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  • Stocks closed mostly lower Friday after investors found little to like in weak corporate earnings reports and news of only tepid growth in the U.S. economy in the third quarter. The morning gains came after the Commerce Department estimated that the U.S. economy expanded at a 2 percent annual rate from July through September.

  • Oct 26- Comcast Corp posted a higher quarterly profit on Friday, driven partly by revenue generated at its NBC Universal unit by the London Olympics as well as by new Internet customers for its cable business.

  • Stock indexes are moving between small gains and losses on Wall Street Friday after Goodyear Tire& Rubber and other companies turned in weak earnings reports. Goodyear's stock sank 7 percent after the company said that a steep dropoff in sales in Europe delivered a blow to the company's earnings.

  • NEW YORK-- Stock futures were mixed but recovered from sharp declines Friday after the government reported that economic growth during the third quarter was slightly better than expected thanks in part to stronger consumer spending. The Commerce Department reported that the economy expanded at 2 percent annual rate from July through September.

  • Comcast Meets Profit Target, Beats on Revenues

    Comcast reported quarterly earnings and revenue that met analysts' expectations for profit and beat estimates for revenue Friday.

  • PHILADELPHIA-- Cable giant Comcast Corp., the nation's largest provider of TV and high-speed Internet services, more than doubled its net income in the third quarter, helped by fewer cancelations of video service than expected and by breaking even on the expensive-to-produce London Olympics.

  • When Will Companies Snap Out of It?

    What’s been showing up in this quarter’s earnings reports should now show up in Friday’s third quarter gross domestic product release: Corporate America is worried, and its move to the sidelines is slowing down the economy.

  • NEW YORK-- A growth in early voting and tough economy for the media are forcing changes to the exit poll system that television networks and The Associated Press depend upon to deliver the story on Election Night, all with the pressure-filled backdrop of a tight presidential race.

  • WASHINGTON _ Commerce Department releases third-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m.. Arch Coal Inc. reports quarterly financial results. Comcast Corp. reports quarterly financial results.

  • This isn't anything new. Years ago, viewers celebrated the presidency of Jed Bartlet on "The West Wing." Fans of "The Wire" savored the ascent of Tommy Carcetti from the Baltimore city council to the Maryland governor's office. Michael J. Fox, and then Charlie Sheen, worked for New York Mayor Winston on the sitcom, "Spin City."

  • AMC aired the episode two other times later Sunday, and the Nielsen ratings company said a total of 14 million people watched at least one of them. The most-watched drama on broadcast TV last week, CBS' "Person of Interest," had just under 14 million viewers.

  • NEW YORK-- Bob Schieffer took a light hand Monday as moderator of the final presidential debate, ending with advice from his mother: "Go vote.

  • Caterpillar Inc. reports quarterly financial results. Hasbro Inc. reports quarterly financial results. Peabody Energy Corp. reports quarterly financial results.

  • PITTSBURGH-- A man who claims his girlfriend once had a "physical relationship" with retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was in custody Friday on charges he tried to extort $15,000 from the player by threatening to release evidence the player had paid for sex.

  • The Nielsen company said 67 million people watched the first debate a week earlier. NBC had 13.8 million viewers, more than any other network, with ABC second at 12.5 million, Nielsen said. CBS had 8.9 million viewers for the debate, CNN had 5.6 million, MSNBC had 4.9 million and the Fox broadcast network had 4.6 million, Nielsen said.

  • ABC, NBC and the CW all debuted new dramas last Wednesday to varied receptions. It finished a strong second behind CBS' long-running "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" at the 10 p.m. ET slot. Despite that showing, long-slumping NBC can boast about its best showing for an early TV season in a decade.

  • The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Dick Clark Productions and NBC announced Monday that the pair of "30 Rock" and " Parks and Recreation" stars have signed on to host the 70th annual Golden Globes ceremony after British comedian Ricky Gervais' three-year reign as the show's acerbic emcee.

  • 2. "Argo," Warner Bros., $19,458,109, 3,232 locations, $6,020 average, $19,458,109, one week. 4. " Hotel Transylvania," Sony, $17,241,317, 3,375 locations, $5,109 average, $102,133,934, three weeks. 5. "Here Comes the Boom," Sony, $11,816,596, 3,014 locations, $3,921 average, $11,816,596, one week.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Liam Neeson's "Taken 2" has defended its box-office title with a narrow win over Ben Affleck's "Argo." Sony's "Here Comes the Boom," with Kevin James as a teacher who becomes a mixed martial arts sensation, started weakly at No. 5 with $12 million.