US factory orders plunged 4.7 percent in October, the third straight monthly decline and the largest in more than six years, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Meanwhile, the productivity of US workers grew a lower-than-expected 0.2 percent in the third quarter.

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday for leniency in a South Dakota case that threatened the deportation of an immigrant who pleaded guilty to telling someone where to obtain cocaine. For the purposes of immigration, the court decided that a federal law that classifies the offense as a misdemeanor takes precedence over South Dakota law, which considers it a felony.

Long-range US space exploration plans call for building a permanently occupied science outpost on the moon after a series of manned missions to the lunar surface begin by 2020, NASA announced Monday. The base, officials said, would probably be built at the lunar south pole to take advantage of milder weather and solar power.

Tugboats managed to free the USS Intrepid, a World War II aircraft carrier-turned-museum, from its New York anchorage. The ship got hung up in the mud a month ago during a failed attempt to start it on a five-mile journey to a New Jersey shipyard for renovations.

Teenagers are increasingly turning to inexpensive, over-the-counter cold and cough medicines for hallucinatory highs, according to a new study, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. The California Poison Control System, a statewide provider of telephone assistance to emergency callers, said the abusive use of these medicines is increasing 50 percent a year.

Rescuers searched Tuesday for James Kim, the only still-missing member of a family stranded in a remote area of southern Oregon for more than a week. His wife and two young daughters were found in "good condition" Monday when a helicopter crew spotted them. The family got stuck in snow after turning off a rural road and were separated when the dad sought help.

Sports Illustrated named Dwayne Wade, who led the NBA's Miami Heat to the team's first championship last spring, the magazine's Sportsman of the Year Monday. SI cited the fifth-year pro for his leadership on and off the court.

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