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  • 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...

  • In Jerusalem's culture war, secular residents make gains Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 AM ET

    JERUSALEM— Crowds of angry ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, wearing long beards, black and white garb and large black hats, protested in the streets of Jerusalem earlier this month against a new cinema opening its doors on the Sabbath. The demonstration was meant to be a show of strength in a long-running dispute over the role of strict Jewish law in the cultural life of...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- A man whose wife was a key figure in the recent rejection of an antitrust settlement between American Express Co and a group of retailers pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring with her to defraud two New York law firms where she was a partner out of $7.8 million. Melvin Feliz, 48, of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, admitted to one count of conspiracy to...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— After originally seeking $8.9 billion, New Jersey's $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil over dozens of polluted sites is a reasonable compromise considering the substantial legal risks the state faced, a judge ruled Tuesday in approving a deal that Gov. He noted that the settlement is on top of Exxon's responsibility to clean up the sites,...

  • St. Louis' governing board advances minimum-wage boost Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— St. Louis' governing board on Tuesday advanced a compromise measure that would ease the city's minimum wage up to $11 by 2018.. The St. Louis Board of Aldermen had begun its special meeting by considering a plan that would have boosted the local minimum wage to $13 by 2020. But the board, by a 15-6 vote, eventually signed off on the more modest plan— after hours...

  • PITTSBURGH— A Carnegie Mellon University student who hoped to sell enough malicious software to infect 450,000 Google Android smartphones pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal law meant to prevent hacking of phones and computers. But how many phones were actually infected by Morgan Culbertson's malicious creation remained a mystery after his court...

  • The Hive Winery in Layton has rolled out its first distilling products this year, and owner Jay Yahne told Utah's liquor commissioners Tuesday that by allowing his distillery to sell smaller bottles of brandy, customers may be more likely to spend $70 to $130 to purchase a full bottle. Under Utah liquor laws, sales of mini-bottles of alcohol are generally...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California lawmakers advanced legislation Monday seeking to rein in the use of privacy-invading drones, passing one bill to prevent the use of drones by paparazzi and another making it a trespassing violation to fly drones over private property without permission. In the state Senate, lawmakers voted 40-0 to approve AB856 by Assemblyman...

  • SEC spokesman John Nester declined to comment. They have halted SEC administrative proceedings on the grounds that the appointment of judges who handle them is likely unconstitutional. The SEC has pursued more enforcement cases in-house rather than in federal court, using authority it obtained through the 2010 Dodd-Frank law.