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  • Could events beyond campaign control jolt race? Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 1:53 PM ET

    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."

  • UPDATE 1-Landstar Q3 profit rises, but outlook cautious Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 1:03 PM ET

    *Q3 EPS 71 cents vs 69 cents Wall Street view. *Landstar sees Q4 EPS 63- 68 cents vs 71 cents Wall St view. The company forecast fourth-quarter profit between 63 cents and 68 cents per share, below the average Wall Street target of 71 cents.

  • Rayonier 3Q profit falls but tops Street's view Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 11:08 AM ET

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Rayonier said Thursday that its third-quarter net income dropped 23 percent, pulled down by an interest tax expense while the year-ago period included a tax gain. The forest products company earned $80.6 million, or 62 cents per share, compared with $104.9 million, or 71 cents per share, during the same period a year ago.

  • Royal Caribbean shares at 15-month high on outlook Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:39 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. hit a 15- month high Thursday after it reported third-quarter earnings that topped Wall Street's expectations. The Miami company earned $367.8 million, or $1.68 per share, compared with $399 million, or $1.82 per share, a year earlier. Royal Caribbean said it saw strong last-minute bookings and the third quarter.

  • AutoNation CEO: Car sales recovery will continue Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:14 AM ET

    AutoNation Inc. CEO Mike Jackson said people who held onto their cars through the Great Recession in 2008 and 2009 now have to make a choice between sinking thousands into repairing old vehicles or buying new ones.

  • UPDATE 1-Strengthening Hurricane Sandy slams into Cuba Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 9:34 AM ET

    *Makes landfall southwest of Santiago de Cuba. HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy, strengthening rapidly after crossing the warm Caribbean Sea, slammed into southeastern Cuba early on Thursday with 105 mph winds that cut power and blew over trees across the city of Santiago de Cuba.

  • How states fared on applications for jobless aid Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 9:32 AM ET

    California: Up 26,935, due to layoffs in all sectors, particularly the service industry. Florida: Up 3,947, due to layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, retail and services. Ohio: Up 1,936, due to layoffs in transportation and manufacturing.

  • Big jump in young adults moving out of state Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 9:20 AM ET

    The latest numbers show that young adults 25-29 are the primary out-of-state movers; they had the biggest gain in 13 years as they struck out on their own to test the job market in urban, high-tech meccas such as Washington, D.C.; Denver; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; and Austin, Texas.

  • Ball Corp. 3Q profit falls on plant closure costs Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:15 AM ET

    Can maker Ball Corp. said Thursday that its third-quarter net income fell 13 percent, hurt mainly by hefty costs related to the shutdown of plants in Ohio and Florida. Ball announced plans to shut down the plants in Ohio and Florida in August, part of a plan to consolidate its beverage can manufacturing business.

  • McKesson will buy PSS World Medical for $1.46B Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Prescription drug distributor McKesson Corp. is expanding its medical supplies business by buying PSS World Medical Inc. for about $1.46 billion. McKesson said Thursday it will pay $29 per share for PSS World, a 34.3 percent premium over Wednesday's closing price.

  • Florida ethics panel confirms Rivera accusations Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:04 AM ET

    Accusations against the Miami Republican include receiving income from Southwest Florida Enterprises Inc., a company involved with Flagler Dog Track in Miami, that he knew or should have known was given to influence his vote or official action and using campaign funds for non-campaign expenses.

  • AutoNation 3Q profit rises 15 pct. on strong sales Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 7:49 AM ET

    DETROIT-- AutoNation Inc., the country's largest auto dealership chain, said Thursday that its third-quarter net income rose more than 15 percent as it benefited from the continued rebound in U.S. new-car sales. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., company said it earned $81.6 million, or 66 cents per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30.

  • Strengthening Hurricane Sandy slams into Cuba Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 7:09 AM ET

    *Makes landfall southwest of Santiago de Cuba. *Storm to cross Cuba in several hours, headed to Bahamas. HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy, strengthening rapidly after crossing the warm Caribbean Sea, slammed into southeastern Cuba early on Thursday with 110 mph winds that cut power and blew over trees across the city of Santiago de Cuba.

  • THE RACE: Debt crisis looms in race's home stretch Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:41 AM ET

    The most pressing economic issue facing Washington _ whether President Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney wins _ is a looming deadline for across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases. Some $100 billion will be sliced from federal budgets and taxes will rise by $400 billion if the government goes over the so-called "fiscal cliff" in early January.

  • *$3 billion bid tops offer from Nationstar Mortgage Holdings. Oct 24- Ocwen Financial Corp and Walter Investment Management Corp on Wednesday prevailed in a bankruptcy auction for Residential Capital LLC's mortgage business with a $3 billion bid that topped rival Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc..

  • American plans to hire 2,500 pilots Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:42 PM ET

    DALLAS-- The CEO of American Airlines said the company expects to hire 2,500 pilots over the next five years as it ramps up international flights.

  • Oct 24- Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz chided U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for not seriously addressing the troubled U.S. housing market during the recent series of presidential debates.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- Barnes& Noble Inc said on Wednesday that customers who shopped at 63 of its stores as recently as last month may have had their credit or debit card information stolen in what the U.S. bookstore chain called a ``sophisticated criminal effort.''.

  • American plans to hire 2,500 new pilots Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 6:32 PM ET

    DALLAS-- The CEO of American Airlines said the company expects to hire 2,500 pilots over the next five years as it ramps up international flights.

  • Audit: US oversight of charter school funds lax Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 4:11 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- An audit of the U.S. Department of Education's division overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars in charter school funding has criticized the office for failing to properly monitor how states spend the money.