Sanctions lifted on warlord's ex-wives

Three ex-wives and top aides of war criminal Charles Taylor are being taken off the Treasury Department's sanctions list.

The individuals, 12 in all, were previously prohibited from accessing assets in the United States due to their association with the warlord and former president of Liberia.


News Bites: The costs of regulation

The Huffington Post reports a study finding that U.S. immigration regulations cost immigrants $30 billion per year. 

Banks are lobbying against the regulation of complex financial products known as securities, Bloomberg reports. More capital requirements will stifle lending, the banks claim.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pushing for reforms to the rules set out by the Dodd-Frank law, The Hill's Peter Schroeder reports.

The Texas State Senate passed a bill to ban cities from imposing regulations on gun shows, according to the Houston Chronicle.


News Bites: Regs undergoing scrutiny

Lawmakers in Alabama voted to tighten rules surrounding clinics that provide abortions, according to The Associated Press

The EPA's new fuel rules will have a negative effect on the alternative fuel industry, The New York Times says in its analysis. 

A gun rights group is filing suit to strike down state laws that prohibit noncitizens from obtaining concealed weapons permits, according to The Washington Times.

Wisconsin mining companies are circumventing regulations by taking advantage of a separate set of rules, the Price County Daily reports.


News Bites: High court upholds several federal rules

The Supreme Court won't hear challenge from airlines to Transportation Department regulations, keeping consumer protection regulations in place, according to USA Today. 

Financial regulator issues new rules to exempt certain swap transactions from disclosure, Bloomberg reports.

The Supreme Court says a new EPA air pollution rule is justified because of data showing health risks, according to Reuters

The Washington Post reports that Customs and Border Protection agents are dodging furloughs … for now.


News Bites: Regulator fails to protect workers

A New York Times report says the Occupational Health and Safety Organization (OSHA) has long ignored "silent, slow killers" of workers on the job.

President Obama's pick to lead the Department of Energy tied to embattled oil-and-gas giant BP, The Hill's Ben Geman reports.

In spite of Dodd-Frank consumer protection regulations, banking customers still paid $32 billion in overdraft fees, according to the Huffington Post.

Regulators in Saudi Arabia say Skype and other Internet companies do not comply with the country's telecommunication rules and are threatening to shut them down, CNN reports.

Crowdfunding rules OK'd by JOBS Act undergo more delay, according to a column in the Herald-Tribune by Jerry Chautin, a small-business counselor.


Report: Security in nuclear-weapons facilities lacking

The agency in charge of government oversight says that there is not an adequate “safety culture” surrounding America’s nuclear weapons facilities.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on Wednesday that says the Department of Energy (DOE) and its nuclear counterpart the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) continues to “face challenges” with safety oversight, despite of previous orders to improve it.