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  • 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.

  • *Wyndham hackings caused $10.6 mln fraudulent charges. Aug 24- A U.S. appeals court said the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cybersecurity, and may pursue a lawsuit accusing hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp of failing to properly safeguard consumers' information. Noting the FTC's broad authority under a 1914 law to protect...

  • Tardy tax filers risk loss of health care subsidies Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 11:52 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law doesn't start for another couple of months, but the next few days are crucial for hundreds of thousands of customers at risk of losing financial aid when they renew coverage for 2016.. Call them tardy tax filers: an estimated 1.8 million households that got subsidies for their premiums...

  • RICHMOND, Va.— Virginia residents have been billed tens of thousands of dollars to pay for donations the state's most powerful electricity company has made to politically connected charities, according to company records obtained by The Associated Press. The practice is not unique to Virginia, though it's barred in some states. said former Virginia...

  • WEST HARTFORD, Conn.— Connecticut- based firearms maker Colt Holding Co. is asking a bankruptcy judge to approve payments totaling $2.5 million for nine top executives. The Hartford Courant reports the bonuses would be paid if an executive is fired, resigns because of reduced pay under future owners or moves. The West Hartford- based company is trying to...

  • Correction: Spying TVs-California story Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 7:22 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In a story Aug. 20 about legislation to warn consumers about recording TVs, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Samsung changed its policy on recording conversations. California bill aims to warn consumers about recording TVs. California bill aims to warn consumers that some smart TVs can record you in your living room.

  • Ashley Madison faces $578M class-action lawsuit Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 7:05 PM ET
    The homepage of the Ashley Madison website is displayed on an iPad.

    There's a class-action lawsuit against the companies that run Ashley Madison after a data breach exposed 39 million memberships.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- Puerto Rico on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that blocks the restructuring of the commonwealth's public agencies. In a petition seeking the court's review, which was provided by one of the island's lawyers, Puerto Rico said a lower court erred in concluding that U.S. bankruptcy law blocks the restructuring of the...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- Puerto Rico on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that blocks the restructuring of the commonwealth's public agencies. In a petition seeking the court's review, which was provided by one of the island's lawyers, Puerto Rico said the lower court erred in concluding that U.S. bankruptcy law blocks the restructuring of the...

  • TORONTO— Two Canadian law firms have filed a $578 million class-action lawsuit against the companies that run Ashley Madison after a hacker group's data breach exposed some 39 million memberships in the adultery website earlier this week. Charney Lawyers and Sutts, Strosberg LLP, both of Ontario, said Friday that they filed the lawsuit on behalf of Canadians...

  • Merger of 2 Brunswick, Maine, hospitals approved Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 12:30 PM ET

    BRUNSWICK, Maine— A bankruptcy judge says two Brunswick, Maine, hospitals can merge. Officials with Mid Coast Health says its purchase of Parkview Adventist Medical Center became official on Thursday. The Portland Press Herald reports the terms of the agreement call for Mid Coast to pay Parkview $3.8 million at closing and forgive $579,540 of an advance it gave...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 21- A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a Department of Labor rule requiring employment agencies to pay the minimum wage and overtime to domestic workers providing in-home care for the elderly, sick or disabled. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge filed by the Home Care Association of America and...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. government employees with sensitive jobs in national security or law enforcement were among hundreds of federal workers found to be using government networks to access and pay membership fees to the cheating website Ashley Madison, The Associated Press has learned. The list includes at least two assistant U.S. attorneys, an information...