- - Wednesday, October 31, 2012

PARIS — European news organizations bleeding money and readers are trying to avoid extinction by asking governments in France, Germany and Italy to step in and charge Google for links to stories the Internet search giant has always gotten for free.

Critics — including, unsurprisingly, Google — say the strategy is shortsighted and self-destructive, and the search engine warns it will stop indexing European news sites if forced to pay for links. But publishers advocating a “Google tax” aimed at benefiting their industry point to the example of Brazil, where their counterparts abandoned the search engine and say repercussions have been minimal.

SHIPPING

Cargo ships back at work as waves ebb in Sandy’s wake

OSCODA, Mich. — Cargo shipping has resumed on the Great Lakes after the fringes of superstorm Sandy sent winds gusting to 74 miles per hour and spawned two-story-tall waves, forcing a two-day shutdown of traffic.

TRAVEL

Trains, planes moving again in storm-ravaged Northeast

Travelers stranded by Hurricane Sandy are seeing service slowly restored across the Northeast. But it’ll be days before things are close to normal.

The busy Northeast travel corridor ground to a halt when the huge storm slammed into New Jersey on Monday evening. Train tunnels flooded, power went out, and forecasts of high winds forced airlines to cancel thousands of flights.

AUTOMAKERS

GM cuts Europe jobs; shares spike on 3rd-quarter earnings

DETROIT — Shares of General Motors surged Wednesday after the company announced big job cuts in Europe and reported third-quarter earnings that were far better than Wall Street expected.

The Detroit company said it has cut 2,300 jobs in Europe this year and wants to trim 300 more, part of a larger plan to reduce costs and raise revenue in the struggling region with new vehicles that are more appealing to buyers.

RECALL

Wegmans recalls pumpkin rolls after plastic pieces complaints

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