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  • 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.

  • Air China checks 2 flights after receiving threats Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:58 AM ET

    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.

  • *Ghana to rule on seized Argentine ship Thursday Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:57 AM ET
  • *Hong Kong couple sues over sons' Harvard rejection Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:55 AM ET
  • Oil prices rise on jitters about supplies Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:37 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The price of oil is rising on concerns about supplies from the Middle East and the North Sea. Benchmark crude is up $1.46 to $90.79 a barrel in New York Tuesday. There is also concern that an escalation of the situation in Syria could disrupt supplies from the Middle East.

  • Compressed natural gas site opens for Okla. trucks Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:35 AM ET

    Love's Travel Stops opened the facility Monday on Interstate 40 at the Morgan Road exit in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City- based company says the CNG filling station demonstrates its commitment to offering natural gas as an alternative fuel for the trucking industry. That was through a Chesapeake Energy, another Oklahoma City- based company.

  • Clarification: Education Secretary-Textbooks story Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:35 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- In a story Oct. 2, The Associated Press reported that South Korea had set a goal to make all of its textbooks digital by 2015. In June, South Korea modified the plan to exclude some grades and to allow paper textbooks to be used alongside digital books while paper books are phased out.

  • Md. students gather data for gas-drilling study Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:34 AM ET

    FROSTBURG, Md.-- Some high school students in Frostburg, Md. are monitoring the quality of the area's drinking water in anticipation of natural gas drilling. The Allegany County school board said Monday that environmental science students at Mountain Ridge High School have received a grant of more than $69,000 to collect water samples monthly for several years.

  • *Heico buys assets of Action Research Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:34 AM ET
  • Purdue prof: Rise in holiday hiring a good sign Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:33 AM ET

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- A Purdue University professor says an increase in hiring by many U.S. retailers is a sign they're confident they'll see higher sales in the upcoming holiday shopping season.

  • NC Chamber sponsors health care summit Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:32 AM ET

    Among the speakers are Lanier Cansler, former secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services and Brad Wilson, the chief executive officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Robert Ingram of Hatteras Venture Partners will speak about what health care reform means for business.

  • Vt.'s Grace Potter to sing online for fair trade Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:31 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Fans of Vermont singer Grace Potter will be able to watch her give an online concert where she is going to be promoting fair trade coffee. She's going to be singing at Joe's Pub in New York live Tuesday on the Facebook page of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc..