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A new union election at VW, this time without the furor

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 4:10pm

A new union vote is scheduled for this week at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, but so far it's been largely devoid of the public threats, promises and handwringing that surrounded last year's election at the factory.

NYC's novel salt warning rule set to take effect at chains

Jake Pearson and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 3:50pm

New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.

Signs of weak holiday spending send retail stocks lower

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 2:52pm

Stocks closed modestly lower on Monday, as traders returned from the Thanksgiving holiday to focus on the early signs of how the holiday shopping season may turn out and where interest rates may go in the U.S. and Europe.

California's top oil regulator quits after 17 months on job

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 4:10pm

California's top oil regulator announced his resignation on Monday after 17 months as head of the embattled agency, including a criticized episode in which he directed state workers to investigate the oil and gas potential of Gov. Jerry Brown's family ranch.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 4:00pm

Nevada officials say the state's casinos earned 2.9 percent less in October than they did a year ago. The Nevada Gaming Control Board says show revenue from gambling dropped more than 5 percent on the Las Vegas Strip. State taxes collected on gambling revenue dropped 22 percent to $52.3 million.

Idaho lawmakers review solar energy incentive proposal

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 4:00pm

Officials with Idaho's solar energy industry say they want to pay taxes on the energy they produce, not property taxes — a system that already applies to other renewable energy developers.

Report: More Northeast casinos, more Atlantic City closures

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 4:00pm

A Wall Street firm predicts a new wave of casino expansion in the Northeastern U.S. will lead to more casino closings in Atlantic City.

Jurors still without verdict in ex-coal CEO's federal trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 3:40pm

Jurors have deliberated another day without reaching a verdict in ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's trial.

Info on 5 million VTech customers and kids exposed in breach

Bree Fowler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 3:31pm

Kid's technology maker VTech says the personal information of about 5 million of its customers and their children may have been stolen by hackers.

Police still searching for killer of bookstore owner

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 3:31pm

Police say have not given up on solving the 2010 stabbing death of a bookstore owner who is mother-in-law of a Utah Jazz executive.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 3:30pm

Idaho's solar energy industry is encouraging lawmakers to include solar projects in a production tax currently granted to other forms of renewable energy developers. A legislative panel met today to hear from solar energy developers and tax officials to discuss possible legislation for the 2016.

Higher education leaders drop plans for cigarette tax hike

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 3:30pm

Missouri higher education leaders have dropped plans for a potential 2016 ballot measure that would have raised taxes on cigarettes to fund college scholarships.

Newspaper: California's top oil regulator quitting after 17 months on job

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 3:12pm

Newspaper: California's top oil regulator quitting after 17 months on job.

Property tax and school aid panel adjourns without consensus

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 3:01pm

A committee that spent months looking for ways to reduce Nebraska's reliance on property taxes to pay for schools finished its final work session Monday with plenty of ideas but no clear-cut answers.

San Francisco Bay weighs tougher air rules for refineries

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 2:51pm

San Francisco Bay officials are considering what they say are the toughest emission rules in the nation for oil refineries.

Utah trooper shot 4 times returning to work with promotion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 2:21pm

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper shot four times earlier this year is returning to work with a promotion.

Ohio seeks flexibility in work rules for those on welfare

Ann Sanner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 2:20pm

Ohio officials have asked the federal government for flexibility in work requirements for some welfare recipients, saying that certain rules don't provide enough time for people to complete vocational training or other job-related activities.

Lawmakers say school choice rule doesn't follow bill's aim

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 2:10pm

A majority of Montana lawmakers believe the state Department of Revenue did not follow the Legislature's intentions when the agency wrote a rule barring religious schools from benefiting from a new tax-credit program, according to a poll released Monday.

Activists call on Gambia gov't to release environmentalists

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 2:01pm

Rights groups called on Gambia's government on Monday to release 33 environmental activists who were detained more than a week ago after staging a protest against sand mining in their coastal village.