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  • RALEIGH, N.C.-- The head of the Democratic National Committee distanced herself Thursday from the effort to raise money for her party's 2012 convention in Charlotte, which fell millions short despite breaking a pledge to forgo cash from special interests.

  • HARTFORD, Conn.-- United Technologies Corp.' s third-quarter earnings results, due out before the markets open on Tuesday, will likely reflect some weakness in the aerospace market, a segment on which the company recently made a big bet.

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Nucor Corp.' s third-quarter net income plunged 39 percent on lower sales and prices as demand for steel fell in the sluggish global economy. Nucor said Thursday that it earned $110.3 million, or 35 cents per share, in the July-through-September quarter.

  • RALEIGH, N.C.-- The Democratic National Convention relied on at least $5 million in corporate donations, despite repeated pledges by top party officials only to use money raised from individuals.

  • Southwest Airlines eked out a small third-quarter profit in spite of a September slowdown, the company said on Thursday. Southwest has been using a mix of fare increases and sales to try to get its prices to a level that travelers will pay.

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- NASCAR and Fox Sports Media Group announced a $2.4 billion, eight-year extension Monday that runs through 2022 and keeps the prestigious Daytona 500 and first third of the Sprint Cup Series on the network.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Federal regulators failed to pursue recalls after they found cadmium-tainted jewelry on store shelves, despite their vow to keep the toxic trinkets out of children's hands, an Associated Press investigation shows.

  • Oct 12- Recent cyber attacks against Wells Fargo& Co were "pretty significant" but didn't cause customer losses or a major increase in expenses, the bank's Chief Financial Officer, Tim Sloan, told Reuters on Friday. Wells Fargo's Sloan told Reuters, "I don't want to minimize the potential damage it could cause to the industry."

  • By Rick Rothacker and Jed Horowitz. Oct 12- Wells Fargo& Co's. The No. 4 U.S. bank by assets has expanded in mortgage lending while others such as Bank of America Corp.

  • SHELBY, N.C.-- North Carolina health officials say an E. coli outbreak is responsible for the illness of 13 people who attended the Cleveland County Fair. State health officials say people from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties have reported becoming sick after visiting the fair in Shelby.

  • Two people familiar with the negotiations said F1 was in talks with NBC for U.S. broadcast rights and the contract would not be renewed with Speed. NBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did a spokesman for Speed.

  • Oct 12- Wells Fargo& Co reported record quarterly profit on Friday on a surge in mortgage lending, but revenue and a key banking measure fell short of analysts' estimates, sending shares down 3.3 percent. Wells Fargo posted third-quarter earnings of 88 cents per share, topping the analysts' consensus estimate of 87 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

  • Oct 12- Wells Fargo& Co reported a 22 percent increase in its third-quarter profit on Friday on a surge in mortgage lending, but fell short of analysts' revenue estimates. Wells Fargo posted earnings per share of 88 cents, topping the analysts' consensus estimate of 87 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

  • Oct 12- Wells Fargo& Co on Friday reported a 22 percent increase in third-quarter profit on a surge in mortgage lending. Wells Fargo, the largest U.S. home lender, posted mortgage banking revenue of $2.8 billion, up more than 50 percent from a year ago.

  • Oct 12- Wells Fargo& Co on Friday reported higher third-quarter profits on a surge in mortgage lending. The fourth biggest U.S. bank said net income was $4.9 billion, or 88 cents a share, in the quarter, up from $4.1 billion, or 72 cents a share, in the same period a year earlier. Wells is the largest U.S. mortgage lender.

  • Oct 12- Low interest rates both hurt and helped third-quarter earnings at Wells Fargo& Co, boosting mortgage lending but squeezing core profitability more than analysts expected.

  • *JPMorgan has lower' London whale' losses than in 1st half. Oct 12- Two of the nation's biggest banks, Wells Fargo& Co and J.P. Morgan Chase& Co, made record profits over the last three months from a sharp rise in mortgage lending, though performance stumbles elsewhere hurt J.P. Morgan more than Wells Fargo.

  • Fox Sports Media Group, which owns Speed, confirmed Friday that the partnership will end after this season. "It's disappointing to learn that F1 has elected to move forward with a different media partner," Fox Sports Media Group said in a statement to The Associated Press.

  • *Europe still biggest drag on world growth. LONDON, Oct 11- Next year offers only a slight improvement for a global economy hit by recession in Europe and slowing or moribund growth in Asia and the United States, according to Reuters polls of hundreds economists worldwide.

  • TOPEKA, Kan.-- Westar Energy Inc. says new wind farms in central and southwest Kansas are now producing power for its customers. The 201- megawatt Post Rock Wind Farm in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties began production Sept. 28. The Ironwood Wind Power Project farm in Ford and Hodgeman counties can produce up to 168 megawatts of electricity for Westar.