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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.

Japan economy weak but improved in April; deflation persists

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 8:20pm

Japan's factory output fell 3.5 percent in April from the same month a year earlier, while consumer spending also edged lower, though both improved from the month before, the government 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.

State to consider privatizing youth detention centers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 12:50pm

The state is seeking contractors to look into the feasibility of privatizing four of its juvenile detention facilities.

LATAM airlines to suspend flights to Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 12:40pm

Latin America's largest airline says it's suspending its flights to Venezuela.

The Latest: Verizon union says pact protects American jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 11:20am

The Latest on a tentative agreement to end a strike by nearly 40,000 Verizon workers (all times local):

German govt to help dairy farmers as milk prices fall

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 11:10am

Germany says it will provide at least 100 million euros ($112 million) to help the country's milk producers who have been suffering from falling prices.

Food Lion co-founder Ketner dies at age 95

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 11:10am

The co-founder of the Food Lion grocery store chain has died.

For Memorial Day, new stamps showing Service Cross Medals

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 10:50am

The U.S. Postal Service is marking Memorial Day by issuing new stamps showing the Service Cross Medals. They are among the nation's highest military honors.

Global stocks rise as UK, US markets remain shut for holiday

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

Major stock markets overseas have moved higher today amid greater optimism about the global economy.

Replica of Jefferson's Monticello home goes up for auction

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

A Connecticut home that is a replica of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is about to go on the auction block.

Romania charges 77 doctors in bribery case

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

Romanian prosecutors say they have charged dozens of doctors with taking bribes after a pharmaceutical company paid for vacations for them in India in exchange for promoting anti-cancer medicine to patients.