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  • Pfizer says it's blocking use of drugs for lethal injections. News that Pfizer is blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections comes as executions continue to decline in the U.S. as states struggle to find execution drugs. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally-approved...

  • Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the end of a campaign rally in Eugene, Oregon, U.S., May 6, 2016.

    Donald Trump said he does not believe voters have a right to see his tax returns, insisting it was "none of your business", The NYT reports.

  • WASHINGTON— House Republicans have missed a self-imposed deadline for a plan to help Puerto Rico manage $70 billion in debt. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, R- Utah, has led negotiations on the bill and has said he wants bipartisan support. The aim is to write legislation that could pass both the House and the Senate before Puerto Rico...

  • Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally-approved drugmakers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits. "Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve. Its action is an enhancement of a previous policy that...

  • WASHINGTON— House Republicans have missed a self-imposed deadline for a plan to help Puerto Rico manage $70 billion in debt, adjourning on Friday without introducing a bill. House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement Friday that Republicans want to ensure the bill is the "best, most responsible legislation to tackle Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis while...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday 328 rigs sought oil and 86 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas declined by seven rigs, Louisiana was down three and North Dakota, Oklahoma and Wyoming each fell by one. Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and West Virginia were all...

  • WASHINGTON— Investigators can now probe Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites as a part of background checks for security clearances— something that lawmakers said Friday was a classic case of the government playing catch-up with technology. Jason Chaffetz, R- Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Committee. Evanina told Congress on...

  • NEW YORK, May 12- Puerto Rico's debt crisis, if left unaddressed by the U.S. Congress where legislation has stalled in the House Natural Resources Committee, will result in the need to pay for a humanitarian aid package, Congressman Raul Grijalva said on Thursday. Grijalva, the ranking Democrat on the HNRC from Arizona, said in a teleconference with reporters that...

  • *Wall St drops as Disney, Macy's earnings disappoint. NEW YORK, May 11- U.S. and European stocks retreated on Wednesday amid disappointing corporate earnings, while oil prices surged for a second day as data showed U.S. crude inventories fell unexpectedly last week. The yen rebounded 0.7 percent against the dollar, halting declines against the greenback as Japan...

  • *Wall St drops as Disney, Macy's earnings disappoint. NEW YORK, May 11- U.S. and European stocks stumbled on Wednesday after big gains a day earlier amid disappointing corporate earnings, while oil prices surged for a second day as data showed U.S. crude inventories fell unexpectedly last week. The yen rebounded 0.7 percent against the dollar, halting declines...

  • SAN JUAN/WASHINGTON, May 10- Congressional Democrats circled their wagons on Tuesday, a day before Republicans unveil an updated Puerto Rico debt bill, by focusing attention on the island's humanitarian crisis while hinting at an unwanted bailout if the legislation fails to pass. Raul Grijalva, the Democratic leader of the HNRC, told Reuters during a visit to...

  • NEW YORK, May 9- The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Natural Resources Committee said on Monday that legislation to address Puerto Rico's growing debt and humanitarian crisis will be introduced for discussion Wednesday with a committee vote a week later. Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican, to delay and rework the bill's language. Puerto Rico has already...

  • Though 34 states had declining debt levels, two had double-digit increases: Kansas and South Dakota, at 40 percent and 20 percent, respectively. States with the largest year-over-year debt level declines were Nebraska and North Dakota, each with a 15 percent drop, and Utah, which saw its debt decrease 12 percent. States with the highest per capita debt levels were...

  • April 20- Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank, the U.S. territory's primary fiscal agent, has filed with regulators to issue taxable one-year debt as it faces a looming default on May 1. The GDB owes creditors $422 million on May 1, a payment the island's governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, has said it cannot afford. A default at GDB, the main liquidity source...

  • April 20- The Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico has filed with regulators to issue taxable one-year notes as it faces a looming debt default on May 1, Bloomberg news service reported on Wednesday. The filing with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board did not list the size of the possible deal or the coupon, Bloomberg reported.

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    North Carolina business leaders called for a repeal of a new state law they blamed for mounting economic losses.

  • WINSTON-SALEM, N.C./ NEW YORK April 19- North Carolina business leaders on Tuesday called for a repeal of a new state law they blamed for mounting economic losses as opponents cancel jobs and events over concerns that it discriminates against gay and transgender people. "This legislation is bad for business and bad for North Carolina," the chamber said in a...

  • WASHINGTON, April 19- A high-ranking Republican senator on Tuesday dismissed as "not satisfactory" draft legislation aimed at addressing Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis before a looming debt default on May 1, deepening intraparty divisions on the complex rescue effort. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who chairs the powerful Senate Finance Committee, told reporters that...

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- An aggressive advertising and lobbying campaign by conservative activists and financial interests this week stalled a plan in the U.S. Congress to rescue Puerto Rico from crippling debt, while lawmakers adjourned on Friday with no clear path forward. Puerto Rico is staring down a May 1 deadline for paying about $422 million to Government...

  • WASHINGTON, April 12- Leading Republicans on Tuesday outlined a plan to help Puerto Rico shed crippling debt and accused investor-allied groups of misleading lawmakers about the proposal. The rescue would steer creditors and holders of Puerto Rico bonds toward a new, independent board that would seek a fair way to write down an estimated $70 billion in debt.