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  • Stock market wavers as investors digest earnings Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- A surprisingly strong housing report helped push the stock market mostly higher Wednesday, even as weak earnings reports from Intel and IBM weighed on the Dow Jones industrial average.

  • Metro: Full cellphone access delayed until 2015 Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Metro says it has fallen behind on its effort to expand cellphone service throughout the transit system and may not complete the project until 2015.. In a letter to Congress on Tuesday, Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says there is still much work to do to provide wireless access throughout the system.

  • Earnings roundup: PepsiCo, Knight Capital Group Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:14 AM ET

    Among the earnings stories for Wednesday, Oct. 17, from The Associated Press. _ The Knight Capital Group Inc. trading firm said it lost $764.3 million in the third quarter because of a software glitch that flooded the stock market with trades one day in August, causing dozens of stocks to fluctuate wildly.

  • Colorado ski season starts with A-Basin opening Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:12 AM ET

    KEYSTONE, Colo.-- Colorado's ski season is getting under way. Arapahoe Basin is starting its season with an 18- inch base, one lift running and one intermediate trail open Wednesday. The ski area is the first in Colorado to open for this winter.

  • Earnings roundup: BofA, AMR Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:12 AM ET

    Among the earnings stories for Wednesday, Oct. 17, from The Associated Press. _ American Airlines parent company AMR lost $238 million in the third quarter on employee severance payouts and other costs related to its bankruptcy. _ Bank of America Corp. narrowly turned a profit from July through September, good enough to beat Wall Street expectations.

  • *Romney, Obama spar on energy policy Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:12 AM ET
  • Chinese elite politics: It's still a man's world Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    BEIJING-- A glance at history suggests it's easier for a Chinese woman to orbit Earth than to land a spot on the highest rung of Chinese politics. "You are so young, so beautiful," state media quoted Liu as telling the teacher, Zhang Lili. " Leadership transitions only happen once a decade in China.

  • Nebraska awards $2.7M for public works projects Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.-- Nebraska has awarded $2.7 million in grants to cities for local public works and water treatment projects. The money will help pay for projects in Loup City, Sidney, South Sioux City, Taylor, Walthill, Crawford, Haigler and North Loup. The city of Walthill will receive a new fire station.

  • Employee charged in Enterprise Credit embezzlement Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.-- A northeastern Kansas woman is accused of stealing more than $817,000 over six years from the credit union where she worked. Attorney's office filed a criminal information Tuesday charging Pamela Emig with embezzling from Enterprise Credit in the town of Enterprise.

  • *Romney, Obama joust over tax plans and debt Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:09 AM ET
  • Outlook roundup: CSX, Potash Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:09 AM ET

    Among the earnings projection stories for Wednesday, Oct. 17, from The Associated Press:. _ CSX Corp. predicts its shipping volume will be relatively flat in the fourth quarter because demand for coal remains weak and the economy is growing slowly.

  • Decades late, FDR memorial park is opening in NYC Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- It's been nearly 40 years since New York City started planning a memorial to President Franklin Roosevelt on an island in the East River. Welfare Island was renamed Roosevelt Island, and American architect Louis Kahn was commissioned to design a park honoring the 32nd president.

  • USDA: $61M provided for ND housing projects Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:05 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.-- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development agency says it provided more than $61 million for North Dakota housing projects during the past fiscal year. The agency says funds in fiscal 2012 included loans for single-family homes and more than $3 million in rental assistance to low-income tenants.

  • Abbott Labs 3Q profit up without year-ago charges Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Drug and medical device maker Abbott Laboratories reported higher third-quarter profit Wednesday, edging past analyst expectations, even as revenue slipped. Net income for the three months through Sept. 30 jumped to $1.9 billion, or $1.21 per share, from $303 million, or 19 cents per share, a year ago.

  • Food prices in Wis. dip slightly in 3rd quarter Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:05 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.-- A survey by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation says food prices dipped slightly between July and September. In the third quarter of 2012, the total was $49.60. Federation spokesman Casey Langan says there are no apparent trends affecting food prices right now.

  • *Uruguay Senate prepares for final abortion debate Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET
  • Maine agricultural officials head to Washington Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine-- Maine agricultural officials are heading to Washington, D.C., to work with the state's congressional delegation and federal officials regarding the demise of the 2008 Farm Bill. Commissioner Walter Whitcomb says the Farm Bill expired Sept. 30, putting Maine's dairy producers at risk.

  • Vt holds public meetings on maple grading changes Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Maple syrup producers will get a chance to weigh in on whether Vermont should do away with the term fancy for its maple syrup. The proposed changes to the maple grading system would unify the classification system across the United States and Canada.

  • Maine governor makes energy video Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    Paul LePage has a new video about Maine's energy future, and renewable energy in particular. The three-minute video, Energy: Maine's Economic Barrier, appeared Tuesday on the Office of the Governor website. It finds fault with Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard, the state law that sets minimums for power generated from renewable energy sources.

  • Analysis: Lost in debate: reality of US-China ties Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    BEIJING-- In the simplistic narrative of U.S. presidential politics, China is a Hollywood villain, a monetary cheat that is stealing American jobs.