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Snowstorm sweeps northeast U.S., New York spared its brunt

BOSTON/NEW YORK - A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, dropping more than a foot (30 cm) of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions. | Video

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Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

TOKYO - Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism. | Video

World, Japan, Jordan 8:14am EST

Exclusive: Apple supplier Foxconn to shrink workforce as sales growth stalls

SHENZHEN, China - Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, will cut its massive workforce, the company told Reuters, as the Apple Inc supplier faces declining revenue growth and rising wages in China.

Tech, China 5:28am EST

Oil price recovers as dollar weakens against euro

LONDON - Oil prices steadied above $48 a barrel on Tuesday, recovering from earlier losses as the dollar weakened against the euro.

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Anti-austerity economist says to become Greek finance minister

ATHENS - Economics professor Yanis Varoufakis confirmed he would become Greece's next finance minister on Tuesday, promising to defy advice to "put up or shut up" and find solutions that favour all Europeans rather than just Greeks.

World, Greece 8:58am EST

Facebook takes blame for service outages, which hit wider Web

FRANKFURT - Access to Facebook , the world's largest social network, and its Instagram photo-sharing site, were blocked around the world for up to an hour on Tuesday, which the company said later was due to an internal fault and not an outside attack.

Tech, Facebook 6:00am EST
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In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

NEW DELHI - U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India's most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country with a history of strife between Hindus and minorities. | Video