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  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand— New Zealand on Tuesday announced it will push ahead with plans to force tobacco companies remove their logos from cigarette packs and enhance graphic health warnings. New Zealand first announced plans for plain packaging rules in 2013 but the legislation stalled. Tobacco giant Philip Morris suffered its latest legal setback in...

  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Chicago taxpayers will save $1 billion on police and fire pension costs in the short term under a law the General Assembly approved Monday after some House Republicans bucked their governor, who had railed against it as a ridiculous expansion of the Illinois' growing pension hole. Bruce Rauner's veto of the savings plan, which trumps state law...

  • PRAGUE— The Czech government has again approved a smoking ban in restaurants. Monday's move comes just days after Parliament rejected such a bill because it failed to get the support of a government coalition partner. Most lawmakers from the ANO party, led by Finance Minister Andrej Babis, rejected the plan Wednesday, leading to accusations from the Social...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio's treasurer is accusing the governor of killing a signature bill in 2014 that would have assured the future of his online database of government spending. Mandel, a former and likely future U.S. Senate candidate, also backed a different White House contender this year. Marco Rubio while all Ohio's other GOP statewide officials supported...

  • LANSING, Mich.— The U.S. auto industry's home state of Michigan is preparing for the advent of self-driving cars by pushing legislation to allow for public sales and operation— a significant expansion beyond an existing state law that sanctions such vehicles for testing only. While widespread use of driverless cars may be years away, lawmakers and...

  • Bruce Rauner vetoed a plan Friday that would reduce Chicago's payments to its police and fire pension funds for each of the next five years, calling it an irresponsible idea that will increase pension debt in the long term. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said after the veto that the Republican governor "just told every Chicago taxpayer to take a hike." He said Rauner's action...

  • May 27- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday signed into law a package of legislation that provides distressed gambling hub Atlantic City with immediate cash help but also a potential state takeover if the city cannot fix its finances. The legislation "embraces my demand that Atlantic City immediately account for every dollar it receives and spends,...

  • Arthur S. Demoulas sold his stake in the Market Basket chain in 2014 after a protest by workers upset that a board controlled by him fired his cousin Arthur T. Demoulas. Last week, Arthur S. Demoulas and his sister-in-law filed a lawsuit alleging they've been excluded from involvement in an IRS audit of the chain of 76 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

  • Chris Christie has signed a package of bills to keep financially troubled Atlantic City from running out of cash. The Democratic-led Assembly and Senate approved the measures by wide margins Thursday just as the state's 127 miles of beaches prepared for Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer. "For Atlantic City officials, the final countdown starts...

  • An abbreviated work period this month produced mixed results at best— Congress exited Washington without acting on funding the battle against the Zika virus, for starters— and a full plate awaits when lawmakers return next month from a weeklong Memorial Day recess for a six-week sprint to political convention season and the traditional August vacation.

  • The Public Utility Commission fined San Francisco- based Uber in April for operating in Pennsylvania for six months in 2014 without the required approval. Tom Wolf and Pittsburgh- area officials wrote a letter to the commission this month urging it to greatly reduce the fine. They said the stiff fine could discourage innovative companies from investing in...

  • The Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild launched this week to represent small, independent breweries as well as wineries and distilleries. The idea grew from a conversation between two attorneys: Eugene Pak in Oakland, California, and Joe Infante in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The idea grew from a conversation between two attorneys: Eugene Pak in Oakland, California, and...

  • The grant program included in the measure approved Wednesday and awaiting the governor's signature provides more money for infrastructure repairs and the cost of drinking-water tests, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The grants would cover up to $15,000 in material costs per building provided through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

  • May 26- Blood-testing company Theranos Inc was sued on Thursday, accused of endangering customer health through "massive failures" that misrepresented the accuracy and quality of its blood tests, according to court papers. The proposed class action was brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by the law firm Hagens Berman...

  • May 26- Blood-testing company Theranos Inc was sued on Thursday, accused of endangering customer health through "massive failures" that misrepresented the accuracy and quality of its blood tests, according to court papers. The proposed class action was brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by the law firm Hagens Berman...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's governor has lost a battle to increase a business-to-business tax and impose a transition to a value-added tax system amid an economic crisis. Alejandro Garcia Padilla, who warned their actions would push the U.S. territory into deeper financial trouble. Puerto Rico is floundering amid 10 years of economic stagnation and...

  • May 26- Viacom Inc Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman has asked a Massachusetts court to expedite a legal challenge to his removal from a trust that will determine the company's future after controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone dies or is deemed incapacitated. They also stated that legal discovery will require at least one medical examination of...

  • May 26- Viacom Inc Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman has asked a Massachusetts court to expedite a legal challenge to his removal from a trust that will determine the company's future after controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone dies or is deemed incapacitated. Redstone removed Dauman and longtime Viacom director George Abrams from the...

  • May 26- Viacom Inc Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman asked a Massachusetts court to expedite the legal challenge to his removal from the trust that will determine the media conglomerate's future after controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone dies or is deemed incapacitated, according to a filing dated Wednesday.

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— A national pork supplier promised Thursday to investigate abuse allegations at one of its Nebraska facilities after an animal rights group released an undercover video showing pigs with open wounds and other health problems. The Animal Legal Defense Fund released the footage Wednesday and sent letters to the Nebraska and Illinois attorney...