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  • June 9- The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that retired public employees do not have a contractual right to receive increasing cost-of-living adjustments, a decision that is expected to save the state billions of dollars. Governor Chris Christie's administration suspended the COLA payments, which are tied to inflation, as part of bipartisan...

  • Wide variation in Obamacare rates proposed for 2017. What you pay will depend on where you live.

    Proposed price increases for Obamacare plans vary widely across states, and even within states.

  • NEW YORK, May 23- A New York energy investor has been indicted for engaging in a multiyear scheme to evade paying over $45 million in taxes in connection with the sale of an oil company and the purchase of paintings by European artists, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday. Zukerman& Co, pleaded not guilty at a hearing in federal court in Manhattan to charges that included...

  • May 20- American Medical Systems, a major defendant in litigation over controversial vaginal mesh devices, is accusing "a pyramid of businessmen, doctors and lawyers" of luring women into unwarranted surgeries to remove the implants and inflate their damages claims. The company, a unit of Ireland- based Endo International, has set aside $1.9 billion to settle as...

  • MONTREAL, May 3- Canada's predominantly French-language province of Quebec will require retail stores with English brand names such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc to display some French on their outdoor signage, the provincial government said on Tuesday. Quebec, the only North American jurisdiction with a French-speaking majority, has laws to ensure French is used...

  • Hacking hacker cyber security

    Law enforcement agencies nationwide are being hit with ransomware viruses, NBCNews reports.

  • The news agency also reported that the organization had sometimes recycled exams in the United States, including last January. Reuters found that tests were also reused in the United States during special midweek sittings, on Sundays and during makeup exams, even though some questions and answers from those tests had been discussed online.

  • The news agency also reported that the organization had sometimes recycled exams in the United States, including last January. Reuters found that tests were also reused in the United States during special midweek sittings, on Sundays and during makeup exams, even though some questions and answers from those tests had been discussed online.

  • NEW YORK, March 29- The phone started ringing early on Monday morning at tax preparer Alan Pinck's office in San Jose, California, with panicked callers begging for appointments. "Two weeks ago, I'd have just gone ahead and scheduled it, but now it's not something I will put on the calendar," Pinck said. First, the good news: This year, the federal filing deadline is not...

  • LOS ANGELES, March 24- Even as General Mills Inc and other companies vow to keep fighting mandatory labeling of genetically modified food ingredients, they have begun rolling out these disclosures across the United States to comply a new Vermont law. The moves come as U.S. lawmakers are unlikely to derail Vermont's law requiring labels on foods made with...

  • NEW YORK, March 16- Viacom Inc's new lead independent director pledged on Wednesday to represent all of the media company's shareholders and improve board and management coordination, including on potential mergers and acquisitions. On Wednesday, Viacom, which owns MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount, named Frederic Salerno, former vice chairman of Verizon...

  • Tax experts can say that with confidence, without knowing any of the details, because the IRS does not solicit payments by phone. In one scam still operating, 896,000 people have been called by would-be swindlers, and more than 5,000 victims have handed over $26.5 million, the IRS says. Jeffrey Schneider, an enrolled agent for SFS Tax& Accounting Services in Port St....

  • CHICAGO, March 10- Seniors living in Manhattan spend an average of nearly 25 days a year at doctor visits or at a hospital. The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice recently issued a report card on how the United States provides healthcare to seniors by region. Using Medicare enrollment and claims data from 2012, the report compares...

  • FAIRFAX, Va., March 8- The U.S. gun industry is trying to shake off the Hollywood hitman image of the gun silencer and rebrand it as a hearing-protection device in a campaign to roll back regulations that date to the 1930 s. Now gun advocates are pressing Congress to repeal a Depression-era law that requires a months-long screening process for silencer buyers- far...

  • But neighboring Nevada scrapped the policy- prompting solar companies to flee the state. More than 25 of the 40 U.S. states with net metering policies are reconsidering them, according to the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at North Carolina State University. For most customers, net metering and other incentives are essential to make solar power...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 29- U.S. oil demand rose modestly in December from a year earlier, the first rise since August, as warm weather and low prices at the pump boosted driving rates, offsetting lackluster demand for heating oil, government data showed on Monday. Wallace E. Tyner, an energy economist at Purdue University, said the warm weather and low gas prices propelled more...

  • Feb 20- The captain of the doomed El Faro warned that the "clock was ticking" as his cargo ship took on water in an Atlantic hurricane that would eventually sink the vessel, a U.S. Coast Guard panel heard on Saturday. Captain Michael Davidson pleaded for help as his ship, operated by Tote Services, sailed into the path of Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas, according to a...

  • Rochelle Hamm's husband, 49- year-old Frank Hamm of Baltimore, died on Oct. 1 when the El Faro went down off the Bahamas in the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel in more than three decades. At a press conference outside the hearing site in Jacksonville, Florida, Rochelle Hamm said U.S. lawmakers should establish third-party oversight...

  • Waterville, ME, Feb 16- The Federal Reserve should be "unhurried" as it considers when to again raise interest rates given problems overseas and financial market volatility that will likely dampen already low U.S. inflation, a top Fed policymaker said on Tuesday. Going a step further than cautious comments he made last month, Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren...

  • Feb 16- The captain of the U.S. cargo ship that sank off the Bahamas in a hurricane last fall, killing all 33 people on board, was responsible for decisions that put the vessel in the path of the storm, a shipping company executive testified on Tuesday. Captain Michael Davidson, a veteran mariner from Maine, was at the helm of the 790- foot El Faro for its doomed cargo run...