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  • Nielsen's top programs for Oct. 15-22 Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:14 PM ET

    2. "60 Minutes," CBS, 15.86 million. 3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 15.73 million. 4. "Person of Interest," CBS, 13.93 million.

  • Hanesbrands 3Q net rises on cost cuts, solid sales Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:14 PM ET

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Clothing maker Hanesbrands Inc. said Tuesday its third-quarter net income rose 21 percent as the company cut costs and sales of its Hanes and Champion underwear were strong. Hanesbrands and other clothing makers have been facing historically high cotton prices, but those pressures are receding.

  • UPDATE 3-BBC chief denies cover-up over sexual abuse Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:06 PM ET

    *BBC under pressure over sex claims against dead presenter. *BBC boss admits trust damaged. George Entwistle, who was announced as the 90- year-old media organisation's new boss in August, told hostile lawmakers that failures at the BBC had allowed Jimmy Savile, once one of Britain's top TV presenters, to prey on young girls for years.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- Gold fell 1 percent on Tuesday, tumbling below technical support and hovering just above $1,700 an ounce, pressured by economic worries that slammed equities and commodities and lifted the dollar.

  • Buffalo Wild Wings 3Q profit drops 5 percent Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:03 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.' s shares fell in after-hours trading Tuesday after the restaurant chain reported a 5 percent decline in its fiscal third-quarter profit, which missed market expectations. That's down from $11.3 million, or 61 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

  • Trucker CH Robinson's 3Q profit up 2 percent Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:02 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- Trucking company C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. said Tuesday that third-quarter earnings rose 2 percent as higher costs held down margins and revenue fell short of expectations. Net income was $116.3 million, or 72 cents per share, compared with $114.3 million, or 70 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • AMC's 'Walking Dead' walks tall, with 9.5M viewers Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:01 PM ET

    AMC aired the episode two other times later Sunday, and the Nielsen ratings company said a total of 14 million people watched at least one of them. The most-watched drama on broadcast TV last week, CBS' "Person of Interest," had just under 14 million viewers.

  • *DuPont drops sharply on results, UTX modestly lower. The latest string of disappointing results came from blue-chips DuPont and United Technologies, which operate around the world and in many industries. DuPont shares lost more than 8 percent, leading the Dow industrials lower.

  • NC insurance head defers homeowner's rate issue Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:51 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.-- Two weeks ahead of an election deciding whether he keeps his job, North Carolina's insurance commissioner told companies on Tuesday they'll have to prove they should be allowed to increase homeowner's premiums by a statewide average of 17.7 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- Global shares and the euro tumbled on Tuesday after a slew of weak U.S. corporate earnings results and credit ratings downgrades of several indebted regions of Spain.

  • Idaho awards school laptop contract to H-P Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:49 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho-- State officials say they have awarded an eight-year, $180 million contract to Hewlett-Packard Co. to supply Idaho high school students and teachers with laptop computers as part of the Students Come First education overhaul. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Public Schools Superintendent Tom Luna announced the winning vendor Tuesday.

  • *Adds to views that Brazil's banks headed for rough patch. *Itau's expense, provision cuts may help stem profit drops.

  • BOSTON, Oct 23- The pharmacy tied to a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak escaped harsh punishment from health regulators several times in the years leading up to the health crisis that has raised questions about oversight of the customized drug mixing industry, newly released state records show.

  • Worries over earnings and Spain hit European shares Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:45 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 23- A top European share index slid to its lowest level in more than one-and-a-half months on Tuesday, hit by worries over company results and Spain's debt crisis, and some traders bet on European stocks falling further.

  • Yahoo, 3M, Coach are market movers Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market:. 3 M Co., down $3.80 at $88.73. Coach Inc., up $3.98 at $58.15.

  • Oct 23- Xerox Corp trimmed its full-year earnings forecast on Tuesday and said it would take a restructuring charge of up to $100 million to account for a tougher economy as large companies tightened budgets and government had less funding for projects.

  • Stocks sink as DuPont, Xerox, 3M scare investors Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Nobody was expecting this round of corporate financial reports to be great. But underwhelming results _ particularly revenue, which offers a read on the economy _ are still rattling investors.

  • Oct 23- DuPont slashed its earnings forecast, reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit and announced 1,500 job cuts on Tuesday, signs that demand for the chemical company's lucrative paint and solar products is slipping around the world. Shares of DuPont, a component of the Dow Jones industrial average, fell more than 9 percent in midday trading.

  • News Summary: Spanish economy shrank in 3Q Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:36 PM ET

    MORE CONTRACTION: Spain's economy shrank 0.4 percent in the third quarter compared with the previous three months, according to central bank estimates Tuesday. It was the fifth quarter in a row that Spain's economic output has contracted.

  • Amgen 3Q profit jumps on lower costs, higher sales Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:36 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- Biotech drugmaker Amgen Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago, when a huge legal-reserve charge weighed down results. Amgen said its net income adjusted to exclude one-time items was $1.31 billion, or $1.67 per share, up from $1.28 billion, or $1.40 per share.