WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Volkswagen’s
push to secure tax breaks that kick-started a market for its new
diesel cars could now help U.S. investigators build a case
against the automaker for deceiving the government about their
emissions, lawyers said.
VW was among several automakers that lobbied the
administration of George W. Bush to secure around $50 million in
tax breaks under an incentive program that included the first
wave of VW Jetta TDI drivers in the United States.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has too long ignored the effect of high incarceration rates on minority and poor communities, U.S. President Barack Obama said in a TV documentary featuring an unprecedented presidential visit to a prison.
“As a society we seem to be OK with certain communities being locked in this cycle where kids are being raised around drug crime. They naturally gravitate toward drug crime,” Obama told six inmates in July at the prison in the documentary, which is scheduled to air on Sunday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama commended three Americans credited with foiling an attack on a Paris-bound train in August, praising their courage and quick thinking.
“They represent the very best of American character,” Obama told reporters in the Oval Office after he met with U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone, 23, U.S. Army Specialist Alek Skarlatos, 22, and civilian Anthony Sadler, 23.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The ornate ivory statues and carvings sold in Scott Defrin’s New York gallery date from the 17th and 18th centuries, but the antique dealer’s business is being upended by a 21st century fight over saving the African elephant.
Despite a 25-year-old international ban on most international elephant ivory trade, poachers are illegally slaughtering elephants by the thousands for their tusks and wildlife advocates blame the remaining ivory trade.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will name James O’Brien special presidential envoy for hostage affairs as part of a response to complaints about the government’s handling of hostage situations.
O’Brien is currently vice chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategic advisory firm. O’Brien worked at the State Department from 1989 to 2001 in various positions, including senior advisor to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the White House said in a statement on his appointment.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. court on Thursday blocked a
federal clean water rule from going into effect until a legal
challenge has been resolved, handing a victory to states and
business groups who have strongly opposed the regulation.
The U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
granted a preliminary injunction against the so-called Waters of
the United States (WOTUS) rule finalized by the Environmental
Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Utilities regulators for the District of Columbia on Tuesday denied Exelon Corp’s (EXC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) $6.8 billion bid for Pepco Holdings Inc (POM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), dealing a major blow to a deal that would have created the country’s top power distributor.
Pepco shares fell 15.4 percent, and Exelon was down about 4 percent after the D.C. Public Service Commission said the companies had not proven that the proposed merger was in the public interest.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia on Tuesday denied Exelon Corp’s (EXC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) $6.8 billion bid for Pepco Holdings Inc (POM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), possibly delivering a knockout blow to the deal.
Pepco shares fell nearly 15 percent, and Exelon was down nearly 4 percent after the three-member commission said the companies had not proven that the proposed merger was in the public interest.
(Reuters) – The Public Service Commission of the District of
Columbia on Tuesday delivered a potential knockout blow to
Exelon Corp’s $6.8 billion bid for Pepco Holdings Inc
, denying the companies’ merger request.
In a surprise ruling that sent shares of Pepco tumbling
nearly 20 percent and Exelon shares down almost 6 percent, the
three-member commission said the companies had not proven that
the proposed merger was in the public interest.
WASHINGTON, Aug4 (Reuters) – A 115-year-old U.S. law aimed at preventing unlawful animal trafficking may be difficult to enforce in the case of an American hunter who killed a celebrated Zimbabwean lion.
The killing last month of 13-year-old Cecil, a rare black-maned lion, sparked international outrage among animal lovers. Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, has admitted to killing the lion, but has said through a publicist he thought the hunt was legal.