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  • 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.

  • WICHITA, Kan.-- When Candida L. Gutierrez's identity was stolen, the thief didn't limit herself to opening fraudulent credit and bank accounts. The scheme has been linked to illegal immigrants who use stolen Social Security numbers to get paid at their jobs, and authorities fear the problem could soon grow to ensnare more unsuspecting Americans.

  • NEW YORK-- Even in an era of $500 hotel rooms and $18 cocktails, the $442 that a Texas family paid for a ride in a New York City pedicab has become notorious. "It was not good for us," Souleymane Toure said as he hawked riders for his pedicab in Central Park. "

  • TAIPEI, Taiwan-- Police in Taiwan said a nursing home resident confessed to an early morning fire that ripped through the facility Tuesday, killing 12 people and injuring 60, many of them too weak to get out of their beds to escape.

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- The president of the Citizens Property Insurance Corp. said Monday he supports an investigation into its business operations by Gov.

  • It ruled the club has failed to prove it qualifies for the exemption for "dramatic or musical arts performances" that was adopted by the Legislature "with the evident purpose of promoting cultural and artistic performances in local communities."