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  • Krispy Kreme signs franchise agreement in Asia Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:12 AM ET

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. said Thursday that it has reached an agreement with an Asian retail operator to develop 15 franchised stores in Singapore over the next five years. The doughnut chain is working with Star360 Group to develop the stores.

  • Seacrest: No problem with feuding judges Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:52 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Feuding divas on "American Idol"? Ryan Seacrest says that's just great. The show's host said Wednesday that things got intense between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey during a tryout taping the previous day in Charlotte, N.C..

  • Birkenfeld, now living in New Hampshire, helped lead the IRS to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. taxes owed on money stashed in Swiss bank UBS AG, where he once worked. Despite the case, the IRS program, which was overhauled in 2006, has been criticized for moving too slowly. Confidentiality laws keep information about IRS payouts minimal.

  • Unemployment rates for Southern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET
  • NC home insurance companies request rate increase Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:21 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.-- Insurance companies want to increase North Carolina homeowner's policies by an average of nearly 18 percent next year. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said Wednesday that consumers have until Oct. 19 to offer their views on the request by the North Carolina Rate Bureau, which represents insurance companies.

  • HanesBrands reaffirms its 2012 guidance Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:31 PM ET

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- HanesBrands Inc. reaffirmed its 2012 financial guidance Wednesday, and its shares rose in trading. HanesBrands, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., sells underwear, socks, T-shirts and other products under brands such as Hanes, Champion and Playtex. Shares of HanesBrands increased 77 cents, roughly 2 percent, to $32.80 by early afternoon.

  • Tenn: Meningitis outbreak prompts investigation Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:18 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Tennessee and federal health experts are investigating an outbreak of meningitis that infected 14 people who received steroid injections, killing two of them, the state's chief medical officer said Tuesday. David Reagan, chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, said the latest two cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours.

  • Biden: Middle class 'buried' the last 4 years Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:08 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the middle class has been "buried" during the past four years, a statement that Republicans immediately seized upon as an unwitting indictment of the Obama administration.

  • 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.

  • Both Stanley and Crawford joined the firm as senior vice presidents of wealth management, leading the Palmetto Advisory Group, which also includes advisers Linda Fraser, Geoffery Forsyth and Carolee McKeown and private client assistant Henry Batts.

  • Recent oil and gas tax proposals in the states Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    _ ALASKA: Governor's proposed oil tax cuts failed to gain approval. _ FLORIDA: Oil production taxes reduced to offset technological costs of extraction. _ IDAHO: Replaced an existing oil tax with a 2.5 percent conservation tax on the market value of all oil and gas produced.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 3- Lenovo Group Ltd, the world's No.2 PC maker, will open its first PC production plant in the United States with operations expected to begin in 2013..

  • PRESS DIGEST - Hong Kong - Oct 3 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 9:52 PM ET

    HONG KONG, Oct 3- These are some of the leading stories in Hong Kong newspapers on Wednesday. --Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd has sold about 700 units at its new residential project, Century Gateway, in Tuen Mun for HK $5 billion, said deputy managing director Victor Lui.

  • NEW YORK, October 02 Fitch Ratings affirms the following credit ratings of Highwoods Properties, Inc. and its operating partnership, Highwoods Realty Limited Partnership,: Highwoods Properties, Inc.-- Long-term IDR at' BBB-';-- Preferred stock at' BB'.

  • In the past two weeks, customers of top U.S. banks including Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase& Co, Wells Fargo& Co, U.S. Bancorp and PNC Financial Services have reported having trouble accessing their websites, as unusually high traffic volumes appeared to crash or slow down the systems.

  • American says installation job caused seat snafu Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 5:07 PM ET

    The first sign of trouble showed up last Wednesday, when crews noticed loose seats on a plane that had flown from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Vail, Colo. The seats were tightened again that day in Boston. The same plane had to make an emergency landing Monday when seats came loose shortly after takeoff on a New York- to- Miami flight.

  • Vice President Joe Biden told a campaign rally on Tuesday that the middle class has been buried for the past four years, just longer than President Barack Obama's time in the White House.

  • Dara Biosciences regains Nasdaq price compliance Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:40 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.-- Dara Biosciences Inc. said Tuesday it has regained compliance with Nasdaq share price rules. The stock returned to closing above $1 on Sept. 14, and has maintained that level for 13 straight sessions. Shares of Dara Biosciences rose 4 cents to end at $1.04 on Tuesday.

  • Vice President Joe Biden told a campaign rally on Tuesday that the middle class has been buried for the past four years, just longer than President Barack Obama's time in the White House.

  • SHR extends Quicken Loans as Ryan Newman's sponsor Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:51 PM ET

    KANNAPOLIS, N.C.-- Stewart-Haas Racing announced some much-needed sponsorship Tuesday when Quicken Loans said it will double its commitment to Ryan Newman. Quicken Loans, a new sponsor in NASCAR this year and the primary backer for nine races with Newman, will return for 18 races next year.