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Law Legislation

  • JACKSON, Miss.— A settlement has been reached in a racial discrimination lawsuit against a Mississippi Gulf Coast county and its coroner. David Owens, a lawyer representing six black-owned funeral homes, says Harrison County and its coroner will agree to a written policy to give all the county's funeral homes an equal chance at county-controlled business and...

  • HONG KONG, April 20- China's ZTE Corp said on Friday that a U.S. ban on selling parts and software to the company was unfair and threatens its survival, and the mobile phone and telecommunications equipment maker vowed to safeguard its interests through all legal means. The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, or BIS, this week banned...

  • POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J.— On the anniversary of the largest marine oil spill in the petroleum industry, New Jersey Gov. States including New Jersey, New York, California, South Carolina and Rhode Island have introduced similar bills, Washington state is considering one, and Maryland introduced a bill imposing liability on anyone who causes a spill.

  • WASHINGTON— The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana's informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Friday he'll introduce a bill taking marijuana off the federal list of controlled substances— in effect decriminalizing its use.

  • NEW YORK— The nation's six big Wall Street banks posted record, or near record, profits in the first quarter, and they can thank one person in particular: President Donald Trump. Big publicly traded banks— such JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America— typically kick off the earnings season. JPMorgan Chase said it had a...

  • BERN, April 20- Switzerland's top law enforcer took on 237 new criminal investigations last year, 25 percent more than in 2016, as one of the world's most secretive financial centres steps up efforts to tackle international crime. While he said his 234- person staff is "nearing its limits" with the present caseload, Lauber encouraged other countries to reach out...

  • HONG KONG, April 20- China's ZTE Corp said on Friday that a U.S. ban on the sale of parts and software to the company was unfair and threatens its survival, and vowed to safeguard its interests through all legal means. "It is unacceptable that BIS insists on unfairly imposing the most severe penalty on ZTE even before the completion of investigation of facts," ZTE said...

  • Nine of those states and Washington, D.C., also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could become the 10th state with its ballot initiative this year. So we still have work to do even though we're legal in Colorado.

  • TOKYO— When her stay at the glamorous Grancreer residence turned into a nightmare of disrupted sleep and difficulties with the staff, retired harpist Yumi Makino opted out, and after a two-year legal battle got her deposit money back in a rare victory over a big real estate company. Makino's experience reflects the challenges faced by many older Japanese in...

  • The SEC is calling its rule Regulation Best Interest, but the lone dissenting commissioner had a different name for it: Perhaps it would be more accurate to call it regulation status quo, said Kara Stein, a Democratic appointee to the commission who attacked the rule in blistering language during a hearing on Wednesday. If implemented, the draft SEC rule will be a...

  • ANNAPOLIS, Md.— In the wake of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, Maryland is close to enacting a law that some experts say would set a new standard for how states deal with foreign interference in local elections and increase overall transparency in online political ads. The measure is similar in some respects to one introduced in...

  • OTTAWA, April 19- Canada's top court on Thursday ruled against a New Brunswick man who had argued he had the constitutional right to buy beer more cheaply in a neighboring province, saying that the law does not impose absolute free trade across the country. The question of provincial rights has come into focus recently with British Columbia's opposition to...

  • MINSK, Belarus— The parliament in Belarus has passed a measure prohibiting internet users from commenting on forums without authorization and requiring online publications to register with the government as mass media. Under authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko since 1994, Belarus has suppressed opposition and clamped down on independent...

  • BANGKOK— A court in Thailand found seven environmental activists not guilty Thursday of violating a law on public gatherings that imposes severe penalties for actions that disrupt public services. The activists, all women, in November 2016 blocked access to a meeting at a local government office in Loei province in Thailand's northeast to protest a request...

  • PARIS— Thousands of people marched across France Thursday to protest French President Emmanuel Macron's labor law changes, as rail strikes and student protests continued to shake the country. Meanwhile, students continue to occupy campuses across France to protest university admission reforms that they fear threaten university access for high school...

  • Nine of those states and Washington, D.C., also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could become the 10th state with its ballot initiative this year. So we still have work to do even though we're legal in Colorado.

  • MEXICO CITY, April 18- America Movil's fixed-line unit Telmex said on Wednesday that the nation's supreme court has sided with it and ruled the firm should not be barred from charging rivals for calls to its network. The decision follows a similar ruling from the Supreme Court in August that opened the door for America Movil's mobile unit Telcel to begin...

  • Facebook members outside the United States and Canada, whether they know it or not, are currently governed by terms of service agreed with the company's international headquarters in Ireland. Next month, Facebook is planning to make that the case for only European users, meaning 1.5 billion members in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America will not fall under...

  • Facebook members outside the United States and Canada, whether they know it or not, are currently governed by terms of service agreed with the company's international headquarters in Ireland. Next month, Facebook is planning to make that the case for only European users, meaning 1.5 billion members in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America will not fall under...

  • COLUMBIA, S.C.— The South Carolina Senate approved a proposal Wednesday to significantly cut the amount a private utility can charge customers to pay for two nuclear plants that were never finished. But the Senate's plan to cut the 18 percent SCANA Corp. is charging customers to pay for the failed project down to 5 percent won't be immediate.