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  • Ryan raising money in solidly Republican states Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:51 AM ET

    GREENVILLE, S.C.-- John McCain's presidential bid won South Carolina by 9 percentage points four years ago. Yet, this year's GOP vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, is campaigning in these reliably Republican states _ to pick up cash more than extra votes.

  • DC leaders say Obama has done little for them Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:50 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama carried the nation's capital in 2008 with 92 percent of the vote, and some local activists hoped he would push to give the District of Columbia representation in Congress and more autonomy in local affairs. Even Obama's staunchest local defenders are upset he's not more vocal on issues important to them.

  • SC ed agency: $67M is cost for lost increases Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:50 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C.-- Bringing South Carolina teachers' salaries back on track following several years of frozen salary schedules could cost $67 million, the state education agency reported Thursday. But state schools chief Mick Zais opposes such state intervention, saying any catch-ups should be locally funded.

  • Scientist being sentenced in Utah for trade theft Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:49 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY-- A sentencing hearing for a scientist who has pleaded guilty in Utah's first industrial espionage case turned on testimony Thursday about the damage to a chemical company. Federal investigators say the 42- year-old chemist emailed a secret drug recipe from a Utah company to a brother-in-law in India.

  • Newsome: SC has advantage before harbor deepening Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:48 AM ET

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.-- South Carolina State Ports Authority chief Jim Newsome said Thursday that while ports in the Southeast are racing to deepen their channels, Charleston has a competitive advantage in attracting shipping lines in the years before those projects can be completed.

  • Vast Broadway costume collection on display in Fla Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:47 AM ET

    POMPANO BEACH, Fla.-- Box by box they arrived, the once glittering costumes of Broadway legends and theatre memorabilia, now dirty, tattered and forgotten.

  • Navy sending fewer ship mattresses to landfills Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:46 AM ET

    But unlike other ships the Navy has decommissioned, these mattresses won't be heading to a local landfill following the Dec. 1 inactivation. The Navy will send the mattresses to a company in South Carolina as part of a pilot program to break the mattresses down and recycle their springs and foam for other uses.

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 26- China's yuan hit its strong-side limit with Friday's first trade and firmly hugged the trading band boundary all day until weakening suddenly before the market close. The yuan opened at the lower limit of 6.2380, its strongest level ever, and held steady until just before 4 pm, when it dropped to a close of 6.2489, reversing all of the day's gains.

  • *Aon's profit, revenue up slightly, shares up Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:45 AM ET
  • Coca-Cola steps up investment in Vietnam Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The Coca-Cola Co. and its bottlers say they're more than doubling their investment Vietnam over the next few years, as the world's biggest beverage maker intensifies its push to capitalize on emerging markets.

  • Better GDP report sends stocks slightly higher Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:44 AM ET

    Stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street after the government reported a slight pickup in U.S. economic growth. The gains were held in check by poor earnings reports from Goodyear Tire& Rubber and the lumber and real estate company Weyerhauser.

  • American Axle shares tumble on $8.1M 3Q loss Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:42 AM ET

    DETROIT-- American Axle& Manufacturing Holdings Inc. said Wednesday that it posted an $8.1 million third-quarter loss due to the cost of closing factories and refinancing its debt.

  • Campaigns deploy radio ads to gin up base voters Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:42 AM ET

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- Drivers listening to adult contemporary radio along Interstate 4 in central Florida are hearing ads like this: " President Obama raised taxes on Florida's small businesses, and his defense cuts will weaken our military and put thousands more Florida families out of work.

  • *Families of mall fire victims demand Qatar trial Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:41 AM ET
  • East Coast braces for monster 'Frankenstorm' Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The pre- Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call "Frankenstorm" is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready. The stage is set as Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba, continues to barrel north.

  • Oshkosh rejects Icahn offer Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:40 AM ET

    OSHKOSH, Wis.-- Oshkosh is rejecting a buyout offer from billionaire investor Carl Icahn. Shares in Oshkosh Corp. are up 25 cents to $29.99 in early trading. Earlier this month Icahn said he planned an unsolicited bid that valued Oshkosh at almost $3 billion, and said he would nominate a competing slate of directors in a bid for control of the company.

  • Feds probe Taurus, Sable for stuck throttles Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:39 AM ET

    DETROIT-- Federal safety regulators are investigating some older-model Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans because the throttles can stick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 50 complaints about sticky throttles in the cars from the 2000 through 2003 model years. The Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable and are nearly identical cars.

  • *Hurricane Sandy threatens U.S. after slamming Cuba. LONDON, Oct 26- Oil fell on Friday to around $108 a barrel and was heading for its second weekly drop, pressured by expectations U.S. economic growth will not be strong enough to bolster the demand outlook and by Europe's debt crisis.

  • US economic growth up to still-modest 2 pct. rate Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster 2 percent annual rate from July through September, buoyed by more spending by consumers and the federal government. The report Friday from the Commerce Department is the last broad snapshot of the economy before Americans choose a president in 11 days.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- European share markets followed Asian stocks lower as lacklustre corporate earnings reports undermined investor confidence ahead of American growth data due later on Friday.