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  • WASHINGTON, June 19- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a law forbidding official registration of offensive trademarks unconstitutionally limits free speech in a case involving a band called The Slants, an outcome the government has said could lead to a proliferation of racial slurs as sanctioned trademarks. The ruling is expected to have a direct...

  • WASHINGTON, June 19- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a law forbidding official registration of offensive trademarks unconstitutionally limits free speech in a case involving a band called The Slants, an outcome the government has said could lead to a proliferation of racial slurs as sanctioned trademarks. The ruling is expected to have a direct...

  • WASHINGTON, June 19- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a law forbidding official registration of offensive trademarks unconstitutionally limits free speech in a case involving a band called The Slants, an outcome the government has said could lead to a proliferation of racial slurs as sanctioned trademarks. The court ruled in favor of Portland,...

  • WASHINGTON— Employers added a significant number of jobs in nine states last month, and unemployment rates in four states fell to record lows. The Labor Department said Friday that the states with the largest percentage gains in jobs were Alaska, Alabama and Louisiana. Florida added nearly 30,000 jobs last month, the most of any state, followed by New York with...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • NEW YORK, May 26- Three fossil fuel industry groups dropped their attempt to intervene in a court case over climate change this week after failing to reach an agreement on a unified legal position on climate science, court filings show. The American Petroleum Institute and the National Association of Manufacturers, prominent trade groups in the oil and gas...