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  • Marijuana backers courting conservatives Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    DENVER-- It's not all hippies backing November's marijuana legalization votes in Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

  • US homebuilder confidence at 6-year high Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:02 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Confidence among U.S. homebuilders remains at its highest level in six years, reflecting improved optimism over the strengthening housing market this year and a pickup in visits by prospective buyers to builders' communities.

  • Gap announces management restructuring Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    The change will put the North American, international, online, outlet and franchise divisions under a single global executive for each of the company's brands _ Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy.

  • Tina Fey, Amy Poehler to host Golden Globes Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:53 AM ET

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Dick Clark Productions and NBC announced Monday that the pair of "30 Rock" and " Parks and Recreation" stars have signed on to host the 70th annual Golden Globes ceremony after British comedian Ricky Gervais' three-year reign as the show's acerbic emcee.

  • Final OKs given for Seattle arena deal Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:52 AM ET

    SEATTLE-- The King County Council and the Seattle City Council gave their final approval Monday to an agreement to build a $490 million basketball and hockey arena in the city, despite the threat of a lawsuit from longshore workers. Mayor Mike McGinn called the votes important steps toward bringing professional men's basketball back to Seattle.

  • American Girl helps Mattel 3Q results top view Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 6:19 AM ET

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif.-- Strong sales of American Girl dolls and Fisher-Price toys helped boost Mattel's third-quarter results, setting the stage for the biggest U.S. toy maker ahead of the critical holiday season.

  • Roche posts 7 percent rise in Q3 drug sales Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 5:06 AM ET

    Shares in Roche Holding AG rose 0.38 percent to close at 184.60 francs on the Zurich exchange Tuesday. In a conference call with reporters, he declined to answer questions about whether Roche might reconsider its failed hostile bid of about $6.5 billion to acquire U.S. diagnostics firm Illumina Inc..

  • Court to hear arguments in Calif. clean fuels case Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 4:52 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- A federal appeals court will hear arguments in a case seeking to stop California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring petroleum refiners and ethanol producers to make cleaner fuels for millions of cars and trucks in the state.

  • Sprint suitor Son stands apart in sober Japan Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 4:30 AM ET

    The unlikely success story of Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son has taken another leap with his latest mega-deal, announced Monday, to take a 70 percent stake in U.S. mobile phone carrier Sprint Nextel Corp. for $20 billion.

  • WD-40 shares drop after quarterly sales disappoint Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 12:51 AM ET

    BOSTON-- Shares of WD-40 Co. tumbled on Tuesday after the maker of spray lubricant and cleaning products reported disappointing quarterly results and a sharp decline in sales to European customers.

  • DreamWorks Animation SKG founders donate $90M Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 12:31 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- The founders of the studio behind "Shrek," "Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" are donating $90 million to a Hollywood charity that offers support to seniors and health services for members of the entertainment industry.

  • Former Sen. Mitchell to lead PG&E pipeline talks Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 7:52 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- A former U.S. senator who helped negotiate a peace treaty in Northern Ireland has been appointed to help California energy regulators and Pacific Gas& Electric reach a settlement over a pipeline explosion that killed eight people, the two sides announced Monday.

  • Family seeks answers after death at tuna plant Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 7:19 PM ET

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif.-- Workplace safety investigators and a grieving family on Monday searched for an explanation of how a worker was cooked to death at a Bumble Bee tuna processing plant.

  • Calif. home prices rise in September; sales fall Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 6:40 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO-- California home prices rose in September to a four-year high as the supply of properties for sale remained tight, according to surveys released Monday. The median price for new and existing houses and condominiums in California reached $287,000, up 15.3 percent from $249,000 in September 2011, DataQuick said.

  • DOJ investigates Bridgepoint Education Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 6:10 PM ET

    The Justice Department is investigating compensation paid to Bridgepoint Education Inc.' s admissions staff, the for-profit education company disclosed in a regulatory filing Monday. Bridgepoint, based in San Diego, operates schools such as Ashford University and University of the Rockies.

  • Pacific Premier buying First Associations Bank Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 5:33 PM ET

    COSTA MESA, Calif.-- Pacific Premier Bancorp. Inc. said Monday that it agreed to buy First Associations Bank in a deal valued at $53.7 million. First Associations had $356.2 million in assets and $305.5 million in deposits as of Sept. 30.

  • 'Taken 2' repeats at No. 1 with $21.9M weekend Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 5:26 PM ET

    2. "Argo," Warner Bros., $19,458,109, 3,232 locations, $6,020 average, $19,458,109, one week. 4. " Hotel Transylvania," Sony, $17,241,317, 3,375 locations, $5,109 average, $102,133,934, three weeks. 5. "Here Comes the Boom," Sony, $11,816,596, 3,014 locations, $3,921 average, $11,816,596, one week.

  • WD-40's fiscal 4Q profit below expectations Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 5:20 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO-- WD-40 Co. said its fiscal fourth-quarter profit dropped 11.9 percent because sales in Europe slipped as customers delayed buying its lubricant and cleaning products. WD-40 makes its namesake spray lubricant, along with related cleaning products. WD-40 gets more than half of its sales in the Americas, and about one-third from Europe.

  • ICU Medical 3Q net income jumps 32 percent Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 5:02 PM ET

    SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.-- ICU Medical Inc. said Monday that its net income climbed 32 percent in the third quarter on more sales of infusion therapy and cancer treatment products. Net income rose to $12.2 million, or 82 cents per share, from $9.3 million, or 65 cents per share, a year ago. Shares of ICU Medical rose 75 cents to close at $59.96.

  • Family seeks answers after death at seafood plant Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 4:45 PM ET

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif.-- Workplace safety investigators and a grieving family on Monday searched for an explanation of how a pallet jack operator was cooked to death at a Bumble Bee Foods seafood processing plant.