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Supreme Court steps into case over consumer agency

Oct. 18, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into a yearslong, politically charged fight over the federal consumer finance watchdog agency that was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The justices agreed Friday to review an appeals court decision that upheld the structure of the Consumer...

J&J agrees to $117M settlement over pelvic mesh devices

Oct. 17, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a $117 million multistate settlement over allegations it deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products, which support women's sagging pelvic organs. Ohio's attorney general said Thursday an investigation found that J&J, the world's biggest health...

Apple has a lot to lose if it crosses China's party bosses

Oct. 10, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Under pressure from China, Apple has removed a smartphone app that enabled Hong Kong protesters to track police. It has cut off access in mainland China to a news app that extensively covered the anti-government demonstrations. And it has made it harder to find an emoji representing the...

Overhaul is proposed for decades-old Medicare fraud rules

Oct. 9, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed overhauling decades-old Medicare rules originally meant to deter fraud and abuse but now seen as a roadblock to coordinating better care for patients. The rules under revision were intended to counter self-dealing and financial kickbacks...

Unions sue USDA seeking to halt new pork processing rule

Oct. 7, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The union representing workers at pork processing plants sued the federal government on Monday to challenge a new rule that allows companies to set line speeds and turn over more food safety tasks to company employees. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and...

Nelly Nicol of Billings running for state auditor

Oct. 3, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Billings woman who has spent much of her career in the workers compensation insurance industry is seeking the Republican nomination for Montana State Auditor and Insurance Commissioner. Nelly Nicol announced her candidacy Thursday, saying she would work to protect Montana consumers...

Trump-Ukraine whistleblower is part of long tradition

Oct. 1, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Erin Brockovich, who has some experience in revealing disturbing secrets, knows what she would say to the government whistleblower at the heart of allegations that President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine's president to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. "I would say, 'You are...

Critics uneasy as federal meat inspectors face work overload

Sep. 29, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — At eight months pregnant, government food inspector Rosalie Arriaga was scheduled in March 2018 to handle twice her normal workload at the meat processing plants she was assigned to cover. It was her third straight week of double coverage, according to agency schedules given to the...

The Latest: EU officials worried about Johnson's language

Sep. 26, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 3:20 p.m. European Union officials are concerned about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's use of "offensive" language in parliament, notably words like "surrender", "betrayal" and "traitor." Taking to Twitter, the EU commissioner in charge of...

Federal watchdog sues Maryland debt collection company

Sep. 25, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal watchdog agency sued a debt collection company and its owner Wednesday, accusing them of collecting debts without a "reasonable basis" to assert that consumers owed the money. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed its federal lawsuit against Beltsville,...