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  • Mark Griffiths, professor of gambling studies at Nottingham Trent University, told a few hundred participants at a conference sponsored by the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling that technology will make gambling more accessible as gamblers turn to online sites and avoid casinos.

  • ROCK HILL, S.C.-- 3 D Systems Corp. said Thursday that its third-quarter net income doubled as printer sales soared. 3 D Systems earned $13.5 million, or 24 cents per share, for the period ended Sept. 30. That compares with $7.2 million, or 14 cents per share, a year ago.

  • FRANKFORT, Ky.-- A new report on unemployment is showing continued improvement in most Kentucky counties. Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Oldham, Scott, Shelby and Warren counties were between 6 percent and 6.4 percent. The coalfield counties of Bell, Harlan, Jackson, Leslie, Letcher, Knott, Perry and Wolfe all were between 12.3 percent and 13.7 percent.

  • SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine-- One of the Maine's largest publicly traded companies is changing its name. Wright Express Corp. announced Thursday that its new name is WEX Inc.. The company will continue to be listed under the symbol WXS on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • YORK, Pa.-- Dentsply reported a 12 percent decline in third quarter earnings Thursday as selling and administrative costs rose for the dental products company. The company narrowed its full-year earnings expectations to a range of $2.19 to $2.24 from the prior range of $2.18 to $2.24. Shares of Dentsply International Inc., based in York, Pa., rose 41 cents to $37.12.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.-- North Dakota's Mineral Resources director says he likely will make a recommendation to state regulators next month on whether to allow oil drilling near the Killdeer Mountains Wildlife Management Area. Hess Corp. wants to drill up to eight wells. The Mineral Resources Department's Oil and Gas Division on Wednesday held a hearing.

  • LAS VEGAS-- The Las Vegas area is getting further away from its dubious title as foreclosure capital of the country. Realtytrac reports one in every 139 housing units in Las Vegas saw some sort of foreclosure filing in the third quarter.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The United Mine Workers of America is suing Arch Coal Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp. in southern West Virginia over pension and health-care benefits for bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp.' s active and retired miners.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 25- Gold edged up in thin trade on Thursday as the U.S. dollar trimmed gains, although the metal was still within sight of its weakest in seven weeks, hit after the U.S. *Gold had added $4.86 an ounce to $1,706.79 by 0025 GMT.

  • RICHMOND, Va.-- Federal disaster loans of up to $2 million are available for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private nonprofits in 70 Virginia localities. The aid is available under a disaster declaration issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration for 62 counties and eight cities.

  • PITTSBURGH-- Natural gas producer EQT Corp. said Thursday that its net income fell 82 percent in the third quarter compared to a year ago, when it sold a major pipeline. Net income fell to $31.9 million, or 21 cents per share, from $178.9 million, or $1.19 per share. Shares of EQT Corp. rose $2.63, or 4.5 percent, to $60.61 in afternoon trading.

  • LAKE FOREST, Ill.-- Auto parts maker Tenneco Inc. reported a $125 million third-quarter profit Thursday, quadrupling its earnings from a year earlier thanks largely to a large tax gain. Tenneco said net income for the July-through-September period amounted to $2.05 per share and was up from $30 million, or 49 cents per share, in the third quarter of 2011..

  • The cruise operator now expects 2012 earnings of $1.85 per share to $1.95 per share, 15 cents higher than its previous forecast range. Royal Caribbean's third-quarter net income fell to $367.8 million, or $1.68 per share, on revenue of $2.26 billion, from $399 million, or $1.82 per share, on revenue of $2.32 billion a year earlier.

  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill.-- The Illinois Department of Employment Security will send emails to 800,000 business leaders and workers to highlight state services. Agency Director Jay Rowell said Wednesday the emails will offer help to companies in hiring, setting wages and building business plans.

  • The Labor Department says that weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to 369,000. That's consistent with modest hiring. The National Association of Realtors said its index of home sale agreements rose slightly in September. The dollar rose to 80.29 Japanese yen from 79.78 yen and to 0.9343 Swiss franc from 0.9325 Swiss franc.

  • BOSTON-- Two organizations that track the Massachusetts real estate market say sales of single family homes remained healthy in September in part because of stabilized prices. The Massachusetts Association of Realtors reported Thursday that sales were up nearly 3 percent from the same month last year, the 15th month of year-over-year increases.

  • No one is certain yet that remains dug up last month at a Leicester parking lot are those of the monarch immortalized by William Shakespeare for his willingness to trade his kingdom for a horse. Archaeologists found the bones beneath the site of the Grey Friars church in Leicester, central England.

  • CARSON CITY, Nev.-- RBS Financial Products has agreed to pay a $42 million settlement to end an investigation of its role in buying and securitizing subprime mortgages that added to Nevada's housing meltdown.

  • German industrial conglomerate BASF, consumer products company Unilever and Swiss bank Credit Suisse all enjoyed strong share price gains after their reports. Procter& Gamble, for example, led the Dow Jones industrial average higher after the giant consumer products company reported earnings that beat analysts' expectations.