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  • At a glance: Gas prices in battleground states Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:37 PM ET
  • NJ jobless rate inches down to 9.8 percent Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 3:40 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- New Jersey's unemployment rate ticked down a notch to 9.8 percent in September, even as the state shed 1,200 jobs for the month.

  • Shares of MGM Resorts rise on casino plan Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 3:40 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of MGM Resorts International climbed Thursday after the company said its Chinese arm signed a deal for land to build a massive new casino in the world's biggest gambling market. MGM China, which signed the deal, is a joint venture between Las Vegas- based MGM Resorts International and Pansy Ho, daughter of Macau casino kingpin Stanley Ho.

  • September initial jobless claims fall in Nevada Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 2:36 PM ET

    CARSON CITY, Nev.-- The number of Nevadans filing initial claims for jobless benefits fell in September to the lowest level in five years.

  • Sin City's pull puts state of Nevada in play Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 2:33 PM ET

    What makes politics here different is who works in those skyscrapers _ not lawyers or accountants, but heavily unionized housekeepers, blackjack dealers and line cooks who have abruptly transformed Nevada into a swing-voting state. Her youngest daughter will soon graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. "

  • MGM China gets land for new $2.5B Macau casino Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:05 AM ET

    HONG KONG-- The Chinese arm of U.S. casino company MGM Resorts International signed a land deal Thursday for a new $2.5 billion casino resort in Macau, the world's biggest gambling market, hoping to catch up with the rapid expansion of rival casino operators.

  • MGM China signs deal for new Macau casino Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 6:38 AM ET

    MGM China Holdings Ltd. said it formally accepted a land concession contract from the Macau government for a 7.2 hectare plot in the Cotai district, an area of reclaimed land that's earmarked for all new casinos in the Asian gambling haven. MGM China said it is paying $161.4 million for the land, including a $56.2 million down payment.

  • Romney ad advantage doesn't tell the whole story Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 12:42 AM ET

    An Associated Press analysis of presidential campaign advertising data from April through last week found that pro-Romney spending has exceeded pro-Obama ad spending by at least $65 million across the nine states expected to decide the election: Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Wisconsin.

  • Viewers riveted by feisty presidential debate Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    At the University of Cincinnati, 200 students were expected to turn out to watch the second debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. "It goes without saying that the knives were out," said Karim Aladmi, a 21- year-old international affairs major from Dayton, Ohio, who wore a suit and tie for the occasion.

  • Top Destination States for Jobs Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    Read ahead to see what they are, and find out what employment data, industries and companies are located there to make them top destination states.

  • Big cash spent in AZ, PA, MA Senate race reports Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Republican candidates for the Senate in conservative-leaning states generally outraised their Democratic opponents in the latest fundraising quarter ending Sept. 30, but Arizona proved an exception as former surgeon general Richard Carmona raised nearly $500,000 more than Republican Jeff Flake.

  • 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.