Legal & Regulatory

Smartphone user

FCC looks to crack down on robocalls, robotexts

The top U.S. telecommunications regulator wants to make it harder for telemarketers and other businesses to place unwanted robocalls and text messages under changes to autodialing rules proposed on Wednesday.

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Time Warner Cable

Charter's $56 billion Time Warner Cable deal to face U.S. scrutiny

Charter Communications Inc, seeking to remake the U.S. cable television industry by acquiring larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc for $56 billion, will try to skirt the regulatory obstacles that helped sink Comcast Corp's earlier bid for Time Warner Cable.

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Royal Dutch Shell

U.S. Senators urge Obama administration to block Arctic oil drilling

A group of 18 mostly Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to stop Royal Dutch Shell's preparations for oil exploration in the Arctic, saying the region has a severely limited capacity to respond to accidents.

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Takata

Takata doubling U.S. recall for defective air bags to 34 million vehicles

Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata Corp is doubling a recall of potentially deadly air bags to nearly 34 million vehicles, creating the largest automotive recall in American history, U.S. safety regulators said on Tuesday.

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Workers

Los Angeles gives preliminary approval to $15 minimum wage

The Los Angeles City Council gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to raise the hourly minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 for companies with more than 25 employees, while giving smaller businesses an extra year to meet that benchmark

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FBI looking into suspicious bid for Avon

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing the suspicious buyout bid for cosmetics company Avon Products Inc (AVP.N) by purported acquirer PTG Capital Partners, an agency official said on Friday.

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Takata

Honda adds to Takata air bag recalls; global tally now around 36 million

Honda Motor Co (7267.T) on Thursday recalled close to 5 million vehicles fitted with potentially faulty Takata Corp (7312.T) air bag inflators, as investigations showed the problem behind one of the biggest auto safety crises may be more widespread than thought.

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Takata

Japan's three top carmakers to expand Takata air bag recalls by millions

Japan's three biggest carmakers said on Wednesday they would expand a huge global recall triggered by potentially fatal air bags made by Takata Corp, saying they were taking back millions of vehicles worldwide for investigation.

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Andrew Cuomo

New York governor proposes Wage Board to raise minimum wage

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday he would create a so-called Wage Board, a move apparently designed to allow him to raise the minimum wage without the approval of state lawmakers.

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Rally for $15 minimum wage

California city plans $16 minimum wage by 2019, highest in the U.S.

Emmeryville, a small city in the San Francisco Bay Area, has given initial approval to the nation's highest minimum wage by setting baseline pay at $16 an hour in 2019, with gradual increases leading up to that level.

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Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Hong Kong securities regulator set to finalize new dark pool rules: source

Hong Kong's financial watchdog is set to finalize new rules on so-called "dark pools" within the next few days, a source familiar with the regulator's thinking said on Thursday.

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Camera drone

FAA considers beyond-line-of-sight drone initiatives: sources

U.S. aviation regulators are talking to drone makers and service providers about testing commercial drones that can fly beyond an operator's visual line of sight, currently banned for safety reasons, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.

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Shell

Shell pushes on with Arctic exploration as it awaits U.S. permit

Royal Dutch Shell is pushing ahead with plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean near Alaska this summer despite opposition from environmental groups.

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Oil drilling rig

Push to axe U.S. crude export ban strengthens in House: lawmakers

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives who are trying to end the decades-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports said on Thursday they were gaining support after a Democrat joined the Republican-led effort. Representative Henry Cuellar became the first Democrat to sign on to a bill launched in February by Representative Joe Barton, a Republican and fellow Texan.

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McDonalds

McDonald's fries supplier fined in China for water pollution

Beijing authorities have fined U.S.-based J.R. Simplot's China processing unit, which supplies frozen french fries to McDonald's Corp, 3.92 million yuan ($632,370) for water pollution, state media and Simplot said.

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