Industry regulation - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Industry regulation House chairman pushes privatizing air traffic control in US WASHINGTON (AP) — A House Republican committee chairman called on lawmakers Wednesday to turn the nation's air traffic control operations over to a new, non-profit corporation, saying no other infrastructure change has as much potential to improve travel for the average American flyer. President Donald Trump has also called for privatizing air traffic con... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:23:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:23:00Z Another round of premium hikes: blame Trump or Obama? WASHINGTON (AP) — Another year of big premium increases and dwindling choice is looking like a distinct possibility for many consumers who buy their own health insurance — but why, and who's to blame? President Donald Trump has seized on early market rumbles as validation of his claim that "Obamacare" is a disaster, collapsing of its own weight. Democrats... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:30:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:30:00Z Cracker Barrel settles federal suit over handicapped parking PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has settled a class-action lawsuit brought by a basketball star who claimed handicapped parking spaces at some restaurants are too steep or otherwise violate federal law. Sarah Heinzl, of Pittsburgh, plays on the U.S. Women's Wheelchair Basketball National Team and sued in 2014. She claimed parking spaces... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:12:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:12:00Z South Korea names 'chaebol sniper' as antitrust chief SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's new president named a long-time shareholder rights advocate to lead the country's antitrust regulator, as the new administration took a step Wednesday toward reining in big businesses. Kim Sang-jo, an economist who has advocated for shareholder rights and reforming chaebol, the family-controlled big businesses that ... Wed, 17 May 2017 09:40:00 GMT 2017-05-17T09:40:00Z Canada: Passengers can't be removed from overbooked flights TORONTO (AP) — No one who has bought a ticket for a domestic or international flight in Canada will be allowed to be removed because of overbooking under a new passenger bill of rights, the transportation minister announced Tuesday. Minister Marc Garneau said the shoddy treatment of air passengers outlined in recent news reports will not be tolerated on a... Tue, 16 May 2017 18:13:00 GMT 2017-05-16T18:13:00Z Progress reducing US uninsured rate comes to a halt WASHINGTON (AP) — Five years of progress reducing the number of Americans without health insurance has come to a halt, according to a government report out Tuesday. More than a factoid, it shows the stakes in the Republican drive to roll back the Affordable Care Act. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 28.6 millio... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:54:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:54:00Z Judge tells Uber to return Waymo files taken by engineer DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge's order that bars Uber from using technology taken by a star engineer before he left Waymo is bad news for Uber and likely will hurt the ride-hailing company's own self-driving research, according to legal experts. The ruling by District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco Monday was mainly a victory for Waymo, the autonomo... Tue, 16 May 2017 00:21:00 GMT 2017-05-16T00:21:00Z AP News Guide: What to know about travel ban appeals SEATTLE (AP) — Does federal law give President Donald Trump broad legal authority to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations? That's the question before two federal appellate courts that have now heard arguments over Trump's revised travel ban and are being asked by Trump's opponents to use the president's own anti-Muslim campaign rhe... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:36:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:36:00Z A DIY resistance tries to keep the fight against Trump fresh GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Stationing herself outside a bank building and holding a sign in the unforgiving midday sun, Katie Farnan was multitasking, as usual. She's a mother of two young children and works for a nonprofit firm but also has a third job: Chair of the town hall committee of the activist group Indivisible Front Range Resistance. And at... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:54:00 GMT 2017-05-15T17:54:00Z GOP flips Obama-era regulations, claim a boon to economy WASHINGTON (AP) — Final score: Republicans 14, Barack Obama's last-minute regulations, one. Congressional Republicans anxious to show voters they can get something done are hailing their reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations on guns, the internet and the environment. Over a few months, lawmakers used an obscure legislative... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:47:00 GMT 2017-05-15T10:47:00Z Government scientist from DC wins Miss USA title LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kara McCullough, a scientist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has been crowned Miss USA. McCullough, who represented the District of Columbia in the decades-old pageant, was born in Naples, Italy, and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She said she wants to inspire children to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineeri... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:32:00 GMT 2017-05-15T10:32:00Z AP Explains: How lawmakers get their health care WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain, a former Navy pilot who at 80 has had several health setbacks, gets his coverage from the Department of Veterans Affairs. House leaders, like Speaker Paul Ryan, get their coverage through the Affordable Care Act, as do many members of Congress. Congress voted to include itself in the law wh... Mon, 15 May 2017 07:49:00 GMT 2017-05-15T07:49:00Z Comey's firing, health care fuel voters' anger with GOP MCHENRY, Ill. (AP) — Skeleton in hand, retired biology teacher Jeannie Scown delivered a message to her Republican congressman at his office northwest of Chicago. "Killed by Trumpcare Plague, May 4, 2017," her poster read. In a nod to House Republicans' recent vote to gut the health care law, Scown had no intention of sparing four-term ... Mon, 15 May 2017 07:37:00 GMT 2017-05-15T07:37:00Z Miss District of Columbia crowned as Miss USA LAS VEGAS (AP) — The District of Columbia has won back-to-back Miss USA titles. Kara McCullough, a 25-year-old scientist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was crowned Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on the Las Vegas Strip. She will go on to compete on the Miss Universe contest. "I'm extremely thankful for ... Mon, 15 May 2017 05:00:00 GMT 2017-05-15T05:00:00Z Miss District of Columbia wins 2017 edition of Miss USA LAS VEGAS (AP) — The District of Columbia has won back-to-back Miss USA titles. Kara McCullough, a 25-year-old chemist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was crowned Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on the Las Vegas Strip. She will go on to compete on the Miss Universe contest. The runner-up was Miss New Jer... Mon, 15 May 2017 03:08:00 GMT 2017-05-15T03:08:00Z The Latest: Miss District of Columbia wins 2017 Miss USA LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2017 edition of the Miss USA pageant taking place in Las Vegas (all times local): 7 p.m. The District of Columbia has won back-to-back Miss USA titles. Kara McCullough, a chemist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was crowned Sunday during the event that took place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on the Las Vegas Stri... Mon, 15 May 2017 02:34:00 GMT 2017-05-15T02:34:00Z Oregon port vote is latest local action on fossil fuels SEATTLE (AP) — Residents of a coastal community in Oregon are considering whether to try to derail a fossil fuel export project in their rural county, a decision that could put them at odds with the Trump administration. The ballot measure before Coos County voters Tuesday would block the $7.5 billion Jordan Cove Energy Project, a proposed liquefied natur... Sun, 14 May 2017 19:42:00 GMT 2017-05-14T19:42:00Z Missouri targets doctor dearth, expands first-in-nation law JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Numerous additional doctors from around the U.S. could become eligible to treat patients in Missouri's underserved areas as a result of a planned expansion of a first-in-the-nation law aimed at addressing a pervasive doctor shortage. The newly passed Missouri legislation would broaden the reach of a 2014 law that sought to bridg... Sun, 14 May 2017 13:33:00 GMT 2017-05-14T13:33:00Z Palestinian West Bank local elections a test for Fatah party HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians choose mayors and local councils in communities across the West Bank on Saturday, a rare chance to cast ballots after more than a decade without presidential or legislative elections. Tribal loyalties often trump party affiliation at the local level, but the vote is also seen as a test for the embattled, nepotism-tain... Sat, 13 May 2017 15:03:00 GMT 2017-05-13T15:03:00Z Lawyers: Wells Fargo created about 3.5 million fake accounts SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers representing aggrieved customers suing Wells Fargo have said the bank may have opened about 3.5 million unauthorized accounts, far more than bank and regulators disclosed last year. In a court filing late Thursday, lawyers representing customers told a federal judge in San Francisco that they believe bank workers created the u... Fri, 12 May 2017 21:54:00 GMT 2017-05-12T21:54:00Z Polar opposites Trump, McConnell need each other now WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump had just headlined a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was booed by home-state voters far more enamored with the president than with their longtime GOP senator. Now the two were flying back to Washington aboard Air Force One, and as Trump dined on lasagna, he and McConnell talked ... Fri, 12 May 2017 20:42:00 GMT 2017-05-12T20:42:00Z GOP lawmaker cautions health care bill is Obamacare 'tweak' MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — After campaigning on repealing the health care law and voting to gut it, an Iowa Republican is cautioning constituents fearful of losing coverage that the House GOP replacement is just "a tweak of Obamacare" that would have gone further had he had his way. Two-term Rep. Rod Blum, who represents a swing district that includes Dubu... Fri, 12 May 2017 16:05:00 GMT 2017-05-12T16:05:00Z Senate conservatives: Ease Obama health care law protections WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative senators are pushing to diminish insurance coverage requirements imposed by President Barack Obama's health care law as Senate Republicans try fashioning legislation overhauling the nation's health care system. Their ideas include erasing Obama consumer protections, such as barring higher premiums for people with pre-existin... Thu, 11 May 2017 22:22:00 GMT 2017-05-11T22:22:00Z More price hikes likely for government insurance markets Early moves by insurers suggest that another round of price hikes and limited choices will greet insurance shoppers around the country when they start searching for next year's coverage on the public markets established by the Affordable Care Act. Insurance companies are still making decisions about whether to offer coverage for individuals next year on t... Thu, 11 May 2017 22:17:00 GMT 2017-05-11T22:17:00Z Senates gives bipartisan backing to Trump's trade rep WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. trade representative on a bipartisan vote despite complaints from some Republicans that the administration has an "ongoing, incoherent and inconsistent trade message." The Senate voted 82-14 to confirm Robert Lighthizer, who served as deputy U.S. trade representat... Thu, 11 May 2017 19:23:00 GMT 2017-05-11T19:23:00Z Aetna drops last 2 state markets under Affordable Care Act While Republicans rewrite the Affordable Care Act in Washington, the future of the current law has grown hazier with the nation's third-largest health insurer completely divorcing itself from state-based insurance markets. Aetna said late Wednesday that it won't sell individual coverage next year in its two remaining states — Nebraska and Delaware — after... Thu, 11 May 2017 17:54:00 GMT 2017-05-11T17:54:00Z Republican who revived health bill faces onslaught of anger WILLINGBORO, N.J. (AP) — A Republican who headed the effort to revive the health care overhaul passed by the GOP-led U.S. House faced jeers and insults Wednesday as anger boiled over among voters at a town hall in a heavily Democratic part of his district. Rep. Tom MacArthur faced hundreds of angry voters for nearly five hours, seeking to both sell and de... Thu, 11 May 2017 14:33:00 GMT 2017-05-11T14:33:00Z Vietnam fires southern city party chief for mismanagement HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's ruling communists fired the party boss in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City after finding he made "serious mistakes and violations" while heading oil and gas monopoly PetroVietnam. Dinh La Thang had earlier been removed from the powerful Politburo, the highest decision-making body of of the Communist Party of ... Wed, 10 May 2017 04:02:00 GMT 2017-05-10T04:02:00Z Timber counties struggle to provide services as aid dries up ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — So much timber money once flowed into this rural Oregon county that its leaders set up committees to find ways to spend it. Today, Douglas County's library system is on life support, and its sheriff's department is on track to lose funding. Nearly 30 years after environmental protections slashed logging in federal ... Tue, 09 May 2017 21:50:00 GMT 2017-05-09T21:50:00Z Energy state Republicans under pressure on methane rule WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans from energy-producing states are under pressure as the Senate weighs whether to overturn an Obama-era regulation to restrict harmful methane emissions escaping from oil and gas wells on public land. A coalition of groups with ties to the fossil-fuel industry and the conservative Koch Brothers have waged a public campaign to o... Tue, 09 May 2017 21:43:00 GMT 2017-05-09T21:43:00Z