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  • Einstein letter on God to be auctioned on eBay Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 2:05 PM ET

    LONDON-- A letter in which Albert Einstein dismissed the idea of God as a product of human weakness is being sold on eBay for a starting price of $3 million. The letter, handwritten in 1954, a year before Einstein's death, was addressed to philosopher Eric Gutkind.

  • Germany keeps pressure on Greece to reform Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 1:42 PM ET

    BERLIN-- Germany's finance minister is keeping the pressure on Greece to implement reforms and spending cuts before a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble rejected on ZDF television Sunday suggestions that the trip signals Greece will definitely get further bailout money from its creditors.

  • Anti-austerity protests grip 56 Spanish cities Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 11:56 AM ET

    MADRID-- Tens of thousands of people marched in 56 Spanish cities Sunday to protest punishing austerity cuts they say will only increase unemployment and job insecurity in a country experiencing its second recession in three years and record high unemployment. The rally in Spain's capital was supported by 150 organizations.

  • Some in Vt. not sweet on standard syrup grading Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 11:39 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- In a state that has a long history of maple syrup production and fiercely protects the purity of its brand, Vermont producers are proud of their "fancy," "grade A dark amber" and "grade B" syrup.

  • Pa. charities: $19M for gas drilling research Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 11:33 AM ET

    Foundations from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh have provided more than $19 million for gas-drilling-related grants since 2009, according to an Associated Press review of charity data.

  • Miss Manners on sentiments in the digital age Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 10:07 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- In an age when people can choose among text messages, email, Facebook and old-fashioned stamps and printed cards, the chance to use the wrong method when sending your very best is quite high.

  • Social media among threats to greeting card makers Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    If you're like many Americans, your friends are texting their congratulations, sending you an e-card or clicking "Like" on your Facebook wall. The 25- year-old nanny from Kansas City, Mo., hears from friends largely through Facebook. " In consolidating its Kansas operations, Kansas City- based Hallmark plans to shed 300 jobs.

  • Large anti-austerity protest in 56 Spanish cities Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 9:15 AM ET

    MADRID-- Thousands of people are marching in 56 Spanish cities to protest punishing austerity cuts they say will only increase unemployment and job insecurity in a country suffering from its second recession in three years and record high unemployment.

  • $1.4T in states' pension fights foreshadowed in RI Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • UK phone hacking victims urge press regulation Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 7:29 AM ET

    LONDON-- Dozens of Britons who believe their phones were illegally tapped by journalists have written to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to consider tighter press regulation.

  • Calif. gasoline prices hit all-time high - twice Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 7:03 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- California motorists faced another day of record-breaking gasoline prices Sunday, though relief appeared to be on the way. A station in Long Beach had California's priciest gas at $6.65 for a gallon of regular, according to GasBuddy.com.

  • $1.4 trillion in pension fights foreshadowed in RI Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 5:01 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • 10 states where the public pension fight is fierce Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 5:01 AM ET

    Jerry Brown last month signed legislation expected to save billions of dollars in coming years by increasing the retirement age for new employees, limiting annual pension payouts to $132,120 and requiring workers who are not contributing half of their retirement costs to pay more.

  • Qatar Telecom boosts stake in Kuwaiti telecom firm Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 4:36 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-- Qatar Telecom says it is paying $1.8 billion to substantially boost its stake in Kuwaiti telecommunications operator Wataniya. Qatar Telecom, or Qtel, didn't say who sold the shares. It has more than 83 million customers in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

  • Iran's parliament drops impeachment over economy Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 3:17 AM ET

    TEHRAN, Iran-- Iran's parliament on Sunday abandoned its planned impeachment of a Cabinet minister over the free-fall of the country's currency, opting instead to look for more effective economic measures, like cutting spending.

  • Etihad Airways reports 19 percent jump in Q3 sales Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 2:08 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-- Gulf carrier Etihad Airways said Sunday a jump in passenger numbers flying aboard its fast-growing fleet drove third-quarter sales 19 percent higher to $1.3 billion. Like regional rivals Emirates and Qatar Airways, the airline is rapidly expanding its network, increasing the amount of cash it takes in.

  • Iran rulers eye currency mess from protected perch Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 12:30 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-- Just as Iran's currency was rattling near bottom after a stunning free fall, officials in Tehran opened a trade exhibition that included advanced engineering tools, heavy machinery and robotics.

  • Bombardier workers reject contract, vote to strike Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | 9:05 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.-- Bombardier Learjet workers rejected a contract offer and voted to strike Saturday, moves that will have them walking the picket line starting early Monday, a machinists union spokesman said.

  • Ecuador to advise Tunisia on debt negotiations Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | 3:04 PM ET

    QUITO, Ecuador-- Ecuador's President Rafael Correa says his country will advise the North African nation of Tunisia on possible renegotiation of its debts. He says he will send a mission to explain what Ecuador did in 2009 when it renegotiated about $3 billion in debts after declaring many of them illegitimate.

  • Somalia president appoints a new prime minister Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | 2:47 PM ET

    MOGADISHU, Somalia-- Somalia's president has appointed a new prime minister, a businessman who worked as a government economist in the 1980 s. Abdi Farah Shirdon was named prime minister on Saturday. Shirdon studied economics at Somalia National University in the 1970 s.