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Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 23

Federal court in Texas blocks new overtime rules

A federal court on Tuesday blocked implementation of a rule imposed by President Barack Obama's administration that would have made an estimated 4 million more higher-earning workers across the country eligible for overtime pay starting Dec. 1. The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted the nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents the Department of Labor from implementing the changes while the regulation's legality is examined in detail. – AL.com

Small Business Saturday once again rises

With this weekend’s upcoming Small Business Saturday – a national day established to support small businesses across the country – the National Association for the Self-Employed encourages Americans from coast to coast to support their local Mom and Pop small businesses, the heart of the American workforce. – News release

Opioid-prescribing scandal touches Alabama

Before they were arrested last year, Alabama doctors John Couch and Xiulu Ruan were prized customers of Insys Therapeutics Inc., maker of a powerful and highly addictive type of synthetic opioid known as fentanyl. Drs. Couch and Ruan prescribed a combined $4.9 million of the painkiller, called Subsys, to Medicare patients in 2013 and 2014, among the most of any doctors in the U.S., federal data show. – Wall Street Journal

Birmingham accountant charged with fraud

A Birmingham accountant stole nearly $90,000 from his employer to fund a lavish lifestyle and now is sought on formal charges, authorities said today. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has charged 38-year-old Joseph Wayne Attaway, of Oneonta, with first-degree theft, said Chief Deputy Randy Christian. – AL.com

A blade hits steel and blasts nation’s energy infrastructure

On Halloween afternoon, nine men arrived at a wooded ridgeline in rural Alabama. They parked their vehicles next to a gravel road, forming a loose circle of pickup trucks, a semi, and an earth-moving track hoe. The men were there to conduct repairs. Just over a month before, the pipeline had sprung a leak, forcing a shutdown that caused gasoline reserves on the East Coast to fall from 64 million barrels to 55.5 million, the biggest one-week drop in U.S. history. – Bloomberg

Digital receipts growing more popular but carry some risk

Instead of traditional paper receipts, a growing number of businesses are now offering digital ones to customers who give them their email addresses. Retailers say digital receipts save time and money but the Better Business Bureau says if you choose that route, your inbox could be flooded with marketing materials. – WBRC

Venezuela expat battles from Hoover

When he's not selling padlocks at Home Depot in Hoover, 60-year-old Gustavo Diaz is heading what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calls an "economic war" against his country. Diaz's instrument: his DolarToday.com website, which Venezuela insists posts fake black-market exchange rates to manipulate the country's currency. – Newser

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