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  • Tension over role of service dogs for vets Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:33 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Stories like Jim Stanek's are common and quickly multiplying: An Iraqi war veteran with posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, he says his life was saved by a dog that gave him the confidence to do seemingly simple things, like go out to dinner and look his wife in the eye rather than watch his own back.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Oct. 1-7 Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:30 PM ET

    1. "NCIS," CBS, 18.87 million. 3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 15.96 million. 4. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 15.18 million.

  • WASHINGTON/ LOS ANGELES, Oct 9- The Treasury Department's inspector general is investigating a popular stimulus program that allowed rooftop solar panel projects to turn tax credits into cash grants.

  • Encouraging ratings start for NBC in new season Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- It may not qualify as a revolution, but after years of relentless bad news in the ratings, NBC has opened the new television season with some positive signs. Sunday night football leads the way, as is often the case for NBC. " While third in the ratings race last week, NBC won among viewers ages 18- to-49, the demographic where it concentrates its business.

  • BNP Paribas names Jon Bass to run U.S. bond sales Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:21 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 9- BNP Paribas, making good on its chief executive's promise to expand outside of its troubled European base, has filled a long-vacant senior sales position in its fixed-income business in the United States.

  • High gas, diesel prices hurt Calif. farm industry Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:19 PM ET

    FRESNO, Calif.-- Farmers in California's agricultural heartland say record-high gas and diesel prices are putting pressure on their bottom lines, but economists say it's unlikely that will translate into significantly higher food prices across the U.S.

  • Century Aluminum rejects W.Va. power proposal Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:05 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Century Aluminum Co. is rejecting a proposal meant to aid the restart of its West Virginia smelter. The California- based metals producer announced Tuesday that the electricity rate offer from the state Public Service Commission falls short.

  • News Summary: Gas prices in California inch higher Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:45 PM ET

    PRICEY FILL `ER UP: The average price of regular gas in California inched up to $4.671 a gallon, making it the highest in the nation for another day. WINTER COMING: Officials expect prices to fall after the governor ordered the release of a dirtier blend of gasoline to help slash record-high pump prices.

  • WASHINGTON/ LOS ANGELES, Oct 9- The Treasury Department's inspector general is investigating a popular stimulus program that allowed rooftop solar panel projects to turn tax credits into cash grants.

  • "Neither too early, nor too late; neither too hot, nor too cold, 2012 looks to be the' Goldilocks' vintage, where everything is just right," said Christopher Howell, general manager of Cain Vineyard and Winery, referring to the story book character. Winemakers in Oregon, Washington, New York state and Canada are also excited by this year's harvest.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 9- Variety, the century-old entertainment trade newspaper once considered the bible of the movie industry, has been sold to online publisher Jay Penske and private equity firm Third Point LLC, the companies said on Tuesday.

  • Restaurant Stock Standout: Domino's Pizza Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:04 PM ET
    Restaurant Stock Standout: Domino's Pizza

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports as retail gasoline prices rise, restaurant prices are rising, too; and Stephen Anderson, Miller Tabak senior analyst, shares his restaurant stock picks ahead of earnings season.

  • NBC regroups under Comcast with new cuts, spending Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:57 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- NBC slashes Jay Leno's "Tonight" pay in half, but forks out more than $8 billion to renew its broadcast rights to Sunday Night Football. Yes, according to observers, who say NBC is making the right moves by saving where it can and spending where it should under new owner Comcast Corp..

  • *Solar panel makers have also filed action in Europe against Chinese manufacturers. WASHINGTON/ LOS ANGELES, Oct 8- The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday will announce final duties on billions of dollars of solar panels from China in a high-profile case that has raised fears of further damage to an already fragile industry.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 9- U.S. venture capital firms raised $4.98 billion dollars last quarter, the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters said on Tuesday, accelerating a trend in venture capital where funds are heading to extremes in size. Sequoia Capital raised $950 million last quarter, while GGV Capital raised $524 million.

  • Former teen who had sex with Polanski writing book Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:27 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- The former teen whom Roman Polanski was convicted of having sex with _ leading to one of Hollywood's most notorious scandals and the director's flight from the U.S. _ is writing a memoir. Samantha Geimer, now 47, has a deal with Atria Books for "The Girl: Emerging from the Shadow of Roman Polanski."

  • Rihanna, Minaj lead American Music Awards nominees Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:25 PM ET

    Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher earned three bids apiece. Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, fun., Gotye, J. Cole, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, and Pitbull are each double nominees. Drake, Bieber, Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Rihanna are also in the running for artist of the year.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 9- The Treasury Department's inspector general is investigating a popular stimulus program that helped rooftop solar panel projects turn tax credits into cash grants.

  • Variety being sold to Penske, Third Point - sources Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:36 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Oct 9- Variety, the century-old entertainment trade newspaper once considered the bible of the movie industry, is being sold to online publisher Jay Penske and private equity firm Third Point LLC for about $25 million, two sources with knowledge of the deal told Reuters.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 9- Twitter founder and Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey said on Tuesday that he trimmed his role at the microblogging service months ago as he devoted the majority of his time to Square, the payment start-up where he is chief executive.