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  • Goodell: NFL could drop Pro Bowl Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The NFL will consider dropping the Pro Bowl if the level of play doesn't improve, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday night. Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio's " Town Hall," Goodell agreed with host Michael Strahan that last January's Pro Bowl "was embarrassing."

  • Groups win challenge to gene-altered crops Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:40 AM ET

    District Judge James E. Boasberg rejected the federal government's argument that the environmental groups' lawsuit was moot because the Fish and Wildlife Service had already agreed to stop the practice after this year.

  • Oil price drops near $86 on global growth concerns Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:37 AM ET

    Benchmark oil is down $2.46, or 2.8 percent, to $86.19 in New York. 3 M Co., with products ranging from Scotch tape to traffic sign coatings, and Posco, the big Korean steel maker, were among the major companies that cut forecasts because of weak economic growth in China and Europe. Brent crude fell $1.87, or 1.7 percent, to $107.57 in London.

  • Greek junior gov't partner blocks reforms deal Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:35 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece-- A junior partner in Greece's governing coalition has refused to lift its opposition to a new package of austerity measures, which bailout creditors have been demanding for months in exchange for more rescue loans.

  • More BBC staff probed on sex claims post-Savile Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:29 AM ET

    LONDON-- A sexual abuse scandal shaking the BBC broadened Tuesday, with the broadcaster saying that it is investigating claims of sexual abuse and harassment against nine staff members and contributors, in addition to the late disgraced children's TV host Jimmy Savile.

  • Chinese issue letter criticizing case against Bo Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:27 AM ET

    BEIJING-- An array of activists, academics and dissidents are questioning the authorities' purge of Bo Xilai, demanding that China's legislature follow the rule of law and allow the disgraced leader to defend himself before lawmakers.

  • Lab testing services company creating 350 SC jobs Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:26 AM ET

    ROCK HILL, S.C.-- A company that provides medical testing services is bringing more than 350 jobs to a new facility in South Carolina's York County. State and company officials said Tuesday that Physicians Choice Laboratory Services is planning to invest more than $24 million to set up a new facility.

  • Seattle man gets Billy Idol to play his birthday Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:26 AM ET

    SEATTLE-- Michael Henrichsen has ideas about how he might celebrate his 26th birthday this week. First, Billy Idol rolls up in a limo and tells him to hop in.

  • Paper maker Stora Enso in $104 million Q3 profit Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:25 AM ET

    HELSINKI-- Nordic paper maker Stora Enso Oyj reported Tuesday a third-quarter net profit of 80 million but says it will slash 520 jobs to save 36 million annually. Stora's job cuts _ mostly in Finland, Sweden and Poland _ will be accompanied by mill closures in Sweden and Finland and efficiency improvements at several other plants, the company said.

  • Schieffer ends final debate with advice: go vote Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Bob Schieffer took a light hand Monday as moderator of the final presidential debate, ending with advice from his mother: "Go vote.

  • WVU plans to buy more properties in Morgantown Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:19 AM ET

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- West Virginia University plans to buy nearly 40 properties in Morgantown in a $14.5 million real estate deal that the Board of Governors was set to consider Tuesday afternoon. WVU officials have declined to discuss the details this week but told media outlets they may have more to say in a few days.

  • RI's Bryant gets $1M gift from Hasbro official Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:17 AM ET

    SMITHFIELD, R.I.-- Bryant University has received a $1 million gift from the foundation established by the chairman of the Hasbro toy company's executive committee to support the work of the school's Institute for Public Leadership.

  • Southwest launching Pittsburgh to Houston flight Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:16 AM ET

    IMPERIAL, Pa.-- Southwest Airlines Co. is launching daily, nonstop service from Pittsburgh International Airport to Houston starting April 14. The flight will leave Pittsburgh at 11:50 a.m. weekdays and arrive at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport at 2 p.m. The flight will follow a similar schedule on Sunday but will leave Pittsburgh at 9:15 a.m. on Saturdays.

  • SunTrust Banks falls as 3Q expenses climb Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:16 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of SunTrust Banks continued to fall on Tuesday, after the regional bank posted higher third-quarter expenses amid low interest rates.

  • Medicaid provider files lawsuit against Kentucky Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:15 AM ET

    FRANKFORT, Ky.-- A Medicaid managed care provider has filed a lawsuit against Kentucky, alleging that state officials provided incorrect information that led to $120 million in losses in the first 11 months of its contract. The Medicaid provider had announced last week that it would exercise its right to end the contract effective July 5, 2013.

  • Mont. man sentenced to 3 years for bank fraud Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:14 AM ET

    GREAT FALLS, Mont.-- A Malta, Mont. man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for defrauding a Belt bank when he and his wife applied for operating credit for their ranch. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 50- year-old Steven Lloyd Knudsen was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon in Great Falls and ordered to pay $948,555 in restitution.

  • Central American mothers look for missing migrants Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:13 AM ET

    GENERAL ESCOBEDO, Mexico-- Even before the tour bus comes to a stop, the women rise from their seats and wait in the aisle to exit. "The goal is to come to look for them," said Virginia Olcot, 42, of Chimaltenango, Guatemala, who last heard from her husband in September 2009 when he arrived at the U.S. border in Sonora. "

  • Legal case over WTC spire steel is settled Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a Canadian company have settled a lawsuit over steel for an antenna that will sit atop One World Trade Center. A joint announcement was made Tuesday by the Port Authority, ADF Steel Corp. and WTC 1 LLC. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed on 9/ 11..

  • China leader's persona forged by harsh early life Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:12 AM ET

    LIANGJIAHE, China-- The next leader of China spent much of his youth living in a dug-out cave. Xi Jingping's seven years in this remote northern community meant toiling alongside rural villagers by day and sleeping on bricks by night, in stark contrast to his pampered early years in Beijing.

  • Mich. community health centers get federal support Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:12 AM ET

    LANSING, Mich.-- Nearly two dozen community health centers in Michigan are getting funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The Michigan Department of Community Health announced Tuesday that the money for 22 centers aims to enhance the quality of care and allow more women to be screened for cervical cancer.