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  • LOS CABOS, Mexico-- Hurricane Paul was weakening rapidly and was "barely a hurricane" as it raced toward landfall Tuesday on a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico's southern Baja peninsula.

  • SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- Network security provider Fortinet Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter net income fell 4 percent as expenses grew. The company said net income for the quarter that ended Sept. 30 was $17.2 million, or 10 cents per share. Fortinet shares rose 5 cents to close at $24.80 before the results were released.

  • ABC, NBC and the CW all debuted new dramas last Wednesday to varied receptions. It finished a strong second behind CBS' long-running "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" at the 10 p.m. ET slot. Despite that showing, long-slumping NBC can boast about its best showing for an early TV season in a decade.

  • 2. "NCIS," CBS, 18.51 million. 4. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 15.18 million. 5. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.23 million.

  • LONG BEACH, Calif.-- HCP Inc. is buying 133 senior housing communities for $1.73 billion from a joint venture between Emeritus Corp. and an affiliate of The Blackstone Group L.P.. Emeritus is also buying nine remaining properties from the joint venture for $62 million, which includes $10 million in cash and a $52 million four-year loan from HCP.

  • LOS ANGELES-- News Corp. managed to avoid rowdy protests at its annual shareholders meeting, but that didn't stop stockholders from voicing complaints about the grip founder and CEO Rupert Murdoch and his family have on the company.

  • LOS CABOS, Mexico-- Hurricane Paul weakened to a Category 1 storm as it raced toward landfall Tuesday on a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico's southern Baja peninsula.

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- Wells Fargo is forming a new markets division within its investment banking business that aligns services for traders as the nation's biggest mortgage lender reckons with its bigger Wall Street counterparts. Wells Fargo& Co., which is based in San Francisco, is combining investment sales and trading operations under common leadership.

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.-- A bill to revamp employment rules for children, particularly those working in entertainment, is on its way to the desk of Pennsylvania Gov. The House voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the measure, which in many ways is patterned after California's law and brings Pennsylvania closer in line with federal rules.

  • AMSTERDAM-- Thieves broke into a Rotterdam museum on Tuesday and walked off with works from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse potentially worth hundreds of millions. "Those thieves got one hell of a haul," said Chris Marinello, who directs the Art Loss Register.

  • NEW YORK-- Share of Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. climbed Tuesday after the hedge fund Deerfield Management Co. disclosed a stake in the beleaguered company. THE SPARK: Deerfield President James Flynn disclosed ownership of 3.5 million Questcor shares, or a 5.8 percent stake in the Anaheim, Calif., drugmaker.

  • NEW YORK-- Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc. said Tuesday that it has completed its initial public offering of 5.1 million shares. Kythera is based in Calabasas, Calif., company, and it is developing an injectable treatment for double chins called ATX-101. Shares of Kythera rose $2.63, or 12.7 percent, to $23.38 in afternoon trading.

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- In a case seeking to stop California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, federal justices on Tuesday focused their questions on whether the law discriminates against out-of-state businesses.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. skidded Tuesday as regulators raised questions about links between the company's experimental cholesterol drug Kynamro and cancer. THE SPARK: Isis and its partner Genzyme will discuss Kynamro with a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON-- The outlook for the U.S. economy brightened a little Tuesday after reports that consumer prices stayed tame and homebuilder confidence rose to the highest level in six years. It will be front and center Tuesday night when President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney meet at New York's Hofstra University for the second of three debates.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- The Sacramento Kings will have a new name for their arena. The arena in Sacramento was called Power Balance Pavilion last season but the Kings were looking for a new partner after Power Balance filed for bankruptcy. The Kings' home opener this season is Nov. 5 against the Golden State Warriors.

  • Assemblyman Richard Pan, D- Sacramento, said he is concerned about the number of doctors willing to accept more Medi-Cal clients. State officials estimate that health providers will receive about 15 percent less under Medi-Cal, which is California's version of the federal Medicaid program for the poor.

  • NEW YORK-- Mattel says that cost cuts and higher revenue from toys including Monster High dolls and Fisher-Price helped send net income up 22 percent in the third quarter, providing a bit of early holiday cheer for the largest U.S. toy maker.

  • DENVER-- It's not all hippies backing November's marijuana legalization votes in Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Confidence among U.S. homebuilders remains at its highest level in six years, reflecting improved optimism over the strengthening housing market this year and a pickup in visits by prospective buyers to builders' communities.