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  • Marriott Vacations posts 3Q net income, revenue up Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 12:51 AM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.-- Timeshare company Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. reported a slim profit on higher revenue in the third quarter and raised its forecast for the year on strength in its North American operations.

  • Romney ad advantage doesn't tell the whole story Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 12:42 AM ET

    An Associated Press analysis of presidential campaign advertising data from April through last week found that pro-Romney spending has exceeded pro-Obama ad spending by at least $65 million across the nine states expected to decide the election: Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Wisconsin.

  • Surge in US home construction could lift economy Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 5:33 PM ET

    U.S. home construction is making a comeback that could invigorate the economy's still-weak recovery. Builders last month started construction on single-family houses and apartments at the fastest rate in more than four years, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

  • Big Bird costumes hot sellers for Halloween Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 3:28 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Can't figure out how to dress as a binder full of women for Halloween? The Yellow One is flying off the shelves after Mitt Romney's threat to do away with government support for PBS.

  • Fla. man charged in NY dinosaur fossils case Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 2:34 PM ET

    MIAMI-- A Florida man was charged Wednesday with smuggling dinosaur fossils into the United States, including a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton from Mongolia, federal prosecutors said.

  • Legal path to US from Cuba still complicated Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 2:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Cuba's surprise decision to make it easier for citizens to leave the country doesn't mean Cubans can book tickets on commercial planes and head for Miami. "This may end up being ado about nothing," said a Cuban-immigration expert, Jose Azel of the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies.

  • Arkansas: New recycling plant to employ up to 350 Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 11:29 AM ET

    ROGERS, Ark.-- A new $10 million plastics recycling facility is planned for Rogers, Ark. and the company says it will hire up to 350 workers. Nextlife Asset Recovery Services announced Wednesday that it will open a headquarters and processing plant and that it will supply several companies with resin that's used to manufacture new consumer plastic items.

  • Viewers riveted by feisty presidential debate Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    At the University of Cincinnati, 200 students were expected to turn out to watch the second debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. "It goes without saying that the knives were out," said Karim Aladmi, a 21- year-old international affairs major from Dayton, Ohio, who wore a suit and tie for the occasion.

  • Top Destination States for Jobs Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    Read ahead to see what they are, and find out what employment data, industries and companies are located there to make them top destination states.

  • Bermuda buffeted by wind, rain from passing Rafael Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:20 AM ET

    HAMILTON, Bermuda-- Fast-moving Hurricane Rafael was barreling past Bermuda on Tuesday night, driving gusty winds and pelting rain as its center traveled east of the storm-hardened British Atlantic territory. By 8 p.m. EDT, Rafael was a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 85 mph as its spinning center was located about 115 miles east-southeast of Bermuda.

  • Praise, skepticism as Cuba eases travel rules Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:16 AM ET

    HAVANA-- For the first time since the height of the Cold War more than half a century ago, Cuba is giving its people the freedom to leave the country without government permission, scrapping the detested exit visa that kept many from traveling outside the communist nation for even a few days. said Mercedes Delgado, a 73- year-old retiree. "

  • Release of names in prostitution case stirs debate Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:06 AM ET

    KENNEBUNK, Maine-- The first batch of men charged with being clients of a woman accused of turning her Zumba dance studio into a brothel included a former mayor and men from more than a dozen towns in Maine, as well as one each from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

  • Ky. man sentenced to 8 years in investment scheme Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:02 AM ET

    OWENSBORO, Ky.-- An Owensboro, Ky. man has been sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution for a scheme to defraud investors in three states. Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. also Tuesday ordered 28- year-old Cory B. George to forfeit contents of three bank accounts totaling about $484,000 to be applied toward final restitution.

  • Disney announces weekly park surprises for 2013 Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 7:56 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Social media will be a big component of a new program announced by Disney Wednesday in which the company's parks in California and Florida will feature weekly surprise themes and events.

  • SF, South Florida, Houston bid for Super Bowls Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- Houston, San Francisco and South Florida are bidding for the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls. NFL owners will vote next May between San Francisco _ the 49 ers are building a new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., _ and South Florida for the 50th Super Bowl in 2016. The loser of that race will then compete with Houston for hosting the 2017 game.

  • Hurricane Paul weakens to tropical storm off Baja Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:34 PM ET

    LOS CABOS, Mexico-- Hurricane Paul weakened into a tropical storm Tuesday as it neared landfall on a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico's southern Baja peninsula.

  • Hurricane Paul weakening as it races toward Baja Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 6:26 PM ET

    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.

  • Dirty shoes? How did steroids get contaminated? Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 4:51 PM ET

    There are lots of ways fungus could have gotten inside the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy whose steroid medication has been linked to a lethal outbreak of a rare fungal form of meningitis. Company spokesman Andrew Paven said by email that criminal investigators from the Food and Drug Administration were at the pharmacy in Framingham, Mass., on Tuesday.

  • CSX 3Q rail profit dips 2 pct. on volume shift Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 4:43 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- CSX Corp. reported a 2 percent dip in its third-quarter profit and revenue Tuesday because the railroad delivered fewer carloads of coal and crops, and fuel surcharge revenue declined. The Jacksonville, Fla.- based railroad made $455 million, or 44 cents per share. That's down from $464 million, or 43 cents per share in the same period a year ago.

  • Fla. Attorney General not budging on settlement Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 4:35 PM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is refusing to back down in her feud with the GOP- controlled Legislature when it comes to $300 million intended to help homeowners. She did not ask for spending approval over the state's share of a national $25 billion settlement with five of the nation's largest mortgage lenders.