The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Wednesday imports of solar products from China and Taiwan injure U.S. producers, clearing the final hurdle for import duties and prompting China to express "serious concerns". ITC commissioners voted in favor of the complaint brought by the U.S. arm of German solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG in a bid to close a loophole that let Chinese producers sidestep duties imposed in 2012. The decision gives the U.S. Commerce Department the green light to impose anti-dumping duties as high as 165.04 percent on Chinese goods and 19.5 percent on Taiwan goods. Separate anti-subsidy duties of up to 38.72 percent apply for Chinese goods.
By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The governor and the powerful University of California chief will hash out their differences over tuition hikes and state funding in an unusual two-person advisory committee, a panel of the university's governing board has decided. Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat and fiscal moderate whose belt-tightening helped stabilize state finances, has proposed increasing funding for the UC system this year by $120 million, or 4 percent, but only if the 10-campus network agrees to freeze tuition fees. Seeking to resolve the standoff, a committee of the university's governing Board of Regents voted on Wednesday to send the matter to a two-person advisory committee consisting of Brown, who was just re-elected to a fourth term, and Napolitano, who ran the U.S. Department of Homeland Security before taking on her UC role.
DENVER (AP) — A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements?
(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will install an emergency manager in Atlantic City to assume control of the struggling gambling hub, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The Journal, citing an unnamed senior administration official, reported that Christie is expected to announce hiring corporate restructuring attorney Kevin Lavin to handle the city's strained finances and daily operations on Thursday. The Journal also said Christie would bring in Kevyn Orr, the restructuring lawyer who led Detroit through its bankruptcy as the city's emergency manager, as a part-time consultant to the recovery effort. Representatives for the Christie administration did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Cleanup is underway after nearly 3 million gallons of brine, a salty, toxic byproduct of oil and natural gas production, leaked from a pipeline in western North Dakota, the largest spill of its kind in the state since the current energy boom began.
EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Hampered by winds and frigid temperatures, firefighters battled a huge fire Wednesday night at a New Jersey apartment complex that sent flames sky high and smoke visible from New York City across the Hudson River.
The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year. Chinese and Turkish cities dominated the top of the rankings, and the Chinese territory Macau finished No. 1.
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Worldwide child deaths will be halved over the next 15 years, polio, guinea worm and river blindness will be eradicated, and there will be a single-dose cure for malaria. The predictions appear in the annual letter from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, chaired by the Microsoft Corp co-founder and former chief executive and his wife. Released on Thursday, the letter predicts a long list of breakthroughs in global health and development by 2030, including long-elusive milestones such as Africa being able to feed itself rather than depend on food imports. "You need some breakthroughs," Melinda Gates said in an interview.
By Richard Weizel NEWTOWN, Conn. (Reuters) - The town council of Newtown, Connecticut, voted unanimously on Wednesday to demolish the home of a 20-year-old man who killed 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. By a vote of 12-0, the council agreed that the white colonial-style house of the gunman, Adam Lanza, be razed under a plan that would preserve the lot as open space, at least for the short term. Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, on Dec. 14, 2012, at their home shortly before driving to the school to continue his shooting spree, killing 20 first-graders and six adult staffers before taking his own life. Under my tenure, I can't see doing anything else with that property," Patricia Llodra, Newtown's highest elected official, told the council before the vote.