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  • NEW YORK, Oct 28- Earnings season may be only half over, but the focus on profits should subside this week as investors turn their attention to the coming election and Friday's jobs data- the last major economic indicator before the Nov. 6 contest.

  • *BP, Justice Department seek to settle civil, criminal charges.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 26- Earnings season may be only half over, but the focus on profits should subside next week as investors turn their attention to the coming election and Friday's jobs report, the last major data release before the Nov. 6 contest.

  • DEFIANCE, Ohio-- Mitt Romney is trying to close the deal with voters by focusing on their economic concerns, an area where polling shows the Republican nominee has an edge heading into the final days of the campaign.

  • GREENVILLE, S.C.-- John McCain's presidential bid won South Carolina by 9 percentage points four years ago. Yet, this year's GOP vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, is campaigning in these reliably Republican states _ to pick up cash more than extra votes.

  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- Hospital operator HealthSouth Corp. reported a smaller third-quarter profit Thursday as expenses increased, though company results still beat Wall Street expectations. HealthSouth said revenue increased 7.9 percent to $537 million as the company treated 4.2 percent more patients in the quarter.

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.-- An election-eve terrorist strike. Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are on guard for anything that could push the presidential race from its taut course. They've got a plan and they are now going to execute it, "said Carter Eskew, a top strategist for Democrat Al Gore during a 2000 campaign that came up just short."

  • The suit, filed Wednesday by the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, also underscored how Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide in July 2008, just before the financial crisis, backfired severely. He also charged that Bank of America has resisted buying back soured mortgages from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which bought loans from Countrywide.

  • BATESVILLE, Ark.-- Peco Foods says it will add 300 jobs in eastern Arkansas by expanding a feed mill in Newark and a processing plant in Batesville. Peco Foods announced the expansion Wednesday alongside local leaders and Gov. Peco Foods is the eighth-largest poultry processor in the United States.

  • JACKSON, Miss.-- Trustmark Corp. says profit in the third quarter of 2012 rose 10.9 percent from the same three months of 2011, as it paid less interest on deposits and set aside less money to cover future bad loans.

  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- The NBC television show America's Got Talent will hold auditions for the upcoming season on Dec. 10 in Birmingham. The manager of the Alabama Film Office, Kathy Faulk, says location for the auditions will be announced later.

  • JACKSON, Miss.-- Roberts Broadcasting has sold Jackson television WRBJ-TV to religious broadcaster Trinity Broadcasting Network. Media Venture Partners, which the bankrupt Roberts hired to sell its stations in Jackson, Columbia, S.C., and Evansville, Ind., says the station will begin showing Trinity's Christian programming.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- AK Steel Holding Corp might be interested in the two steel mills in Brazil and the United States that Germany's ThyssenKrupp has put up for sale, the U.S. company's chief executive said on Tuesday.

  • DETAILS: JELD-WEN and Reliabilt Interior Bifold Doors manufactured by JELD-WEN, Inc. of Klamath Falls, Ore.; sold at Home Depot, Lowe's and other retailers between February 2011 and March 2012. The interior bifold doors were manufactured in the United States.

  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- Regions Financial Corp. on Tuesday posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings, as the regional bank set aside less cash to cover loan losses. Regions reported net income of $301 million, or 21 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30.

  • MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Alabama's unemployment rate dropped in September after climbing for the four previous months. Robert Bentley said Friday that Alabama's rate fell from 8.5 percent in August to 8.3 percent in September. Alabama's unemployment rate had been rising since measuring 7.2 percent in April, but September's figure reverses that trend.

  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Two Rottweilers killed an 83- year-old man in Alabama. A two-day old infant was mauled to death in Pennsylvania. A two-year-old girl died after she was bitten by a pit bull in West Virginia.

  • MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Amendment 7 on Alabama's ballot looks like a simple measure to preserve the right to a secret ballot. Kurt Wallace of Maplesville, said he wants to stop union organizers from harassing employees who won't sign a card. Al Henley, president of the Alabama AFL-CIO, says there is harassment, but it's from the other side.

  • JACKSON, Miss.-- A line of severe storms packing strong winds and possible tornadoes swept across the Southeast overnight, injuring four people in Mississippi, downing power lines and trees and damaging homes around the region, authorities said early Thursday. At least six northern counties in Mississippi reported damage, Rent said.