Judge strikes down rules on union elections
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge has struck down new regulations that were expected to help unions win more workplace elections.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg says the National Labor Relations Board never had a quorum when it voted last year to approve regulations to speed up the pace of union representation elections.
Boasberg did not address the merits of the rules Monday and said the NLRB could take a new vote to approve them.
At the time the rules were approved in December, the five-member board only had three members -- two Democrats and one Republican. The Republican did not technically participate in a final vote on the rule, even though he later wrote a dissenting opinion.
Federal law requires a quorum of at least three board members to consider new rules.
Kodak's nuclear reactor
ROCHESTER (AP) -- A little-known piece of Kodak's history has emerged as the company struggles for survival: It used to operate a small nuclear research reactor at its Rochester home.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports the reactor -- fueled by 3 1/2 pounds of highly enriched uranium -- operated for 30 years before it was dismantled in 2007. The fuel was moved under secrecy and high security to a federal facility.
Researchers say Kodak used the refrigerator-sized device to produce neutrons for testing materials and imaging. They say it was mentioned in research papers. But the company didn't publicize its existence in the city.
Reactors at Cornell and the University at Buffalo have been shut down in recent years. One at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is no longer fueled by highly enriched uranium.
Times sells Fenway shares
The New York Times Co. announced Monday that it has sold its remaining shares of the Fenway Sports Group, the parent company of the Boston Red Sox, for $63 million in cash to multiple buyers in transactions that were completed yesterday and today.
The Times Co., which owns the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, had been trying to divest its FSG shares for years and had sold other blocks of shares before today's announcement that the final 210 Class B units had been sold.
Fenway Sports Group owns the struggling Sox, the English Premier League's Liverpool Football Club, about 80 percent of New England Sports Network and 50 percent of NASCAR's Roush Fenway Racing.
-- Boston Herald
Coke testing lighter drinks
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Coca-Cola Co. is trying mid-calorie sodas again with its Sprite and Fanta.
A spokesman for the Atlanta-based company says the drinks will be tested in only four markets for a limited time.
The drinks will be called "Sprite Select" and "Fanta Select" and will have half the calories of regular. They will be made with a blend of sugar and other artificial sweeteners, including Truvia.
PepsiCo Inc. earlier this year launched its Pepsi Next, which has half the calories of regular.
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have tried mid-calorie drinks in the past. In 2001, Coke rolled out "C2" and Pepsi in 2004 introduced its "Pepsi Edge." Both were taken off the market because of poor sales.
GM SUV to debut overseas
General Motors plans to introduce a new small sport utility vehicle called the Chevrolet Trax in a key addition to its foreign product mix.
The vehicle, which will be shown for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in September, will be available in showrooms in Mexico starting in the fourth quarter.
The five-seat Trax won't be sold in the United States because it's similar in size to the Chevrolet Equinox.
-- Detroit Free Press