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  • Nielsen's top programs for Sept. 24-30 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:56 PM ET

    2. "NCIS," CBS, 20.48 million. 4. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 16.74 million. 5. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 15.66 million.

  • Chinese-owned firm adds Obama to wind farm lawsuit Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:53 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A company owned by Chinese citizens has added President Barack Obama as a defendant in a lawsuit alleging the U.S. government exceeded its authority in blocking the firm's planned wind farm projects in Oregon near a Navy base.

  • Einhorn raises Chipotle concerns and shares sink Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:53 PM ET

    Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. plunged Tuesday after well-known hedge fund manager David Einhorn reportedly said that the burrito chain is facing increasing competition from Taco Bell as well as higher costs. THE SPARK: Einhorn, who runs Greenlight Capital, was speaking at the Value Investing Congress, an investor conference, in New York Tuesday.

  • MSCI shares skid on Vanguard fund benchmark switch Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:53 PM ET

    BOSTON-- Shares of MSCI Inc. plunged in afternoon trading Tuesday after a key index-licensing customer, Vanguard Group, said that some of its mutual funds will drop MSCI as the provider of market benchmarks that the funds track.

  • Vice President Joe Biden told a campaign rally on Tuesday that the middle class has been buried for the past four years, just longer than President Barack Obama's time in the White House.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 2- Firms responsible for the 2008 financial crisis will face more government lawsuits, federal and state officials said on Tuesday, a day after New York state sued JPMorgan Chase& Co for fraud over mortgage-backed securities packaged and sold by Bear Stearns.

  • LAS VEGAS, Oct 2- A Nevada judge on Tuesday ruled against dissident Wynn Resorts Ltd shareholder Kazuo Okada's motion for an injunction against a forced redemption of his 20 percent stake in the casino company. The ruling means Okada would not be able to vote at the company's upcoming annual meeting, where he wanted to nominate two board members.

  • TEXT-S&P rates DAE Aviation's proposed term loan Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:50 PM ET

    Oct. 2- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services today assigned its' B-' issue rating to DAE Aviation Holdings Inc.' s proposed $520 million secured term loan due 2018. Standard& Poor's assigned a' 3' recovery rating to the loan, indicating that we expect lenders will receive a meaningful recovery in the event of payment default.

  • *Brazil's Somar: flowering bodes well for 2013 coffee crop. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 2- Arabica coffee futures soared nearly 4 percent to a 10- week high on Tuesday, on heavy short-covering prompted by concerns of dry weather in top grower Brazil, while raw sugar extended the previous session's steep gains.

  • Zoinks! Cartoon Network celebrates 20 years Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:45 PM ET

    Many thought Ted Turner's idea to start the network was "crazy," said Robert Sorcher, who worked there for its first five years. He said critics didn't understand Turner Broadcasting Systems' $320 million purchase of the Hanna-Barbera library or earlier acquisition of the MGM film library, which includes "Tom& Jerry."

  • September Auto Sales: Volkswagen Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:41 PM ET

    HERNDON, Va.-- Volkswagen of America Inc. said Tuesday that U.S. auto sales in September rose 34.4 percent, its best showing for that month since 1972, largely on strong sales of its Passat sedans. BY THE NUMBERS: VW sold 36,339 vehicles last month, compared with 27,036 in September 2011.

  • Education chief wants textbooks to become obsolete Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:41 PM ET

    It's not just a matter of keeping up with the times, Duncan said in remarks to the National Press Club. South Korea, which consistently outperforms the U.S. when it comes to educational outcomes, is moving far faster than the U.S. in adopting digital learning environments.

  • November crude fell 59 cents, or 0.64 percent, to settle at $91.89 a barrel, having reached $92.94 before falling to $91.78 in post-settlement trading.

  • September Auto Sales: General Motors Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:40 PM ET

    DETROIT-- General Motors Co. said Tuesday that its September U.S. sales rose 1.5 percent as a big jump in car sales was offset by falling truck sales. BY THE NUMBERS: Detroit- based GM sold a total of 210,245 vehicles last month, up from 207,145 in the same month last year.

  • NEW YORK, Oct. 2- U.S. retail gasoline demand fell over the past two weeks and continued a downward year-on-year trend, according to the bi-weekly SpendingPulse report from MasterCard released on Tuesday. Gasoline use in the world's top oil consumer dropped 0.9 percent over the two weeks ending Sept. 28, compared with the same period last year, MasterCard said.

  • Dairy prices edge lower in NZ Fonterra's auction Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:31 PM ET

    WELLINGTON, Oct 3- International milk prices fell for the first time in two months, New Zealand's Fonterra Cooperative Group, the world's biggest dairy exporter, said on Wednesday. Fonterra is owned by about 10,500 farmers and controls around a third of the world's dairy exports, generating more than 7 percent of New Zealand's gross domestic product.

  • US Fidelis president gets 8-year prison term Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:29 PM ET

    ST. CHARLES, Mo.-- The former president of US Fidelis has been sentenced to eight years in prison on state charges of stealing and fraud. Darain Atkinson was sentenced Monday in St. Charles. The 47- year-old co-founded the auto service contract seller with his 42- year-old brother, Cory Atkinson.

  • CBS claims ratings win for 1st week of TV season Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:27 PM ET

    CBS' new period-piece drama, "Vegas," debuted in sixth place, while its contemporary Sherlock Holmes whodunit, "Elementary," premiered in 10th place, according to Nielsen Co. figures released Tuesday. NBC's "Sunday Night Football" was No. 1 in the rankings, but CBS' "NCIS" was second for the week, "NCIS: Los Angeles" was fourth and "Big Bang Theory" was fifth.

  • --Group 1 Automotive Inc.' s credit measures, in our opinion, have the potential for continued modest improvement in the year ahead. --We are revising our' BB' rating outlook on Group 1 to positive from stable. Rating Action On Oct. 2, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services revised its rating outlook on Houston- based automotive retailer Group 1 Automotive Inc..

  • Gambling exec: Online regulations unlikely in 2012 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:26 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS-- It doesn't look like Congress will pass Internet gambling regulatory laws this year, the head of the industry's main lobbying group said Tuesday, as he cast online wagering hosted by sites overseas as one of the biggest threats to the casino industry in the United States.