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Justice Dept. pushes back against Texas judge's sanctions

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:30am

The Justice Department pushed back Tuesday against a Texas judge's demand that its lawyers attend an ethics course, saying the sanction is inappropriate and could cost the government and taxpayers millions of dollars.

Alaska House, Senate negotiators reach deal on state budget

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:11am

House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on a state budget that restores funding for public schools, reduces a cut to the university system and is aimed at keeping state workers from receiving layoff warnings.

The Latest: Emanuel: Chicago pension relief is critical step

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:11am

The Latest on the last day of the Illinois legislative session as lawmakers and the governor try to end an 11-month budget standoff (all times local):

Great Plains Energy to buy Westar for about $8.6 billion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:00am

Great Plains Energy is buying rival Westar for about $8.6 billion, creating one large power provider in Kansas and Missouri with more than 1.5 million customers in.

Finland to seek EU aid to cope with Microsoft, Nokia layoffs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:00am

Finland says it will apply for EU help to deal with recent redundancies, particularly among workers at Microsoft and Nokia.

Markets Right Now: Stocks are mixed in midday trading

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:00am

The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local):

Puerto Rico taxi, tourist bus system hit by Uber protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 9:40am

Puerto Rico's capital is being hit by a protest against the anticipated arrival of ride-booking service Uber.

Justices reject union appeal over Trump Taj Mahal bankruptcy

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 9:31am

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a union challenge seeking to restore health and pension benefits for more than 1,000 workers at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City.

4th suit linking DuPont C8 dumping to illness goes to trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 9:30am

One of more than 3,500 lawsuits alleging links between people's illnesses and DuPont discharging C8 into drinking water and the Ohio River is heading to trial in federal court this week.

Illinois governor wants temporary budget fix amid stalemate

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 9:30am

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed a short-term budget fix on Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to give the state some temporary stability during a nearly yearlong spat between the Republican and Democratic lawmakers over a spending plan.

US consumer confidence slips in May

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 9:11am

U.S. consumer confidence fell for a second month in May to the lowest level since November.

Victim of shark attack expected to survive, hospital says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 9:10am

A hospital official has confirmed that a shark attacked a woman who received large bite marks while swimming in Southern California.

Grain lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 9:00am

Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

High court sides with property owners in wetlands case

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 8:50am

The Supreme Court is making it easier for landowners to bring a court challenge when federal regulators try to restrict property development due to concerns about water pollution.

California pension fund CEO to be sentenced for bribery

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 8:40am

Prosecutors want the former head of the nation's largest public pension fund sent to prison for four years after he acknowledged accepting bribes and trying to steer investments to help an associate.

Rewind! Germany's top court nixes Kraftwerk sample verdicts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 8:10am

German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk have suffered a legal setback at Germany's highest court in a suit over a two-second sample.

Puerto Rico's tourist industry feels economic sting of Zika

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:50am

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.

US home prices rise in March as spring buying season begins

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:40am

U.S. home prices kept climbing in March as the spring home buying season began, but so far the higher costs haven't thwarted sales.

Iran appeals to US to ease up on European finances for trade

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:30am

Iran's foreign minister has appealed to the United States to refrain from "retribution" against European banks that want to do business with his country as it opens up to global trade ties.