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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday for legislation broadening sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber activities, as U.S. lawmakers sought to crack down on Pyongyang for its nuclear tests. As voting continued, the vote for the "North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act" was 93-0....

  • U.S. SENATE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSES LEGISLATION TO BROADEN SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA, HOPING TO SPUR INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE TO NUCLEAR TESTS.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- The American Fuel& Petrochemical Manufacturers said on Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. environment regulator's biofuels policy, the latest industry body to join a legal battle over the controversial program. The organization, which represents oil companies, said the petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals is targeting the...

  • PARIS— A French court on Wednesday postponed the trial of a former French budget minister accused of tax fraud and money laundering until September, to give higher courts time to decide a legal issue raised by his lawyers. The much-awaited trial of Jerome Cahuzac, a one-time champion in the fight against tax evasion, started Monday but was adjourned before any...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 10- A group of international investors and law firms are seeking compensation from Brazil's state-led oil company Petrobras under European law for losses allegedly suffered as the result of a giant price-fixing, bribery and political kickback scandal. SPCF believes it has a claim against Petrobras under European securities law because...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- Long-battered shares of coal companies jumped on Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court put on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants. The court's 5-4 ruling on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama, by blocking the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— International debate over whether tampons and other feminine hygiene products should be tax-free has made its way to conservative Utah, where a bill is set to be heard by a committee made up of only men. But the Utah proposal to repeal the tax could face a steep challenge, as some worry the move will put a dent in state revenue streams.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Members of the next generation of Maine lobster fishermen say they fear they will never get a license to fish for the valuable critters, but some longstanding lobstermen fear changing the rules could result in overfishing. A key Maine legislative panel held a public hearing on Wednesday on changes designed to streamline the process of...

  • WASHINGTON— The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration's plan is based on a strong legal and...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change. The states, led by coal producer West Virginia and oil producer Texas, and several major business...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change. On a 5-4 vote, the court granted a request made by 27 states and various companies and business groups...

  • Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 6:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. "We disagree with the Supreme Court's decision to stay the Clean Power Plan while litigation proceeds," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.

  • The VA also would be required to keep Congress closely informed about large projects. Money could not be spent on advance planning or design until 60 days after Congress is notified. Congress reluctantly approved up to $625 million in additional spending for the project last fall, the money to come from other accounts within the VA.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY— Hundreds of millions of dollars in state tax breaks would be reduced or delayed under bills approved by a Senate committee on Tuesday, including a second potential reduction in Oklahoma's income tax as lawmakers look to fill a $1 billion hole in next year's budget. But the bills' passage suggests a willingness in the Republican-controlled...

  • LONDON— British media trying to report on the terrorism trial of a law student lost a legal challenge Tuesday over unprecedented secrecy surrounding the case. He had been accused of plotting with a jihadi in Syria either to target high-profile people such as former Prime Minister Tony Blair or planning a Mumbai-style mass attack using a rifle.

  • LONDON— British government plans to strengthen spies' powers to snoop on the Internet are muddled and don't do enough to protect privacy, lawmakers responsible for scrutinizing the country's intelligence agencies said Tuesday. Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee said the draft Investigatory Powers Bill takes a "piecemeal" approach to...

  • A bill to hold a referendum in November on casino expansion has been approved by committees in the Senate and Assembly, which took the most recent vote Monday morning. The referendum would amend the state Constitution to permit casino gambling outside of Atlantic City. Assemblyman Chris Brown, an Atlantic City- area Republican, said voters need to know how much...

  • Wyden's inquiry follows a recent Associated Press story that found nearly a third of panelists at a December meeting of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee had apparent financial ties to painkiller manufacturers, including the maker of OxyContin. "These financial and professional relationships raise serious concerns about the...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— When the emergency room fills up— whether it's a big accident, flu season or a stroke of misfortune— Brooklyn nurse Rose Green says she can find herself sprinting from room to room, trying to keep ahead of the whims of calamity. California already has such a law, and the proposal has been debated in New York for years. Hospitals and nursing homes estimate the...

  • SEATTLE, Feb 5- Washington state lawmakers voted down a bill on Friday that would have forced Boeing to keep a minimum number of jobs in the state in exchange for receiving billions of dollars in tax breaks. The bill would have linked the tax breaks to Boeing's employment of at least 83,295 people in Washington, the number when the breaks were granted.