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  • WASHINGTON— A bipartisan agreement reached by House and Senate negotiators would set new safety standards for asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, including tens of thousands that have gone unregulated for decades. Barbara Boxer of California and Edward Markey, D- Mass.. David Vitter of Louisiana and James Inhofe of Oklahoma.

  • NEW YORK— Two-thirds of Americans would have difficulty coming up with the money to cover a $1,000 emergency, according to an exclusive poll released Thursday, a signal that despite years of recovery from the Great Recession, Americans' financial conditions remain precarious as ever. These financial difficulties span all income levels, according to the poll...

  • Tecentriq won accelerated approval Wednesday from the Food and Drug Administration for treating patients with advanced urothelial cancer after chemotherapy stops helping them— a point when most usually die within about six months. Testing on many more patients to confirm the early results, which is required to obtain full approval from the FDA, is in...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey won't collect $225 million from the settlement of an environmental lawsuit against Exxon Mobil anytime soon, the state's top financial official told lawmakers on Wednesday. A Superior Court judge in August approved a deal between the Christie administration and Exxon Mobil worth $225 million to the state. New Jersey sued ExxonMobil...

  • Through lawyers, they called the National Transportation Safety Board's cause determination frustrating, disappointing and hard to believe. "Excluding all the other suspects that we looked at, the best we could come up with was that he was distracted from this radio conversation about the damaged train and forgot where he was," NTSB chairman Christopher Hart...

  • BOGOTA, Colombia— Colombia's government is giving pharmaceutical giant Novartis a few weeks to lower prices on a popular cancer drug or see its monopoly on production of the medicine broken and competition thrown open to generic rivals. Memos leaked last week to a nonprofit group, written from the Colombian Embassy in Washington, describe intense lobbying...

  • NEW YORK, May 17- Johnson& Johnson will keep aruging in court that its talc-based powders are safe, an outside lawyer who has defended the company in lawsuits said, even after losing two multimillion-dollar verdicts to plaintiffs who alleged that J&J Baby Powder and Shower to Shower caused ovarian cancer. Two talc lawsuits are scheduled for trial this fall, one in...

  • *April consumer prices record biggest gain in over 3 years. May 17- Wall Street sold off on Tuesday as investors boosted their bets on the Federal Reserve raising rates later this year, while Home Depot dragged on indexes following its quarterly report. "The equity market is taking cues from stronger data and some of the comments from Fed members in terms of maybe...

  • ZURICH/ LONDON, May 17- Novartis is splitting its pharmaceuticals division into two business units, one focused on cancer and the second on other drugs, while switching out its current pharma head in the second high-profile management reshuffle this year. David Epstein, the American head of Novartis Pharmaceuticals and a 27- year veteran with the group, will...

  • *April consumer prices record biggest gain in over 3 years. May 17- Wall Street sold off on Tuesday as investors boosted chances of an interest rate hike later this year after data pointed to firming inflation, while Home Depot weighed after its quarterly report. "This morning the economic news was generally favorable suggesting that... the U.S. economy has improved...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Albany has joined 25 other communities officially opposing the Pilgrim Pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Albany to New Jersey refineries and return it as fuel products. Connecticut- based Pilgrim Holdings LLC says it's a safer alternative to Hudson River barge transport south. But environmentalists say it would likely mean more oil...

  • May 17- Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is making the opioid antidote naloxone available without a prescription in all its pharmacies in New Mexico, part of a plan to make the drug readily available in 35 states by the end of this year. The drugstore chain has already made naloxone available without a prescription in Alabama, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— A drug-maker that spent six weeks deciding whether to scrap plans for a new North Carolina factory after the state passed a law limiting some LBGT protections says it's going ahead. New Jersey- based Braeburn Pharmaceuticals said Tuesday it will build a $20 million manufacturing and research facility in Durham County. The 50 new jobs paying an...

  • SECAUCUS, N.J. _ The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $26 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.03 per share. For the current quarter ending in August, The Children's Place expects its results to range from a loss of 30 cents per share to a...

  • WASHINGTON— The Amtrak engineer whose speeding train ran off the rails in Philadelphia last year was apparently distracted by word that a train nearby had been hit by a rock, federal investigators concluded Tuesday, pinning most of the blame on him for the wreck that killed eight people. "He went, in a matter of seconds, from distraction to disaster," National...

  • Ten defendants, including three hackers and seven traders, have been criminally charged by federal prosecutors in New Jersey and Brooklyn. More than 40 individuals and entities were also charged civilly by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Attorney Paul Fishman in New Jersey said.

  • Veterinary medicine maker Zoetis Inc. of Florham Park, New Jersey, said Monday that recently approved Sileo will be available through veterinarians within a week. "There's always a need for new options," said Pachel, who has reviewed some testing data on Sileo but isn't affiliated with Zoetis. July 5 is the most common day for frustrated pet owners to drop a dog off...

  • NEWARK, N.J.— A last-ditch attempt by a person connected to the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal to delay the release of a list of unindicted co-conspirators has kept from public view a piece of information that is expected to reverberate in several quarters if it is released. The list is scheduled to be released by noon Tuesday unless a...

  • NEWARK, N.J.— A Ukrainian hacker pleaded guilty Monday to his role in an international scheme that used stolen unpublished news releases to make $30 million in profits. The Securities and Exchange Commission also charged them and 23 other individuals and companies in the U.S. and Europe. The U.S. attorney's office said that from 2010 to 2015, the group gained...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court says a lawsuit alleging securities fraud under New Jersey law can remain in state court even though the same claims could have been brought under federal law. The justices sided with a group of shareholders who say Merrill Lynch traders used illegal tactics to depress the value of a stock. Merrill Lynch said the lawsuit belonged in...