Federal agencies

Staples, Office Depot scrap merger after judge blocks deal

May 11, 2016
 Associated Press
Staples and Office Depot said Tuesday they are scrapping their planned $6.3 billion merger after a federal judge blocked the deal, saying the government had made the case that the combination would likely hurt competition in office supplies.
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FDA brings e-cigarettes under federal authority

May 5, 2016
 Associated Press
Hundreds of electronic cigarette brands will have to undergo federal review to stay on the market under new rules that have the potential to upend a multi-billion dollar industry attempting to position itself as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.
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Coats, Donnelly ask HUD to adopt new definition of RVs

April 13, 2016
U.S. Sens. Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly have asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development to adopt a new definition of recreation vehicles they say is clear.
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Lawyer: IUPUI student labeled 'terrorist' over activism

April 11, 2016
 Associated Press
A lawyer for a Muslim student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis says his client was targeted with derogatory flyers calling her a "terrorist" for her activism in support of Palestine.
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Staples judge slams FTC on Amazon testimony in merger case

March 25, 2016
 Bloomberg News
A federal judge criticized the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for attempting to elicit false information from an Amazon.com Inc. executive to support its lawsuit to block Staples Inc.’s takeover of rival Office Depot Inc.
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EEOC settles disability complaint against Subway franchisee

March 15, 2016
IBJ Staff
The operator of five Subway restaurants in the Indianapolis area has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a discrimination suit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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Future uncertain for state environmental policy limit

February 16, 2016
 Associated Press
The future remains uncertain for a proposed limit on Indiana's authority to make its own environmental policies. The Senate Environmental Affairs Committee heard hours of testimony Monday on the bill, which has already passed the House.
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US joins Syrian refugee case against Pence

February 12, 2016
Dave Stafford
A federal judge had tough questions Friday for the lawyer representing Gov. Mike Pence as he tried to make a case for state sovereignty in attempting to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana. Oral arguments came on the heels of the U.S. Justice Department entering the case, claiming Pence’s actions discriminated on the basis of national origin.
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Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback

February 10, 2016
 Associated Press
The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided U.S. Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved.
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Too many toys? Mattel-Hasbro fate rides on antitrust math

February 5, 2016
 Bloomberg News
A proposed merger of Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc., an entity that could account for close to half the toys sold in U.S. mass-market outlets, would need to win approval from antitrust officials in Washington who are increasingly saying no to deals marrying the dominant players in an industry.
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Bacardi protests renewal of Cuba's rum trademark in the US

February 1, 2016
 Associated Press
Bacardi wants to know more about a recent U.S. government decision allowing Cuba to sell its Havana Club rum in America when the U.S. trade embargo ends.
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Indiana among states asking for stay of EPA power plant rule

January 27, 2016
IL Staff
A multistate coalition that includes Indiana has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to grant a temporary stay of a new EPA rule requiring existing power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
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As drone sales soar, legal and regulatory atmosphere remains turbulent

January 27, 2016
Dave Stafford
Attorneys are at the horizon of what could be a new body of law involving drones, some of which could be decided by the courts.
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High court upholds government's energy conservation program

January 25, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld a 4-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand.
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Judge: Indiana wildlife facility can keep federal license

January 22, 2016
 Associated Press
A judge has ruled that a southern Indiana wildlife facility can keep its exhibitor's license despite the U.S. Department of Agriculture's efforts to revoke it.
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7th Circuit affirms denial of disability benefits

January 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
A worker with myriad health complaints failed to persuade the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a district court’s decision denying him long-term Social Security disability benefits.
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State Department watchdog finds 'inaccurate' response to Clinton email questions

January 7, 2016
 Bloomberg News
A report released Thursday by the State Department's Inspector General found the department provided inaccurate responses in 2012 to inquiries about then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's email practices.
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Hamilton, Ruckelshaus receive Medal of Freedom for public service

December 16, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
As young men, Lee Hamilton and William Ruckelshaus followed their passion for public life to Washington, D.C., where they left their imprint on the legislative and executive branches at a time the country and its attitudes were changing.
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Postal service warns newspaper about pot ads

December 2, 2015
 Associated Press
While Oregon voters legalized medical marijuana in 1998 and recreational marijuana for adult use in 2014, the plant is still illegal at the federal level. Any newspaper with pot ads would violate a federal law preventing advertising for illicit goods, the postal service said.
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L-3 Communications sued by US over defective gun sights

November 24, 2015
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. government has sued L-3 Communications Corp. for fraud, claiming it knowingly supplied the military and law enforcement with thousands of defective holographic weapon sights that malfunction in hot, cold and humid conditions.
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Drones, big and small, said to need registration in US plan

November 23, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Owners of all but the smallest toy drones will have to register them with the U.S. government before the end of the year if the Obama administration adopts proposals issued by a task force it appointed.
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EPA intends tougher downwind air-pollution rule in 23 states

November 18, 2015
 Associated Press
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed tougher new limits on Tuesday on smokestack emissions from nearly two dozen states — including Indiana — that burden downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control.
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Hotels must pay EEOC legal fees for contempt of consent decree

November 12, 2015
Dave Stafford
Companies that own an east side Indianapolis hotel have been ordered to pay the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission $57,248 in attorney fees and costs after violating a consent decree settling a race discrimination lawsuit.
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Appeals court delivers setback to Obama's immigration plan

November 10, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court has ruled against President Barack Obama's plan to protect an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally from deportation.
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States file additional challenge to EPA emissions power plant rule

November 4, 2015
IL Staff
The 23 states that are challenging a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rule requiring existing power plants to reduce carbon dioxide admissions filed an additional legal challenge Tuesday challenging a similar rule related to new power plants.
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