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  • Tom Hanks to make his Broadway debut next year

    NEW YORK-- Tom Hanks will play a gutsy New York City newspaper columnist when he makes his debut on Broadway in the spring. Previews begin March 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre and an opening night is set for April 1.

  • Japan nuke chief hints no restarts until next year

    TOKYO-- The head of Japan's new nuclear regulatory agency said Thursday that reactors will not be allowed to restart until they pass seismic inspections and meet new safety standards to be instituted next year.

  • Stillwater Mining shares fall on notes offering

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Stillwater Mining Co. tumbled Thursday, after the palladium and platinum producer announced plans to sell $300 million in notes.

  • No long US airline delays at close of summer

    NEW YORK-- U.S. airlines closed the summer travel season without any lengthy tarmac delays in August, the government said Thursday, a sharp reversal from a month earlier. On Aug. 15, a Caribbean Airlines flight sat on the tarmac at New York's JFK Airport for four hours and 28 minutes before it took off for its destination, Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Range Resources shares rally on production update

    FORT WORTH, Texas-- Shares of Range Resources Corp. climbed Thursday after the company gave an upbeat report on third-quarter oil and natural gas production.

  • Report: Safety systems for Afghan IEDs inadequate

    WASHINGTON-- The watchdog for spending in Afghanistan is warning commanders that a safety system to protect U.S. troops from roadside bombs is incomplete or inadequate. It was sent Wednesday to the top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, and commander for the Middle East, and Gen.

  • *South Korean sentenced in 'octopus death' scheme
  • *Thai ex-PM sought for malfeasance trial no-show
  • Stocks higher at midday

    NEW YORK-- Stocks are higher at midday after an encouraging report from the Labor Department. The Labor Department says applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to 339,000. That's the lowest in more than four years.

  • Senegal reality TV show features prettiest sheep

    DAKAR, Senegal-- The street level of Ousmane Ndiaye's building features a fabric shop. "I could rent this place out for 250,000 francs a month, but I prefer to keep Billal and my sheep here," says Ndiaye, 60, sporting a royal blue boubou as he strokes the head of the sheep he hopes will become a reality television star.

  • RI treasurer hails successful $81M bond sale

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Rhode Island officials say a recent sale of state general obligation bonds shows investor confidence in the state. Lincoln Chafee announced Thursday the state sold $81.4 million in bonds at an interest rate below 3 percent. The bond sale comes after the state saved $7 million in April by selling bonds to refinance $122.9 million in debt.

  • Chile's huge open-pit copper mine goes underground

    CHUQUICAMATA, Chile-- From above, it looks like a colossal amphitheater carved from rock, or the vast crater from a meteorite that crashed into Chile's Atacama desert ages ago.

  • Where have 'Today' show viewers gone?

    When the stay-at-home mom and her family visited New York from their home in Germantown, Md., they joined the crowd of fans outside the NBC morning show's Rockefeller Center studio.

  • S. Sudan to introduce mobile courts to clear cases

    JUBA, South Sudan-- To fight a backlog of court cases in this poor and rural country, South Sudan plans to introduce mobile courts, a response to criticism that that some defendants have languished in prison for five years without trial.

  • Scallop spat: UK, French fishermen in catch clash

    PARIS-- A bumper season for the French national dish of Coquilles St. Jacques has turned into a bitter dispute in the English Channel, as French fishermen angry over British expansion into their waters surrounded British boats in a show of maritime force.

  • Kythera shares climb in Nasdaq trading debut

    Kythera Biopharmaceuticals shares are trading above their offering price in their first day listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The stock jumped 81 cents, or 4.4 percent, to $19.30 in late morning trading, and earlier traded as high as $20.59.

  • Oil prices up as Turkey-Syria tension rises

    Oil prices rose Thursday as tension between Turkey and Syria raised concerns that crude oil supplies from the Middle East could be disrupted. On Thursday, Turkey claimed that it forced a Syrian passenger plane to land because it was carrying banned cargo from Russia.

  • *Stats show no Olympic boom for British tourism
  • Malaysia transsexuals lose challenge against law

    The secular High Court in Malaysia's southern Seremban town rejected a bid by four Muslim transsexuals who were born male to declare the Shariah law unconstitutional. The law is enforced in Shariah religious courts against Muslims, who comprise nearly two-thirds of Malaysia's 29 million people.

  • Cantel Medical 4Q net income more than doubles

    LITTLE FALLS, N.J.-- Cantel Medical Corp. said Thursday its net income more than doubled in the fiscal fourth quarter, helped by a tax benefit and stronger results from its endoscopy and water filtration units. Cantel, which anti-infection equipment for hospitals, said it earned $9.6 million, or 35 cents per share, in the three months ended July 31.