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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.

Justice Dept. pushes back against Texas judge's sanctions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 9:20am

The Justice Department is pushing back against a Texas judge's demand that its lawyers attend an ethics course, saying the sanction is inappropriate.

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.

The Latest: Rauner proposes short-term Illinois budget

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

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):

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.

Markets Right Now: Stocks open higher on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:40am

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

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.

Public-sector workers strike in Belgium, transport disrupted

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

Strikes by public-sector employees across Belgium intensified Tuesday, with train and bus services disrupted along with schools, prisons and mail delivery as workers protested against the government's social and economic policies.

State considers permanent ban on ohia transport

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:10am

State officials are set to consider whether an emergency quarantine put into effect last summer to prevent the spread of a fungus that has destroyed thousands of acres of the Big Island's native forests should be a permanent rule.

Scandal-hit Volkswagen makes profit despite scandal

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:10am

German automaker Volkswagen saw its net profit fall 19 percent in the first three months of the year — but showed it can still make money even as it grapples with a costly scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests.