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  • More than half those people had donated either personally or through companies or groups to the Clinton Foundation or pledged to donate to specific programs through the charity's international arm. Laureate, which paid Bill Clinton more than $17 million as a consultant between 2010 and 2015, donated between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— A national liquor retailer is taking Connecticut to court over the state's minimum pricing rules for certain alcoholic beverages. Total Wine& More says it filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court challenging Connecticut's long-standing law prohibiting retailers from selling bottles of alcohol, excluding beer, below a minimum price.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 23- New U.S. single-family home sales unexpectedly surged in July, reaching their highest level in nearly nine years amid robust demand, brightening the housing market outlook and bolstering views that economic growth will pick up in the third quarter. "A very rosy picture is beginning to emerge on the housing market, pointing to sustained...

  • Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania sued Volkswagen over excess diesel emissions related to its use of cheating software while the state of Washington has filed a notice of penalty against Volkswagen. VW spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said the automaker "is committed to reaching a fair and efficient resolution of remaining federal and state...

  • Aug 23- Volkswagen AG and several U.S. states that sued the German automaker seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for state law violations agreed to hold settlement talks, the automaker said in a court filing Tuesday. Volkswagen has been sued over excess diesel emissions related to its use of "defeat devices" by Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and...

  • WASHINGTON— Members of Congress are demanding more information on why the price for lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed. Charles Grassley, R- Iowa, wrote Mylan, the company that manufactures the devices, and asked for more information on why the prices have increased. Two other senators, Democrats Mark Warner of Virginia and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut,...

  • The ruling overturns a 2013 decision by SEC Chief Administrative Judge Brenda Murray, who found Feldman liable and ordered him to pay $4.7 million in penalties. Feldman was an optionsXpress Inc customer when he was charged by the SEC in 2012 for a so-called "naked short-selling" scheme. The SEC had accused Feldman of trading billions of dollars in options and...

  • Illinois became the third state— with New York and Connecticut— to abolish the tax just this year, among 15 states where legislation was introduced, said Jennifer Weiss-Wolf of the Brennan Center for Justice. Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania had previously not charged the tax and five other states have no sales tax.

  • WASHINGTON— Wanted: Volunteers willing to be infected with the Zika virus for science. The quest for a vaccine began less than a year ago as Brazil's massive outbreak revealed that Zika, once dismissed as a nuisance virus, can harm a fetus' brain if a woman is infected during pregnancy. Any that seem promising will have to be tested in thousands of people in parts of...

  • PITTSBURGH— Uber will soon make self-driving cars available to riders in Pittsburgh, in the first time such technology is being offered to the public. Larisa Williams, 46, of Howell, Michigan, has the Uber app on her phone and likes the idea of driverless cars. She is originally from Ukraine and has traveled in Europe where people more frequently use public...

  • Aug 18- United Bankshares Inc said it would buy rival lender Cardinal Financial Corp in an all-stock deal worth about $912 million, strengthening its position in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Its offices are in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.. United Bankshares, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and Charleston, West Virginia, said the deal...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— A man who targeted watches during a string of outlet store break-ins from Florida to Maine will have to serve time in prison. Perez, who most recently lived in New Jersey, led a group that in 2013 broke into Fossil and other outlet stores, getting away with more than $1.8 million in watches from burglaries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland,...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Environmental regulators studying the harvesting of horseshoe crabs that are drained of some of their blood for biomedical use say they need to get a firmer handle on how many die as part of the process. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, an interstate authority, voted this month to propose taking into account the death toll...

  • BALTIMORE— From sports apparel to waterways. The founder of Under Armour is looking to acquire the company that runs Baltimore's water taxis. Demian Costa, managing partner of Plank's private firm Sagamore Ventures, says the purchase is expected to close in the next 30 days.

  • NEW YORK— The law that bans federal funding for Medicaid coverage of most abortions is now in the spotlight some 40 years after it was passed by Congress, emerging as an election issue in the national debate over the procedure. For most of its existence, the amendment had broad bipartisan support in Congress, but that's now changed. Even if Clinton wins, Democrats...

  • Three key decisions about retirement benefits can help couples make their money last— or dramatically increase the chances the survivor will end up old and broke. Widowed women are twice as likely as their male counterparts to live in poverty during retirement, according to a March study by the National Institute on Retirement Security.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 15- Parents these days are expected to pull off a financial Mission: Impossible. To wit, 42 percent of parents are actually losing sleep over college costs, up from 28 percent just two years ago, according to new data from the Parents, Kids& Money survey by Baltimore- based money managers T. Rowe Price. Of parents surveyed, 57 percent are willing to take on at...

  • Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, said the agency wasn't told about it until Tuesday— a week later. The agency immediately reported it to the Coast Guard, he said. He said the Coast Guard is investigating why it wasn't immediately reported.

  • GERMANTOWN, Md. _ Neuralstem Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $3.9 million in its second quarter. The Germantown, Maryland- based company said it had a loss of 4 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, Aug 11- Legg Mason Inc's Bill Miller, whose mutual fund beat the S&P 500 handily for 15 consecutive years at the turn of the century, is riding off into the sunset after his recent lagging returns left a trail of disappointed investors. He won high regard for picking "value" stocks and making big bets on them with the Legg Mason Capital Management Value...