But while Obama got laughs in Washington, Oscar winners George Clooney and Sean Penn launched broadsides against Sony and Hollywood studios' response to the hack. Sony has said it could not release the film on its set date of Dec. 25 after cinemas said they would not show it because of fears of unspecified threats from hackers. Clooney, whose past two films for which...» Read More
THE COSTS: Since President Barack Obama took office, average tuition at public four-year colleges has grown 26 percent beyond overall inflation. THE PRESIDENT: Obama argues he's taken bold steps on student aid that minimized the damage of a deep recession and will build for the future.
LAS VEGAS-- Wynn Resorts Ltd.' s profit fell nearly 12 percent in the third quarter, as a debt-related loss boosted expenses for the casino operator. The latest quarterly report card showed Wynn's casino resorts in Las Vegas benefited from a stronger gambling business, as its table games and slot machines generating more revenue.
Delta Air Lines reported a billion-dollar third-quarter profit and said demand is holding up well. The world's second-largest airline posted net income of $1.05 billion, or $1.23 per share, compared with $549 million, or 65 cents, a year earlier. And Southwest is still integrating AirTran _ 17 months after buying the company.
BILLERICA, Mass.-- Entegris Inc. said Wednesday that its chief operating officer will become CEO next month as its chief executive steps aside. Gideon Argov, 55, Entegris' current CEO, will step down Nov. 27, when Loy, 47, will officially become CEO.
*US says bank sold toxic loans to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac. Oct 24- The United States filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit against Bank of America Corp, accusing it of selling thousands of toxic home loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that went into default and caused more than $1 billion of losses.
LONDON-- The New York Times stood by its incoming chief Wednesday as he denied knowledge of a BBC child sex abuse scandal that threatened to follow him from one of Britain's most respected news organization to one of America's.
BEIRUT/ CAIRO- Syria said on Wednesday its military command was still studying a proposal for a holiday ceasefire with rebels- contradicting international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi's announcement that Damascus had agreed to a truce.
MINNEAPOLIS-- Ameriprise Financial Inc. said Wednesday its third-quarter net income dropped nearly in half as the company recalculated how much its insurance and annuities were worth.
NEW YORK-- Best Buy said Wednesday two executives, including its U.S. president, are leaving the company as it eliminates the most senior level of its U.S. operations, the latest move by CEO Hubert Joly to turn around the struggling electronics chain. Shares of Best Buy fell 7.5 percent in after-hours trading.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- International Paper Co. said Wednesday it is forming a new joint venture with a unit of Brazil's Grupo Orsa to support its global packaging business.
But government attorneys claim Hobby Lobby cannot claim to exercise religion to avoid laws designed to regulate commercial activity. "Hobby Lobby is a for-profit, secular employer, and a secular entity by definition does not exercise religion," the government said.
SALT LAKE CITY-- Shares of Fusion-io Inc., a provider of data center technology, tumbled in after-hours trading Wednesday after it said earnings fell 45 percent in its fiscal first quarter, and it offered a weak outlook for the current quarter.
CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.-- The Cheesecake Factory reported a 32 percent rise in quarterly earnings Wednesday as more customers showed up to eat at its restaurants. Net income for the third quarter was $27.2 million, or 49 cents per share. Comparable sales at Cheesecake Factory restaurants rose 2.9 percent from a year earlier.
Oct 24- AT&T Inc added fewer customers than expected in the third quarter due to a shortage of the latest Apple Inc iPhone, highlighting its outsize dependence on the device. Since most people already have cellphones, operators like AT&T and Verizon have to battle each other to add new customers.
LONDON, Oct 24- Incoming New York Times chief Mark Thompson said on Wednesday his U.S. employer had given him full support since a sexual abuse scandal erupted at Britain's BBC where he had been in charge until last month.
WASHINGTON, Oct 24- New U.S. single-family home sales surged in September to the highest level in nearly 2-1/ 2 years, further evidence the housing market recovery is gaining steam.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn.-- Tractor Supply Co. said Wednesday that third-quarter profit rose 17 percent on strong sales of pet- and animal-related merchandise at its farm stores. Tractor Supply said it expected to earn between $3.63 and $3.69 per share this year, compared with a previous prediction of $3.58 to $3.66 per share.
Crude oil stocks in the United States jumped 5.9 million barrels last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a weekly report, well above the increase of 1.9 million barrels in a Reuters survey of analysts.
LONDON, Oct 24- Copper closed near six-week lows on Wednesday as the dollar rose and investor sentiment soured on weak euro zone data, but signs of recovery in top metals consumer China limited losses.
Oct 24- The U.S. Department of Interior granted a lease for an offshore wind farm off the coast of Delaware to a unit of U.S. power company NRG Energy, which decided in December to put the project on hold due to financial considerations.