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  • Networks, AP changing exit poll strategy Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- A growth in early voting and tough economy for the media are forcing changes to the exit poll system that television networks and The Associated Press depend upon to deliver the story on Election Night, all with the pressure-filled backdrop of a tight presidential race.

  • UPDATE 2-Simon Property FFO rises, tops expectations Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 2:10 PM ET

    *Q3 FF0 $1.99/ share vs Street view $1.92. Oct 25- Simon Property Group Inc reported a 19 percent increase in a key earnings measure Thursday on higher rents and sales at its malls and outlet centers, easily beating estimates, and the real estate investment trust raised its outlook for the year.

  • Graphic Packaging posts 3Q profit as items decline Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 1:04 PM ET

    MARIETTA, Ga.-- Graphic Packaging earned $40.1 million in the third quarter, reversing a year-ago loss when results were dampened by one-time charges. Net income was 10 cents per share, compared with a loss of $47.5 million, or 12 cents per share, a year earlier, when the company had $96 million in write-downs and restructuring costs.

  • 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.

  • Biases on beauty draw Thais to illegal surgery Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 9:23 AM ET

    BANGKOK-- Her dream was to look less Thai and more like Jennifer Lopez, so the 25- year-old street food vendor went to the Internet and typed in "cheap Botox." That was the start of a five-year makeover for Ratphila Chairungkit that included two nose jobs, two eye-widening surgeries, chin augmentation, lip trimming, skin whitening and dozens of Botox-type injections.

  • 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.

  • Carter's 3Q profit up as overseas business grows Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:15 AM ET

    Carter's earned $59.4 million, or 99 cents per share, compared with $34.4 million, or 58 cents per share, in the prior-year period. Revenue for the three months ended Sept. 29 climbed 5 percent to $668.7 million from $639.6 million, but missed Wall Street's estimate of $682.6 million.

  • CPR less likely for minorities on street or home Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:06 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- People who collapse from cardiac arrest in poor black neighborhoods are half as likely to get CPR from family members at home or bystanders on the street as those in better-off white neighborhoods, according to a study that found the reasons go beyond race. The findings suggest a big need for more knowledge and training, the researchers said.

  • Georgia store offers gun raffle tickets to voters Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:00 AM ET

    ATLANTA-- Want a chance to win a rifle or handgun? That's the message from an Atlanta- area sporting goods store. Georgia law prohibits anyone from giving or receiving money or gifts in exchange for voting, and felony charges could be brought if the law were broken, Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in a statement.

  • Metro Atlanta jobless rate drops to 8.4 percent Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:41 AM ET

    ATLANTA-- Georgia labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 8.4 percent in September. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new preliminary unemployment figure early Thursday morning. Among other Georgia metro areas, the Athens area continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.4 percent.

  • Coca-Cola Enterprises 3Q suffers on European woes Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:32 AM ET

    ATLANTA-- Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. reported a drop in its third-quarter profit and revenue Thursday as the bottling company struggled with the weak economy in Europe and the drag of currency translations.

  • *$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..

  • Equifax posts higher profit, revenue for 3Q Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 8:39 PM ET

    ATLANTA-- Equifax Inc., which collects and sells consumer credit information, said Wednesday that its profit grew 17 percent in the third quarter, aided by stronger revenue in its consumer-information business. Excluding the impact of acquisition-related expenses, Equifax's earnings amounted to 75 cents per share.

  • Delta 3Q profit surges on fuel gains Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 6:04 PM ET

    Delta Air Lines reported a billion-dollar third-quarter profit and said demand is holding up well. The world's second-largest airline posted net income of $1.05 billion, or $1.23 per share, compared with $549 million, or 65 cents, a year earlier. And Southwest is still integrating AirTran _ 17 months after buying the company.

  • US suit alleges 'brazen' fraud at Countrywide Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 3:33 PM ET

    The suit, filed Wednesday by the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, also underscored how Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide in July 2008, just before the financial crisis, backfired severely. He also charged that Bank of America has resisted buying back soured mortgages from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which bought loans from Countrywide.

  • Ally mortgage servicing unit OKs $3B buyout offer Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 3:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Ally Financial Inc.' s mortgage lending and servicing subsidiary has given preliminary approval to a $3 billion buyout offer from a unit of Ocwen Financial Corp..

  • *New home sales touch highest rate since April 2010. WASHINGTON, Oct 24- New U.S. single-family home sales surged in September to their highest level in nearly 2-1/ 2 years, further evidence the housing market recovery is gaining steam.

  • Rural Media Group buys another cable network Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 2:36 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- The Rural Media Group has purchased another cable network to expand its programming into more markets. Rural Media produces RFD-TV and Rural TV with rural-themed programming. The deal gives the company access to several major markets, including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles.

  • Oilfield operator RPC's 3Q profit falls 21 percent Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 1:35 PM ET

    ATLANTA-- Oilfield-services provider RPC Inc. said Wednesday that third-quarter earnings fell 21 percent and revenue declined on lower natural gas prices. Net income in the quarter was $66 million, or 30 cents per share, compared with $83.1 million, or 38 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Panel: Pregnant women, get whooping cough shot Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 1:12 PM ET

    ATLANTA-- An expert panel is urging every expecting mother to get a shot preventing whooping cough, preferably in the last three months of her pregnancy to help protect her baby. The advice follows a frightening resurgence of the dreaded childhood disease.