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  • GOP-leaning group plans new $11 million ad blitz Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- A Republican-leaning independent group supporting Mitt Romney's presidential bid is spending $11.1 million on new television ads aimed at women. The group planned to air the new ad on national and local cable stations, and in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

  • Political ads blitz viewers, risk voter turnoff Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:37 AM ET

    "It's just way too much," says Scot French, a history professor at the University of Central Florida. He lives along the swing-voting Interstate 4 corridor that will play an important role in deciding whether President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins the state, and perhaps the White House.

  • APNewsBreak: Johnny Depp starting book imprint Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 7:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- How cool is this: Johnny Depp is going to help run a publishing imprint. Already on the list of books is one by Bob Dylan, "The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan," which aims to set the record straight on the songwriter's enigmatic life and career and will be based in part on interviews with Dylan by best-selling historian Douglas Brinkley.

  • NJ plans to start licensing sports bets in January Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 6:12 PM ET

    The NCAA announced Monday that it would find new hosts for five championships scheduled to be held in New Jersey next year.

  • News Summary: Morningstar updates 529 plan ratings Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:45 PM ET

    WITH HONORS: College savings plans offered through four states earned top marks from Morningstar in the company's annual update to ratings of so-called 529 plans. PRETTY GOOD: Four other plans earned silver-medal honors from Morningstar. Those 529 plans are sponsored by Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia.

  • Obama embraces economic record in new commercial Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:28 PM ET

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va.-- With the economy showing some signs of improvement three weeks before Election Day, President Barack Obama on Monday laid down a full embrace of the economic record many Republicans say is his biggest weakness.

  • 4 college savings plans get top Morningstar honors Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 2:21 PM ET

    BOSTON-- College savings plans offered through the states of Alaska, Maryland, Nevada and Utah earned top marks from Morningstar Inc. in the company's annual update to ratings of so-called 529 plans.

  • Study: Privatized Medicare would raise premiums Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 1:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Nearly six in 10 Medicare recipients would pay higher premiums under a hypothetical privatized system along the lines of what Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has proposed, according to a study released Monday.

  • Concerned that Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson could hurt the Romney campaign, Republicans across the country have been working to keep him off the ballot, The New York Times reports.

  • Nevada agency budget requests to be released Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:57 AM ET

    A big unknown is whether the governor will include expanding Medicaid eligibility as called for under the federal health care reform law in his own budget. Sandoval last week said he is reserving his decision on Medicaid until after the elections and state revenue projections are made later this year.

  • Amphibious vehicle to go on sale soon in US Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 1:47 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Amphibious vehicles could soon be zooming out of James Bond's garage _ or pond _ and into yours. Michigan- based Gibbs Sports Amphibians Inc. hopes to sell the vehicle worldwide by 2014.. It's sort of magic, "the founder of Gibbs Sports Amphibians, Alan Gibbs, told The Associated Press in a recent interview.

  • Va. escapes worst of recession but new fears ahead Saturday, 13 Oct 2012 | 1:07 PM ET

    While Virginia escaped the worst of the recession _ unemployment peaked at 7.3 percent _ uneasiness about the future is in the air. For good reason: The state's fortunes are tied to the outcome of the deficit debate on Capitol Hill and its outcome could dramatically alter its economy. Virginia is home to the Pentagon, the CIA, Naval Station Norfolk, Fort A.P.

  • 2 law students accused of beheading bird at casino Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:07 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS-- Two men who say they're Berkeley, Calif., law school students have been arrested after police say they killed and decapitated an exotic bird that was part of a Las Vegas resort attraction.

  • Pershing County vs. Burning Man on festival fee Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    RENO, Nev.-- Pershing County officials are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Burning Man organizers who say a new county festival ordinance is unconstitutional and could put the annual counter-culture event in Nevada's Black Rock Desert out of business.

  • VP debate tees up closing issues for Romney, Obama Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    DANVILLE, Ky.-- In a spirited debate that laid out stark choices, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan teed up pointed arguments on the economy, social policy and America's place in the world that President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney now will drive forward into the campaign's final stretch.

  • Republican groups turning focus to House races Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:20 AM ET

    Outside groups have spent about $60 million trying to help GOP candidates since June 1 and about $49 million trying to help out Democratic candidates, according the Sunlight Foundation.

  • Noble Energy rolls the dice on Nevada oil Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:25 PM ET

    *Targets areas of Nevada where little drilling seen so far. *Noble has 350,000 Nevada acres. Oct 11- Noble Energy said on Thursday it plans to explore for crude oil in areas of Nevada that have seen little drilling, as the U.S. exploration and production company starts to assess its longer-term prospects.

  • Alice Cooper kicks off South Dakota rock academy Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- To all the girls and boys, makin' all that noise: Alice Cooper has found you some new toys. The heavy metal icon was in South Dakota on Wednesday to help kick-off a 6,000- square-foot rock `n' roll academy for local Boys& Girls Club members.

  • Utah foreclosure rate holds steady at No. 16 in US Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:54 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY-- Utah's September foreclosure rate remains the 16th highest in the nation for a second month. Data released Thursday by RealtyTrac Inc. shows that one in every 903 Utah housing units saw a foreclosure filing in September. Florida, California, Illinois, Arizona and Nevada had the highest foreclosure rates in the nation in August.

  • Hard Rock-themed casino gets support in Sioux City Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa-- The developer of a Hard Rock-themed casino has gotten support from the nonprofit Missouri River Historical Development board to build a casino and entertainment center near the Missouri River in Sioux City, Iowa. Warner and the board must obtain a license from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

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