Government regulations

December 26, 2018 - 1:56 pm
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A trio of salamander species in Northern California could complicate a controversial $1.4 billion public works project to heighten the Shasta Dam, the state's largest reservoir. The Los Angeles Times reports Wednesday that two environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit...
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December 26, 2018 - 12:04 pm
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Four international media organizations have called on the Albanian government to drop two draft laws on state regulation and compulsory registration of online media to fight fake news. In a letter sent Wednesday to Prime Minister Edi Rama and Justice Minister Etilda Gjonaj,...
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December 24, 2018 - 5:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Many small businesses will see their labor costs increase in 2019. Seventeen states are raising their minimum wages Jan. 1, and a number of others will follow suit later in the year. Some of the increases were scheduled by legislation passed in the last few years. Others are in...
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FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 file photo, window shoppers look at a pair of Labrador puppies for sale at the Westside Pavilion Shopping Center in Los Angeles. The British government has decided to ban third-party sales of puppies and kittens to improve animal welfare. Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 the ban “is part of our commitment to make sure the nation’s much-loved pets get the right start in life. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file)
December 24, 2018 - 9:13 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain has banned third-party sales of puppies and kittens to protect the animals from exploitation. The government says the new law will help crack down on "puppy farms" and make it harder for unscrupulous dealers who have little regard for animal welfare. Animal Welfare Minister...
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December 24, 2018 - 5:58 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A car thief had to call the police to ask for help after he was trapped inside the car he was trying to steal. Police in Trondheim said the young man, who wasn't identified, called the law enforcement from a car dealership in Norway's third-largest city to say he was "...
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December 24, 2018 - 4:38 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The chief of the Cyprus Association of Banks say Cypriot lenders are concerned that their adoption of some of the toughest anti-money laundering regulations in the world has not been fully recognized abroad. Association Director Michalis Kammas told The Associated Press...
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December 23, 2018 - 4:18 am
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — 2018 has been called the "year for cannabis" in South Africa. But there are still hurdles before a legal marijuana industry can flourish in an African economic power deemed ideal for large-scale cultivation. Advocates rejoiced at a Constitutional Court decision in...
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December 21, 2018 - 11:02 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators said Friday they are considering splitting up Pacific Gas & Electric Co. or making other drastic changes amid concerns over the utility's role in recent gas explosions and wildfires. Among the options under consideration by the California Public...
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MP Adam Mirkoczky, chairman of the oppositional party Jobbik's Heves county office, delivers his speech during the rally held against the government in Eger, Hungary, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The Hungarian government is not planning to change recently adopted amendments to the labor code that have led to days of protests. Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs on Wednesday described the demonstrations as "political" and tied them to groups he claimed are backed by financier and philanthropist Geoge Soros. (Peter Komka/MTI via AP)
December 21, 2018 - 4:29 pm
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of people marched in anti-government protests Friday in Budapest, upset over labor law changes, increasing corruption and limits on academic freedom under Prime Minister Viktor Orban's nationalist government. The protests, which started last week, have given the...
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Allyson Schwartz, president of Better Medicare Alliance, speaks during an Interview with the Associated Press in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. The group, gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries, is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 21, 2018 - 4:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program. The Better Medicare Alliance claims a far-flung...
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