News bites: Labor backs call for action on mine safety regs

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement unit is probing Standard & Poor’s Rating Services over potential violations of the law linked to the firm’s botched ratings of a 2011 real estate deal, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is imposing new regulations to compel diversity in neighborhoods, Fox News reports.

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Environmentalists assailed proposed regulations allowing long-term permits for windmills blamed for bald eagle deaths.

The oil-and-gas lobby pledged to increase pressure on the Obama administration to improve flexibility of its biofuel program.

The National Rifle Association asked the Supreme Court to strike down the ban on handgun sales to teens.

A bipartisan group of more than 20 senators urged the Food and Drug Administration to issue new seafood guidance to pregnant women.

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