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  • 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...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Cigarette manufacturers aren't immune to lawsuits by smokers who get sick, the state's highest court ruled Monday in a decision that bolsters the case of a smoker who was stricken with laryngeal cancer and won a $28 million judgment against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.. The Connecticut Supreme Court was asked to decide the issue by the 2nd U.S....

  • DENVER— The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the case of a suburban Denver baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, letting stand a previous ruling that the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner must provide service despite his Christian beliefs. Attorney Nicolle Martin, who represents Phillips, said they had not yet decided whether to...

  • Bruce Rauner has signed legislation authorizing $600 million in emergency funding to keep major Illinois universities operating until fall. The Republican signed the bill Monday after a debate last week over the temporary spending plan in the General Assembly. The package includes $170 million for the Monetary Award Program, a needs-based grant that...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Federal judge dismisses lawsuits challenging a North Carolina election law that requires voters show photo identification when casting ballots.

  • TOKYO— Japanese nuclear regulators said they will revise laws, nearly double inspection staff and send some inspectors to the U.S. for training to address deficiencies cited by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Nuclear Regulation Authority announced the plans Monday in response to an IAEA evaluation of Japan's nuclear safety regulations since...

  • TOKYO, April 25- Toshiba Corp, in a hurry to raise cash before closing its books for the business year that ended at the end of last month, was able to structure the sale of its medical equipment business to Canon Inc in an unorthodox way so that it could book the 665.5 billion yen proceeds before the deal had been approved by regulators. Japan's anti-monopoly law...

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    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are up double-digits in a poll ahead of Pennsylvania's April 26 primary contest.

  • PENOBSCOT, Maine— Heather and Phil Retberg's Quill's End Farm is idyllic to the point of New England cliche. State legislators' pushback against "food sovereignty" advocates like Retberg, in Maine and elsewhere in the country, has only emboldened her. Sedgwick, just south of Penobscot, was the first town in Maine to approve an ordinance declaring local control of...

  • TORONTO, April 23- Canada's Liberal government is prepared to overhaul the country's laws governing broadcasting, media and cultural industries to support local content, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly told the Globe and Mail in a report on Saturday, announcing a new policy direction in what she called a broken system. Canada's broadcast regulator has long...

  • NEW YORK— The U.S. Justice Department said it has withdrawn a request to force Apple to reveal data from a cellphone linked to a New York drug case after someone provided federal investigators with the phone's passcode. "As we have said previously, these cases have never been about setting a court precedent; they are about law enforcement's ability and need to...

  • NEW YORK— The Latest on to the legal battle between Apple and the Justice Department, which asked a judge to force the tech giant to reveal data from an iPhone linked to a New York City drug case:. The Justice Department says it has withdrawn a request to force Apple to reveal data from a cellphone linked to a New York drug case. The Justice Department previously...

  • NEW YORK, April 22- A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Friday put off making a decision on SunEdison Inc's request for an independent examiner at the company's first day in court. In its request, SunEdison cited the subpoena it received from the U.S. Department of Justice related to financing activities, a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and a...

  • NEW YORK— Law enforcement groups say they fear the public will stop aiding police authorities if Apple is allowed to refuse to give up information from a phone in a New York City drug case. The government pressed on with the Brooklyn case even after dropping its fight to compel Apple to help it break into an iPhone used by a gunman in a December attack in San...

  • NEW YORK— Argentina paid creditors on Friday who had refused debt restructurings after its record default, ending a long-standing legal dispute that returns the South American country to international credit markets after nearly 15 years. A Manhattan judge whose orders have blocked Argentina from operating normally in financial markets vacated his...

  • *Draft law says companies must be 26 pct black-owned at all times. *Black empowerment bill opposed by mining companies. JOHANNESBURG, April 22- South Africa could extend consultations on a draft law opposed by mining companies that say the move to redress imbalances of the nation's past apartheid rule would impose unfair conditions over black ownership.

  • INGOLSTADT, Germany— To some it's the real deal, to others it's a bland brew, but thanks to a 500- year-old rule everybody can be sure what's in German beer. Praising the law at a ceremony in Ingolstadt, southern Germany, Merkel half-jokingly quoted religious reformer and bon vivant Martin Luther, who said that "he who has no beer, has nothing to drink."

  • NEW YORK, April 21- Volkswagen AG faces further legal fights on several fronts in the United States despite its announcement on Thursday it reached a preliminary deal to resolve consumers' and regulators' claims over vehicles outfitted with software to cheat on diesel-emissions tests. The U.S. Department of Justice said its criminal investigation into the...