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Higher cigarette tax among new Connecticut laws kicking in

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:21pm

A number of new laws will take effect in Connecticut on Friday, the first day of the new fiscal year, including many provisions in the newly revised $19.7 billion state budget. Following are highlights of some of the new laws.

The Latest: Illinois Democrats optimistic after budget deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:21pm

The Latest on Illinois lawmakers' attempts to approve a stopgap state budget and money for schools (all times local):

School district ordered to pay janitor in whistleblower case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:21pm

A Detroit-area public school district has been ordered to pay a janitor $193,000 after whistleblower provisions under the federal Clean Air Act were violated when she complained about asbestos exposure.

Attorney: Volkswagen believes some vehicles can be fixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:11pm

An attorney says Volkswagen believes it can fix some of the diesel vehicles caught up in the carmaker's cheating emissions scandal without compromising their performance.

The Latest: House begins debating final budget agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:11pm

The Latest on the North Carolina legislature considering a final budget agreement for next year (all times local):

Obama quickly signs Puerto Rico financial rescue bill

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:11pm

President Barack Obama signed a rescue package on Thursday for financially strapped Puerto Rico, which is facing more than $70 billion in debt and a major payment due Friday.

Illinois OKs stopgap spending deal, governor will sign

Ivan Moreno and John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:01pm

Illinois lawmakers approved a partial spending plan Thursday that would ensure schools stay open another year and give colleges and human service programs funding for six months, a rare bipartisan accomplishment but one that won't end the yearlong gridlock on a full budget.

The Latest: Al Gore proud of daughter arrested in protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:01pm

The Latest on the arrest of former Vice President Al Gore's daughter during a protest of a Boston pipeline (all times local):

Suicide by job: Farmers, lumberjacks, fisherman top list

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:01pm

Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen kill themselves most often among workers in the U.S., according to a large new study that shows enormous differences of suicide rates across jobs.

Appeals court nixes $7.25B credit card swipe fee settlement

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:52pm

A $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. over credit card transaction fees was rejected Thursday by a federal appeals court, a ruling praised by a retail trade association as a victory for consumers.

Google serves a 'Nougat' to fans of its Android software

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

Google is serving a new morsel for fans of its Android software: The next version has been dubbed "Nougat," extending Google's tradition of nicknaming each overhaul of Android after a sweet food.

Nevada gambling revenue down 5 percent in May

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:51pm

Nevada gambling revenue took another tumble in May, dropping nearly 5 percent statewide as Las Vegas Strip revenues fell sharply year-over-year.

Obama signs rescue package to help Puerto Rico manage $70 billion debt, create oversight board

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

Obama signs rescue package to help Puerto Rico manage $70 billion debt, create oversight board.

APNewsBreak: Union has deal with 4th Atlantic City casino

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:51pm

Atlantic City's main casino workers union reached agreement Thursday with four of the five casinos it had been targeting for a strike this weekend.

Illinois Legislature passes partial budget amid historic standoff; averts shutdown of schools

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

Illinois Legislature passes partial budget amid historic standoff; averts shutdown of schools.

Canada court overturns approval of Enbridge oil pipeline

Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:42pm

Canada's Federal Court of Appeal has overturned the previous government's controversial approval of a pipeline proposal that would bring oil to the Pacific Coast for shipment to Asia.

Missouri won't immediately halt Planned Parenthood funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:41pm

Gov. Jay Nixon says Planned Parenthood can continue receiving funding for women's health services for a while, despite a Missouri budget provision attempting to stop it.

US confirms first self-driving car death involving Tesla S driver using autopilot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:41pm

US confirms first self-driving car death involving Tesla S driver using autopilot.

The Latest: APNewsBreak: Union has deal with 4th casino

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:41pm

The Latest on contract negotiations with casinos (all times local):

Obama admin changing coal royalty program to boost revenue

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:41pm

The Interior Department said Thursday it is changing the way it values coal mined from public lands in the West to make sure mining companies are not shortchanging taxpayers on sales to Asia and other markets.