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  • MONTREAL/ WASHINGTON Feb 8- Global aviation leaders agreed on Monday to the world's first carbon dioxide emissions standards for new and existing aircraft manufacturing programs starting in 2020, two sources familiar with the matter said. The new standards, aimed at makers of small and large planes alike, were agreed to at the United Nations aviation agency...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Gouging by oil companies could be one reason California drivers pay about 76 cents more for a gallon of regular gas than motorists elsewhere in the nation, a state government panel was told Monday. The average price in California for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.50 on Monday— 76.5 cents higher than the national average, according to...

  • WASHINGTON— Banking giant HSBC has reached a $470 million settlement with the federal government and nearly all states over mortgage lending and foreclosure abuses that officials say helped intensify the country's economic meltdown, the Justice Department announced Friday. The agreement requires the bank to pay $100 million and to provide an additional...

  • France cracks down on food waste by supermarkets Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 11:35 AM ET

    PARIS— French supermarkets will be forbidden from destroying unsold food and encouraged to donate to charities or farms instead as part of a national campaign against food waste. The senate approved the bill this week, following a lower house vote last year. Big supermarket chains must donate goods no longer fit for sale to charities or farms for use as animal...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 4- The gender pay gap is a hot topic in the presidential campaign, and President Barack Obama has been hammering on it, too. Women who work full-time, year-round, made just 79 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts in 2014, U.S. Census Bureau data shows. The income gap translates directly to lower income from Social Security and pensions-...

  • 3 female chauffeurs win $130K each in discrimination case Saturday, 30 Jan 2016 | 12:16 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— A federal judge has awarded damages to three Minnesota women who sued after they were dismissed from their chauffeur jobs because a Saudi prince wanted only male drivers. District Judge Joan Ericksen on Thursday awarded $130,000 each to Gretchen Cooper, Barbara Herold and Lisa Boutelle. The women received $100,000 each for mental anguish and...

  • Jan 28- California, which boasts more than half of the households with solar panels in the United States, will decide on Thursday whether to stick with a policy that has allowed rooftop systems producing electricity to flourish or to implement reforms that would make it more expensive to go solar. The decision by California's Public Utilities Commission is...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 17- A Jewish-American group that lobbied for the Iran nuclear agreement said on Sunday the prisoner swap and Tehran's release of captured U.S. sailors were positive signs for U.S.-Iranian relations but that strict verification remained paramount. But improved relations do not indicate a detente with Iran, which has a history of being a...

  • Tesla is targeting an unusual new market Thursday, 14 Jan 2016 | 5:31 AM ET
    Tesla Ultra White seats offered with the Model X.

    Tesla is just the latest automaker to join in a rush by the car industry— long a symbol of environmental wreckage—to project a more responsible image.

  • The company, which also makes Pepperidge Farm cookies and Prego pasta sauces, said it would withdraw from all efforts by groups opposing such measures. Several big companies such as PepsiCo Inc, Kellogg Co and Monsanto Co have resisted such calls and have spent millions of dollars to defeat GMO-labeling ballot measures in states such as Oregon, Colorado,...

  • Jan 4- U.S. federal energy regulators want the power grid operator for the Midwest region to tweak its market rules for an upcoming capacity auction as the authorities investigate Dynegy Inc on allegations of market manipulation. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order on Dec. 31 in response to four complaints against the Midcontinent...

  • In Sweden, a cash-free future nears Saturday, 26 Dec 2015 | 4:27 PM ET
    Nina Galata displays her smartphone equipped with a card reader to accept donations and payment for Situation Stockholm, Stockholms homeless magazine.

    Few places are tilting toward a cashless future as quickly as Sweden, which has become hooked on the convenience of paying by app and plastic. NYT reports.

  • Dec 17- A press conference announcing federal fraud charges against former hedge fund boss Martin Shkreli took an unusual turn Thursday with a question about a $2 million copy of a Wu-Tang clan album he bought in May. He spent the $2 million to "keep it from people," he said. Attorney Robert Capers told reporters, "We're not aware of where he got the funds that he raised...

  • Facebook puts a price on suburban living for employees Thursday, 17 Dec 2015 | 2:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK/ EAST PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec 17- Facebook Inc is offering employees at its Silicon Valley headquarters at least $10,000 to move closer to the office, a reflection of the challenges many tech companies face in the increasingly expensive and congested San Francisco Bay area. Facebook's efforts, along with similar programs at some other technology...

  • WUZHEN, China, Dec 16- China's President Xi Jinping laid out his vision for the Internet on Wednesday, calling for respect of different governance models and standardised online security, placing China at the front of debates on online control and sovereignty. "Each country should join hands and together curb the abuse of information technology, oppose network...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- President Barack Obama, who made few friends in corporate board rooms early in his first term as he pressed for tighter regulations on banks and remarked on the "fat cats" who helped precipitate the financial crisis, heads into his final year in the White House having built- or rebuilt- alliances with chief executives of the nation's biggest...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 9- Solar power companies have an image problem- and they are beginning to do something about it. Those incentives help companies such as SolarCity, Sunrun and others market solar power contracts that offer customers 20 percent savings on their energy bills. "No one needs solar on their home if their bill is not more than $150 a month," said Steven...

  • *Bank fines in UK set to top 900 mln stg this year. *Barclays worst offender after record 284 mln stg penalty. LONDON, Dec 8- Fines dished out to misbehaving banks in Britain are set to top 900 million pounds this year, bringing a bumper windfall for some charities and further evidence of a shift nearer the U.S. model of severe penalties to deter wrongdoing.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 7- When Congress adopted the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act in 2003, the intent- spelled out in the law- was to ensure protection for drug-dependent newborns, not to punish mothers battling addiction. "If you're in a state where a report is made and social services are great, they're going to help this mom and get home health care, then that's...

  • CARRIZALILLO, Mexico, Dec 6- Heroin traffickers linked to the abduction and disappearance of 43 students a year ago are battling over millions of dollars paid by Canadian mining giant Goldcorp to a village in Mexico's southern gold belt, leading to a wave of murders. But residents of Carrizalillo in the impoverished state of Guerrero say the some $3 million a...