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  • RPM reports lower profit on one-time charges Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:37 AM ET

    Oct 3- RPM International Inc's quarterly profit fell as the coatings and sealants maker incurred one-time charges. Profit fell to $33.9 million, or 26 cents per share, in the first quarter, from $76.8 million, or 59 cents per share, a year earlier. The Medina, Ohio- based company's shares closed at $26.63 on Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Romney Pulls Even With Obama in Florida: Poll Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 5:00 AM ET
    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    Republican challenger Mitt Romney has pulled even with President Obama in the critical swing state of Florida, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll has found.

  • Cash-strapped states weigh tax policy on drilling Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio-- For decades, one tiny county in the rolling hills of Ohio's rural reaches was a depressed farm community saddled with double-digit unemployment. Now, Carroll County boasts more active oil and gas wells than any other in the state, and the tax dollars are flowing right along with the crude and natural gas.

  • 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.

  • Gambling exec: Time short for US online poker regs Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 6:05 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS-- With billions of dollars at stake, the head of the gambling industry's main lobbying group sounded a pessimistic note Tuesday about the prospect of Congress passing Internet regulatory laws this year.

  • US auto sales stay strong in September Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:48 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Americans found plenty of reasons to buy new cars in September, making auto sales a bright spot in the economy for yet another month. Sales rose for most carmakers, led by big gains at Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen. Gas prices have jumped 14 percent since July 1, and hit $3.79 per gallon at the end of September, a record for that time of year.

  • Oct 2- The Bon-Ton Stores Inc:. *The Bon Ton Stores Inc- announces January closing of its Springfield, OH. *Says the company will not renew the lease, which terminates January 31, 2013.

  • Auto sales, home prices help buoy weak US economy Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:27 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. economy is looking more resilient, thanks in part to encouraging signs for the two most expensive purchases most Americans make: cars and homes. Cheap loans and a bounty of fuel-efficient models enticed people to buy new vehicles at a brisk pace last month.

  • LCA says LasikPlus procedures fell in 3rd quarter Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:59 PM ET

    CINCINNATI-- Laser eye surgery provider LCA-Vision Inc. said Tuesday that LasikPlus procedures decreased 8 percent in the third quarter, and the company said coverage of the upcoming presidential election is partly to blame. LCA-Vision reported 11,510 LasikPlus procedures in the third quarter, down from 12,444 a year ago.

  • Sector Snap: Diagnostic test makers Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:51 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Analysts for Cowen and Co. started coverage of a group of companies that make tests used to diagnose infectious diseases, assigning top ratings to companies including Cepheid, Hologic Inc., and Meridian Bioscience Inc..

  • Gambling exec: Online regulations unlikely in 2012 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:26 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS-- It doesn't look like Congress will pass Internet gambling regulatory laws this year, the head of the industry's main lobbying group said Tuesday, as he cast online wagering hosted by sites overseas as one of the biggest threats to the casino industry in the United States.

  • Home price changes in each state in August Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:37 PM ET
  • Pa. reports slight slots revenue increase in Sept. Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:04 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA-- Boosted by $4.3 million from play at the state's newest casino, Pennsylvania saw a slight increase in gross revenue from slot machines last month compared to the same period a year ago, according to state gaming board figures released Tuesday. Six other Pennsylvania casinos saw smaller declines.

  • Correction: Obama-China story Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:03 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- In a story Sept. 28 about a presidential decision to block a Chinese company's business deal in Oregon over national security concerns, The Associated Press erroneously cited when another Chinese firm, Huawei Technologies, had abandoned plans for its purchase of a U.S. computer company, 3 Leaf Systems.

  • US auto sales rise again in September Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:38 AM ET

    Sales rose for most automakers, led by gains of more than 30 percent for Toyota and Volkswagen. Toyota sales rose 42 percent from a year earlier, while Volkswagen jumped 34 percent from September 2011. Nissan, which has been hurt as Toyota and Honda recover from last year's earthquake in Japan, saw sales fall 1.1 percent.

  • Myers Industries completes deal for Jamco Products Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:01 AM ET

    Myers said Jamco's annual sales total between $15 million and $18 million. Myers, based in Akron, Ohio, said Jamco's product lineup and relationships with industrial distributors complements its existing Akro-Mils business, whose products include plastic storage bins and metal carts, and is in line with the company's growth strategy.

  • Ohio gambling survey gives pre-casino picture Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio-- As casinos begin to open around Ohio, Tom Leksan provides a cautionary tale.

  • Express cuts 3Q outlook on more discounting Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:54 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Shares of Express declined 17 percent in premarket trading Tuesday after the clothing retailer cut its forecast for the current quarter because of fewer shoppers in September and heavy discounting.

  • Gambling exec: US needs Internet poker regulations Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:56 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS-- Brick-and-mortar casinos are opening in Ohio and Illinois. Voters in Oregon, Rhode Island and Maryland will vote on gambling initiatives Nov. 6.

  • Schmidt: Autographs getting way too hard to read Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Since when did the signatures of today's celebrity athletes become worse than your local physician's scrawl on a prescription slip? Yes, I know, some now put their uniform number under their scribble. Have the constant paparazzi-like, autograph-stalking fans caused players to rebel by putting a bumpy line with a number as their autograph?