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  • Lawsuit: Aspen Dental clinics operating illegally Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:11 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- Aspen Dental Management and the private equity firm that controls it illegally operate dental clinics across the country and engage in aggressive, misleading profit-driven practices that cause patients economic harm, claims a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in New York.

  • Google issues a bad report early, hurting Nasdaq Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:09 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Google plummeted almost $80 per share, more than 10 percent, and trading in the stock was halted two and a half hours Thursday after a disappointing earnings report was published ahead of schedule and surprised investors. Google was trading at $754 per share at 12:30 p.m. EDT, then fell almost $20 in a minute after investors saw the report, a draft.

  • NJ jobless rate inches down to 9.8 percent Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 3:40 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- New Jersey's unemployment rate ticked down a notch to 9.8 percent in September, even as the state shed 1,200 jobs for the month.

  • EBay shares climb after 'solid' 3Q results Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 2:45 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Growth in third-quarter profit and revenue drove up shares of eBay Inc. Thursday, although some analysts called the e-commerce company's outlook cautious. THE SPARK: EBay Inc. reported a 22 percent increase in its net income due to growth at its PayPal payments service and the marketplaces business that includes eBay.com.

  • Stocks slip after Google earnings, jobless claims Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 2:43 PM ET

    Google plunged 9 percent after it accidentally released a weak earnings report hours ahead of schedule. "This is a market that's waiting for a clear catalyst," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial. Google's stock dropped $68.19 to $687.30 before trading was suspended.

  • Sin City's pull puts state of Nevada in play Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 2:33 PM ET

    What makes politics here different is who works in those skyscrapers _ not lawyers or accountants, but heavily unionized housekeepers, blackjack dealers and line cooks who have abruptly transformed Nevada into a swing-voting state. Her youngest daughter will soon graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. "

  • Restaurant cell phone distractions still irritate Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:53 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- The digital divide is wider than ever between diners who talk, tweet and snap pictures mid-meal and those who wish they'd just shut up, shut down and be present. "There's no place to get away from the chatter," said Julie Liberty of Miami, who started the Facebook page "Ban Cell Phones From Restaurants" earlier this year. "

  • Vivus shares slip after analyst cautions on Qsymia Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:43 PM ET

    Shares of Vivus Inc. tumbled Thursday after an analyst said Wall Street may be over-estimating gains from initial sales of the drug developer's obesity treatment Qsymia. THE BIG PICTURE: Qsymia, Vivus' only approved drug, launched in the U.S. in September.

  • Anacor shares slide after company prices offering Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:49 AM ET

    PALO ALTO, Calif.-- Shares of Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc. tumbled Thursday after the drug developer announced pricing for a public offering of stock at a discounted rate to the current trading price. The Palo Alto, Calif., drug developer said that it priced an offering of 4 million shares at $6 per share.

  • Mellanox shares tumble on weak 4Q outlook Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:39 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Mellanox Technologies Ltd. tumbled Thursday, after the semiconductor maker issued a disappointing revenue outlook for the current quarter and full year.

  • MannKind selling stock; CEO to cancel debt Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:15 AM ET

    VALENCIA, Calif.-- Shares of MannKind Corp. lost nearly a quarter of their value Thursday after the company announced plans to sell up to 140 million shares of stock. MannKind will use the funds to pay for new trials of its inhaled diabetes drug Afrezza and cancel more than $200 million in debt owed to its CEO.

  • Audit: MassHealth program must tighten oversight Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    BOSTON-- Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump is urging the state to tighten up oversight of its MassHealth program.

  • NYC mayor to spend $10M for moderate candidates Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:26 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend at least $10 million of his personal fortune promoting moderate candidates around the country in the final weeks before Election Day, he announced Wednesday, adding himself to the list of wealthy Americans pouring millions of dollars into the 2012 election.

  • Stocks wobble after Amex earnings, jobless claims Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The stock market headed slightly lower on Thursday, following a leap in claims for unemployment benefits and weak results from American Express. The increase suggested that layoffs were increasing, however the Labor Department noted that there were technical reasons behind the swing, mainly delayed figures from one large state, California.

  • AP PHOTOS: The most charitable stars Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:22 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Celebrity charity work has been around as long as celebrity itself. "Beethoven was doing charity concerts," says Myrlia Purcell, founder of LooktotheStars.org, a website that tracks celebrity charity events around the world. Good thing Annie Lennox is around.

  • Benefits can flow both ways at celeb charity galas Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- The Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom will soon be filled with flowers, chiffon, fine china and crystal stemware for a starry black-tie ball costing couples as much as $20,000 to attend.

  • Humane Society hatches bid to unseat Iowa lawmaker Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:07 AM ET

    Steve King of Iowa has little use for the Humane Society, particularly when it comes to laws designed to give calves, pregnant sows and hens a little more freedom on the farm.

  • LA judge dismisses lawsuit against magazine Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- A Los Angeles judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by former UCLA player Reeves Nelson against Time Inc., the parent company of Sports Illustrated, and a reporter who wrote a story about problems in the school's basketball program.

  • Cypress posts lower 3Q profit, revenue Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 9:46 AM ET

    SAN JOSE, Calif.-- Microchip maker Cypress Semiconductor Corp.' s third-quarter net income fell 64 percent as revenue dropped, but called the results a "good quarter in tough times." The company said Thursday that it earned $14.3 million, or 9 cents per share, in the July-September period.

  • LA County assessor arrested in corruption case Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 8:54 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Los Angeles County assessor John Noguez, a top aide and a campaign contributor were arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation into influence peddling and slashing of property taxes for political allies. "Instead of acting in the best interest of the citizens of Los Angeles County, he turned his back on them," Cooley said.