CDC study: Americans' bellies are expanding fast

(AP) — The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous kind of obesity — has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.

Flatow, 'Science Friday' settle claims over grant 

(AP) — Radio host Ira Flatow and his "Science Friday" show that airs on many National Public Radio stations have agreed to pay nearly $146,000 to settle civil claims that they misused money from a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, federal officials said Tuesday.

US stocks end higher ahead of Fed meeting results

(AP) — The stock market is closing broadly higher as investors await the results of a key meeting by the Federal Reserve.

Anheuser-Busch 'disappointed' in NFL 

(AP) — Anheuser-Busch, one of the NFL's biggest sponsors, says it isn't happy with the recent controversy that has engulfed the league.

GM to add 750 workers to build small pickup trucks

(AP) — Early demand is so high for General Motors' new small pickup trucks that the company is hiring more workers to build them even before one is sold to the public.

Alibaba risk: China's rise leaves out investors 

(AP) — American investors are clamoring to buy a stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which is launching what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever.

House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall 

(AP) — The government's auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors' faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the deadly problem, a House committee majority charged Tuesday in a new report.

Capt. Citrus, face of Florida OJ, gets a makeover 

Captain Citrus (center), the Florida Department of Citrus mascot, has been redrawn by Marvel Comics.(AP) — Captain Citrus was born in 2011 as a big, fat talking orange wearing a green cape. Now he's being transformed into a buff Marvel Comics superhero who will fight evil alongside the likes of Captain America.

US CEOs less optimistic about hiring, spending 

(AP) — Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter.

UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

(AP) — UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers to help with package deliveries during the busy holiday season.