failed to renew its charter. Five things to know about the Export-Import Bank and its future:. The House announced plans Tuesday to pass a three-month highway extension that does not include an Export-Import Bank provision— and then adjourn for the summer.

  • ZURICH, July 28- UBS said its provisions to deal with future legal tussles and regulatory run-ins stood at 2.368 billion Swiss francs in June and revealed a widening U.S. probe into bond funds sold by the Swiss bank's Puerto Rico arm. The bank said it is responding to inquiries from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory...

  • NEW YORK, July 27- Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot pursue lawsuits seeking to hold Ford Motor Co and IBM Corp liable for conducting business that helped perpetuate the practice decades ago, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said black South Africans did not show that Ford and International Business...

  • Appeals court upholds California's shark fin ban Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 2:18 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A federal appeals court Monday dismissed a legal challenge to a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins. The legislation does not conflict with a 19th century law that gives federal officials authority to manage shark fishing off the California coast or significantly interfere with interstate commerce, the...

  • NEW YORK, July 27- Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot pursue lawsuits seeking to hold Ford Motor Co and IBM Corp liable for conducting business that helped perpetuate the practice decades ago, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said black South Africans did not show that Ford and IBM engaged in enough...

  • BUCHAREST, Romania— Romania's center-left ruling party will recall Parliament from its summer recess to vote on a redrafted series of tax cuts after the president refused to pass the previous proposals into law. Acting chairman of the governing Social Democratic Party, Liviu Dragnea, said Monday that Parliament would debate and vote on the new measures on Aug...

  • House, Senate on collision course in highway debate Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 3:26 AM ET

    "We're not taking up the Senate bill," the California Republican told reporters at the Capitol, adding that the Senate should instead take up the bill already passed by the House. "My best advice to the Senate is to get our highway bill moved forward," he said. Hours later, in a hectic late-night session, the Senate voted 64-29 to include the provision reviving the...

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- The U.S. Senate voted on Sunday to advance legislation that would revive the federal Export-Import Bank, whose charter expired on June 30 and was not renewed by Congress, with conservative Republicans pushing to shut down the bank for good. By a vote of 67-26, the Senate, in a rare Sunday session, limited debate on a measure that would...

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- The U.S. Senate voted on Sunday to advance legislation that would revive the federal Export-Import Bank, whose charter expired on June 30 and was not renewed by Congress, with conservative Republicans pushing to shut down the bank for good. By a vote of 67-26, the Senate, in a rare Sunday session, limited debate on a measure that would...

  • Trump gets polling boost in early 2016 states Sunday, 26 Jul 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks to reporters as he arrives in Laredo, Texas July 23, 2015.

    Donald Trump is running strong in the early nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire, according to two NBC News-Marist polls.

  • WASHINGTON— State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama's health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. Hawaii's marketplace, the latest cautionary tale, was awarded $205 million in federal startup grants. Twelve states and the District of Columbia fully control their markets.

  • Ted Cruz for harshly criticizing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor. The drama came as the Senate defeated a procedural vote to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and took a step toward reviving the federal Export-Import Bank, both amendments on a must-pass...

  • NEW YORK— Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs' world turned upside down. Off the Delaware coast in 1980, on the last day of summer vacation, the 18- year-old took a dive from his family's boat into an unseen sandbar barely a foot below the surface, sustaining injuries that paralyzed him from the chest down. Some 2,000 people with disabilities— elated...