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US Maritime Liability Rules Changed after 2019 Boat Fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal lawmakers have changed 19th-century maritime liability rules for accident victims and their families in response to the 2019 boat fire off the coast of Southern California that killed 34 people. The Small Passenger Vessel Liability …

Lawmakers Back Key Boeing 737 MAX Certification Deadline Waiver

WASHINGTON –– Boeing Co. won backing from Congress early on Tuesday to lift a looming deadline imposing a new safety standard for modern cockpit alerts for two new versions of the U.S. planemaker’s best-selling 737 MAX aircraft. The company had …

House Advances Giant Texas Storm Surge Project in Water Bill

HOUSTON (AP) — Fourteen years after Hurricane Ike ripped through thousands of homes and businesses near Galveston, Texas — but mostly spared the region’s oil refineries and chemical plants — the U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to authorize the …

Democratic Senators Press US Auto Agency on Safety Rules

WASHINGTON –– A group of 10 Democratic senators Tuesday urged U.S. auto safety regulators to move quickly to issue new regulations after traffic crash deaths hit a 16-year-high in 2021. Senators Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal, Sherrod Brown, Dick Durbin, Jack …

US Supreme Court Weighs Barring Lawsuits Against Public Nursing Homes

WASHINGTON —U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signaled they were unlikely to broadly prevent people who depend on federal assistance programs including Medicaid from suing when states violate their rights even as they weighed barring a narrower class of cases …

Congress Wants to Hear What Twitter Whistleblower Has to Say

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers are anxious to hear from Twitter’s former security chief, who has alarmed Washington with allegations that the influential social network misled regulators about its cyber defenses and efforts to control fake accounts. Leaders of several …

81% of Flood Insurance Policyholders Will See Rate Increases, Report Says

When the Federal Emergency Management Agency rolled out a major overhaul to its beleaguered National Flood Insurance Program last April, it promised that bigger, richer homes would bear the brunt of premium increases, while almost 90 percent of policyholders would …

Congress Seeks Amazon’s Labor-Practice Records After Tornado That Killed Six

A Congressional committee wants Amazon.com Inc. to share details about its labor practices during extreme weather events, following a tornado that killed six employees in December when it ripped through an Amazon facility in Edwardsville, Illinois. The letter from the …

Congress Moves to End Forced Arbitration for Sex Misconduct

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. House has passed legislation barring contracts that force people to settle sexual assault or harassment cases through arbitration rather than in court, a process that often benefits employers and keeps misconduct allegations from becoming …

Judge Blocks COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate For Federal Contractors

A federal judge in Georgia issued a nationwide injunction that prevents the U.S. government from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on federal contractors, temporarily shutting down the last remaining vaccine requirement by the Biden administration. U.S. District Judge Stan Baker …