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Law Legislation

  • INDIANAPOLIS— An Indiana Senate panel gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill backed by the state's investor-owned power utilities that critics contend is an effort to muscle out smaller companies from the emerging solar energy market. Brandt Hershman was approved by the Senate Utilities committee on an 8-2 vote. That could eventually eat away at the...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— New Hampshire rejected legislation Thursday targeting labor unions despite aggressive lobbying from Republican Gov. New Hampshire was targeted as the next likely state to approve the bill, following Kentucky and Missouri earlier this year. In New Hampshire, 32 of the 223 House Republicans bucked the new governor's wishes over concerns the bill...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Some top Republicans pushed Thursday to get a big increase in personal income taxes quickly through the Kansas Legislature to help balance the budget, though the bipartisan proposal doesn't appear to have enough support to overcome a possible veto from GOP Gov. The House approved the tax bill Thursday on a 76-48 vote, sending it to the Senate.

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece's government has proposed legislation to extend the short-term contracts of some 2,000 firefighters, on the day they expired, following union protests. Union officials say 4,000 of Greece's 12,000 firefighters are on five-year contracts expiring Thursday. Greece has been relying on billions of euros in international rescue loans...

  • If confirmed by the Senate, Acosta would be the first Hispanic member of Trump's Cabinet. Trump and key Republicans highlighted a key detail in Acosta's resume: He has won unanimous Senate confirmation three times— to a seat on the National Labor Relations Board, as the head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and as U.S. attorney in Miami.

  • DENVER— At risk of raising the ire of the White House, Colorado is on the brink of becoming the first state with licensed pot clubs. Denver officials are working on regulations to open a one-year pilot of bring-your-own marijuana clubs, while state lawmakers are expected to consider measures to allow either marijuana "tasting rooms" run by marijuana...

  • Participants said conflict remained, and the details and timing of how the GOP will deliver on its long-promised replacement of President Barack Obama's law went unanswered. Mark Walker, R- N.C., said when asked about past GOP promises to quickly deliver legislation repealing Obama's overhaul and replacing it. The evolving GOP proposal would revamp the...

  • In Massachusetts, a group that lobbies on behalf of dentists has for the first time signaled a willingness to embrace the concept, though its proposal is viewed as unnecessarily restrictive by sponsors of a competing bill in the Legislature. "We are not a silver bullet for helping access to dental care, but we are a great tool," said Christy Jo Fogarty, a dental...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 15- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said on Wednesday he will entertain tax measures to address the state's deep financial woes but continued to tie his possible support to the legislature agreeing to measures he thinks will spur economic growth. In his third budget address to the legislature, the Republican governor said a bipartisan Senate bill...

  • In a statement, Berkeley said it respects the ruling, but that it will "carefully consider all options for possible next steps in this legal process, including the possibility of an appeal." The patent dispute involved work led by Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute and Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier at Berkeley. Lawyers for Berkeley maintained that...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— The fate of so-called right-to-work legislation is uncertain this week in the GOP- controlled New Hampshire House, potentially handing new Republican Gov. Now with a Republican governor in charge, New Hampshire has been viewed as a top target for passage from Americans for Prosperity, the advocacy group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, and...

  • In separate rulings, federal judges struck down both deals as anticompetitive, at the request of the Justice Department. Cigna also filed a lawsuit in Delaware, seeking legal sanction for its decision to end the deal and approval for $13 billion in damages for its shareholders who did not receive the takeover premium. Anthem's lawsuit, which was also filed in...

  • Joey Mahmoud, executive vice president of Texas- based Energy Transfer Partners, said protesters have "assaulted numerous pipeline personnel," destroyed millions of dollars' worth of construction equipment and even fired a pistol at law enforcement during months of demonstrations against the 1,200- mile pipeline, which will carry North Dakota oil to an...

  • Feb 15- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court for permission to file legal papers in support of President Donald Trump's travel ban, making Texas the first state to back Trump in closely watched litigation over the ban. District Judge James Robart in Seattle suspended Trump's entire order across the country on Feb. 3 after...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 15- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court for permission to file legal papers in support of President Donald Trump's travel ban, making Texas the first state to back Trump in closely-watched litigation over the ban. Paxton asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California to file a friend-of-the-court...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony to the House Financial Services Committee:. But Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told members of the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday that she remained strongly opposed to imposing limits on the Fed's independence. In addition to clashes over the Fed's role in...

  • Cigna also filed a lawsuit in Delaware, seeking legal sanction for its decision to end the deal and approval for $13 billion in damages for its shareholders who did not receive the takeover premium. President Donald Trump and Republicans have vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare, the national healthcare reform law that created new individual insurance and...

  • Cigna also filed a lawsuit in Delaware on Tuesday, seeking legal sanction for its decision to end the deal and approval for $13 billion in damages for its shareholders who did not receive the takeover premium. Anthem in its lawsuit, which was also filed in Delaware, is seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent Cigna from ending the deal, arguing there is...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 14- U.S. immigration authorities have detained a 23- year-old Mexican man who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and given a work permit during the Obama administration, according to a lawsuit challenging the detention in Seattle federal court. Ethan Dettmer, a partner in the law firm Gibson Dunn& Crutcher and one of the...

  • CHICAGO— Competitors of Chicago- based Exelon Corp. filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday opposing legislation that provides billions of dollars in subsidies to the power giant. The legislation approved in December provides as much as $235 million per year to Exelon to keep unprofitable nuclear plants running in Clinton and the Quad Cities.