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  • 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?

  • Fifth & Pacific lowers 2012 view, stock tumbles Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:56 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Fifth& Pacific Cos. cut its 2012 earnings guidance Monday, citing weak sales of Juicy Couture products. Fifth& Pacific cut its estimated 2012 EBITDA by $25 million and also forecast a weak third quarter.

  • TEXT-S&P affirms AdvancePierre Foods CCR at 'B' Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:41 PM ET

    --AdvancePierre Foods is refinancing its existing debt and paying a special dividend to its shareholders. Rating Action On Oct. 1, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' B' corporate credit rating on Cincinnati, Ohio- based AdvancePierre Foods Inc. The rating outlook is stable.

  • Ohio State signs energy agreement with wind farm Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:25 PM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Ohio State University has signed an agreement with a northwestern Ohio wind farm to provide enough energy to meet as much as 25 percent of the Columbus campus' electrical needs.

  • Justices open big term with new human rights case Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 3:44 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Supreme Court plunged into its new term Monday with a high-stakes dispute between businesses and human rights groups over accountability for foreign atrocities. Cases involving some of the most emotional issues in American life are likely to be decided after voters choose a president and new Congress next month.

  • Judge stops strike by Detroit water-sewer workers Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 1:31 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Workers rejected a judge's "ridiculous" order Monday to end a strike protesting job cuts at the Detroit regional water department, a union lawyer said. Union attorney George Washington called federal Judge Sean Cox's injunction "outrageous" and said he would file a motion to dissolve it.

  • Bass fishing and gas drilling meet in Pittsburgh Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:43 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH-- Bass fishing, gas drilling and downtown Pittsburgh collided at a professional fishing tournament last week, and the unlikely partnership prompted cheers and concerns from anglers, environmentalists and the general public. One of the fishermen at the event said that even having a tournament in Pittsburgh is a sign of progress.

  • Ohio gas prices holding steady Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:06 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Ohio motorists will see gas prices holding steady as they begin a new work week. A month ago, the average gas price in Ohio was $3.89. This time last year, the Ohio average was $3.22.