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Republicans plan healthcare vote, Obama and TV host denounce bill

Television host Jimmy Kimmel visits the press room of the White House in Washington April 27, 2012. Late-night comic Kimmel will headline White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on Saturday. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare even as a popular comedian who has become part of the U.S. healthcare debate denounced the bill and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of "real human suffering."  Full Article 

People walk past a Wal-Mart sign in Rogers, Arkansas June 4, 2009. Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Thursday that its strong financial position leaves it well positioned to take advantage of acquisition opportunities across the globe. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Walmart, Target join call for 'Dreamer' legislation

Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp and PepsiCo Inc on Wednesday joined an expanded group of nearly 800 companies calling in a letter for U.S. legislation to protect immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents from deportation, according to organizer FWD.us.  Full Article 

A Chevron gas station sign is seen in Del Mar, California, in this April 25, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Blake

California cities sue big oil firms over climate change

California cities San Francisco and Oakland filed separate lawsuits against five oil companies on Wednesday seeking billions of dollars to protect against rising sea levels they blamed on climate change, according to public documents.  Full Article 

Recent Legal News

Trump says latest Obamacare repeal plan has "very good chance"

NEW YORK President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he thought the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare had a "very good chance" of passing and said the U.S. Senate eventually would be forced to make a deal on the issue.

Facebook to add more human review to ad system -COO Sandberg

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook Inc will add "more human review and oversight" to its ad-buying system, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Wednesday, responding to rising criticism that automated processes have allowed people to buy discriminatory ads.

In rare public speech, Obama decries Republican healthcare bill

NEW YORK Former President Barack Obama used a rare public appearance on Wednesday to question Republicans' latest effort to repeal his signature healthcare law, saying it would inflict "real human suffering" on Americans.

Novartis's Rydapt wins EU approval for AML, other diseases

ZURICH Swiss drugmaker Novartis on Wednesday won European Union approval for Rydapt to be used against a mutated form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and other rare diseases, adding to U.S. approvals the medicine secured in April.

U.S. Attorney General Sessions says marijuana still illegal

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug "remains in effect," remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown.

Waymo seeking $2.6 bln from Uber for one trade secret - lawyer

SAN FRANCISCO Alphabet Inc's Waymo unit is seeking about $2.6 billion from Uber for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars, a lawyer for Uber said on Wednesday.

Pelosi calls DACA deal a first step toward comprehensive immigration reform

WASHINGTON U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday that supporting undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, the so-called "Dreamers," was a "first step" towards broader reform.

Michigan sued for rejecting same-sex foster care, adoptions

The American Civil Liberties Union sued Michigan's health and children's services agencies in federal court on Wednesday, saying the state's foster care and adoption system discriminates against same-sex couples on religious grounds.

Yoko Ono won't let it be, forces 'John Lemon' drink to re-brand

LONDON It wasn't exactly instant karma when Beatle John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, heard about a Polish beverage company's new drink called "John Lemon".

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S., November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Supreme Court to hear major case on political boundaries

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the U.S. Constitution limits how far lawmakers can go to redraw voting districts to favor one political party over another in a case that could have huge consequences for American elections.  Full Article 

In the long run, class actions may not be the best way to redress data breaches

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Washington, D.C., dismissed two consolidated class actions by more than 21 million federal employees whose most sensitive personal information was exposed in four breaches of Office of Personnel Management databases. Judge Jackson concluded the federal employees could not establish their threshold right to sue in federal court because they had not shown they faced imminent risk of identity theft, even though nearly two dozen of th