CARACAS, Venezuela— Venezuela's former oil czar, Rafael Ramirez, has been named the nation's envoy to the United Nations. Ramirez was Venezuela's powerful oil czar until this fall, when he was reassigned to be foreign minister. Delcy Rodriguez, who was Venezuela's information minister until October, will take Ramirez's post at the Foreign Ministry.» Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BEIJING-- Air China delayed two of its Beijing- bound flights to perform security checks Tuesday after it received threats shortly before they were scheduled to take off. The threats came a day after a China Southern Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Gansu province's Lanzhou city after it received a false terror threat.