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  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- Internet service providers clashed with Democrats and celebrities like "Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill ahead of a vote on the Trump administration's plan to revoke net neutrality rules barring the blocking or slowing of internet traffic. The Federal Communications Commission is due to vote on Thursday on chairman Ajit Pai's plan to rescind...

  • BOSTON, Dec 13- Medtronic Plc has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve claims that the company engaged in a deceptive marketing strategy to promote its Infuse bone graft product used in spinal surgery, the Massachusetts attorney general said on Wednesday. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said the settlement will resolve an investigation by her...

  • BOSTON, Dec 13- Medtronic Plc has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve claims that the company engaged in a deceptive marketing strategy to promote its Infuse bone graft product used in spinal surgery, the Massachusetts attorney general said on Wednesday. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said the settlement will resolve an investigation by her...

  • LOS ANGELES Dec 12- Communities across the United States are looking to replace their dirty diesel buses, ushering in what some analysts predict will be a boom in electric fleets. A typical 40- foot electric bus costs around $750,000, compared with about $435,000 for a diesel bus. Bus ridership is falling nationwide, according to the American Public...

  • EVERETT, Wash.— The Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles is home to thousands of chronically homeless people. "It's miserable quitting, or trying— trying anything," 33- year-old Andrew Hudson said last month while using heroin on Skid Row. The United States' homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of...

  • EVERETT, Wash.— This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless. Hil Kaman left his job prosecuting the homeless and took up the challenge of finding solutions. In two years, Everett's specialized team has found some form of housing for 14 chronically homeless people on its by-name list.

  • Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ethan Davis made the comments during a hearing in federal court in Oakland on Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by California to block the rules. Davis urged U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam not to grant the state's request, arguing that California had not identified a single woman who would be affected by the rules.

  • SEATTLE— The company that operates 300 Value Village, Savers and other thrift stores in the U.S., Canada and Australia is suing Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, saying his office has violated the company's rights by demanding $3.2 million to settle a three-year investigation. Brionna Aho, a spokeswoman at the attorney general's office, noted the...

  • OAKLAND, Calif.— Lawyers for California and the U.S. Department of Justice clashed in court Tuesday over whether new rules from President Donald Trump's administration would dramatically reduce women's access to free birth control. The California attorney general's office said U.S. Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia joined California in its effort.

  • SEATTLE, Dec 12- PepsiCo Inc has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc's new electric Semi trucks, the largest known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive said on Tuesday. About 260,000 heavy-duty Class-8 trucks are produced in North America annually, according to FTR, an...

  • SEATTLE, Dec 12- PepsiCo Inc has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc's new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive said on Tuesday. About 260,000 heavy-duty Class-8 trucks are produced in North America annually, according to FTR, an...

  • LOS ANGELES Dec 12- Communities across the United States are looking to replace their dirty diesel buses, ushering in what some analysts predict will be a boom in electric fleets. A typical 40- foot electric bus costs around $750,000, compared with about $435,000 for a diesel bus. Remember 20 years ago someone paid $20,000 for a plasma TV and then 10 years later it...

  • LOS ANGELES Dec 12- Communities across the United States are looking to replace their dirty diesel buses, ushering in what some analysts predict will be a boom in electric fleets. A typical 40- foot electric bus costs around $750,000, compared with about $435,000 for a diesel bus. Remember 20 years ago someone paid $20,000 for a plasma TV and then 10 years later it...

  • Dec 11- Exxon Mobil Corp on Monday said it would publish new details about how climate change could affect its business in a move aimed at appeasing critics and forestalling another proxy fight next year. Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York state's comptroller, heads one the two lead sponsors of a shareholder resolution calling for Exxon to issue a climate-impact...

  • On Thursday the Labor Department releases data on the number of initial jobless claims last week. Issaquah, Washington- based Costco Wholesale reports its first-quarter earnings on Thursday. Costco's shares slumped nearly 7.5 percent in October after it said its gross margins shrank in the fourth quarter.

  • CHICAGO— One woman recalls how a general manager at a Chicago- area restaurant where she worked told her that if security cameras recorded him reaching between her legs and grabbing her genitals, he could simply "edit that out." Another woman worked at an Atlanta restaurant and says her boss did nothing when two dishwashers kept making vulgar comments, so she quit...

  • SALEM, Ore.— An Oregon town near one of America's microbrew meccas is thirsting for a piece of the action and offering incentives for the first brewery to establish itself in the community. Sales rose 6.2 percent by volume in 2016, to 24 million barrels, the Brewers Association said. Oregon is fourth in the nation, with 8.1 per 100,000..

  • They added back a deduction for up to $10,000 in property taxes, in a concession to Republicans from high-tax states such as New York and New Jersey. California Republicans are pushing to extend the deduction to local income taxes, too. However, these states send far more tax dollars to Washington than residents in low-tax states.

  • Brett D. Kennedy, of Blaine, pleaded guilty to a federal insider trading charge in September. Prosecutors said his former fraternity brother at the University of Washington, Maziar Rezakhani, used the info to make $116,000 on stock trades and then paid Kennedy $10,000 in cash for the tip. Kennedy gave up the $10,000 in a settlement with the Securities and Exchange...

  • SEATTLE— A Washington state man who bilked investors out of more than $100 million in a Ponzi scheme has escaped from a federal prison in central California, according to the U.S. Prison officials said Frederick Darren Berg, 55, was discovered missing Wednesday from a minimum-security work camp next to a penitentiary in Atwater, California, The Seattle Times...