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  • Helped by billions of dollars in recovery money, buoyed by volunteers and driven by the grit of its own citizens, New Orleans has rebounded in ways few thought possible in the decade since Hurricane Katrina. The' New' New Orleans is whiter and more expensive to live in. "You're going to hear a lot of folks say things are so much better, the economy is so improved, and other...

  • RICHMOND, Va.— Virginia residents have been billed tens of thousands of dollars to pay for donations the state's most powerful electricity company has made to politically connected charities, according to company records obtained by The Associated Press. The practice is not unique to Virginia, though it's barred in some states. said former Virginia...

  • It also was a win for the White House, which proposed the rules four years ago as part of an effort to go around an unwilling Congress in a bid to help low-wage workers through executive action. A federal judge had scrapped the Labor Department rules earlier this year after finding that the agency had overstepped its authority. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

  • "We saw strange things in the data," said Chris Barnes, a former swaps trader now with ClarusFT, a London- based data firm. The missing transactions reflected an effort by some of the largest U.S. banks- including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley- to get around new regulations on derivatives enacted in the wake of the financial...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California's health insurance exchange is still sluggish when it comes to resolving customer service problems, leaving many people unable to access health care or finalize their tax returns, a consumer advocacy group said Thursday. Covered California has been slow to fix enrollment mistakes entered into its computer system, according to...

  • Board moves up meeting to review green jobs measure Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 5:59 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A citizens board tasked with overseeing projects funded by a California ballot measure intended to generate clean-energy jobs will move up its first meeting to early September, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said Wednesday. The Los Angeles Democrat's announcement came after The Associated Press reported Monday that the board has...

  • UN expresses concern to AT&T on reported wiretapping Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 3:03 PM ET

    UNITED NATIONS— The United Nations said Wednesday it expressed concern to AT&T about a report that the telecom giant allowed the United States to wiretap all Internet communications at U.N. headquarters. The New York Times reported that AT&T provided technical assistance in carrying out a secret U.S. court order permitting the U.S. National Security Agency...

  • Former NAACP leader Julian Bond dies at 75 Sunday, 16 Aug 2015 | 3:42 AM ET
    Julian Bond.

    Julian Bond, a charismatic figure of the civil rights movement, died on Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Fla at 75, The NY Times reports.

  • Massachusetts marijuana groups seek pot legalization vote Wednesday, 5 Aug 2015 | 12:40 PM ET

    BOSTON, Aug 5- Two marijuana advocacy groups on Wednesday are set to submit proposed ballot initiatives that would allow Massachusetts voters to decide whether to legalize recreational pot smoking in the state. The proposals from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and the Bay State Repeal say legalizing the drug in Massachusetts would bow to...

  • Aug. 4- Several U.S. farm and consumer groups are working on strategies to derail a proposed tie-up of Monsanto Co and agricultural seeds and chemicals rival Syngenta AG, saying a combination of the market leaders would spell fewer and higher-priced products. Coalitions of opponents are being formed and market analyzes being done, moves that underscore the...

  • UPDATE 1-Tenet Healthcare raises full-year outlook Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 5:15 PM ET

    Aug 3- Hospital operator Tenet Healthcare Corp on Monday raised its full-year forecast for earnings excluding special items as it treated fewer uninsured patients due to an expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor under the Affordable Care Act. Dallas- based Tenet said it now expects 2015 EBITDA, excluding items, in a range of $2.225 billion to $2.325...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 3- In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world's worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn't improved in Malaysia and Cuba. And in China, they found, things had grown worse. As a result, not only Malaysia, Cuba and China, but...

  • Ice Bucket Challenge 2.0 Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    Ice Bucket Challenge 2.0

    Get ready for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Part II.

  • *Donors entitled to withdraw just 420 euros a week. ATHENS, July 21- Donations to Greek children's charities have dived since the government imposed drastic curbs on bank withdrawals, putting some volunteer-run services at risk just when they are needed most. One charity chief is turning to the millions of Greeks who live abroad for help, as business and...

  • U.S. House committee approves anti-GMO labeling law Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 4:54 PM ET

    July 14- U.S. food companies and other opponents of genetically modified food labeling notched a key victory on Tuesday as the House Agriculture Committee approved a measure banning mandatory labeling as well as local efforts to regulate genetically engineered crops. "This... legislation will ensure that Americans have accurate, consistent information...

  • DUBAI, July 14- Iran's nuclear deal with world powers on Tuesday marks a triumph for President Hassan Rouhani, an establishment insider who staked his reputation on engaging pragmatically with the West and had to see off challenges from conservative factions. As Iran's negotiating team crisscrossed the globe to seal the nuclear deal, the 66- year-old cleric...

  • WASHINGTON, July 14- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is set to be a chief beneficiary of a bid by Senate Republicans to weaken new regulations to improve train safety in the $2.8 billion crude-by-rail industry, a key cog in the development of the vast North American shale oil fields. On Wednesday, the panel will decide whether to send the measure to the full...

  • DUBAI, July 7- Prominent United Arab Emirates businessman Abdullah Ahmad al-Ghurair has donated more than $1 billion- a third of his business empire- to a foundation supporting education in the Arab world, a move highlighting growing philanthropy among the Middle East rich. The establishment of the Ghurair foundation comes days after Saudi Arabia's Prince...

  • Seprafilm, developed by Genzyme, is used to reduce abnormal internal scarring following surgery, by separating tissues and organs while they heal. The FDA and Genzyme, which was bought by Sanofi in 2011, were not immediately available for comment. FDA database of Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience cites at least nine reports that link Seprafilm...

  • July 6- Warren Buffett on Monday donated about $2.84 billion of Berkshire Hathaway Inc stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities, as part of the billionaire's plan to give away nearly all of his wealth. The Gates Foundation, which focuses on improving education and health and reducing poverty, received about 15.76 million shares,...