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  • 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...

  • Egypt throws the book at 3 Al Jazeera journalists Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 6:47 AM ET
    An Al Jazeera America studio

    Egypt handed down harsh verdicts in the trial of 3 journalists from Al Jazeera, sentencing them to 3 years in prison, the NYT reported.

  • On Thursday the National Labor Relations Board ruled the owner of a California recycling plant was a "joint employer" with the contractor that hired workers at the plant, essentially forcing both to bargain with the union together or risk violating U.S. labor law. Unions see the decision as a breakthrough not just in efforts to help employees organizes at...

  • Aug 28, Brussels-- The European Commission will launch a study in September of the ride-hailing app Uber in an effort to settle legal disputes that have pitched the U.S. start-up against conventional taxis across Europe, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Uber has responded by submitting complaints to the European Commission against German...

  • EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 2:37 PM ET

    The EPA says the rule, which took effect Friday in more than three dozen states, will safeguard drinking water for millions of Americans. The House has ignored a White House veto threat and passed a bill to block it, and a Senate committee has passed a measure that would force the EPA to withdraw and rewrite it. The senators— two Democrats and two Republicans— said in an...

  • Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 10:38 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The CEO of the company that runs adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company's computer systems and outing of millions of its members. "Unless they can immediately assure the public that their information is protected, then their business is over," says Lawrence Kellogg, a partner with the law firm...

  • The law approved by a vote of 230-1 in the House of Councillors is intended to promote greater gender equality and counter labor shortages that are arising as Japan's population ages and declines. Japan now lags most other industrial countries in this respect, and Abe has spearheaded various empowerment initiatives, vowing to make it a society where "women...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Democratic lawmakers advanced a package of tobacco regulation bills on Thursday, reviving proposals that earlier stalled in the Legislature amid opposition from tobacco companies. The measures approved by the Senate do not include a pending proposal to raise California's cigarette tax by $2 per pack from the current 87 cents.

  • NEW ORLEANS— The latest about a potential settlement of a lawsuit by environmental groups against a New Orleans company that failed to end a decade-old leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental groups say they're pleased at the progress of talks with a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, but it's too early to talk...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Supporters of a plan to legalize marijuana in Ohio are challenging the proposal's ballot phrasing and title, arguing in a Thursday filing to the Ohio Supreme Court that certain words are inaccurate and intentionally misleading to voters. The board's chairman, Secretary of State Jon Husted, has said the phrasing is fair. Passage of the proposal,...

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 27- Google, the world's most popular Internet search engine, rejected on Thursday European Union antitrust charges that it abused its market power, saying they lacked any economic or legal basis. "Economic data spanning more than a decade, an array of documents and statements from complainants all confirm that product search is robustly...

  • Company: Settlement reached in lawsuit over Gulf oil leak Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 12:32 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Environmental groups and a New Orleans energy company have reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit stemming from the company's failed efforts to stop a decade-old, slow-motion oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Taylor said in a news release it has agreed under the settlement to make a $300,000 donation to a Louisiana marine research consortium...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Energy company announces settlement in lawsuit over decade-old oil leak in Gulf of Mexico.

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greek president announces appointment of Supreme Court head to lead caretaker government.

  • SALT LAKE CITY— A legal battle over a hotly contested Utah law banning minimum prices for contact lenses is set to come before a federal appeals court on Thursday. Alcon Laboratories, Johnson& Johnson and Bausch& Lomb call the law a brazen overreach written specifically to help Utah- based discount seller 1-800 Contacts. The manufacturers are appealing a ruling...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The chairman of California's Senate Governance and Finance committee said Thursday that he will ask committee staff to review all state accounts that handle charitable tax contributions to find out if there is unspent money languishing in them, in response to a report by The Associated Press. The AP found that nearly $10 million in...

  • INDIANAPOLIS— The parkland surrounding Indiana's towering dunes was intended to keep industry away from a geological marvel molded over thousands of years at the southern tip of Lake Michigan. "On its face, it looks suspicious," Antony Page, vice dean of the Indiana University law school in Indianapolis, said of the deal by Williams' Pavilion Partners.

  • State officials: 194 NYC landlords violating rent rules Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 9:48 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Nearly 200 New York City landlords violated state law by accepting lucrative tax breaks but then failing to extend required rental protections to tenants, authorities said Wednesday. In response, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City housing officials sent compliance notices to the 194 landlords, whose buildings...