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People walk by a logo of Volkswagen at a dealership in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.  South Korea said Thursday it fined Volkswagen $12.3 million and ordered recalls of 125,522 diesel vehicles after the government found their emissions tests were rigged. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Volkswagen to appeal ruling allowing ‘micro’ union at plant

- Associated Press

Volkswagen on Tuesday informed workers at its lone U.S. plant in Chattanooga that it is appealing a decision to allow the United Auto Workers union to seek collective bargaining rights for a small group of skilled workers.

In this Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, file photo, a consumer looks at Cyber Monday sales on her computer at her home in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Cyber Monday scammers shut down in massive online sting

- The Washington Times

Would-be Cyber Monday sales were busted up by the tens of thousands as the result of a multinational law enforcement effort that allowed authorities to quash 37,479 websites suspected of illegally selling counterfeit goods ahead of one of the holiday season’s biggest shopping days, officials said this week.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference at the IMF in Washington, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, to announce the Chinese yuan will join a basket of the world's leading currencies.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

IMF promotes China’s yuan to elite basket of currencies

- The Washington Times

China checked off one of its top priorities as an emerging economic superpower when the International Monetary Fund on Monday announced it will be including the Chinese yuan in the elite basket of world currencies it uses to help finance its work with countries around the world.

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In this undated photo provided by Mark Zuckerberg, Max Chan Zuckerberg is held by her parents, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife announced the birth of their daughter, Max, as well as plans to donate most of their wealth to a new organization that will tackle a broad range of the world's ills. (Mark Zuckerberg via AP)

Facebook CEO, now a father, will give away most of his money

- Associated Press

Talk about birth announcements: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said they'll devote nearly all their wealth - roughly $45 billion - to good works in celebration of their new baby daughter, Max.

New Mexico early child education proposal gets new push

- Associated Press

Democrats and a coalition of 40 groups said Tuesday they will push - again - for legislation that would tap into New Mexico's permanent land fund to expand early childhood education.

Board changes residency rules for legal pot businesses

- Associated Press

The board tasked with writing rules for Alaska's recreational marijuana industry backtracked Tuesday and adopted stricter residency requirements for applicants for pot business licenses.

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks to reporters before walking into the governor's office at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Springfield, Ill. Rauner and legislative leaders are meeting in a highly publicized and partially public budget summit. Expectations are low for outcomes of the first meeting since May that includes all five officials.  (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Rauner, Democrats hold 1st meeting in months on state budget

- Associated Press

Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders held a rare meeting Tuesday on the elusive Illinois budget, a summit featuring familiar speeches during the public portion before they reconvened in private to discuss how to end a stalemate now in its sixth month.

A giant globe displays a video animation during a conference about Antarctic mass change at the U.S. Pavillon during the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

In slap at Obama, GOP-led House moves to block climate rule

- Associated Press

As President Barack Obama worked to hammer out a global climate agreement in Paris, Republicans in Congress moved to block his plan to force steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants.

Corporation commissioner asks APS to show political spending

- Associated Press

A member of the Arizona Corporation Commission wants the state's largest electric utility to disclose its spending in the 2014 elections, a move that ramps up pressure on the utility long suspected of spending millions to elect favored regulators.

Jury still has no verdict in ex-coal CEO Blankenship trial

- Associated Press

A federal judge told a jury Tuesday to keep trying to reach a verdict in the trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, even after jurors said they were deadlocked, and she told them they can return a partial verdict if they agree on a portion of the charges.

GOP leader says House considering broader use of sales tax

Associated Press

The Republican leader in the Pennsylvania House says budget negotiators are considering whether to apply the state's sales tax to more goods or services as part of an effort to end a 5-month-old stalemate.

Planned Parenthood sues Idaho over abortion laws

- Associated Press

Planned Parenthood has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn recently passed Idaho laws that ban women from receiving abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine.

In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, marijuana plants are seen nearly ready for harvest at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Dr. Bodo Schneider, a physician accused of charging patients for marijuana recommendations without a legitimate doctor-patient relationship, could lose his license in a case critics say highlights the state's strict enforcement. His case came before an administrative law judge Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Illinois' pot-friendly doctor has been in trouble before

- Associated Press

A physician accused of violating Illinois' medical marijuana law could lose his license in a case that critics say highlights the state's strict enforcement of the pilot program and that his patients worry could hurt their ability to buy cannabis.

FILE - This July 21, 2015, file photo, Wendover Mayor Mike Crawford kneels down along the exposed mud track on the Bonneville Salt Flats, in Utah. Utah's elected officials have joined the chorus of speed aficionados urging federal land managers to do more to protect the state's famous salt flats after patchy, rough salt led to a string of canceled races in recent years. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Politicians join push to protect Utah's famous salt flats

- Associated Press

Utah's elected officials have joined the chorus of speed aficionados urging federal land managers to do more to protect the state's famous salt flats after patchy, rough salt led to a string of canceled motorsports in recent years.

Backers of legalizing marijuana submit ballot signatures

- Associated Press

Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts said they submitted more than enough signatures Tuesday to the secretary of state's office to keep alive their hopes of putting the proposal before voters next year.