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  • Arkansas' Smith restructured payment schedule Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:07 AM ET

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.-- Arkansas coach John L. Smith appears to have structured the bulk of his $850,000 salary to be paid after the likely end of his bankruptcy proceedings. The contract was signed a week after Smith acknowledged publicly to The Associated Press that he was facing bankruptcy as a result of land deals gone bad in Kentucky.

  • Rule subjects 100 more US banks to stress tests Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- About 100 medium-sized U.S. banks will have to show how prepared they are to withstand a financial crisis next year, under a rule adopted Tuesday.

  • Special Metals lays off 81 workers in W.Va., Ky. Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:06 AM ET

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-- Specials Metals Corp. has laid off more than 80 workers in Kentucky and West Virginia. Special Metals' parent, Precision Castparts Corp., announced the layoffs Monday. Precision Castparts spokesman Dwight Weber attributes the decision to adverse market conditions.

  • Uganda: 50 years of independence, amid turbulence Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:06 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG-- African leaders joined thousands of Ugandans Tuesday on an airstrip in the capital of Kampala where 50 years ago Uganda announced independence from British rule.

  • Stocks indexes slip following gloomy IMF forecast Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    Indexes fell on Wall Street as investors reacted to another weak forecast on the global economy and ahead of the traditional start of earnings season: results from Alcoa, the aluminum maker and economic bellwether, which come out after the closing bell.

  • NYC's Henry Hudson Bridge going cashless Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- New York City's Henry Hudson Bridge is going cashless. Unmanned, cashless toll booths are being introduced on the Bronx- Manhattan crossing beginning Nov. 10. The toll remains the same: $2.20 with E-ZPass and $4 without.

  • WHO: 'Brain-eating amoeba' kills 10 in Pakistan Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    ISLAMABAD-- A waterborne parasite commonly known as "brain-eating amoeba" has killed 10 people in Pakistan's largest city, a Pakistani official with the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Musa Khan, in charge of WHO's Disease Early Warning System in Pakistan, said the deaths were reported in the city of Karachi from March to September.

  • *Ohio park selling pieces of troubled coaster Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:03 AM ET
  • Gas prices in California inch higher _ again Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:03 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- The average price of regular gas in California has inched up to $4.671 a gallon, making it the highest in the nation for another day. AAA reported the price was higher than Monday's price of $4.668, which also was an all-time high for the state. California usually converts to the gas on Oct. 31.

  • Study of ND upkeep costs to include bridges Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.-- A recent study of the cost of maintaining North Dakota's county and township roads is being expanded to include bridges. The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University did the study at the Legislature's request.

  • EU fin mins blocked on thorny banking union Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    LUXEMBOURG-- Europe made little progress Tuesday in its efforts to secure the region's stricken financial system and ensure that failing banks never risk an entire country's economy again when finance ministers from the 27- country European Union failed to agree on how a single banking supervisor should be set up.

  • First female rapper debuts in Afghanistan Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    Afghanistan's first female rapper Sosan Firooz pleads into her microphone. She sings about repression of women, her hopes for a peaceful Afghanistan and the misery she says she experienced as a small child living in neighboring Iran.

  • Neb. Public Power to issue $250 million in bonds Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:01 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Neb.-- The Nebraska Public Power District plans to issue $250 million in bonds this month to pay for transmission lines and power generation projects. Some of the proceeds from the bonds will also be used repay part of the utility's general revenue bonds. The fixed-rate, tax-exempt bonds will be issued on Oct. 15.

  • Panel says ND tribe deserves greater tax share Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:01 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.-- Some North Dakota lawmakers say the Three Affiliated Tribes deserves a greater share of the taxes collected from reservation oil production. The Legislature's Tribal and State Relations Committee reviewed the idea. He says the panel didn't approve the 80 percent split, but he's expecting the Legislature will see the proposal next year.

  • Economic uncertainty hurts business travel Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- U.S. companies are continuing to cut back on employee travel plans amid uncertainty surrounding the health of the economy. Americans are expected to take 438.1 million business trips this year, down 2 percent from last year, the Global Business Travel Association said Tuesday.

  • NM's infrastructure earns 'C' grade Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    LAS CRUCES, N.M.-- The American Society of Civil Engineers has given New Mexico's infrastructure a grade of "C." The group, led by NM ASCE President and NMSU College of Engineering Associate Dean of Academics Sonya Cooper, recently released the state's grade in a new report.

  • Iran may cut ties with UAE over disputed islands Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    TEHRAN, Iran-- Iran on Tuesday warned the United Arab Emirates it could cut diplomatic relations between the two countries if the Arab nation keeps repeating claims to three Gulf islands that are controlled by Tehran.

  • Summit focuses on agriculture's impact on health Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    It aims to attract people who want to learn more about how Kansas health, agriculture and food environments intersect. Sessions are planned on healthy eating behaviors, farming in Kansas, the role of food and farm policy and challenges in producing healthy food.

  • Mich. man at risk for meningitis after losing wife Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    DETROIT-- Days after taking his wife off life support, George Cary got a phone call that confirmed his suspicions: Her meningitis-related death was linked to tainted steroid injections at a Michigan clinic that had regularly treated her back pain.

  • Duke unit to test sirens at NC nuclear Plant Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:58 AM ET

    NEW HILL, N.C.-- Life will be a little noisier over the next several weeks for people who live near the Harris Nuclear Plant in New Hill, N.C.. Beginning Tuesday, Progress Energy will test the public alert notification sirens between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays.

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