News bites: Obama’s favored Fed pick faces opposition

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is considering new safety regulations for rail tank cars in response to recent accidents, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled its case against the manufacturer of a baby monitoring device after it was discovered a hacker gained access to video feeds inside hundreds of homes, The Washington Post reports.

A new IRS rule that will impose taxes on automatic restaurant gratuities has restaurants rethinking the way they collect tips from large parties, according to the Journal.

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Safeway agreed to pay $600,000 in fines to settle pollution charges leveled by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) urged Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to stop targeting unauthorized farm workers.

A federal appeals court decided not to revisit a contentious rule that sought to require informational union posters in workplaces.

Shaquille O’Neal’s participation in the first lady’s anti-obesity campaign drew criticism from a consumer safety group.

The Government Accountability Office  issued a report finding fault with proposed regulations designed to modernize poultry inspection practices.

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