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  • California wades into national labor debate Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:59 PM ET

    The battle over Proposition 32 on the November ballot follows conflicts in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and elsewhere where efforts to dilute the strength of organized labor have produced political tumult, a flood of TV ads and widespread demonstrations.

  • FDA: Ind. farm tied to salmonella outbreak unclean Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:09 PM ET

    On Aug. 22, about a week after the FDA inspections, Chamberlain Farm Produce announced it had voluntarily recalled all of its cantaloupes due to concerns that some might be tainted with salmonella.

  • UPDATE 1-Berry Plastics prices at low end of range Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 5:48 PM ET

    By Olivia Oran Oct 3- Container maker Berry Plastics Group Inc. Berry Plastics, based in Evansville, Indiana, is the latest in a slew of companies that Apollo is trying to take public this year. Berry Plastics intends use its IPO proceeds to redeem notes due in 2016, it said in its registration filing.

  • COLUMN-The monetization game: James Saft Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:30 PM ET

    Oct 3- The issue isn't whether the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank are monetizing debt now, it is instead whether their actions make them more likely to later.

  • Unemployment rates for Midwestern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
  • EPA: More cleanup needed in 2010 Enbridge spill Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:20 PM ET

    MARSHALL, Mich.-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday told Enbridge Inc. that the pipeline company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River system requires more cleanup work. The agency says it informed Enbridge more work is need upstream from the Ceresco and Battle Creek dams and Morrow Lake.

  • Indiana panel approves lottery outsourcing deal Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    The commission voted 3-0, with two members absent, to approve a 15- year contract with Rhode Island- based GTECH that is expected to make $1.7 billion in profit over five years _ a $500 million increase over state projections. GTECH already provides and maintains vending machines for the Hoosier Lottery.

  • Outside money fills airwaves in tight Senate races Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS-- Campaign cash from outside political groups is flooding into conservative states with close Senate races like Indiana, Arizona and Montana, where residents are more accustomed to local news promos between football games than the relentless, often snarky attack ads.

  • New Zealand bars Mike Tyson as tour debacle looms Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:10 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand-- New Zealand canceled a visa for Mike Tyson on Wednesday because of his rape conviction, saying it reversed its earlier approval because a charity that would have benefited from his appearance says it wants nothing to do with the former heavyweight boxing champion.

  • Labor standoffs silence orchestras in Minn., Ind. Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- The Minnesota Orchestra was called the world's greatest not long ago, welcome recognition for musicians based outside a top cultural center. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra has already cancelled concerts through Nov. 25 as negotiators argue over a proposal to trim the performers' average salary by $46,000 a year.

  • Online schools face backlash as states question results Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:54 AM ET

    In Maine, New Jersey and North Carolina, officials have refused to allow new cyber-schools to open this year, citing concerns about poor academic performance, high rates of student turnover and funding models that appear to put private-sector profits ahead of student achievement.

  • Rare century-old $5 Alaska bill to be auctioned Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:02 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska-- The $5 bill displayed for decades on Charles Fairbanks IV's wall was long a treasured family heirloom from Alaska. The rare find is expected to fetch as much as $300,000 at auction this month when a Texas auctioneer plans to put it up for bids in Dallas and online as part of the American Numismatic Association National Money Show.

  • Labor standoffs silence orchestras in Minn., Indy Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:24 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- The Minnesota Orchestra was called the world's greatest not long ago, welcome recognition for musicians outside a top cultural center. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra has already cancelled concerts through Nov. 25 as negotiators argue over a proposal to trim the average musicians' salary by $46,000 a year.

  • TEXT-Fitch rates Wellpoint's senior notes 'BBB+' Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:10 PM ET

    Fitch expects proceeds from the issuance to be combined with existing holding company cash and used for general corporate purposes, including funding a portion of WellPoint's acquisition of Amerigroup Corporation, continuation of the company's share repurchase program and the repayment of existing debt.

  • Home price changes in each state in August Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:37 PM ET
  • Report: Overhaul offers key insurer growth chance Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 9:08 AM ET

    The actual numbers also will depend on how many states decide to expand Medicaid coverage like the overhaul requires. Medicaid is the state and federally funded program that provides coverage for the needy and disabled. The Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that individual states could opt out of this expansion.

  • Justices open big term with new human rights case Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 3:44 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Supreme Court plunged into its new term Monday with a high-stakes dispute between businesses and human rights groups over accountability for foreign atrocities. Cases involving some of the most emotional issues in American life are likely to be decided after voters choose a president and new Congress next month.

  • Pocono return celebrates IndyCar history Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 3:09 PM ET

    With Pocono officially back on the IndyCar schedule after a 23- year absence, Carpenter wanted to pick up as many tips as possible from someone with experience at "The Tricky Triangle." The return to Pocono is being celebrated as a nod to IndyCar's history and tradition.

  • INDIANAPOLIS, Oct 1- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday delivered a broad defense of the U.S. central bank's controversial bond-buying stimulus plan, saying it is necessary to support a flagging economic recovery.

  • INDIANAPOLIS, Oct 1- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Monday the U.S. central bank did not foresee a recession but that growth was too slow to bring down the nation's jobless rate. "Right now we see an economy which is expanding. We see employment... still growing, "Bernanke said."