- Oxfam America presses SEC on drafting disclosure regulations Updated: May-06-15 8:53 pm
BOSTON - The aid group Oxfam America is pressing federal officials to draft regulations aimed at requiring U.S.-listed oil, gas, and mining companies to publish what they pay to governments for access to natural resources in foreign countries.
- NC House OKs freezing renewable energy demands on utilities Updated: May-06-15 8:23 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A renewed effort to freeze the percentage of North Carolina's retail electricity sales required to come from renewable sources or efficient efforts passed the state House on Wednesday
- Train hauling crude from ND oil patch derails, catches fire Updated: May-06-15 8:20 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A train that derailed and caught fire early Wednesday in rural North Dakota was hauling crude from the state's oil patch, raising questions about whether new state standards intended to reduce the volatility of such shipments are sufficient.
- Committee approves payday loan regulation Updated: May-06-15 8:13 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - An Alabama House committee on Wednesday approved new restrictions on payday loans that short-term lenders can offer to consumers in need of quick cash.
- incentives to improve Montana broadband to cease this summer Updated: May-06-15 7:59 pm
HELENA, Montana - In the state with some of the slowest broadband speeds in the nation, Montana lawmakers refused this year to pick up where federal stimulus programs are leaving off in funding improvements to the state's Internet, phone and cable services.
- Bill advances, requires new parents get infant sleep info Updated: May-06-15 6:49 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A bill that would require Connecticut hospitals to provide parents of newborns with information about safe sleep practices has cleared the state Senate.
- Texas lawmakers advance abortion bills with little debate Updated: May-06-15 6:49 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Abortion is again seizing the spotlight at the Texas Capitol - but largely only in small doses that haven't drawn the kind of heated debate and high emotion that dominated last session.
- Oklahoma governor signs tobacco-free schools bill into law Updated: May-06-15 6:46 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma's public schools and off-campus school-sponsored events will be tobacco-free zones under legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Mary Fallin.
- Campaign seeks to help consumers pick safe blinds, shades Updated: May-06-15 6:40 pm
WASHINGTON - Trying to figure out which window blinds or shades are safe to buy for homes with young children?
- Lawmakers advance bill that limits options under FoodShare Updated: May-06-15 6:23 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin lawmakers have pushed forward a measure that would restrict products available to food stamp recipients.
- No agreement between Florida governor, feds on Medicaid Updated: May-06-15 6:20 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration snubbed Florida's proposal to extend federal funds for hospitals that treat low-income and uninsured patients, a dispute that has paralyzed the state budget.
- Indiana Gov. Pence signs utility energy-efficiency bill Updated: May-06-15 5:49 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed a new law to reduce state oversight of the energy efficiency programs of major utilities.
- Pence signs bill repealing Indiana construction wage law Updated: May-06-15 5:23 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Local boards will no longer set minimum wages for public construction projects in Indiana under a law signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.
- La. House panel OKs bill prohibiting sex-selection abortion Updated: May-06-15 4:31 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A proposal to ban abortions in Louisiana based on gender sailed through the House health care committee Wednesday.
- Spain's soccer federation suspends matches from May 16 Updated: May-06-15 3:33 pm
MADRID - Spain's soccer federation says it is suspending all league and cup matches from May 16 in protest at a proposed new law on the sale of television rights.
- Analysis: Republican budget claims don't add up Updated: May-06-15 3:05 pm
WASHINGTON - On paper and in speeches, Republicans boast that Congress' first budget since they won control of the Senate and House last fall will eliminate red ink within a decade.
- Governor signs bill creating Marijuana Control Board Updated: May-06-15 2:22 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker has signed into law legislation creating a new board to regulate the legal marijuana industry in Alaska.
- Gov. Deal signs bills regulating ride-hailing in Georgia Updated: May-06-15 2:22 pm
ATLANTA - Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, which connect riders with drivers by means of a smartphone app, will soon have to comply with some Georgia regulations under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal.
- Senate GOP advances bills on labor negotiations, contracts Updated: May-06-15 2:10 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A bill to require government employers to publicly post proposed collective bargaining agreements online two weeks before they are finalized is advancing after heated exchanges during Pennsylvania Senate debate.
- Hawaii lawmakers vote to get rid of ethanol in gas mandate Updated: May-06-15 1:17 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii is poised to join an odd coalition of environmentalists, fuel manufacturers and chicken farmers who want to do away with a mandate to mix fuel with ethanol.
- Maine House OKs bill to restore energy efficiency funds Updated: May-06-15 12:58 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would prevent the loss of $38 million for energy efficiency programs.
- Fed Chair Yellen says stock market prices 'quite high' Updated: May-06-15 12:58 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday described stock market valuations as high and said the central bank was carefully monitoring their impact on financial stability.
- EU moves to help tech companies compete with US giants Updated: May-06-15 10:32 am
BRUSSELS - The European Union has unveiled a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon by unifying the continent's digital sector and taking a hard line on abuses by dominant firms.
- Germany bans extremist Turkish paper, conducts raids Updated: May-06-15 2:59 am
BERLIN - The German government says it has banned a leftist-terrorist newspaper published by the Turkish extremist group DHKP-C and conducted raids across the country in connection with the ban.
- Hawaii passes bills on energy, sex trafficking, rail tax Updated: May-06-15 12:32 am
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers passed dozens of bills Tuesday heading into the final days of the Legislative session, approving plans that could raise taxes, save energy and ban sex trafficking. A bill to set up a system of medical marijuana dispensaries is scheduled for a full legislative vote on Thursday.