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  • Highlights from the Fed's US economic survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • Biden to play 'hardball' in VP debate Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:55 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Four years ago, Joe Biden was careful not to appear overly aggressive in his vice presidential debate with Sarah Palin, then a newcomer to the national stage. Now, as he prepares to debate Paul Ryan, a 14- year House veteran and the top Republican budget writer, Biden is less concerned about looking like a bully.

  • Building on momentum, Romney renews push for Ohio Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:16 AM ET

    AKRON, Ohio-- Republican Mitt Romney is making a fresh bid for Ohio voters, trying to use post-debate momentum to make up ground in a state that has been a mainstay of GOP presidential candidates and could help President Barack Obama hold onto the White House. We're going to do it here in Ohio. "

  • Romney promises no abortion legislation Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:56 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- Wading into an explosive social issue, Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday said he would not pursue any abortion-related legislation if elected president. "There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda," he told the Des Moines Register in an interview posted on the newspaper's website.

  • Iowa harvest speeds ahead Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:15 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- Iowa farmers are close to wrapping up this year's harvest as they work to get drought-damage crops out of the fields as cooler weather arrives. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 76 percent of the corn has been harvested, which is a month ahead of normal. Eighty percent of the soybeans are in from the fields, which is two weeks ahead of normal.

  • Romney says won't pursue new abortion laws Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:16 PM ET

    CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio, Oct 9- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, in an apparent fresh move toward the political center, said on Tuesday if elected he would not pursue specific legislation targeting abortion.

  • will be assuming about $32 billion in assets under management with its proposed acquisition of AFP Cuprum S.A., a leading pension manager in Chile. Rating Action On Oct. 9, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' BBB+' counterparty credit ratings on Iowa- based Principal Financial Group Inc. and Principal Financial Services Inc..

  • Iowa regulators OK MidAmerican rate adjustment Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 4:33 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- Iowa regulators have approved a settlement on MidAmerican Energy's plans to increase electric rates to cover rising costs. The Iowa Utilities Board says Tuesday the deal allows MidAmerican to increase annual revenue by $38.7 million, or 4 percent, in 2012. The utility temporarily raised rates in March.

  • Obama campaign deploys Big Bird in new ad Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 9:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- President Barack Obama deployed Big Bird in a new campaign ad Tuesday mocking Mitt Romney's vow to end federal funding for public broadcasting.

  • In close race, Obama and Romney showing confidence Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 8:50 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Exactly one month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are both declaring they will win a race for the White House that remains anything but clear. Their trails are crossing again in Ohio, the state that could decide the election, and signs of urgency are emerging from each campaign.

  • Principal Financial to acquire Chile's AFP Cuprum Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:49 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- Principal Financial Group Inc. said Monday that it is buying AFP Cuprum S.A., a pension manager in Chile, for roughly $1.51 billion. Principal Financial said the deal will add to its existing business in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, to give the company an even larger presence in those emerging markets.

  • Iowa: Linn County leaders support casino Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:33 PM ET

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-- Linn County supervisors are on board with a plan that could bring a casino to Cedar Rapids, Iowa _ as long as backers meet several conditions.

  • At a Glance: Weekly change in state gas prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:14 PM ET
  • Presidential race rumbles into final 4 weeks Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Rumbling into its final four weeks, the presidential campaign is playing out on both coasts and multiple fronts, with Republican Mitt Romney seeking stature on foreign affairs and President Barack Obama raising political cash by the millions.

  • Renewable Energy Group lowers 3Q forecast Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:36 AM ET

    AMES, Iowa-- Shares of Renewable Energy Group Inc. plunged in trading Friday after the biodiesel producer said it expects to post a loss for its fiscal third quarter. As a result, it expects to report an adjusted loss of $2 million to $7 million before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 7- He has been stereotyped as the Obama administration's gaffe-prone sideshow. But Vice President Joe Biden also is a veteran debater who was in the U.S. Senate for a quarter century and is perhaps the Democratic White House's most passionate defender of the working class.

  • Jobs report boosts Obama; Romney not impressed Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:57 PM ET

    FAIRFAX, Va.-- Mitt Romney was still celebrating his widely praised debate performance when the campaign lurched in a different direction. Incumbent and challenger alike campaigned in battleground states during the day, each man starting out in Virginia before the president headed for Ohio and Romney flew to Florida.

  • Ex-Iowa businessman admits to $1.1M Ponzi scheme Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:12 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- An Ottumwa, Iowa investment manager is likely heading to prison after pleading guilty to charges of wire fraud and tax evasion stemming from a $1.1 million Ponzi scheme. John Francis Holtsinger pleaded guilty Friday during a hearing in federal court in Des Moines as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

  • Obama takes a second crack at Romney tax plan Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:25 AM ET

    AIRING: This ad by the Obama campaign is airing in the closely contested states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. SCRIPT: Republican nominee Mitt Romney said in the first presidential debate that he's "not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. It cuts to an image of NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell citing the Tax Policy Center report.

  • Biden: Romney changed his position on tax cut Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:09 AM ET

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa-- Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Thursday that he and President Barack Obama want to raise $1 trillion in taxes on the wealthy as part of a plan to let some Bush-era tax cuts expire, giving Republicans fresh fodder to criticize the Democratic ticket just days after the vice president said the middle class has been buried during the past four years.