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  • Vivus shares slip after analyst cautions on Qsymia Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:43 PM ET

    Shares of Vivus Inc. tumbled Thursday after an analyst said Wall Street may be over-estimating gains from initial sales of the drug developer's obesity treatment Qsymia. THE BIG PICTURE: Qsymia, Vivus' only approved drug, launched in the U.S. in September.

  • Life Time Fitness 3Q profit up on new members Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:42 PM ET

    CHANHASSEN, Minn.-- Life Time Fitness Inc. said Thursday that its third-quarter profit rose 19 percent as more people joined its gyms and spent more money at them. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, the Chanhassen, Minn.- based company earned $32.1 million, or 77 cents per share, up from $27 million, or 66 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

  • Aegerion hits annual high on FDA panel vote Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:38 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. climbed Thursday after the company said a Food and Drug Administration panel recommended that its cholesterol disorder drug lomitapide be approved. THE SPARK: The Cambridge, Mass., company said Wednesday that an FDA advisory panel voted to support approval of lomitapide.

  • Police: 3 arrested for Denver bar killings, fire Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:31 PM ET

    DENVER-- Three people have been arrested in connection with the killing of five people at a bar that was then set on fire, apparently to hide the crime, and the motive was robbery, Denver police said Thursday.

  • Baxter 3Q earnings meet Wall Street estimates Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:27 PM ET

    DEERFIELD, Ill.-- Drug and medical device maker Baxter International reported third-quarter results Thursday that edged 1 percent higher as the company trimmed expenses, meeting Wall Street expectations. The company's profit rose slightly to $583 million, or $1.06 per share, from $576 million, or $1.01 per share, in the prior-year period.

  • House tea party icons face re-election challenges Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:18 PM ET

    Michele Bachmann's tendency to cause a ruckus on Capitol Hill made her a tea party sensation. Allen West of Florida, Steve King of Iowa and Joe Walsh of Illinois are all embroiled in tough and expensive races that are drawing plenty of spending by friends and foes from around the country.

  • GOP's Sen. Brown sorry for remark on Warren ad Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:16 PM ET

    Scott Brown is apologizing for suggesting Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren used paid actors in political ads defending her legal work in an asbestos lawsuit. The Taunton Daily Gazette reported that Brown was asked how Warren got family members of asbestos victims to appear in her ads.

  • Honduran supreme court rejects 'model cities' idea Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:14 PM ET

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras-- Honduras' Supreme Court has struck down a plan to build a series of model cities with their own independent tax and justice systems, a proposal that was meant to spur economic growth in this Central American country struggling with corruption and crime.

  • Minn. gov promotes trade chief to lead econ agency Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:12 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday appointed the director of the state Trade Office, who also worked on his 2010 campaign, as the new commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development.

  • Maine Turnpike board OKs deeper E-Z Pass discounts Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:11 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine-- E-Z pass users on the Maine Turnpike will soon see some deeper discounts. The Maine Turnpike Authority Board on Thursday unanimously approved a phased-in plan to offer revised toll discounts to E-ZPass customers starting Nov. 1.

  • Union Pacific 3Q profit up 15 pct. on price hikes Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:06 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- Union Pacific said Thursday that its third-quarter profit climbed 15 percent because price increases and more automotive and chemical shipments helped the railroad offset a 12 percent drop in coal shipments. Union Pacific, based in Omaha, Neb., said Thursday that revenue grew 5 percent to $5.34 billion from last year's $5.1 billion.

  • *US mortgage rates for past 52 weeks at a glance Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:01 PM ET
  • Cummins to lay off at least 150 at Indiana plants Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:01 PM ET

    The layoffs will affect workers at the company's Fuel Systems Plant in Columbus, Columbus MidRange Engine Plant or the Seymour Engine plant, Cummins spokesman Jon Mills told The Republic for a story Thursday.

  • Briggs & Stratton fiscal 1Q loss widens Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:00 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE-- Engine maker Briggs& Stratton Corp. said Thursday its fiscal first-quarter loss widened, as drought conditions in much of the U.S. and tough economic conditions in Europe cut into its sales.

  • BBC satellite news disrupted in Mideast, Europe Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:00 PM ET

    LONDON-- The British Broadcasting Corp. says someone is deliberately disrupting its broadcasts in the Middle East and Europe _ interference that follows previous accusations that Iran has attempted to jam the broadcaster's transmissions.

  • Reed Elsevier director appointment postponed Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:56 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Data provider Reed Elsevier Group PLC said Thursday that David Brennan's appointment to its board of directors has been postponed indefinitely. The company said Brennan requested the postponement for personal reasons. The company said in February that Brennan would join its board on Nov. 1.

  • WTO backs ruling against China duties on US steel Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:55 AM ET

    GENEVA-- An appeals panel of the World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China unfairly imposed import tariffs on a high-technology U.S. steel product. In a ruling Thursday, the WTO appeals panel said China was wrong in the way it put duties on U.S.-made grain-oriented flat-rolled electrical steel.

  • News Summary: Rate on 30-year loan near record low Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:54 AM ET

    THE LOWDOWN: The average U.S. rate on a 30- year fixed mortgage has fallen to near its record low set earlier this month. HOW THEY RATE: The rate on the 30- year loan, the most popular mortgage, dipped to 3.37 percent from 3.39 percent last week.

  • Anacor shares slide after company prices offering Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:49 AM ET

    PALO ALTO, Calif.-- Shares of Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc. tumbled Thursday after the drug developer announced pricing for a public offering of stock at a discounted rate to the current trading price. The Palo Alto, Calif., drug developer said that it priced an offering of 4 million shares at $6 per share.

  • Carlyle Group closes $3.3B deal for Getty Images Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:48 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Carlyle Group LP on Thursday completed its acquisition of a controlling stake in Getty Images Inc. in a deal worth about $3.3 billion. The private equity firm partnered with Getty's co-founders, Mark Getty and Jonathan Klein, and with the Getty family in buying the company from another private equity firm, Hellman& Friedman.