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3 years 11 months ago

Worst unemployment report of the year released

New applications for unemployment insurance reached the half-million mark last week for the first time since November, a sign that employers are likely cutting jobs again as the economy slows. The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 12,000 last week to 500,000, the...

3 years 11 months ago

Intel, FTC settle antitrust case

Intel has agreed to change some of its practices to settle a federal antitrust lawsuit alleging a decade of abuse. Intel is calling a truce in one of its last major antitrust battles over its behavior in the market for computer chips. Among the provisions in the tentative settlement,...

4 years 5 months ago

Feds outline plan to nurse Great Lakes to health

The Obama administration has developed a five-year blueprint for rescuing the Great Lakes after more than a century of environmental damage. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the document, which Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, will release at a news conference Sunday in Washington. It pledges...

4 years 7 months ago

Feds: Prairie dogs not endangered

Black-tailed prairie dogs have been denied protection under the Endangered Species Act after federal officials said the once-ubiquitous ground squirrels show signs of rebounding from decades of habitat loss, casual shootings and other pressures. WildEarth Guardians, a New Mexico-based environmental activist group, had petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...

4 years 8 months ago

Katrina negligence ruling could cost taxpayers

A $720,000 award to seven plaintiffs in a suit over Hurricane Katrina damage could open the federal government--and taxpayers-- to billions of dollars in claims. A federal judge in New Orleans has ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers' failure to properly maintain a navigation channel led to massive flooding...

4 years 8 months ago

Millions may have to repay part of tax credit

More than 15 million taxpayers could unexpectedly owe taxes when they file their federal returns next spring because the government was too generous with their new Making Work Pay tax credit. The Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration issued a report Monday saying that taxpayers are at risk...

4 years 9 months ago

EPA: Limit plane deicing chemical runoff

Every winter, airports across the country spray millions of gallons of deicing chemicals onto airliners and allow the runoff to trickle away. When the chemicals end up in nearby waterways, the deicing fluid can turn streams bright orange and create dead zones for aquatic life. The practice is legal,...

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