Business Briefs – November 13, 2018

U.S. October Budget Deficit Jumps to $100.5 Billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government recorded a deficit of $100.5 billion in October, a big increase from a year ago primarily caused by quirks in the calendar. The Treasury Department says the deficit shot up 59 percent from the same month a year ago. The government has run a deficit every October going back to the 1950s. The new report begins a budget year in which the federal deficit is expected to soar above $1 trillion, reflecting in part the tax cuts Congress approved last December.

EPA Seeks New Truck Pollution Rules; Says Air Won’t Suffer

DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to rewrite rules that limit pollution from heavy trucks but that the EPA says slow the economy. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler argues that new technology can help improve air quality, noting that regulation of harmful nitrogen oxide emissions hasn’t been revamped since 2000.

Juul Halts Store Sales of Some Flavored E-Cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s leading e-cigarette maker is halting store sales of some flavors to deter use by kids. The announcement Tuesday by Juul Labs Inc. comes ahead of an expected government crackdown on underage sales of e-cigarettes. It will continue to sell flavors through its website and limit sales to those 21 and older.