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John Kerry, Ash Carter meet with Australian counterparts

Steve Leblanc, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 4:11pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with their Australian counterparts in Boston on Tuesday to discuss security and trade issues.

US stocks are mixed as investors assess earnings, deals

Steve Rothwell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 3:31pm

U.S. stocks are mixed on Tuesday as investors assess the latest deal news and company earnings reports. Twitter rose after announcing that it would lay off staff as it strives to turn a profit. Ryder System, a transportation company, fell sharply after lowering its profit forecast for the third quarter.

California's sweeping new social policies could set trend

Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 3:31pm

California ends its legislative season having enacted some of the country's most aggressive social policies: Laws requiring student vaccinations, granting terminally ill people the right to take life-ending medications, and mandating equal pay for women were among dozens approved.

Brother of US journalist condemns 'cruel' detention in Iran

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 2:21pm

The brother of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post journalist detained in Iran and convicted in secret, described his brother's imprisonment as "cruel and inhumane" Tuesday and called on the U.S. government to take "any appropriate actions" to win his freedom.

Top beer makers to join forces to face industry challenges

Raf Casert and Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 2:02pm

The world's biggest beer maker clinched a deal Tuesday to take over its nearest rival in a bid to stave off the megabrewers' most serious problems: the surge in popularity of craft brews and weakening sales in the rich markets of the U.S. and Europe.

Massachusetts nuclear power plant to close by 2019

Mark Pratt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 2:01pm

The beleaguered Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, the only nuclear power plant in Massachusetts, will close by June 2019 because it's becoming too expensive to run, its owner announced Tuesday.

Court reinstates lawsuit over NYPD surveillance of Muslims

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 12:50pm

A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslim groups in New Jersey after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying any resulting harm came from the city's tactics, not the media's reporting of them.

Union: Chronic shortage of air traffic controllers a crisis

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 12:00pm

A chronic shortage of controllers has reached a crisis that will lead to widespread flight delays if left unchecked, officials for the union that represents air traffic controllers said Tuesday.

Playboy to stop running pictures of completely naked women

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 11:40am

Playboy is about to find out how many people really do read it for the articles.

Tennessee officials told to avoid emailing about outsourcing

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 4:31pm

Officials mulling over the privatization of operations at state buildings, college campuses, prisons and armories are being discouraged from putting their thoughts into emails.

Wesson man pleads guilty to tampering with milk

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 4:11pm

A 41-year-old man has pleaded guilty to tampering with milk while employed at a dairy farm near Crystal Springs, Mississippi.

Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania combine on gas drilling

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 3:50pm

Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania on Tuesday agreed to cooperate in attracting shale gas development and jobs to their region over the next three years rather than compete with each other.

Nevada to pay $615k after losing gay marriage fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 2:41pm

A Nevada board has approved a $615,000 payment to lawyers who successfully challenged the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Ohio Senate panel approves police PTSD compensation bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 1:41pm

Emergency responders with post-traumatic stress disorder could be eligible for workers' compensation benefits regardless of whether they have suffered any physical injuries under legislation passed by an Ohio Senate panel.

Ex-coal CEO on trial talks safety in secretly recorded calls

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 1:41pm

Prosecutors are continuing to replay phone calls ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship secretly recorded in his office.

FAA: Airline passengers shouldn't pack extra batteries

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 1:41pm

The government is strongly urging airlines to tell passengers not to pack spare lithium batteries in checked luggage because they can ignite and fuel fires in baggage compartments.

Grain higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 1:32pm

Grain futures were higher Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Whisky born at Washington's Mount Vernon unveiled

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 1:30pm

After a three-year aging process, distillers at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate will taste a batch of single malt whisky made at the estate's distillery.

Ex-Anglo bank chief faces 33 charges if extradited to Dublin

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 1:13pm

Court documents unsealed Tuesday show that Ireland hopes to prosecute the disgraced former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank for 33 counts of fraud, forgery and other crimes if he is extradited from Boston to Dublin.

Shell drill vessels leave Arctic after oil exploration ends

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 12:10pm

Vessels used by Royal Dutch Shell PLC to drill for oil off Alaska have safely departed Arctic waters.