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FILE - In this July 16, 2019 file photo, General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra speaks during the opening of their contract talks with the United Auto Workers in Detroit.   General Motors says it will no longer support the Trump administration in legal efforts to end California's right to set its own clean-air standards.  Barra said in a  letter Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 to environmental groups that GM will pull out of the lawsuit, and it urges other automakers to do so.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

GM flips to California's side in pollution fight with Trump

Nov. 23, 2020 5:54 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is switching sides in the legal fight against California's right to set its own clean-air standards, abandoning the Trump administration as the president's term nears its close. CEO Mary Barra said in a letter Monday to environmental groups that GM will no longer support the...

FILE - In this April 23, 2020 file photo, Lebanese riot police stand guard in front the central bank building, where the anti-government protesters protest against the Lebanese central bank's governor Riad Salameh and the deepening financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon. A New-York-based company that was contracted by Lebanon's government to conduct a forensic audit of the country's central bank has decided to pull out of the deal because it was not able to acquire needed information and documents, Lebanese outgoing finance minister said Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

NY-based company pulls out of Lebanon bank's forensic audit

Nov. 20, 2020 11:24 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A New-York-based company contracted by the Lebanese government to conduct a forensic audit of the country’s central bank has decided to pull out of the deal because it was not able to acquire requested information and documents, Lebanon's outgoing finance minister said Friday. The...

FirstEnergy: Ohio regulator's firm got $4M consulting fee

Nov. 19, 2020 8:17 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fired former FirstEnergy executives improperly paid a firm tied to a future Ohio utility regulator about $4 million early last year to terminate “a purported consulting agreement” that had been in place since 2013, one of the nation's largest electric utilities told...

FILE- In this July 21, 2017, file photo, young hogs owned by Smithfield Foods gather around a water source at a farm in Farmville, N.C. A federal appeals court on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 upheld a 2018 jury verdict that led to awarding monetary damages to neighbors of a North Carolina industrial hog operation for smells and noise they said made living nearby unbearable.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Court upholds hog verdict; Smithfield announces settlement

Nov. 19, 2020 7:44 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a 2018 jury verdict that led to awarding monetary damages to neighbors of a North Carolina industrial hog operation for smells and noise they said made living nearby unbearable. But judges ruled the jurors' multimillion-dollar awards —...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo a sign is shown on a Google building at their campus in Mountain View, Calif.   The European Court of Auditors, which has examined the EU's enforcement of competition rules over the past decade, says antitrust investigations have taken too long, dulling their effectiveness.  Google is currently appealing a 2.4 billion euro ($2.9 billion) antitrust fine levied in 2017 that stems from an investigation into its shopping search results that began a decade ago.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, FILE)

EU auditors: Antitrust probes too slow to curb tech giants

Nov. 19, 2020 7:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The EU's efforts to rein in the power of big tech companies such as Google and Facebook through antitrust investigations have taken too long, dulling their effectiveness, a report said Thursday. Legal tools available to the bloc's competition regulators, meanwhile, have not kept pace with...

Kansas City couple wins $4 million in wrongful death lawsuit

Nov. 18, 2020 1:58 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The parents of a Kansas City man who died in a 2016 shooting have been awarded $4 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against a man who trafficked in firearms, as well as a gun dealer and manufacturer. Court documents say one of the firearms dealt by James Samuels, a former Kansas...

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 8, 2007, file photo, a Purdue Pharma logo is affixed to part of a Purdue building in Stamford, Conn. Proposed settlements between the federal government and OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners cleared a major legal hurdle Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, when a bankruptcy judge said they could move ahead. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

Bankruptcy judge OKs federal settlement with Purdue Pharma

Nov. 17, 2020 8:46 PM EST

Proposed settlements between the federal government and OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners cleared a major legal hurdle Tuesday when a bankruptcy judge said they could move ahead. Last month, the company agreed to an $8.3 billion civil settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice related to claims...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Facebook and Twitter's actions around the closely contested election on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Washington. (Hannah McKay/Pool via AP)

Twitter, Facebook CEOs vow election action; GOP touts curbs

Nov. 17, 2020 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook gave assurances of vigorous action against election disinformation, Republicans at a Senate hearing Tuesday pounded the social media companies over political bias, business practices and market dominance, laying the ground for curbs on their long-held...

FILE - In this May 29, 2014 photo, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Chairman Cedric Cromwell sits behind his desk at the government center in Mashpee, Mass. Cromwell and the owner of a Rhode Island architecture firm were arrested Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, and charged in a bribery scheme involving the tribe's plans to build a resort casino in Taunton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Tribe chairman charged with bribery in casino development

Nov. 13, 2020 10:07 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The longtime chairman of a Massachusetts tribe and an architecture firm owner have been charged in a bribery scheme involving the tribe’s plans to build a resort casino, federal prosecutors said Friday. Cedric Cromwell is accused of using his position as chairman of the Mashpee...

FILE - In this June 28, 2020, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton waits on the flight line for the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence at Love Field in Dallas. Paxton had an extramarital affair with a woman whom he later recommended for a job with the wealthy donor now at the center of criminal allegations against him, according to two people who said Paxton told them about the relationship. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Texas AG whistleblowers sue for wrongful firing, retaliation

Nov. 13, 2020 5:30 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit himself, a woman with whom he was said to have had an affair and the wealthy donor who employs her before retaliating against the members of his staff who reported him to the FBI, a lawsuit by four of the Republican's former...