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February 13, 2009 | Bloomberg News
The Federal Trade Commission's new Internet-advertising guidelines don't put enough pressure on companies to protect consumer data used in targeted marketing campaigns, privacy advocacy groups said. The agency released the voluntary standards Thursday to guide Web marketers' efforts at self-regulation. The FTC report urged advertising providers such as Google Inc.
February 4, 2009 | Ben Meyerson
Car companies brought more than just new vehicles to this year's Washington Auto Show. Executives at Volkswagen and Toyota Motor Corp., for instance, put their political goals on stage alongside fancy concept cars in their push for unified national fuel-efficiency and vehicle emission standards.
January 28, 2009 | Tom Petruno
Savers have long been able to take advantage of the above-average interest rates that weak banks pay to attract deposits. But those days may soon be over. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Tuesday proposed new limits on rates paid by banks that have less-than-adequate capital. The agency would throw out its current complicated formulas for determining maximum interest rates at weak banks and replace them with a relatively simple formula: The new cap for each product would be 0.
December 31, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Federal regulators officially rejected a banking industry push to suspend accounting rules that force banks to value assets on their balance sheets at current market prices even if they plan to hold them for years. The Securities and Exchange Commission issued a report to Congress that recommended maintaining so-called mark-to-market rules but suggested improvements to current accounting practices.
December 26, 2008 | DeeDee Correll
When a Colorado emergency room nurse fell gravely ill after treating a gas field worker, doctors struggled to figure out what was wrong with her. Her liver, heart and lungs were failing, probably a result of inhaling ZetaFlow -- a substance used in natural-gas drilling -- from the patient's boots. But doctors could find little treatment information in the medical texts or on the Internet because the fluid's formulation is a closely guarded trade secret.
November 20, 2008 | bloomberg news
Nike Inc., Starbucks Corp., Levi Strauss & Co. and two other U.S. companies called Wednesday for aggressive policies to limit global warming to help rescue the country from an economic crisis. The coalition appealed for steep cuts in U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions, investment in renewable energy from the wind and sun, and limits on polluting coal-fired power plants. Congress and President-elect Barack Obama should take action on the matter early in 2009, they said.
November 19, 2008 | Eric Bailey
Federal wildlife stewards have issued new rules limiting the use of three common pesticides now considered culprits in the decline of the Pacific Coast's salmon and steelhead runs. The decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service, which comes after nearly a decade of jousting between environmentalists and the federal government, concludes that the insecticides diazinon, Malathion and chlorpyrifos jeopardize the famed but imperiled migratory fish. Under the new measures, which must be implemented within a year, the chemicals cannot be applied by air within 1,000 feet of salmon waters.
November 19, 2008 | Washington Post
The Environmental Protection Agency is completing new air quality rules that will make it easier to build coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other major polluters near national parks and wilderness areas, despite the fact that half of the EPA's 10 regional administrators have formally dissented from the decision and another four have criticized the move in writing.
November 12, 2008 | The Associated Press
The Bush administration is moving in its last weeks to adopt final regulations to enforce a controversial law that seeks to block Internet gambling. The move is drawing hot protests from Democratic lawmakers and supporters of online betting. "This midnight rule-making will tie the hands of the new administration, burden the financial services industry at a time of economic crisis and contradict the stated intent of the Financial Services Committee," the House panel's chairman, Rep.
October 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Royalties that digital music companies, including Apple Inc. and record labels, pay songwriters for selling their music as ring tones, CDs and permanent digital downloads are to be set today by a federal agency. This is the first time in nearly three decades that the industry has been unable to decide the fee for sales of recorded music on its own. Apple has so strongly opposed increasing the rate, now 9.
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