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  • WASHINGTON, Oct 13- The administration of President Donald Trump has been quietly cutting support for halfway houses for federal prisoners, severing contracts with as many as 16 facilities in recent months, prompting concern that some inmates are being forced to stay behind bars longer than necessary. The Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Justin Long...

  • 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...

  • GENEVA, Oct 13- China sent the World Trade Organization 50 questions about U.S. subsidy programmes on Friday, asking for more information on federal and state support for new energy vehicles, industrial energy efficiency, agriculture and in other areas. "As far as China knows, Obama began to vigorously support the new energy vehicle sector at the start of his...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 13- Morrie Low, a 28- year-old who works for a mobile technology start-up in Seattle, called from vacation in Taiwan to chat about what he has been doing the past year with his Chase Sapphire Reserve card. Upwards of 1 million people signed up as users wrote in internet posts that its perks, credits and give-backs were so rich people could recoup the $450...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- Ohio will extend its ban on doing business with Wells Fargo& Co because the bank has not done enough to help consumers or clean up its culture, the state's governor said on Thursday. Ohio cut ties with Wells Fargo last October after the bank reported that millions of phony accounts may have been created without customer approval.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- Ohio will extend its ban on doing business with Wells Fargo& Co because the bank has not done enough to help consumers and clean up its culture, the state's governor said on Thursday. Ohio cut ties with Wells Fargo last October, in the wake of a sales scandal that began after the bank was found to have created as many as 2.1 million fake accounts to...

  • SCARBOROUGH, Maine— Maine mussels are losing their muscle. Meanwhile, some harvesters have stopped bringing mussels ashore altogether because there simply aren't as many to be had, said Carter Newell, a marine biologist and founder of Pemaquid Mussel Farms along the Maine coast. One of the factors influencing the decline is shellfish poison events that...

  • Target Corp. joins Walmart and Home Depot among others in partnering with Google on voice shopping as they seek to compete against Amazon's dominance with its Echo devices. Amazon started offering Echo voice assistants in late 2014, while Google made its debut with Google Home earlier this year. Target is also expanding nationwide its Google Express...

  • The recall covers the Radian R100, Radian R120, Radian RXT, Olympia, Pacifica, and Rainier convertible and booster seats. Documents posted Thursday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that when the seats are secured using a lap belt without the top tether, children over 65 pounds have an increased risk of chest injury in a crash.

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— The Latest on the Pebble Mine proposal in Alaska:. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will review a request to extend the public comment period on its proposal to lift the restrictions on mining it once pursued for Alaska's Bristol Bay region. More than 40 U.S. House and Senate members have asked President Donald Trump to maintain...

  • Oct 11- The head of No. 3 U.S. railroad CSX Corp promised on Wednesday to improve service as companies like Cargill Inc demanded greater accountability and fewer delays, criticizing an overhaul CSX launched six months ago. Chief Executive Officer Hunter Harrison, who implemented cuts when he was appointed to the job in March, defended his strategy of "precision...

  • Dow Chemical, Koch Industries and U.S. Steel Corp. are standing with environmentalists in opposing an Energy Department plan that would reward nuclear and coal-fired power plants for adding reliability to the nation's power grid and are pressuring the administration to shift course. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the plan is needed to help prevent...

  • WASHINGTON/ CHICAGO, Oct 11- Government officials in Chicago's home county voted on Wednesday to repeal a tax on sugary drinks, a win for a soda industry that has faced criticism from public health officials who link excessive consumption to health epidemics like obesity. The 15-2 vote to end the tax starting Dec. 1 was largely expected after preliminary action...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— More than 40 U.S. House and Senate members have asked President Donald Trump to maintain protections for Alaska's Bristol Bay region, which produces about half of the world's sockeye salmon. In a statement, the EPA said it will consider all public comments it receives on its proposal and review the request to extend the comment period.

  • WASHINGTON/ CHICAGO, Oct 11- Government officials in Chicago's home county voted on Wednesday to repeal a tax on sugary drinks, a win for a soda industry that has faced criticism from public health officials who link excessive consumption to health epidemics like obesity. The 15-2 vote to end the tax starting Dec. 1 was largely expected after by preliminary...

  • Oct 11- CSX Corp's chief executive apologized on Wednesday for lengthy service disruptions as some major customers said the No. 3 U.S. railroad needs to improve its operations and outline plans for network upgrades. CEO Hunter Harrison defended his vision for improved efficiency at CSX, something he calls "precision scheduled railroading," as he appeared...

  • NEW YORK— Triangle Pest Control's original workspace was a 2,000- square-foot garage housing 25 people— the technicians who did the bug control work, as well as all the sales and support staffers. "We were all crammed in," says Triangle spokeswoman Laura Simis. The three-story building that the Phelps Agency moved out of in 2016 inhibited the creativity of the...

  • Amazon is trying to replicate that feeling for the digital generation. The online retail giant said Wednesday that teens can now shop at Amazon on their own, if their parents let them. For Amazon, getting teens to shop now could turn them into customers for the rest of their lives, said Brendan Witcher, an e-commerce industry analyst at Forrester.

  • *Sees EBITA hit of 20 mln euros in Q4, 60 mln euros in 2018. AMSTERDAM, Oct 11- Health technology company Philips is suspending the manufacture of some defibrillators in the United States and will make others under heightened scrutiny following criticisms from U.S. regulators, in a move it said would dent profits. Philips disclosed details of the current dispute in...

  • *Catalonia allows for independence talks with Madrid. Carles Puigdemont stopped short of seeking the explicit support of the chamber for the declaration of independence, allowing for talks with the Madrid government. They temporarily kicked the can on Catalonia, said Aaron Kohli, an interest rate strategist at BMO Capital Markets in New York.