Latest Industry regulation News

Justice Dept. ratchets up antitrust scrutiny of Big Tech

Jul. 23, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of major technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation or otherwise harmed consumers. It said the probe will take into account "widespread concerns" about social...

GOP, Dems offer compromise to reduce drug costs for seniors

Jul. 23, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two veteran senators — a Republican and a Democrat — unveiled compromise legislation Tuesday to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs serving seniors and low-income people. Iowa...

Bonneville faces promise and perils in changing markets

Jul. 23, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

GRAND COULEE DAM, Wash. (AP) — When workers started pulling apart the three largest hydroelectric units in North America — capable of supplying more than enough power for all of Seattle — they found the damage far worse than expected. They encountered large cracks, worn-out bearings and a...

San Francisco PD omitted that raid target was a journalist

Jul. 23, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Investigators seeking a court order to search a man's cellphone records to find out who leaked a report on the death of a San Francisco public defender failed to clearly tell a judge the target was a freelance journalist, documents unsealed Tuesday revealed. The journalist, Bryan...

The Latest: Agency promises 'fair-minded' probe on Big Tech

Jul. 23, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. regulation of technology companies (all times local): 6:25 p.m. The Justice Department says its new review of Big Tech's market power will delve into competition "in an objective and fair-minded manner." The agency says it wants to ensure that Americans have access to...

Questions raised over arrest of Mexican national in Missouri

Jul. 23, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal immigration officers trying to arrest a Mexican national smashed a car window and dragged him from the vehicle in front of his girlfriend and two young children, prompting condemnation from the woman's Missouri congressman. A Facebook Live video taken during the arrest of...

USDA rule would cut food stamp benefits for 3.1 million

Jul. 23, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 3.1 million people would lose food stamp benefits under the Trump administration's proposal to tighten automatic eligibility requirements for the food stamp program. The Agriculture Department said Tuesday that the rule would close "a loophole" that enables people receiving only...

Sheriff accused of scamming church, food bank pleads guilty

Jul. 23, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama sheriff accused of scamming a food bank and church and pocketing leftover money meant for feeding inmates pleaded guilty Tuesday to two of nine federal charges lodged against him. Former Pickens County sheriff David Abston, in federal court in Birmingham, pleaded to...

Lawmakers approve financial rescue for Ohio's nuclear plants

Jul. 23, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A roughly $1 billion financial rescue for Ohio's two nuclear power plants is on the way after lawmakers and the governor signed off on a plan Tuesday that will add a new fee to every electricity bill in the state. Backed mostly by Republicans, the legislation will hand over $150 million...

Oregon fishing regulations aim to avoid whale entanglement

Jul. 23, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials have proposed new regulations to avoid entangling whales in commercial fishing gear used by the state's Dungeness crab industry. The Daily Astorian reports state fishery officials presented recommendations to avoid unwanted whale interactions to the Oregon...