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  • Mo. insurance department fields 26K complaints Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:48 AM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Missouri's Insurance Department says it has recovered $7.7 million so far this year for consumers with complaints about their insurance companies or coverage.

  • NYC exhibition: Katharine Hepburn as fashion icon Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- A new exhibition is hailing the fashion sense of Katharine Hepburn, whose trademark khakis and open-collar shirts were decidedly unconventional in the 1930 s and 40 s, when girdles and stockings were the order of the day.

  • Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index expands Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region expanded in October following five months of declines, a positive sign for a U.S. manufacturing sector which had been weakening for much of the year. The better-than-expected reading from the Philadelphia survey followed a positive report on national manufacturing conditions.

  • North Dakota company buying 3 Nebraska dealerships Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:47 AM ET

    GRAND ISLAND, Neb.-- North Dakota- based Titan Machinery Inc. says it's buying three CaseIH agriculture equipment dealerships in Nebraska. Titan, of West Fargo, N.D., says it is acquiring Toner's Inc., which operates Toner's in Grand Island, Red Line Equipment in Broken Bow and Ord Equipment in Ord.

  • News Summary: Southwest notches a 3Q profit Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:46 AM ET

    SOFT SEPTEMBER: All the big airlines reported traffic declines in September, and Southwest said pricing was soft that month. STILL PROFITABLE: Southwest Airlines Co. still posted a $16 million profit for the quarter. WHAT'S NEXT: Delta Air Lines and US Airways report results on Wednesday, and United Continental is on Thursday.

  • Gulfstream plans to add about 35 jobs in Georgia Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:46 AM ET

    BRUNSWICK, Ga.-- Business jet manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. says it plans to add about 35 employees to its operations in Brunswick, Ga. to keep up with an expanding workload finishing aircraft. Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Product Support, says the move will increase the company's workforce in Brunswick by about 20 percent.

  • Utility to help preserve open space in Conn. Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:44 AM ET

    ENFIELD, Conn.-- Northeast Utilities says it is helping to preserve a large chunk of land in northern Connecticut in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

  • *GOP says it raised nearly $55M for convention Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:44 AM ET
  • Boston Scientific swings to 3rd-quarter loss Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Medical device maker Boston Scientific said Thursday it swung to a third-quarter loss, as legal fees and restructuring expenses weighed down already-sluggish sales of the company's implants.

  • 'Clybourne Park' writer upset about blackface Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of " Clybourne Park" says he recently withdrew permission for a Berlin theater company to produce the play after learning that one of the actors would perform the roles in blackface.

  • *Kenya can try Somali pirates, appeal court says Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:40 AM ET
  • Airstrikes in northern Syria kill at least 43 Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:40 AM ET

    BEIRUT-- Syrian warplanes hammered a strategic city captured by rebels, leaving behind scenes of carnage captured Thursday on amateur videos that showed a man holding up two child-sized legs not connected to a body and another carrying a dismembered arm.

  • Overnight storms swat Southeast; 4 hurt in Miss. Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:39 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.-- A line of severe storms packing strong winds and possible tornadoes swept across the Southeast overnight, injuring four people in Mississippi, downing power lines and trees and damaging homes around the region, authorities said early Thursday. At least six northern counties in Mississippi reported damage, Rent said.

  • Washington jobless rate down to 8.5 percent Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:36 AM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.-- Washington state is still adding jobs, but the growth in employment isn't as robust as it was a few months ago, officials said Wednesday. The state Employment Security Department said the unemployment rate dipped down to 8.5 percent in September from 8.6 percent in August.

  • *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.