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Alert in Chile over half a million abandoned pigs

SANTIAGO — Chile declared a health alert at a site where 500,000 pigs, abandoned by a slaughtering company, were dying in large numbers until authorities stepped in Tuesday. Health Minister Jaime Manalich visited the plant in Freirina, 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Santiago in the parched Atacama region, and…

U.S. regulators tell lawmakers of JPMorgan probes

WASHINGTON — Two US market regulators confirmed Tuesday they were investigating JPMorgan Chase’s $2 billion-plus trading loss in derivatives. In a Senate hearing on systemic risk in the vast market for derivatives, Gary Gensler, chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, said the CFTC was pursuing a preliminary investigation…

Pictures show North Korea rocket launch upgrade

WASHINGTON — North Korea has undertaken a major upgrade of a launch pad that could pave the way for longer-range missiles, a research group said Tuesday, amid mounting concern over Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Satellite images show that North Korea has made “rapid progress” in the past year at its Musudan-ri…

Romney slams U.S. visa for Castro daughter visit

WASHINGTON — Republican Mitt Romney said he was “greatly disturbed” that President Barack Obama’s administration had granted a visitor’s visa to the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro. Mariela Castro, a sexologist who supports gay rights, was granted the visa to attend the annual conference of the Latin American Studies…

U.S. faces 2013 recession after ‘fiscal cliff’: CBO

WASHINGTON — The United States faces a likely recession next year if Congress fails to stop scheduled spending cuts and tax hikes in January, congressional budget analysts warned Tuesday. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that if currently mandated fiscal conditions are implemented — what some observers call a “fiscal…

Man survives plunge into Niagara Falls

MONTREAL — A man who leaped into Niagara Falls survived but has been hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said Tuesday. The unidentified man was rescued around noon on Monday about two hours after witnesses reported seeing him scale a protective wall at the popular tourist attraction and “deliberately jump” into…

British Parliament to probe ex-Murdoch aides over hacking

LONDON — British lawmakers on Tuesday referred three former executives of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to their standards committee over claims they misled parliament over the phone-hacking scandal. A damning report by parliament’s influential culture committee had accused the three former aides this month of deliberately misleading its members during…

U.S. will judge Iran on ‘actions’ after IAEA deal

WASHINGTON — The United States gave a cool reception Tuesday to a mooted deal between the IAEA and Iran, saying the agreement marked a “step forward” but stating that Tehran would be judged on its actions. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said upon returning from Tehran that he…

Bomb found before Colombian ex-president’s speech

BUENOS AIRES — Authorities found and deactivated a bomb Tuesday at a theater in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires where former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe was to deliver a speech, officials said. “During an inspection, security personnel found the bomb in a lamp in the theater. It is of the…

Dell profit plunges on disappointing sales

SAN FRANCISCO — US computer maker Dell on Tuesday reported a 33 percent drop in profits in a disappointing quarterly report for former market leader. The company, which has slipped to third place in the global PC market, said its profit in the first fiscal quarter fell to $635 million.…

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