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  • *Russian govt OKs anti-smoking bill Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:36 AM ET
  • Protests as Ireland's 1st abortion clinic opens Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:35 AM ET

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland-- The first abortion clinic on the island of Ireland opened Thursday in Belfast, sparking protests by conservatives from both the Catholic and Protestant sides of Northern Ireland. That's the law in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, where abortion is otherwise illegal.

  • News Summary: Philip Morris Int'l 3Q profit falls Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:35 AM ET

    THE RESULTS: Philip Morris International Inc.' s third-quarter net income fell more than 6 percent to $2.23 billion, despite higher prices, as the company sold fewer cigarettes.

  • Group: Hunger 'critical' in violent area of Sudan Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:34 AM ET

    NAIROBI, Kenya-- More than 80 percent of people living in a conflict zone in Sudan's southern region are eating only one meal a day, compared with 10 percent one year ago, a U.S. advocacy group said Thursday, citing research collected from a region where aid groups aren't allowed to operate.

  • Hawaii appeals court upholds Oahu rail contract Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:34 AM ET

    HONOLULU-- A state appeals court is upholding Honolulu's handling of a half-billion dollar contract for the construction of a commuter rail line. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation said Wednesday the Intermediate Court of Appeals affirmed the city's decision to disqualify one of the bidders, Bombadier Transportation USA, Inc..

  • $50-a-semester fees at UM, MSU stalled by trustees Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:33 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.-- The College Board stalled discussion of a $50- a-semester building fee on full-time students at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University, with members saying they want a committee to consider it.

  • Pa. gov gets bill to let firms keep payroll taxes Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:32 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.-- A new state tax incentive designed to encourage companies to hire in Pennsylvania passed both chambers of the Legislature on Wednesday and was sent to Gov. "The beauty of this approach is that this is not revenue that is in the state currently," Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman, R- Centre, told colleagues. "

  • Korean firm charged with stealing Kevlar secrets Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- A South Korean company and five of its employees are accused in an indictment of stealing the recipe from the DuPont Co. to the high-tech fiber used to make Kevlar body armor, prosecutors announced Thursday.

  • Pa., Mich., Catholic hospital chains mull merger Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    Catholic Health East of Newtown Square, and Trinity Health of Novi, Mich., announced Wednesday that they have signed a non-binding letter of intent to consolidate.

  • Audit: MassHealth program must tighten oversight Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    BOSTON-- Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump is urging the state to tighten up oversight of its MassHealth program.

  • ND cities get money for loans to small businesses Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:28 AM ET

    CARRINGTON, N.D.-- The U.S. Treasury Department has provided $3.4 million to a group of 36 North Dakota cities to support loans to small businesses. Every $1 in federal money must be matched with $10 in private sector investment, which will lead to $34 million in private sector funding.

  • DOE delays decision on Cheniere Energy facility Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- The U.S. Department of Energy says it needs more time to consider an environmental group's objections to a Texas company's plans to build an export terminal for liquefied natural gas in southwest Louisiana.

  • NYC mayor to spend $10M for moderate candidates Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:26 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend at least $10 million of his personal fortune promoting moderate candidates around the country in the final weeks before Election Day, he announced Wednesday, adding himself to the list of wealthy Americans pouring millions of dollars into the 2012 election.

  • Barclays hikes provision for mis-selling insurance Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    LONDON-- Barclays PLC has set aside another 700 million pounds to compensate customers who bought payment protection insurance which they didn't need. The unscheduled announcement came ahead of the bank's third-quarter earnings report due on Oct. 31.

  • Stocks wobble after Amex earnings, jobless claims Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The stock market headed slightly lower on Thursday, following a leap in claims for unemployment benefits and weak results from American Express. The increase suggested that layoffs were increasing, however the Labor Department noted that there were technical reasons behind the swing, mainly delayed figures from one large state, California.

  • US rate on 30-year fixed mortgage near record low Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The average U.S. rate on a 30- year fixed mortgage has fallen to near its record low set earlier this month. The rate on the most popular mortgage dipped to 3.37 percent from 3.39 last week, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday. Two weeks ago, the rate reached 3.36 percent, its lowest level on records dating to 1971..

  • AP PHOTOS: The most charitable stars Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:22 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Celebrity charity work has been around as long as celebrity itself. "Beethoven was doing charity concerts," says Myrlia Purcell, founder of LooktotheStars.org, a website that tracks celebrity charity events around the world. Good thing Annie Lennox is around.

  • Benefits can flow both ways at celeb charity galas Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- The Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom will soon be filled with flowers, chiffon, fine china and crystal stemware for a starry black-tie ball costing couples as much as $20,000 to attend.

  • Cancer groups to improve disclosures on pink wares Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:12 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- The nation's two largest breast cancer charities have adopted guidelines for fuller disclosure by those selling pink products and services in their names, New York's attorney general said Thursday.

  • Markets falter in run-up to EU summit Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    Though expectations have diminished in recent days that the 27- nation EU will agree on the terms of a banking union, investors are keen to hear updates on the economic fate of Spain, as well as Greece, which appears to be near to securing its next batch of bailout cash.

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