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• The West Seattle Herald reports that three union locals have served notice to Safeway, QFC, Albertsons and Fred Meyer that the 20,000 employees they represent will go on strike tonight unless a new contract can be agreed upon. The unions say that they will begin setting up picket lines, and the retailers have said they will begin hiring replacement workers.

• The Chicago Tribune reports that the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a state law requiring so-called "affiliate companies" that did online business through to collect sales taxes at checkout is unconstitutional. The story says that the invalidation of the Main Street Fairness Act, which affected as many as 9,000 small businesses in the state, "is another shot in the highly contentious nationwide battle over who should collect online sales tax and how."

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