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  • April 27- Pacific Exploration& Production Corp and its units filed for protection from creditors in Canada after failing to cope with a prolonged slump in oil prices. The company missed an interest payment due on March 28, making it the first Toronto- listed oil and gas company in the past one year to delay a payment. The company, formerly known as Pacific Rubiales...

  • NEW HAVEN, Conn.— Yale's president defended his school's tax-exempt status Wednesday as Connecticut lawmakers consider allowing New Haven to tax some university buildings. President Peter Salovey said the bill would discourage top researchers from coming to Yale and have a negative impact on the region's biotech companies and other research-based...

  • WASHINGTON— The House Judiciary Committee took an election-year swipe Wednesday at the nation's growing drug addiction problem, approving federal grants that would bolster state and local efforts against the abuse of opioid painkillers. Its easy approval contrasted with recent clashes between the two parties over President Barack Obama's Supreme...

  • Small businesses in North Carolina are already losing valuable business because of the new state law limiting protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The Raleigh area will lose an estimated $3.5 million because of four conferences canceled or scaled back since the state legislature passed the bill March 23, according to the Greater...

  • WASHINGTON, April 27- The Obama administration on Wednesday kept China, Russia and India on its annual list of countries with the worst records of preventing the theft of intellectual property and cited Switzerland for failing to curb online copyright infringements. It said China has undertaken some intellectual property law reforms, but the highest level...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— Some activists have a vision for Alaska's upstart marijuana industry that could have Anchorage looking more like Amsterdam in the years ahead. The way some see it, just like the city in Holland where pot can be legally purchased and smoked in shops, tourists arriving in Anchorage would be able to jump in a taxi and ask the driver about the best...

  • WASHINGTON, April 27- Corporate trade secrets, including manufacturing processes and computer methods, would enjoy greater legal protections against theft under legislation expected to be approved by the U.S. Congress on Wednesday. The House of Representatives is poised to pass the "Defend Trade Secrets Act" on the heels of being unanimously approved by the...

  • HONOLULU— Insurance companies would not be allowed to discriminate against transgender patients under a bill passed by the Hawaii Legislature. "Here in Hawaii where we treat everyone with respect and aloha. People in Hawaii have been denied coverage for essential medical checks like mammograms or screenings for prostate cancer because of the gender on...

  • Under Minnesota law, Prince's assets are likely to be split evenly between the siblings, according to attorney Stephen Hopkins. The influential singer, musician and songwriter behind hits like "Purple Rain" was found dead at age 57 on Thursday in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios compound in a Minneapolis suburb. Michael Kosnitzky, a New York- and Miami- based...

  • The Legislature will vote Friday when they meet to take up a growing number of vetoes by Republican Gov. The bill, which LePage introduced in the last days of the session, would raise the minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50 and eventually to $10. That's because they support a citizen-initiated ballot question that would ramp up the minimum wage to $12 an hour.

  • ENGLEWOOD, N.J.— New Jersey Gov. Going back to the 1980 s, the state has taken over schools in Jersey City, Newark and Paterson. Under the proposal from Assembly members Sheila Oliver, Grace Spencer, Shavonda Sumter, Cleopatra Tucker and Benjie Wimberly, a special election could be called to decide whether to return districts to local control if the state doesn't give...

  • The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, owners of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun respectively, provided lawmakers with copies of a letter from Lawrence S. Roberts, the acting assistant secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of Interior. They've proposed building a jointly owned casino in northern Connecticut to help blunt...

  • WASHINGTON, April 26- U.S. House of Representatives Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday he is "hopeful" lawmakers can move legislation on Puerto Rico out of the House before the U.S. territory must make a $1.55 billion debt payment in July. But lawmakers will not be able to address the island's fiscal crisis before May 1, when Puerto Rico is due to make a...

  • In February, South Carolina accused the federal government of acting unconstitutionally in failing to complete the mixed-oxide facility by Jan. 1, 2016. The project at the Savannah River Site along the South Carolina- Georgia border is billions of dollars over budget. Since the plant isn't operating, by law the federal government was supposed to remove 1...

  • SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va.— Environmental groups are taking legal action to require the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to treat water pollution at bankrupt coal mines. News outlets report that the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the West Chapter of the Sierra Club filed two lawsuits in two federal...

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  • April 25- Patriarch Partners, the private equity firm of flamboyant investor Lynn Tilton, is being sued for allegedly refusing to provide financial records to the new manager of the Zohar funds that she controlled until earlier this year. Filed in Delaware's Court of Chancery on Friday, the lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal challenges for Patriarch...

  • Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday described as bizarre the legal process used by companies to challenge competitors' patents as the Supreme Court heard a case involving a vehicle speedometer that alerts drivers if they are driving too quickly. The eight justices heard an appeal filed by Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC, whose speedometer patent was...

  • WASHINGTON— Debt-ridden Puerto Rico faces a $422 million bond payment deadline Sunday with no sign Congress will act in time to help. The AP explains Puerto Rico's debt crisis, what's happening in Congress and the outside forces. Agricultural revenue has diminished and federal tax incentives that lured manufacturers were phased out by Congress a decade ago.

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— New Jersey lawmakers have introduced a bill that would no longer require Atlantic City and other local governments to have a pension system for retired lifeguards. If the fund is eliminated, retired lifeguards wouldn't forfeit payments they've already received, The Press of Atlantic City reported. Atlantic City is one of nine area coastal...