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  • "I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter in which I know that I have a financial interest directly and predictably affected by the matter" without a waiver from government ethics officials, Andrew Puzder wrote in the nine-page filing, dated Tuesday and obtained by The Associated Press. Lamar Alexander, whose committee...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Move over Powerball, there could be a new coveted lottery in Maine, and the prize would be wet and wriggly. Baby eels are a prized resource in Maine, where they are fished from rivers and streams and sold to Asian aquaculture companies in countries such as China and South Korea. A Maine trade group for elver fishermen is supporting a proposed state law...

  • WASHINGTON— Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder acknowledged Tuesday that he had employed a housekeeper who wasn't authorized to work in the U.S., as the Senate's top Republican came to his defense and dismissed the issue as a "mistake" that had been fixed. "Number one, the administration strongly supports Andy Puzder and wants to stick with him," Senate Majority...

  • FARGO, N.D.— A defective axle broke and caused a 2013 train derailment that led to a series of explosions just a quarter-mile outside a small North Dakota town, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. A BNSF train carrying soybeans derailed and was struck by one carrying oil, setting off explosions near the small town of Casselton, about 20 miles...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Jan 25- U.S. health insurers are making their case to Republican lawmakers over how Americans sign up for individual insurance and pushing for other changes to shape the replacement of former President Barack Obama's national healthcare law. The health insurers, including Independence Blue Cross and Molina Healthcare Inc, are also...

  • Jan 24- A powerful storm that killed at least 21 people in the southern United States over the weekend was expected on Tuesday to bring heavy snow and wind gusts to the Northeast, causing school closings, treacherous driving conditions and power outages. The storm, known as a nor'easter, was forecast to bring snowfalls of up to 9 inches along with icy rains and wind...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 23- Two Republican senators said on Monday that U.S. states should be allowed to stay in the Obamacare medical insurance program if they like, with one also saying she was confused by President Donald Trump's broad but unspecific executive order targeting the program. Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a promise to dismantle...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 23- Two Republican senators said on Monday that U.S. states should be allowed to stay in the Obamacare healthcare insurance program if they like, with one adding she felt confused by President Donald Trump's broad but unspecific executive order targeting the program. Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a promise to dismantle...

  • Republican Senator Susan Collins called President Donald Trump's executive order against Obamacare "very confusing" on Monday, saying whatever actions the Trump administration takes, legislation will still be needed to replace the health insurance law. Collins, a moderate Republican from Maine, was speaking at a press conference to introduce her own...

  • A shooter takes aim with a Remington Model 700 SPS Varmint rifle at the Spurwink Rod and Gun Club in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Jan. 28, 2013.

    Several attorneys general are urging a federal judge to reject a proposed class action settlement involving allegedly defective Remington rifles.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- A day after President-elect Donald Trump encouraged supporters to "Buy L.L. Bean," a U.S. ethics watchdog on Friday warned federal employees they must not endorse products or companies. Activists had called for a boycott following reports that a member of the family that owns L.L. Bean contributed to Trump's campaign. "Thank you to Linda Bean of...

  • BOSTON, Jan 12- Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted his support of Maine catalog retailer L.L. Bean after an activist group opposed to the U.S. president-elect called for a boycott of the company. "Thank you to Linda Bean of L.L. Bean for your great support and courage," Trump said in a tweet early on Thursday. The "Grab Your Wallet" website added L.L. Bean, based in Freeport,...

  • BOSTON, Jan 12- Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted his support of Maine catalog retailer L.L. Bean after an activist group opposed to the U.S. president-elect called for a boycott of the company. "Thank you to Linda Bean of L.L. Bean for your great support and courage," Trump said in a tweet early Thursday. L.L. Bean scrambled to distance itself from Linda Bean's donations,...

  • Jan 4- Big U.S. banks are set on getting Congress this year to loosen or eliminate the Volcker rule against using depositors' funds for speculative bets on the bank's own account, a test case of whether Wall Street can flex its muscle in Washington again. In interviews over the past several weeks, half a dozen industry lobbyists said they began meeting with...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 3- In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction. A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection declined to...

  • Pedestrians experience what we now call just a dusting of snow, with more in the forecast along Winter and Washington Streets in Downtown Crossing, Thursday.

    Blizzard conditions were possible in areas bracing for a foot of snow — maybe twice that in some locations, USA Today reports.

  • The civil lawsuit, led by antitrust investigators in Connecticut, comes one day after the U.S. Department of Justice filed criminal charges against two generic drug industry executives, alleging that they colluded to fix prices and split up market share. "We believe that this is the tip of the iceberg," Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen told Reuters in...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- Twenty states filed a lawsuit Thursday against Mylan NV, Teva Pharmaceuticals and four other generic drug makers, saying they conspired on pricing of two common generic drugs, according to a copy of the complaint. The civil lawsuit is one piece of a broader generic drug pricing probe that remains under way at the state and federal level, as well...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- Connecticut and 19 other states filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Mylan NV, Teva Pharmaceuticals and four other generic drug makers saying they entered into illegal conspiracies that raised prices on two common generic drugs, the New York state attorney general's office said in a statement. The civil lawsuit is one piece of broader...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 1- Carnival Corp's Princess Cruise Lines will plead guilty to seven felony charges for polluting the seas and deliberate acts to cover it up, and pay a record $40 million criminal penalty, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. Shares of Carnival, the world's largest cruise operator, were down more than 2 percent at $50.29 in midday trading on...