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  • Economic index jumps for Midwest, Western states Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:29 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- An index of economic conditions in 10 Midwest and Western states jumped this month after three months of drought-induced doldrums. "Our survey indicates that the negative impacts of the drought are being more than offset by the positives of very strong incomes from high agriculture and energy prices," said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss.

  • Oil prices fall as pipeline supply concerns ease Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:29 AM ET

    The price of oil is falling after TransCanada reaffirmed plans to restart a pipeline this weekend that carries crude from Canada to the Midwest. TransCanada closed the 2,100- mile pipeline Wednesday after tests showed possible safety issues.

  • Feds probe complaints about Graco car seat buckles Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:24 AM ET

    DETROIT-- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating complaints that children have been trapped in Graco car seats because the buckles won't unlatch.

  • Unemployment rates fall in 7 US swing states Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:18 AM ET

    Rates dropped in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and North Carolina. They were unchanged in New Hampshire and Virginia. With just 18 days until Election Day, polls show GOP challenger Mitt Romney gaining momentum with voters in key states.

  • Spanish unions call general strike in November Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:15 AM ET

    MADRID-- Spain's main trade unions on Friday called a general strike for Nov. 14, coinciding with similar work stoppages in Portugal and Greece, to protest government-imposed austerity measures and labor reforms. The general strike called by the Workers' Commissions and General Workers' unions will be the second in Spain this year.

  • Palestinians hold first local elections in years Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:15 AM ET

    NABLUS, West Bank-- Posters for two competing candidates in this weekend's Palestinian local elections are affixed to road signs, buildings, power lines, and vehicles in this bustling West Bank city. Only Palestinians in the West Bank will vote Saturday, choosing mostly between rivals from the dominant but disorganized Fatah Party of President Mahmoud Abbas.

  • US economy from sofa view: fragile, improving Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:13 AM ET

    HIGH POINT, N.C.-- This year may be a turning point for the furniture industry, which has taken an especially hard hit during the recession as credit was limited and people put big-ticket purchases on hold to pay monthly bills.

  • Chipotle stock gets big chill on growth worries Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Chipotle's stock is taking a big hit from investors worried that years of lightning-fast growth are over. Chipotle shares closed down 15 percent, or $42.93, at $243. Late Thursday, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said its third-quarter revenue and net income both grew.

  • Anti-bailout left tops Greek poll, far right third Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:58 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece-- An opinion poll in Greece says an anti-bailout leftist party has extended its lead over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' conservatives, while support for a far right party with strong neo-Nazi references has doubled since June's national election.

  • AAA says Arizona gas prices up slightly Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:52 AM ET

    PHOENIX-- As the national average for a gallon of gas has decreased, Arizona prices remain about the same, up. 2 cents to $3.71 per gallon since last week. Tucson and Flagstaff have the lowest and highest state fuel averages, at $3.47 and $3.90 per gallon, respectively.

  • Amgen Q3 report focuses on pipeline, Kai purchase Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:51 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- Amgen Inc., the world's biggest biotech company, will update on progress on its experimental drugs when it reports its third-quarter results after the stock market closes Tuesday. He'll also mention the latest product approval for Amgen, based in Thousand Oaks, Calif..

  • Audit of Oklahoma agency cites lack of safeguards Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:51 AM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY-- Oklahoma's chief auditor says he's found a lack of financial safeguards at the Commission on Marginally Producing Oil and Gas Wells. Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says an operational audit released Thursday cites the agency for not implementing a system of checks and balances to safeguard public assets.

  • Time racing for comment on NC home insurance hike Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:50 AM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.-- Time is running out for North Carolina homeowners to offer their view of a proposal by insurance companies doing business in the state to increase premiums by an average of nearly 18 percent next year. Friday is the deadline to submit comments by mail or e-mail to the state Insurance Department.

  • Go big or go home: Jason Aldean sets stadium shows Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:50 AM ET

    The hard-rocking country music star made a whirlwind run around the eastern U.S. on Thursday, announcing shows at Boston's Fenway Park, Chicago's Wrigley Field and on the University of Georgia campus in the space of 12 hours. Aldean will make the first appearance by a country music performer at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

  • Vt. ski resort to run lift with power from manure Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:49 AM ET

    KILLINGTON, Vt.-- Vermont's Killington ski resort says it's going to power one of its lifts this season with electricity generated from methane gas recovered from cow manure.

  • W.Va. doles out specialty crop grants Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:48 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- A program that supports specialty crop farmers has awarded $217,000 in federal grants to eight projects in West Virginia. State Agriculture Commissioner says one of the recipients of a specialty crop block grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is the Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association.

  • UK police: Inquiry into BBC entertainer is growing Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:48 AM ET

    LONDON-- British police said Friday that a highly publicized inquiry into a BBC entertainer believed to have molested dozens of girls has widened to include more than 200 potential victims and possibly new perpetrators.

  • Lilly's Amyvid receives European endorsement Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:47 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS-- A European committee has endorsed the use of Eli Lilly and Co.' s imaging agent Amyvid for helping to diagnose Alzheimer's disease. The Food and Drug Administration approved Amyvid for sale in the United States last spring.

  • Richmond station tops in Amtrak boardings in Va Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:47 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.-- Amtrak says it had nearly 1.5 million passenger boardings and departures at Virginia stations last fiscal year. Leading the way in Virginia was the Staples Mill Road station in Richmond with nearly 346,000 boardings and departures.

  • *10 Somalis found guilty of piracy in Germany Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:47 AM ET