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Scandal-hit Volkswagen sees profits fall in 1st quarter

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 3:20am

German automaker Volkswagen saw its net profit fall 19 percent in the first three months of the year as it grappled with a costly scandal over cars it had equipped to cheat on diesel emissions tests.

UN health agency trumpets 'plain packaging' for tobacco

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 3:10am

The UN health agency says "plain packaging" on tobacco products has shown to be an effective complement to health warnings, advertising restrictions, and curbs on misleading packaging to help save lives.

Eurozone inflation remains negative in May

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 3:10am

Consumer prices across the 19-country eurozone fell again in May but look set to rise in the months ahead due to the recent pick-up in oil prices — an outlook that means the European Central Bank will likely refrain from announcing more stimulus measures this week.

German unemployment down to 6 percent in May

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:30am

Official figures show unemployment in Germany dropped to 6 percent in May, underlining the strength of the labor market in Europe's largest economy.

Chest protectors guard against deadly blows to chest

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:20am

Jack Crowley was 15 when a baseball hit him in the chest and stopped his heart. The Long Island teen survived, thanks to a police officer who grabbed a defibrillator and shocked his heart back into rhythm.

Public-sector workers strike in Belgium, transport disrupted

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:50am

Public-sector employees are striking across Belgium, disrupting train and bus services as well as schools, prisons and mail delivery.

Casino tests novel approach to preventing gambling addiction

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 12:11am

Massachusetts is set to launch a first-in-the-nation system aimed at preventing gambling addiction by allowing slot players to limit their bets.

Wal-Mart needs to grow overseas, and China's the big prize

Anne D'Innocenzio and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 11:50pm

Zhong Guoyan sifted through piles of fish at a Wal-Mart in Shenzhen, one of China's largest cities. She studied the fins, to make sure they were bright red and firm. She peered at the eyeballs — were they bulging?

Japan's economy improved but weak; Abe set to delay tax hike

Elaine Kurtenbach and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 11:40pm

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe easily weathered a no-confidence motion Tuesday submitted by opposition parties, as his allies agreed on postponing a sales tax hike to avoid further shocks to the stuttering economic recovery.

Vermont Law School president to step down

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 10:30pm

Vermont Law School President Marc Mihaly plans to step down from that post in about 13 months to return to teaching at the school.

New Zealand plans to remove logos from cigarette packs

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 10:20pm

New Zealand on Tuesday announced it will push ahead with plans to force tobacco companies to remove their logos from cigarette packs and enhance graphic health warnings.

Puerto Rico's tourist industry feels economic sting of Zika

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 10:11pm

It was the wedding of one of her best friends, and Natalie Kao was going to be a bridesmaid in a fun, tropical setting on a small island just off the east coast of Puerto Rico. But the prevalence of the Zika virus across the U.S. territory gave her pause.

Australia to sell bitcoins confiscated as proceeds of crime

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 8:21pm

About $13 million in bitcoins will be auctioned in Sydney in June after Australian police confiscated the digital currency as proceeds of crime, an official said Tuesday.

Company opening kidney dialysis clinic in Aberdeen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 5:40pm

A company with kidney dialysis clinics in Sioux Falls, Mitchell and Rosebud is opening a facility in Aberdeen.

Brazil's transparency chief quits over corruption probe tape

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 5:30pm

Leaked recordings of heavyweight politicians discussing Brazil's sprawling kickback scandal caused more headaches for acting President Michel Temer on Monday, with a new tape forcing his anti-corruption minister to quit.

Few Memorial Day airport headaches, most wait times bearable

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 5:10pm

Travelers who had braced for long lines and long waits were instead moving through most U.S. airports fairly quickly Monday, as the busy Memorial Day travel weekend drew to close.

Senators unveil their version of Louisiana operating budget

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 4:20pm

Louisiana's senators prioritized home- and community-based services for the elderly and disabled Monday as they crafted their version of next year's nearly $26 billion state operating budget, which would leave the TOPS college tuition program and safety net hospitals short.

Puerto Rico debates consequences of paying off debt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 3:20pm

Puerto Rico's budget director says the U.S. territory cannot pay off its debt and provide essential services at the same time.

Burkina Faso provisionally frees ex-ruling party head

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 1:40pm

A military tribunal in Burkina Faso says it has provisionally released the chairman of the country's former ruling party pending further investigations into a short-lived September coup.

Striking Verizon workers to return Wednesday; deal inked

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 1:40pm

Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon employees will return to work Wednesday after reaching a tentative contract agreement that includes 1,300 new call center jobs and nearly 11 percent in raises over four years but also makes health care plan changes to save the company money, the company and unions said Monday.