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Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws ire over past labor abuse

GUNKANJIMA, Japan- Of countless ghostly abandoned factories and mines in Japan, this fortress island near Nagasaki is among the most notorious. Gunkanjima, or Battleship Island, is one of 23 old industrial facilities seeking UNESCO's recognition as world heritage "Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution" meant to illustrate Japan's rapid...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press
Obama health care law survives second Supreme Court fight

WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court sent a clear message Thursday that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of Americans. The 6-3 ruling, which upheld financial aid to millions of low- and middle-income Americans to help pay for...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press
Independents line up behind Apple Music

LOS ANGELES- Several independent music label groups, including those representing Adele, Arcade Fire and Radiohead, say they can now support Apple Music after Apple reversed a decision not to pay royalties during the 90- day free trial period and adjusted other terms. The streaming service, set to launch Tuesday, had drawn the ire of Taylor Swift and other indie...
Source: The Associated Press
Republicans push back against proposed dietary guidelines

House and Senate spending bills say the guidelines must focus only on nutrition and diet. That's a clear effort to thwart a recommendation by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that eating a diet higher in vegetables and other plant-based foods is better for the environment than eating a diet based more on foods from animals. The departments of...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By MARY CLARE JALONICK and LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press
Cramer finds undervalued oil stocks  

Mad Money host Jim Cramer trades a few energy stocks, including Apache and Anadarko.
Source: CNBC.com
Senators: Safety agency must shape up to get more funding

WASHINGTON- Senators threatened Tuesday to withhold additional funding from the nation's top auto safety agency until it improves its ability to spot defective parts like Takata Corp.' s exploding air bags. The Senate Commerce Committee met to grill Takata on its ongoing recall of 33.8 million air bags, the largest recall in U.S. history.
Source: The Associated Press
NYC taxi commission OKs new rules for app-based car services

Part of the proposal unanimously passed allows the companies to update their apps without approval from the regulators- a change from the initial proposed rules- a small but important shift that Uber, the multibillion-dollar ride-hailing app that has exploded in New York City in recent years, hailed as a victory. "What that means is that every New York City rider...
Source: The Associated Press
CEO Plank solidifies control of Under Armour

Under Armour announced a new class of publicly traded shares without voting power, a move that gives CEO Kevin Plank more control over his company.
Source: CNBC.com | By: Dominic Chu
How badly did miners suffer last year? $156B bad

The world's biggest miners lost $156 billion of their combined market value last year, according to new data, and the losses could keep flowing.
Source: CNBC.com | By: Nyshka Chandran
Oil bosses break long climate silence with urgent initiative

*Energy firms accelerate activity ahead of Paris summit. Discrete talks in the eyrie of Davos in January led to a spontaneous, light bulb moment on a stage in Oslo in February. Faced with growing pressure from shareholders, vocal divestment campaigns by the media and advocacy groups, there looms the critical moment of the United Nations climate summit in Paris in...
Source: Reuters | By: Ron Bousso and Dmitry Zhdannikov