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Tobacco firms don't have to say they deceived public, court rules

...they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a partial win for cigarette makers in the long-running legal fight that...
How upcoming legal cases may change the future of franchises

NEW YORK - Are franchises small, independent businesses or should they be considered part of a much larger company? The question is at the heart of two upcoming legal cases.
Supreme Court rebukes EPA, but mainly leaves intact program to deal with carbon emissions

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court left intact the Obama administration's program to limit plant emissions but rebuked environmental regulators for taking too much authority.
Court rules for Pom Wonderful in dispute with Coke

WASHINGTON - Coca-Cola's version of pomegranate juice is not quite the real thing, and a competitor has another chance to prove it in court.
In free speech case, court rules for Washington tour guides who challenged license regulations

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Friday struck down licensing regulations that required tour guides in the nation's capital to pass an exam testing their knowledge.
US proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards

LOS ANGELES - The nation's top telecoms regulator is proposing to allow a pay-for-priority fast lane on the Internet for movies, music and other services to get to people's homes.
Apple, Comcast in talks about TV service

PHILADELPHIA - Comcast Corp., which inked a deal last month with streaming service Netflix Inc., is now talking with Apple Inc. about advancing that company's long-cherished dream of entering the streaming TV business in a big way, according to sources and a published report.
We simply need Yucca

If our nation expects to be a responsible steward of nuclear power in a quest to become energy-independent, we need Yucca now.
U.S. Court of Appeals says Yucca Mountain licensing can resume

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission was ordered Tuesday to resume processing a license application for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada, almost four years after the Obama administration halted the project.
Resolution on contraceptive coverage getting closer for religious employers

Religiously devout employers who object to insuring contraceptives for their employees under President Obama's new health care law are closer to resolving - either through compromise or through the courts - their long-standing fight with the Obama administration under the banner of religious freedom.