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  • LOS ANGELES— Federal regulators have closed a case that questioned whether Southern California Edison violated government rules when it installed faulty equipment at the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruling Thursday concluded the issue is no longer relevant since the coastal reactors, located between Los...

  • SPARKS, Nev.— Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno. Dressed in polo shirts, tie-dyes and button-downs, about 75 people with medical marijuana cards lined up outside Silver State Relief, between a sub shop and pizza...

  • DOVER, Del.— Frustrated with years of legal wrangling, a Delaware judge has given a lender 60 days to decide whether to buy the former presidential yacht Sequoia, which lies rotting in a Virginia shipyard. In 2012, the Sequoia group entered a $7.5 million loan agreement with FE Partners LLC, an investment entity formed by Washington, D.C.- based Equator Capital Group...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— The five companies picked to grow and dispense medical marijuana in New York include one run by a Minnesota physician, three with dispensaries in other states and another with a personal connection to those the state's new program aims to help. Grow centers are planned for Queens, Orange, Monroe, Fulton and Warren counties. "We are ready to go," said...

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- President Barack Obama signed a three-month extension of the surface transportation bill on Friday, admonishing Congress for failing to pass longer-term legislation. Obama cited the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, a budget compromise and a long-term transportation bill among the things he hopes Congress can achieve when...

  • SYDNEY, July 31- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles traded charges in court with its former Australia CEO, who denied breaching his legal duties and said he acted on instructions from above after a lawsuit by the carmaker accused him of excessive spending and illegally enriching himself through commercial deals. Fiat's civil lawsuit in Australian Federal Court...

  • PARIS— Google is rejecting an order by the French data privacy agency to remove search results worldwide upon request, saying European law allowing the' right to be forgotten' doesn't apply globally. "The Internet would only be as free as the world's least free place," the company wrote on its Europe policy blog. Europe's highest court ruled in May 2014 that people...

  • SEATTLE— Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15- an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule. Seattle's law, adopted last year after a strong push from labor and grass-roots activists, bumped the city's minimum wage to $11 an hour beginning...

  • LOS ANGELES— Katy Perry's dream of owning a hilltop convent near Hollywood is going to have to wait a while longer. The convent, which Perry has wanted to buy to be her personal residence for several years, is in the middle of a legal fight between a group of elderly nuns and the archbishop of Los Angeles over who has control of the sale and its proceeds.

  • SAO PAULO, July 30- The lawyer behind the plea bargain deals that helped investigators unearth a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal at Brazilian state-run oil firm Petrobras said on Thursday she closed her law firm because she felt threatened by a congressional committee. A congressional committee investigating Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 30- Oracle Corp's long-running legal battle with Google Inc over Google's Android operating system for smartphones and other devices probably will not proceed to another trial until the middle of 2016, a U.S. judge said on Thursday. Oracle is seeking royalties for Google's use of some of the Java language, while Google argues it should be...

  • Congress passes 3-month highway, transit aid patch Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 2:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds. Earlier in the day, the Senate passed a sweeping, long-term transportation bill, setting up discussions with the House this fall on what the future course of transportation policy...

  • WASHINGTON, July 30- The U.S. Senate Energy Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would lift a decades-old ban on the export of crude oil. Senate Energy Committee chair Lisa Murkowski, a Republican senator from Alaska, has been a long-time advocate for lifting the ban, which she said was outdated due to the rise of the United States as an energy power.

  • Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A U.S. Senate panel approved energy legislation Thursday that would lift the 40- year-old ban on crude oil exports and open more areas of the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas exploration. Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, chairman of the panel, championed the bill, which passed by a party-line vote of 12-10. She said...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, July 30- The U.S. Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse a federal appellate court's insider trading ruling, calling it a "roadmap" for potential criminals that undermined efforts to ensure the "integrity of the security markets." Solicitor General Donald Verrilli filed a petition seeking review of a December...

  • Prosecutors ask justices to review insider trading case Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 12:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court Thursday to reinstate securities fraud convictions against two hedge fund portfolio managers, saying a federal appeals court ruling in the financiers' favor makes it harder to prosecute insider trading. The justices should reverse the December ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

  • WASHINGTON, July 30- The final version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, a major air pollution regulation aimed at curbing carbon emissions from power plants, is scheduled for release on Monday. However, in December 2011, the court did block an EPA air regulation to limit pollution crossing state lines. David Doniger, a lawyer with the...

  • PIERRE, S.D.— Citibank will not be able to reclaim $30 million in overpaid bank taxes to the state because it didn't request a refund until after the three-year legal window had passed, the South Dakota Supreme Court said in an opinion released on Thursday. Deb Peters, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said lawmakers had discussions with...

  • PHOENIX— A lawyer representing 36 Republican lawmakers told a judge Thursday that keeping a hospital assessment in effect to help fund the state's Medicaid expansion would gut a voter-approved law requiring a two-thirds vote for tax increases. Christine Sandefur, of the Goldwater Institute, urged Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Douglas Gerlach to...

  • Bosnians protest against EU-recommended labor law Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 6:07 AM ET

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina— Amid the protests of thousands of workers, the Bosnian-Croat regional parliament on Thursday adopted a new labor law that aims to create a more business-friendly environment with the intention of creating jobs. Thousands of Bosnians have taken their dissatisfaction with the new law to the streets of Sarajevo, claiming it...