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  • NYT defends incoming chief amid BBC scandal Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 6:01 PM ET

    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.

  • Reuters World News Highlights 1800 GMT GMT, Oct 24 Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 6:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Ameriprise 3Q profit shrinks nearly in half Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 5:57 PM ET

    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.

  • Best Buy falls on 3Q outlook, 2 execs leaving Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 5:57 PM ET

    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.

  • International Paper, Brazilian company to form JV Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 5:55 PM ET

    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.

  • US: Judge must deny Hobby Lobby morning-after case Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 5:52 PM ET

    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.

  • Fusion-io shares fall on earnings, outlook Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 5:47 PM ET

    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.

  • Cheesecake Factory's earnings rise 32 percent Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 5:47 PM ET

    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.

  • Retailer Tractor Supply boosts 3Q profit, revenue Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 5:27 PM ET

    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.

  • US grants offshore wind power lease for Delaware project Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 5:21 PM ET

    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.

  • *Boeing climbs after earnings, outlook. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, supported by a slight pickup in manufacturing and a surge in new home sales, while Boeing gave the Dow a boost after raising its full-year forecast.

  • GENK, Belgium/ MADRID, Oct 24- Ford Motor Co will close a Belgian factory employing more than 4,000 workers, shifting production to Spain as the U.S. automaker scrambles to cut costs and stem European losses. Ford said it would shut its Genk plant in eastern Belgium, with the loss of about 4,300 jobs by the end of 2014, transferring the work to a plant in Valencia.

  • Netflix, Panera, Corning are market movers Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 5:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market:. Corning Inc., down $1.26 at $12.15. Lorillard Inc., down $4.08 at $111.70.

  • Best Buy axes 2 execs, expects 3Q net income drop Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 5:10 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Best Buy says two executives, including its U.S. president, are leaving the company as it eliminates the most senior level of its U.S. operations to become more streamlined. Best Buy is facing increasing competition from online retailers and discounters. Mike Vitelli, president of Best Buy's U.S. business, will resign when the fiscal year ends Feb. 3.

  • Whiting Petroleum posts 3Q profit; production up Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 5:10 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Whiting Petroleum Corp. said Wednesday that it posted a profit in the third quarter as production rose 17 percent, while prices for oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids fell. In the quarter that ended Sept. 30, Whiting reported net income of $82.9 million, or 70 cents per share.