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  • Fed: Housing lifts growth in most US regions Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Stronger housing markets helped boost economic growth at the end of the summer in nearly every region of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The Fed said growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts from mid-August through September, while leveling off in one region and slowing in another.

  • Analyst downgrades Home Depot after strong gains Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Home Depot, the largest U.S. home-improvement retailer, should benefit substantially from the expected housing market recovery, according to an Oppenheimer analyst. But until the recovery starts to gain traction, Home Depot's shares are expected to trade sideways, the analyst said Wednesday, and downgraded the stock.

  • Alabama Power buys wind power from U.S. Midwest wind farms Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:26 AM ET

    Oct 10- Alabama Power agreed to buy wind power from a second TradeWind Energy LLC wind farm to be constructed in the U.S.

  • Push for healthier truckers gains momentum Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    DALLAS-- In the months after Doug Robinson started driving a truck, he noticed his clothes were increasingly more snug-fitting. Xpress, took part in a weight-loss challenge sponsored by the Truckload Carriers Association, the 321- pound, 6- foot-1-inch Robinson signed up.

  • Investors get 1st look at big FedEx cost cut plan Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:46 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Investors are driving up shares of FedEx Corp. after the world's second-largest package delivery company promised to boost profits by shedding jobs, aircraft and underused assets. FedEx plans to boost profit by $1.7 billion within three years. Express is where FedEx got its start in 1971, and is still the company's biggest segment by far.

  • Could pepperoni spoil presidential debate? Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 6:14 AM ET

    Pizza Hut is offering a lifetime of free pizza _ one large pie a week for 30 years _ or a check for $15,600 to anyone who poses the question to either President Barack Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney during the live Town Hall- style debate next Tuesday.

  • --Atlanta- based industrial distributor HD Supply Inc. is offering $750 million of new senior unsecured notes and we expect it to use the proceeds to redeem a portion of its outstanding subordinated notes due 2015.. Rating Action On Oct. 9, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed all its ratings on HD Supply Inc., including its' B' corporate credit rating.

  • *Lawmakers call for stronger FDA role. *Supreme Court may have to settle legal questions. Democratic lawmakers said the new crisis showed it was time for Congress to strengthen the FDA's hand in overseeing this side of the drug industry.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 8- About 13,000 people in 23 U.S. states may have received steroid injections linked to a rare fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed eight people, but far fewer are likely to contract the disease, the Centers for Disease Control said on Monday.

  • *Bluebird card available next week at Walmart stores, online. *Amex gets access to 4,000 stores, spending by underbanked* Wal-Mart brings low pricing to card accounts* Average American pays $200 annually in fees* Shares of rival card companies NetSpend, Green Dot tank.

  • Oct 8- Members of the machinists union went on strike at the Bombardier Inc Learjet facility in Wichita, Kansas, on Monday after rejecting a contract offer that would raise healthcare costs.

  • Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.

  • Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.

  • United Continental posts lower September traffic Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 5:05 PM ET

    Oct 8- United Continental Holdings on Monday reported lower traffic for September as fewer passengers boarded its planes, and said a widely watched measure of revenue performance fell.

  • Oxford Industries CEO to retire, Chubb takes seat Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 5:01 PM ET

    ATLANTA-- Oxford Industries Inc. said Monday that J. Hicks Lanier, CEO of the clothing company, is retiring at the end of the year. Oxford said that Thomas Chubb III, president and a current member of the board, has been named CEO and president of the company beginning Jan. 1. Oxford, based in Atlanta, owns clothing brands such as Tommy Bahama and Lilly Pulitzer.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 8- Some 13,000 people in 23 U.S. states may have received steroid injections linked to a rare fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed eight people, but far fewer are likely to contract the disease, the Centers for Disease Control said on Monday.

  • Fitch puts Ocwen on review for downgrade Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:34 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Fitch Ratings has put Ocwen Financial Corp. on watch for a possible downgrade after the company announced plans to buy Homeward Residential Holdings Inc.. Ocwen is paying $588 million in cash and $162 million in convertible preferred stock for Homeward. Shares of Atlanta- based Ocwen fell 47 cents, or 1.3 percent, to close at $36.28 Monday.

  • Occupy members join police in bid to save Ga. home Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:24 PM ET

    Activists joined current and retired Atlanta police Monday for a demonstration and discussion at the home of retired Atlanta police Det. Jaqueline Barber in Fayetteville, south of the city. Representatives of Minneapolis- based U.S. Bank, which is involved in the foreclosure proceedings, did not return phone calls and emails from The Associated Press.

  • *World Bank warns on slowing Chinese economic growth. NEW YORK, Oct 8- Cotton prices were flat to slightly higher on Monday as speculative short covering and a buoyant grains market offset concerns about slowing growth in China, the world's largest textile market.

  • Heat arrive in China for preseason games Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:52 PM ET

    MIAMI-- LeBron James is visiting China for the ninth time, which makes him one of the resident Miami Heat experts about the world's most populous nation. So maybe it's fortunate that the coming week won't exactly include a ton of free time for the Heat, who arrived in Beijing on Monday night for a weeklong trip.