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Scandal-hit Volkswagen sees profits fall in 1st quarter

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:00am

German automaker Volkswagen saw net profit fall 19 percent in the first three months of the year as it struggled to deal with a costly scandal over cars equipped to cheat on diesel emissions tests.

Public-sector workers strike in Belgium, transport disrupted

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:50am

Public-sector employees are striking across Belgium, disrupting train and bus services as well as schools, prisons and mail delivery.

Casino tests novel approach to preventing gambling addiction

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 12:11am

Massachusetts is set to launch a first-in-the-nation system aimed at preventing gambling addiction by allowing slot players to limit their bets.

Wal-Mart needs to grow overseas, and China's the big prize

Anne D'Innocenzio and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 11:50pm

Zhong Guoyan sifted through piles of fish at a Wal-Mart in Shenzhen, one of China's largest cities. She studied the fins, to make sure they were bright red and firm. She peered at the eyeballs — were they bulging?

Japan's economy improved but weak; Abe set to delay tax hike

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 11:40pm

Japan's economy remains weak but did better than expected in April, the latest data showed Tuesday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looked set to delay a 2017 tax hike to minimize shocks to the fitful recovery.

Vermont Law School president to step down

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

Vermont Law School President Marc Mihaly plans to step down from that post in about 13 months to return to teaching at the school.

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.

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):