Negotiations with Boeing Co. machinists broke off Monday after a short resumption of talks in the five-week-old strike of 27,000 workers at plants in Washington, Oregon, and Kansas. A union leader said airplane production workers were being asked to bargain away 2,000 jobs. Boeing said it must protect its long-term competitiveness.
PepsiCo and General Motors Corp. announced plant closings
on Tuesday. The world's largest snackmaker said it planned to close as many as six plants and cut 3,330 jobs after third-quarter profits fell a reported 9.5 percent. GM will shut down a metal stamping plant in Wyoming, Mich., that employs about 1,500 workers by the end of next year as it continues to address a prolonged economic slump.
A case pitting two of the children of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King against each other opened in Atlanta Tuesday. Dexter King is seeking his mother's personal papers, but Bernice King is refusing to turn them over, claiming her mother didn't want to participate in a $1.4 million book deal.
Economic pressures force seniors to move in with their adult children at an increasing rate, according to US Census Bureau data. The number of parents who've made the move has grown by 67 percent, from about 2.1 million in 2000 to 3.6 million last year.
California reports a rush for gay couples to marry before Election Day Nov. 4, when voting on a ballot initiative could overturn a California Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in mid-June. Since then 11,000 gay couples have exchanged vows statewide.
Former senators and presidential candidates George McGovern and Bob Dole will receive the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday for their work in curbing world hunger. In 2000 they jointly established the International Food for Education and Nutrition Program, which bears their names and has provided more than 22 million meals to children in 41 countries. Dole is a Kansas Republican, McGovern, a South Dakota Democrat.
The Cleveland Browns handed the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants their first loss of the NFL season and their first road loss since their 2007 season opener, with a decisive 35-14 victory Monday night. New York's defeat leaves the Tennessee Titans as the NFL's only unbeaten team after the season's first six weeks.