Roundup: Empire State Building / US rig count drops / Labor Department 

    City lights: Purple and gold could shine out over New York City tonight, depending on the outcome of the LSU game as the Empire State Building has announced it will shine its world-famous tower the winning team’s colors for the evening, WAFB-TV reports.  

    Oil drilling: The number of U.S. oil and gas drilling rigs plunged by 15 this week, bringing the nation’s total to 781, according to the Baker Hughes rig count, The Houston Chronicle reports. The rig count is back at its lowest point since March 2017, when the industry was recovering from the previous oil bust. The drop was led by the Permian Basin, which saw a net loss of six rigs this week. Louisiana had a net loss of three rigs. Read the full story.  

    New rule: The Labor Department issued a final rule Sunday that clarifies when a worker is employed by more than one company, an issue that affects franchise businesses such as McDonald’s and firms that have outsourced services such as cleaning and maintenance. The rule, first proposed last spring, replaces an Obama administration policy that potentially made more businesses liable for failures by franchisees or contractors to pay overtime or minimum wages. Read the full story. 

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