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April 11, 2014 Obama's health secretary resigns after Obamacare launch woes

Source: Reuters

Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. health secretary who oversaw the botched rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reforms, has resigned, a senior administration official said on Thursday. Obama has chosen Sylvia...

April 11, 2014 France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

Source: The Register

A new agreement between employer organizations and labor unions in France has made it illegal for French managers to contact their employees about work-related matters outside of normal business hours. The agreement [PDF], which...

April 11, 2014 Some Senate Democrats call on Obama to approve Keystone XL pipeline

Source: LA Times

WASHINGTON — A group of Democratic senators, including several facing tough re-election races, sent a letter Thursday to President Obama demanding approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline by May 31.

April 10, 2014 Contaminated sites cleanup to cost billions more, budget office says

CBC - "We warned that the costs that the government had put forward were probably understated," says Scott Vaughan, the former environment commissioner and now the president of the International Institute for Sustainable...

April 10, 2014 RAND Comes Clean: Obamacare's Exchanges Enrolled Only 1.4 Million Previously Uninsured Individuals

Source: Forbes

Last week, I wrote about an article in the Los Angeles Times, on a then-as-yet unpublished report from the RAND Corporation. The report indicated that only one-third of Obamacare’s purported 7.1 million exchange sign-ups were...

April 10, 2014 Dovish Fed lowers barometric pressure on rates -test/video

Source: CNBC

A dovish Fed managed to reverse some market perceptions that it would be more aggressive with rate hikes and spun the onus back to the performance of the economy and whether recent sluggishness is just the result of bad winter...

April 10, 2014 Bank of America to pay customers $727 million for illegal credit card actions

Source: Orlando Business Journal

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) to pay $727 million in relief to consumers for misleading them in the sale of credit-card add-on products. The CFPB says 1.4...

April 10, 2014 Hewlett-Packard fined $108 million in bribery cases

Source: SF Gate

Hewlett-Packard will pay $108 million in criminal fines and civil penalties for bribing officials in Russia, Poland and Mexico to win technology contracts, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

April 9, 2014 EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: In historic event, environment to be placed at heart of global agenda

Source: Reuters

The environment is set to take centre stage this June with the holding of a landmark meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, the home of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Environment Ministers and Government representatives...

April 9, 2014 The FDA's Outdated Rules Regarding Chemical Additives Might Be Making Us Sick

kcet.org - Monday in Washington, D.C., the îGrocery Manufacturers Associationî -- admittedly not our favorite organization, for somewhat obvious reasons-- held a science forum which included one very important...

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