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  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Latest on the California Legislature's approval of legislation expanding the state's climate change law, the most aggressive in the nation:. Jerry Brown says more climate-change laws will follow after the Legislature approved an extension of the state's landmark law restricting greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation approved...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state's landmark climate change law— the most aggressive in the nation— by another 10 years, resisting fierce opposition from oil companies and other business interests to keep the program alive at least through 2030.. The move keeps alive the legal framework that underpins California's...

  • "This bill is reflective of the relentless campaign by the Democratic legislature to make New Jersey as inhospitable as possible to lawful gun ownership and sales, and I refuse to allow that to happen," Christie said. "The Governor's conditional veto is proof that he is out of touch with the overriding sentiments of New Jersey residents, the majority of whom...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— A federal judge has heard testimony in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request to temporarily block the construction of a four-state oil pipeline near their reservation, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. Dallas- based Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access Pipeline is a $3.8 billion, 1,172- mile project that would carry...

  • While the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the lawsuit failed to state a plausible claim, it ordered a lower-court judge to reconsider whether to let the plaintiffs amend their complaint in light of what they said was new evidence. Neither BlackBerry nor a lawyer for lead plaintiffs Todd Cox and Mary Dinzik responded immediately to requests for...

  • Then along came Jeffrey Bullock, the newly appointed secretary of state for Delaware. Delaware's second-biggest biggest source of revenue was fees from few-questions-asked company registrations and other corporate services. The global pushback against shell companies was threatening to dim Delaware's longstanding appeal as a secretive corporate...

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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 23- The California Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill to extend the state's ambitious program to fight climate change beyond 2020, but minutes later it posted disappointing results from an auction of carbon permits that is key to the plan. The Assembly voted 42 to 29 on the bill, known as SB 32, which goes back to the Senate for an up-or-down...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— A national liquor retailer is taking Connecticut to court over the state's minimum pricing rules for certain alcoholic beverages. Total Wine& More says it filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court challenging Connecticut's long-standing law prohibiting retailers from selling bottles of alcohol, excluding beer, below a minimum price.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— The Burt's Bees founder pushing for a new national park in Maine has given 87,500 acres of land to the U.S. government. On Aug. 12, land conservationist Roxanne Quimby signed deeds transferring her nonprofit foundation's land in Maine's Katahdin region to the U.S. Department of the Interior. This spring, Maine's legislature passed a symbolic bill...

  • Aug 23- Volkswagen AG and several U.S. states that sued the German automaker seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for state law violations agreed to hold settlement talks, the automaker said in a court filing Tuesday. Volkswagen has been sued over excess diesel emissions related to its use of "defeat devices" by Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio's largest online charter school may proceed with a lawsuit that seeks to block an enrollment audit the state says is necessary to determine its future funding, a judge ruled. In denying the Ohio Department of Education's request to dismiss legal action brought by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Franklin County Common Pleas Judge...

  • HELSINKI, Aug 23- Finnish police are cracking down on Uber drivers caught operating without a taxi driver's licence by issuing fines and confiscating earnings via the courts. Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc, valued at over $60 billion, has faced bans and protests from established taxi operators around the world, but is legal in Finland- provided...

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  • WASHINGTON— For more than a decade, lawmakers have been pointing at their counterparts to take the blame for what just about everyone agrees is a broken immigration system. Immigration laws were overhauled again in 1990 under Republican President George H.W. Bush and again in 1996 under Democratic President Bill Clinton. Republican presidential nominee...

  • LOS ANGELES— A judge has ruled in favor of a Southern California museum in its 10- year legal battle over the ownership of two German Renaissance masterpieces that were seized by the Nazis in World War II. U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter ruled last week that Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum, where the paintings "Adam" and "Eve" have been for more than 30 years, is...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California's state Senate on Monday revived a bill that would make the state the first in the United States to give farmworkers the same overtime pay as people who work in other industries, a last-ditch effort to reverse a nearly 80- year-old practice of exempting field hands from wage rules. The provision passed with only Democratic support...

  • The relatively small settlement, disclosed in papers filed in federal court in Manhattan, resolves a 2011 lawsuit by the SEC accusing Mudd of misleading investors about Fannie Mae's exposure to risky mortgages before the crisis. Mudd was the last of six executives at mortgage funding giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sued by the SEC in 2011 to reach a...

  • Aug 22- Ernst& Young LLP cannot require its employees to give up their rights to pursue work-related claims together, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday, giving a major boost to the U.S. With its 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco became the second appellate court to sign off on the NLRB's position that federal labor law prohibits...

  • The relatively small settlement, disclosed in papers filed in federal court in Manhattan, resolves a 2011 lawsuit by the SEC accusing Mudd of misleading investors about Fannie Mae's exposure to risky mortgages before the crisis. Mudd was the last of six executives at mortgage funding giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sued by the SEC in 2011 to reach a...