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  • Alabama- Jay Grinney, HealthSouth, $7.8 million. Arizona- Don Slager, Republic Services, $10.9 million. Arkansas- Doug McMillon, Wal-Mart Stores, $19.8 million.

  • "Today marks a milestone— for this Congress and for the American people as we make great strides to update our nation's chemical safety laws," said Rep. Fred Upton, R- Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The 403-12 vote in favor of the bill sends it to the Senate, where it's expected to be approved and sent to President Barack Obama, who is expected to...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring GMO labeling is giving fresh momentum to efforts to pass a similar measure in New York state. A bill before lawmakers in Albany has broad, bipartisan support in both the Assembly and Senate but no vote is scheduled, and lawmakers are set to adjourn next month. Kenneth LaValle, the main sponsor of the bill in...

  • WASHINGTON— The White House and top House Democrats said Monday they will support a bipartisan bill to overhaul regulation of asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, clearing the way for the bill's passage in Congress and signature by President Barack Obama. The proposal will require the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate new and existing...

  • Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday rejected a bipartisan deal reached in the House of Representative on legislation to address Puerto Rico's debt crisis, calling it a concession to Wall Street. Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives last week unveiled a bill, hammered out in talks between lawmakers from both parties, that included a framework for...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Vermont is poised to become the first state to require public and private health insurance to cover vasectomies without copays and deductibles under a bill Democratic Gov. "At a time when our country is headed in the wrong direction, I'm proud to say Vermont continues to head in the right direction," Shumlin said. Maryland's governor signed similar...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— New Hampshire is a big step closer to getting a $236 million judgment after the U.S. Supreme Court said this week it wouldn't hear Exxon Mobil's appeal regarding its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state. New Hampshire sued Exxon and other oil companies in 2003 for damages to remediate MTBE contamination, saying...

  • The Labor Department says Kentucky saw its unemployment rate fall to 5.3 percent in April, down from 5.6 percent in March. In addition to Kentucky, the other four states judged to have significantly lower unemployment rates in April were Arkansas, Delaware, Kansas and Vermont. In addition to Pennsylvania, the states with significantly higher rates were New...

  • WASHINGTON— Federal regulators announced tighter guidelines Thursday for human exposure to an industrial chemical used for decades in such consumer products as non-stick pans, stain-resistant carpets and microwave popcorn bags. The Environmental Protection Agency issued the stricter guidelines for the chemicals after years of pressure from public...

  • NEW YORK— Two-thirds of Americans would have difficulty coming up with the money to cover a $1,000 emergency, according to an exclusive poll released Thursday, a signal that despite years of recovery from the Great Recession, Americans' financial conditions remain precarious as ever. These financial difficulties span all income levels, according to the poll...

  • NEW YORK— Last year, Randy Murphy went to DietBet.com and bet $25 that he could drop 4 percent of his weight in four weeks. After shedding about 20 pounds, he won back $50. Now he's making an even bigger bet: Murphy invested $1,000 in the company that owns DietBet, New York- based WayBetter Inc..

  • The chemical, used in Teflon coatings, was first found in more than 50 wells in towns surrounding the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility in Merrimack and has since been found in 11 private wells near a former manufacturing site operated by Textiles Coated International in Amherst. Textiles Coated International, based in Manchester, has said it is "...

  • BENNINGTON, Vt.— The accounting firm for a former boarding facility for socially and emotionally challenged children is paying Vermont and the federal government a total of $105,000 as part of a settlement. Federal prosecutors say Kushi and Myers PC should have known there were problems with the school's filings to obtain Medicaid funding.

  • Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' tax and benefit plans would raise income for most Americans but his proposal for single-payer healthcare would help generate record federal deficits, two Washington think tanks said on Monday. Those benefits include an expansion of the Social Security government pension plan, paid family leave and free...

  • NEW YORK, May 5- When you ask people about their first jobs, you hear a lot of similar answers: newspaper delivery boys, lawn mowers, checkout cashiers. "I went to a stage school in London, and my first job was actually a video for the band Culture Club,' I'll Tumble For Ya.' I was around 12 at the time, and a bunch of us from that school- including Naomi Campbell, by the way-...

  • *Deployment increases U.S. forces in Syria sixfold to 300. HANOVER, Germany, April 25- President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since its civil war began, but the move was unlikely to mollify Arab allies angry over Washington's cautious approach to the conflict. The deployment of up to 250 Special Forces...

  • Peter Frumhoff of the Union of Concerned Scientists, which has urged action on climate change, and Matt Pawa, who litigated against Exxon in a global warming case, were listed as presenters at a March 29 meeting of more than a dozen state prosecutors, according to emails between the offices of attorneys general in New York and Vermont. Participating in the meeting...

  • April 13- A Donald Trump presidency would be bad for corporate dealmaking, according to a global survey of people who advise companies on mergers and acquisitions, or M&A. The New York real estate developer prides himself on his ability to make good deals, and M&A professionals in the United States were less concerned about his impact on business than their peers...

  • WASHINGTON, April 13- At least two-thirds of all active U.S. corporations paid nothing in federal income taxes during the 2006-12 period, despite an income-dependent statutory tax rate of 15 percent to 35 percent, the Government Accountability Office said in a recent report. Among large, profitable entities, 19.5 percent paid nothing in federal income taxes in...

  • NEW YORK, April 13- Democrat Hillary Clinton on Wednesday will propose the creation of a new national Office of Immigrant Affairs should she win the White House in November, as she seeks to woo minority and immigrant voters in New York less than a week before the state's primary. The New York primary on April 19 could either help former secretary of state Clinton...