WASHINGTON, Oct 21- The United States has floated excluding tobacco products from a key section of a 12- nation Pacific trade deal and signaled it may present a formal proposal to trading partners at talks in Australia, sources briefed on the negotiations said. Marlboro maker Philip Morris International is challenging Australia's plain packaging laws, which...» Read More
ABERDEEN, S.D.-- A wind turbine blade manufacturer in Aberdeen has called back 15 of the 92 employees who were laid off last month, after receiving new orders. Molded Fiber Glass has received orders from the General Electric Co. for the 40- meter blade that it normally makes and also for a new, larger blade, Plant Manager Dave Giovannini told the American News.
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- Wegmans Food Markets Inc. says it's recalling a brownie mix after reports from two consumers about allergic reactions to undeclared milk in the product.
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- West Virginia agriculture officials are hosting a delegation from China. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is teaming up with the state's Nursery and Landscape Association to host the delegation. A reception was held Monday night in Charleston following a tour of a nursery operation in Mason County.
NIAGARA, N.Y.-- A Niagara County park has gotten a $6 million facelift. New York state parks officials and representatives from the New York Power Authority will cut the ribbon Tuesday on improvements at Reservoir State Park. Part of the 133- acre park overlooks NYPA's Robert Moses Power Plant Reservoir, a favorite fishing spot.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- The Institute for Community and Rural Health at West Virginia University is getting $400,000 for programs designed to help reduce obesity and curb deaths from stroke and heart disease.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-- Job creation in southern West Virginia is the focus of a discussion in Huntington that will bring together federal and regional officials. Nick Rahall will be joined by federal agriculture and commerce officials on Tuesday at a discussion promoted by the Appalachian Regional Commission.
SAN BRUNO, Calif.-- Survivors of a deadly PG&E Corp. pipeline explosion asked Gov. Jerry Brown to replace the president of the California Public Utilities Commission on Monday, saying energy regulators have failed to keep the public safe under CPUC President Michael Peevey's leadership.
ATHENS, Greece-- Greece's prime minister is holding another round of talks with his restive coalition partners to try to convince them to accept the last details of an austerity package that the country needs to secure vital rescue loans. Antonis Samaras said Tuesday that "at some point, we have to finish" talks on the 13.5 billion package.
COLUMBIA, S.C.-- The director of South Carolina's Medicaid agency said Monday that he realizes his preliminary budget calling for nearly $200 million more from state taxes in 2013-14 is likely an impossible request. Clearly, that's not going to fly, " Department of Health and Human Services director Tony Keck told The Associated Press.
JACKSON, Miss.-- Expanding Medicaid would bring Mississippi more federal money from 2014 through 2016 but could cost the state millions of dollars from 2017 through 2025, according to a study released Monday by the state's University Research Center.
3 M, which makes everything from Scotch tape to coatings for LCD screens and is an economic bellwether, reduced its profit expectations for this year because of "current economic realities." Chemical maker DuPont said it will cut 1,500 jobs and take other steps to increase competitiveness after earnings fell sharply last quarter.
WEST CHESTER, Ohio-- AK Steel Holding Corp. said Tuesday that its third-quarter loss widened to $60.9 million, as steel prices dropped. The results fell significantly short of Wall Street predictions and AK Steel shares tumbled in morning trading. AK Steel said that tough economic conditions around the world continue to hurt steel shipping volumes and prices.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Auto dealer Sonic Automotive Inc. said Tuesday that third-quarter income fell 48 percent, dragged down by the cost of buying back company debt. Net income was $10 million, or 18 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30. Shares of the Charlotte- based company fell 11 cents to $18.06 in morning trading.
The Marikana Commission _ which is investigating violence at Lonmin's platinum mines on Aug. 16 as well as related incidents in which up to 46 people were killed_ was disrupted by the emotional response of grieving family members to the video footage which shows some of the worst state violence since the end of apartheid since 1994..
MELBOURNE, Australia-- Having won seven Tour de France titles is no longer part of Lance Armstrong's Twitter profile.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.-- Hollywood warmed up for its awards season with a love fest that recognized top actors and directors for films that haven't been released yet.
LEXINGTON, Ky.-- Lexmark International broke even in the third quarter both in per-share and dollar terms _ a sharp decline from a profit a year earlier due to restructuring and acquisition-related charges. In the July-September period a year ago, Lexmark earned $67 million, or 86 cents per share.
SLUGGISH ECONOMY: 3 M cut its profit projections for this year because of weak economic growth, including in China and Europe. 3 M said it will lay out 2013 expectations in December. WHY IT MATTERS: 3 M makes everything from Post-it notes and Scotch tape to roofing granules, coatings for LCD screens, and traffic sign coatings.