Law Legislation

  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Invasive weeds have long threatened to erode dunes on a portion of the Chicago lakefront, but the area recently had to contend with a virtual invasion: "Pokemon Go" characters. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat who is sponsoring the bill. "We just want to make sure that the imaginary animals can co-exist with the real wildlife in our parks and natural...

  • BRUSSELS/ DUBLIN, Aug 30- The European Commission ordered Apple Inc. to pay Ireland unpaid taxes of up to 13 billion euros on Tuesday as it ruled the firm had received illegal state aid. Apple and Dublin said the U.S. company's tax treatment was in line with Irish and European Union law and they would appeal the ruling, which is part of a drive against what the EU says...

  • Chris Christie on Tuesday shot down an attempt to raise New Jersey's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in the next year and to at least $15 over the next five. Christie announced his veto at an event at a market in Pennington, saying it would burden small businesses and describing the proposal as the "heavy hand of government." "The governor's actions have only served to...

  • LONDON, Aug 30- The European Commission ordered Apple Inc. to pay Ireland unpaid taxes of up to 13 billion euros on Tuesday as it ruled the firm had received illegal state aid. The European Union's executive arm has ruled that Ireland made a deal with Apple that had no basis in tax law. Also, the tens of billions of dollars in profits which Apple enjoys tax free in...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Trinity Health and its hospital in Minot have agreed in principal on a legal settlement with 21 victims of the largest hepatitis C outbreak in recent U.S. history, though Trinity's legal fight with a nursing home where most people were sickened will continue. Behdad Sadeghi, an attorney for the plaintiffs, told The Associated Press that the...

  • BRUSSELS/ DUBLIN, Aug 30- The European Commission ordered Apple Inc. to pay Ireland unpaid taxes of up to 13 billion euros on Tuesday as it ruled the firm had received illegal state aid. Treasury spokesperson warned the move threatens to undermine U.S. investment in Europe and "the important spirit of economic partnership between the U.S. and the EU."

  • BRUSSELS— The Latest on the European Union's decision that Apple must pay billions in back taxes:. The White House says the Obama administration is concerned that American taxpayers will ultimately bear the brunt of the European Union's decision requiring Apple to pay billions of dollars in back taxes. Bernie Sanders is applauding the European Union's...

  • California employers are already mandated to pay time-and-a half to farmworkers after 10 hours in a day or 60 hours in a week. "There may be situations where people may believe that they will lose something in terms of economics, but my father taught me that it was more than about the money, it was about who he was as a man and it was about him being respected by everyone...

  • SEATTLE— Seattle leaders have proposed new rules for retail and food-service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in advance and compensate workers for some last-minute changes. Seattle was among the first to phase in a $15 hourly minimum wage, mandate sick leave for many companies and offer paid parental...

  • In 2013, then- New York insurance regulator Benjamin Lawsky warned that the arrangements amounted to "financial alchemy" and were reminiscent of practices that contributed to the 2008 financial meltdown. They emerged in places like Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the headquarters of TransAmerica Life, a subsidiary of the Netherlands- based Aegon NV, which was deemed one...

  • FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2012 file photo, Kim Dotcom, the founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload, comments after he was granted bail and released in Auckland, New Zealand. In the eyes of New Zealand immigration authorities in 2010, Kim Dotcom's money trumped his criminal past. Documents released to The Associated Press this week under New Zealand public records laws show that immigration officials granted the Megaupload founder residency that year after deciding the money he could bring t

    Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom will be allowed to livestream his legal bid to halt his extradition to the United States, a New Zealand judge ruled.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Four decades after he signed the nation's first law giving farmworkers collective bargaining rights, California Gov. California employers are already mandated to pay time-and-a half to farmworkers after 10 hours in a day or 60 hours in a week. "There may be situations where people may believe that they will lose something in terms of...

  • WASHINGTON— In one of its last chances to tinker with the president's signature health care law, the Obama administration Monday proposed a series of fixes and adjustments for 2018, when the White House will have a new occupant. The changes are detailed in a highly technical draft regulation, nearly 300 pages long. If Republican Donald Trump becomes president,...

  • Aug 29- Samson Resources Corp, one of the largest energy companies to seek bankruptcy in the current commodities slump, reached a new agreement with creditors that aims to bring the company out of Chapter 11 under the ownership of its second-lien lenders. Under the restructuring support agreement, sketched out in a Friday filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 29- A federal appeals court in California on Monday dismissed a U.S. government lawsuit that accused AT&T Inc of deception for reducing internet speeds for customers with unlimited mobile data plans once their use exceeded certain levels. The company, however, could still face a fine from the Federal Communications Commission regarding the...

  • WASHINGTON— There will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the U.S. within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday, according to a Federal Aviation Administration estimate. The rules governing the operation of small commercial drones were designed to protect safety without stifling innovation, FAA...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 29- A federal appeals court in California on Monday dismissed a U.S. government lawsuit that accused AT&T Inc of deception for reducing Internet speeds for customers with unlimited mobile data plans once their use exceeded certain levels. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said it reversed a lower court's denial of AT&T's motion to...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 29- An appeals court in California on Monday dismissed the U.S. government's lawsuit accusing AT&T Inc of reducing Internet speeds for customers whose data use exceeded certain levels even though they had bought unlimited plans. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said it reversed the district court's denial of AT&T's motion to...

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand— Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom will be allowed to livestream his legal bid to halt his extradition to the United States, a New Zealand judge ruled Tuesday. "It provides everybody in the world with a seat in the gallery of the New Zealand courtroom," Rothken said. Justice Murray Gilbert, the New Zealand judge hearing the appeal, had asked...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 26- Caesars Entertainment Corp must face lawsuits from bondholders seeking some $11 billion in claims, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday in a decision the casino company had warned could plunge it into bankruptcy alongside its operating unit. A current injunction expires on Aug. 29, a day before Caesars faces a potential ruling in New York on lawsuits from...