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  • Oregon private casino proponents drop campaign

    PORTLAND, Ore.-- After betting more than $5 million they could persuade voters to approve Oregon's first privately owned casino, the Canadian developers folded their hand Tuesday, saying they would suspend their campaign because there isn't enough support from voters.

  • Ky. man sentenced to 8 years in investment scheme

    OWENSBORO, Ky.-- An Owensboro, Ky. man has been sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution for a scheme to defraud investors in three states. Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. also Tuesday ordered 28- year-old Cory B. George to forfeit contents of three bank accounts totaling about $484,000 to be applied toward final restitution.

  • Renasant Corp. profits rise as loans increase

    TUPELO, Miss.-- Regional bank Renasant Corp. said profit in 2012' s third quarter rose 8 percent from the same three months of 2011, as the bank set aside less to cover bad loans and made lower interest payments to savers.

  • ND official praises Colombia trade mission

    BISMARCK, N.D.-- North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the state's first trade mission to Colombia in four years shows promise for a long and profitable trade relationship with the South American nation. He says the trip was the beginning of a new effort to make North Dakota a main supplier of products to Colombia.

  • Mont contribution limits in place through election

    HELENA, Mont.-- Montana's campaign contribution limits will remain in place at least through the November election after a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday that put a hold on a federal judge's decision that would have allowed for unlimited spending in state races.

  • Harmful bacteria found in raw milk at SD business

    PIERRE, S.D.-- The South Dakota Agriculture Department reports that harmful bacteria have been found in a sampling of unpasteurized milk from Black Hills Milk in Belle Fourche. The raw milk is sold at a Spearfish retail outlet, the Black Hills Farmers Market at Founder's Park in Rapid City, and at other Black Hills locations.

  • UK's Cameron in new tangle over phone hacking

    LONDON-- British Prime Minister David Cameron is ducking new questions about text messages he traded with Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News Corp.' s U.K. newspapers who faces charges linked to the country's phone hacking scandal.

  • NY farmer, NJ company convicted of illegal dumping

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- Federal authorities say a central New York farmer and a New Jersey waste management company owner have been found guilty of conspiring to illegally dump tons of asbestos-contaminated construction debris on wetlands near the Mohawk River in 2006..

  • Calif. congressional races attract big donations

    _ In a San Diego- area race, Democrat Scott Peters reported raising $1.2 million in his bid to unseat Republican Rep. _ Democratic state Assemblywoman Julia Brownley reported taking in $748,970 last quarter in her bid for an open Ventura County seat and ended September with $304,380 in cash.

  • Okla. gas prices fall nearly 10 cents per gallon

    OKLAHOMA CITY-- The average price of gasoline is down nearly 10 cents per gallon across Oklahoma. AAA Oklahoma reported Tuesday that the average price for a gallon of self-serve unleaded gas is just more than $3.53 per gallon _ compared to $3.63 per gallon last week.

  • $1.2M settlement reached with NY pharmacist

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a $1.2 million settlement has resolved claims that a Brooklyn pharmacist defrauded Medicaid by improperly billing for prescription medications that he purchased on the street from 2004 to 2009..

  • Conn. man sentenced to 2 years for fraud

    NEW HAVEN, Conn.-- A Madison, Conn. man has been sentenced to two years in prison for cheating investors out of $675,000. Federal prosecutors say 58- year-old Thomas Donnelly swindled four investors and used most of their money to pay his own mortgage and other personal expenses. A judge sentenced him Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Haven.

  • Tourism leaders: 'Do AC' campaign is catching on

    The Atlantic City Alliance, the new marketing arm of the casinos, says its multimillion-dollar advertising campaign shows people in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Md., are improving their perceptions of Atlantic City. That money is now being used to promote Atlantic City more aggressively than ever before.

  • News Summary: Portugal raises $2.4B in auction

    BILLIONS BID: Portugal managed to raise 1.85 billion in a debt auction Wednesday despite the country's bleak economic prospects and growing political tension over austerity policies.

  • Armstrong stepping down as Livestrong chairman

    AUSTIN, Texas-- Lance Armstrong is stepping down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity to it can focus on its mission instead of its founder's problems. Armstrong's announcement came minutes before Nike Inc., announced it is terminating its personal contract with him.

  • Partnerships to help control Ill. Medicaid costs

    CHICAGO-- A for-profit nursing home company owned by a politically connected Chicago businessman is a partner in a project Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Tuesday that aims to control health spending for high-cost Medicaid recipients.

  • Nike ends contract with Lance Armstrong

    NEW YORK-- Nike is severing ties with famed cyclist Lance Armstrong, citing insurmountable evidence that he participated in doping and misled the company for more than a decade. The clothing and footwear company said Wednesday that it was ending Armstrong's contract "with great sadness."

  • News Summary: World Food Prize attracts protest

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Members of Occupy Des Moines plan civil disobedience efforts to obstruct participants at World Food Prize headquarters. World Food Prize Foundation President Kenneth Quinn said he's puzzled that people would object to an organization founded by a man who won a Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to fight hunger.

  • American Airlines parent loses $238M in 3Q

    NEW YORK-- American Airlines parent company AMR lost $238 million in the third quarter on employee severance payouts and other costs related to its bankruptcy. A year ago, AMR lost $162 million, or 48 cents per share. AMR Corp. said its core performance improved.

  • US housing construction up 15 percent in September

    WASHINGTON-- U.S. builders started construction on single-family homes and apartments in September at the fastest rate since July 2008, a further indication that the housing recovery is strengthening. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that builders broke ground on homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000 in September.