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  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Top government lawyers representing 19 U.S. states on Wednesday asked a federal judge in California to force the administration of President Donald Trump to make health care subsidy payments that Trump abruptly cut off last week. The states, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, asked a judge in San Francisco for an emergency...

  • PITTSBURGH— Highmark Health will spend $1 billion to expand its Allegheny Health Network hospital chain, including a new 160- bed hospital in Pittsburgh's North Hills suburbs, four smaller neighborhood hospitals, and renovations to existing hospitals, the Pittsburgh- based company announced Wednesday. Highmark Health, the parent of health insurer...

  • Anthem has found a new partner to help run prescription drug coverage after the Blue Cross- Blue Shield insurer's rocky relationship with Express Scripts ends. The nation's second-largest insurer says it will create a pharmacy benefits manager called IngenioRx starting in 2020 and will work with CVS Health Corp. to manage the business.

  • BOSTON— Mayors from Toledo to Tulsa are so eager to woo Amazon's much-vaunted second headquarters that they're brandishing bourbon, selling the sun, whispering sweet nothings to the company and even pushing its buttons. The Associated Press talked to the leaders of more than 50 cities or metropolitan regions about the different ways they're showcasing...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The chairman of Rhode Island's I-195 Redevelopment District Commission says he's resigning. The Providence Journal says Democratic Gov. Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 16- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether American Express Co is violating federal antitrust law by forbidding merchants that accept its credit cards from encouraging customers to use rival cards that charge lower fees. The justices will hear an appeal by 11 states led by Ohio that had sued American Express of a 2016 lower...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 16- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether American Express Co is violating federal antitrust law by forbidding merchants that accept its credit cards from encouraging customers to use rival cards that charge lower fees. The justices will hear an appeal by 11 states led by Ohio that had sued American Express of a lower court...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court is taking up an appeal by 11 states that argue American Express violated antitrust laws by barring merchants from asking customers to use other credit cards that charge lower fees. The case stems from a lawsuit filed by states and the Obama administration in 2010 against American Express, Mastercard and Visa.

  • WARWICK, R.I.— A Rhode Island school district is taking its teachers' union to court after what it says is another sickout amid ongoing contract negotiations. Superintendent Philip Thornton says he has filed for the court to intervene, and expects a hearing Monday at the Kent County Courthouse. The union last week announced a unanimous vote of "no confidence" with...

  • This year, Amazon has increased its lobbying staff to 83 members from 60, making it one of the biggest corporate lobbying shops in town, the NYT reports.

  • WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 13- Eighteen U.S. states sued President Donald Trump's administration on Friday to stop him from scrapping a key component of Obamacare, subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses, even as Trump invited Democratic leaders to negotiate a deal. The subsidies cost $7 billion this year and were...

  • WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 13- Eighteen U.S. states vowed to sue President Donald Trump's administration on Friday to stop him from scrapping a key component of Obamacare, subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses, even as Trump invited Democratic leaders to negotiate a deal. The subsidies cost $7 billion this year...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Brown University is not happy that the college application of John F. Kennedy Jr. is up for sale online for $85,000, saying it was stolen and the school wants it back. The website MomentsInTime.com is selling a collection of documents related to Kennedy's time at Brown, including his application and letters from his mother, Jacqueline Kennedy...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— One of Rhode Island's oldest home care and hospice providers is shutting down because of financial problems. The VNA has about 80 employees and serves about 250 patients, who will be transferred to the Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice in Portsmouth. State Department of Health spokesman Joseph Wendelken says the department will help oversee the...

  • WARWICK, R.I.— A Dallas- based company has reached lease agreements with Rhode Island's main airport and a North Kingstown business park as it plans a new service that is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the state. The Providence Journal reports that Pinnacle Logistics plans to fly cargo into T.F. Green Airport in Warwick and move it to a warehouse at Quonset...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Oscar-nominated actor James Woods says his career is not going to end in a real estate announcement. A press release offering Woods' Rhode Island lake house for sale had included news he was retiring. But Woods tells The Washington Post last week's announcement was a mistake.

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it is ready to block U.S. imports of seafood— as well as any other goods— produced by North Korean laborers who work in China. This means that American consumers buying seafood labeled "Caught in the USA, Processed in China" may inadvertently be subsidizing the government of Kim Jong Un as it builds nuclear weapons, and also...

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it is ready to block U.S. imports of seafood— as well as any other goods— produced by North Korean laborers who work in China. This means that American consumers buying seafood labeled "Caught in the USA, Processed in China" may inadvertently be subsidizing the government of Kim Jong Un as it builds nuclear weapons, and also...

  • WASHINGTON— Hackers allegedly working for the Kremlin stole details about how the U.S. infiltrates foreign networks and defends against cyberattacks after a National Security Agency contractor took the classified material home and put it on a personal computer, according to a news report published Thursday. The Wall Street Journal reported the breach of...

  • WASHINGTON— Senior congressional Republicans say they are open to considering legislation banning "bump stocks" like the shooter in Las Vegas apparently used to make semi-automatic rifles perform more like fully automatic weapons. The comments from lawmakers including the No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, marked a surprising departure from GOP...