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  • RENO, Nev.— Nevada voters legalized recreational marijuana in November, and officials are trying to put rules in place to start selling it on July 1. But Nevada's quick timeline faces a major hurdle: A legal battle between the state and the powerful liquor lobby over who can distribute the drug to retailers. Oregon and Colorado each raised about $3.5 million in tax...

  • June 15- A federal judge has rejected Adidas AG's effort to block Skechers USA Inc from selling athletic sneakers that it said copied its "Springblade" concept. District Judge Michael Simon in Portland, Oregon said Skechers did not willfully infringe two Adidas patents by selling its less expensive "Mega Blade" sneakers, and denied Adidas' request for a...

  • NEW YORK— Nike wants to be more nimble on its feet. More people are choosing fashion over function, with sales of classic sneakers industry-wide climbing 26 percent last year, according to research from The NPD Group. "Nike missed the fashion shift away from performance basketball to retro," said Matt Powell, the sports industry analyst at NPD.

  • U.S. enforcement agencies— the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission— in recent years have closed only seven companies that lured consumers with rosy promises to reduce or forgive student loan debt. The search of state and federal documents nationwide identified companies hit by lawsuits, court actions or negative Better...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— New York, California and nine other states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its failure to finalize energy-use limits for portable air conditioners and other products. The new standards would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save businesses and consumers billions of dollars, and conserve enough energy to power more than 19 million...

  • CARSON CITY, Nev.— If Nevada officials have their way, tourists and residents alike will be smoking pot ahead of Independence Day. Nevada is the only legal pot state in which alcohol distributors were given the first shot at distribution licenses under the law that voters approved in November. Carson City District Judge James Wilson sided with the distributors...

  • WASHINGTON— Republicans are taking a big political risk on health care. After seven years attacking former President Barack Obama's health care law, Republicans are finally in control of the entire government and say they have to deliver now. "I don't think anything of this consequence has ever been passed in the entitlement arena," said Jim Capretta, a health...

  • June 11- Canyon Bridge Capital Partners LLC, the China- backed buyout fund that agreed to acquire Lattice Semiconductor Corp in November for $1.3 billion, will submit the deal for U.S. review for the third time, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday. The move comes as Canyon Bridge seeks to get the deal approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the...

  • BOSTON— Massachusetts' bid to become the nation's leader in offshore wind power is ramping up. That sets in motion an ambitious effort to put Massachusetts ahead of states like New York, New Jersey and Maryland also seeking to establish their presence in the nascent U.S. industry. At least three companies have expressed interest in the bid: Rhode Island's...

  • WASHINGTON, June 9- New York State's attorney general and 12 other top state law enforcement officials said on Friday they would mount a vigorous court challenge to any effort to roll back vehicle emission rules by the Trump administration. "In light of the critical public health and environmental benefits the standards will deliver, if EPA acts to weaken or...

  • "In light of the critical public health and environmental benefits the standards will deliver, if EPA acts to weaken or delay the current standards for model years 2022-25, like California, we intend to vigorously pursue appropriate legal remedies to block such action," the state attorneys wrote in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency including...

  • Automakers have met with Trump administration officials in recent months and hope to reach a deal with California and other states on vehicle fuel efficiency standards. "In light of the critical public health and environmental benefits the standards will deliver, if EPA acts to weaken or delay the current standards for model years 2022-25, like California,...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, June 7- The U.S. Congress may be headed for a reckoning with the federal debt limit within weeks, thanks to wealthy Americans and corporations deferring tax payments in the hope that they would benefit from the lower tax rates promised by President Trump. Trump promised to cut taxes as far back as September 2015 in a four-page plan and...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, June 7- The U.S. Congress may be headed for a reckoning with the federal debt limit within weeks, thanks to wealthy Americans and corporations deferring tax payments in the hope that they would benefit from the lower tax rates promised by President Trump. Trump promised to cut taxes as far back as September 2015 in a four-page plan and...

  • WASHINGTON, June 6- The U.S. Congress is working on national self-driving vehicle legislation that could replace state-by state rules and make it easier for automakers to test and deploy the technology, senior U.S. House and Senate lawmakers told Reuters on Tuesday. Senator John Thune, a Republican who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, is also working on a...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 1- State governors and city mayors were quick to claim the mantle of U.S. leadership in fighting climate change after President Donald Trump said on Thursday the country will pull out of the Paris climate agreement. There is a pathway here where the rest of America in reaction to, really, what is an insane decision by president Trump, takes the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 1- State governors and city mayors were quick to claim the mantle of U.S. leadership in fighting climate change after President Donald Trump said on Thursday the country will pull out of the Paris climate agreement. There is a pathway here where the rest of America in reaction to, really, what is an insane decision by president Trump, takes the...

  • OTTAWA, May 31- The Canadian government will give around C $850 million in aid to help the softwood lumber industry after the United States imposed duties on exports, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had already said it would help the industry in the wake of Washington's move last month.

  • NEW YORK, May 30- New York on Tuesday became the third and largest major U.S. city to guarantee a measure of scheduling smoothness to fast food workers, whose lives are often disrupted by last-minute changes based on their employers' manpower needs. San Francisco and Seattle have already enacted similar laws. The New York State Restaurant Association said the...

  • NEW YORK, May 30- New York on Tuesday became the third and largest major U.S. city to guarantee a measure of scheduling smoothness to fast food workers, whose lives are often disrupted by last-minute changes based on their employers' manpower needs. San Francisco and Seattle have already enacted similar laws. The New York State Restaurant Association said the...