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  • Committee chairman Paul Murphy, a Labour member of the House of Lords, said the bill had many positive features, but the government "has a significant amount of further work to do before Parliament can be confident that the provisions have been fully thought through." Earlier this week another group of lawmakers, the Intelligence and Security Committee, said the...

  • Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 3:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. The White House said President Barack Obama will sign it. Since 1998 in the Internet's early days, Congress has passed a...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The White House vowed Wednesday that the United States would still meet international commitments to cut carbon emissions, seeking to allay concerns that the Supreme Court might take away one of its main weapons against climate change. And White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the administration has an array of tools available to reduce...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The U.S. power sector's shift toward burning less coal and using more natural gas and renewable energy will not be derailed by the Supreme Court ruling against the Obama administration's limits on carbon emissions, state regulators and utilities said on Wednesday. The U.S. Supreme Court decided 5-4 on Tuesday to block the Environmental...

  • The challengers say the EPA has no authority under the 1970 Clean Air Act to expand its regulation of power plants outside the facilities themselves. Jeff Holmstead, a lawyer representing the coal industry in the legal challenge, said that the provision of the Clean Air Act the EPA is focusing on has only been used previously to set air pollution standards for...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The White House said on Wednesday it opposes a bill from the U.S. House of Representatives that it said would undercut regulations aimed at requiring fast food and chain restaurants to disclose the calories in food they sell. But the White House stopped short of issuing a formal veto threat for the bill, which it said "would undercut the...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday for legislation broadening sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber activities, as U.S. lawmakers sought to crack down on Pyongyang for its nuclear tests. As voting continued, the vote for the "North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act" was 93-0....

  • U.S. SENATE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSES LEGISLATION TO BROADEN SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA, HOPING TO SPUR INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE TO NUCLEAR TESTS.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- The American Fuel& Petrochemical Manufacturers said on Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. environment regulator's biofuels policy, the latest industry body to join a legal battle over the controversial program. The organization, which represents oil companies, said the petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals is targeting the...

  • Tax fraud trial postponed for French ex-minister Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 1:43 PM ET

    PARIS— A French court on Wednesday postponed the trial of a former French budget minister accused of tax fraud and money laundering until September, to give higher courts time to decide a legal issue raised by his lawyers. The much-awaited trial of Jerome Cahuzac, a one-time champion in the fight against tax evasion, started Monday but was adjourned before any...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 10- A group of international investors and law firms are seeking compensation from Brazil's state-led oil company Petrobras under European law for losses allegedly suffered as the result of a giant price-fixing, bribery and political kickback scandal. SPCF believes it has a claim against Petrobras under European securities law because...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- Long-battered shares of coal companies jumped on Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court put on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants. The court's 5-4 ruling on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama, by blocking the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to...

  • Utah becomes latest place to debate ending tax on tampons Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 4:28 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— International debate over whether tampons and other feminine hygiene products should be tax-free has made its way to conservative Utah, where a bill is set to be heard by a committee made up of only men. But the Utah proposal to repeal the tax could face a steep challenge, as some worry the move will put a dent in state revenue streams.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Members of the next generation of Maine lobster fishermen say they fear they will never get a license to fish for the valuable critters, but some longstanding lobstermen fear changing the rules could result in overfishing. A key Maine legislative panel held a public hearing on Wednesday on changes designed to streamline the process of...

  • WASHINGTON— The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration's plan is based on a strong legal and...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change. The states, led by coal producer West Virginia and oil producer Texas, and several major business...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change. On a 5-4 vote, the court granted a request made by 27 states and various companies and business groups...

  • Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 6:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. "We disagree with the Supreme Court's decision to stay the Clean Power Plan while litigation proceeds," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.

  • The VA also would be required to keep Congress closely informed about large projects. Money could not be spent on advance planning or design until 60 days after Congress is notified. Congress reluctantly approved up to $625 million in additional spending for the project last fall, the money to come from other accounts within the VA.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY— Hundreds of millions of dollars in state tax breaks would be reduced or delayed under bills approved by a Senate committee on Tuesday, including a second potential reduction in Oklahoma's income tax as lawmakers look to fill a $1 billion hole in next year's budget. But the bills' passage suggests a willingness in the Republican-controlled...