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  • Could pepperoni spoil presidential debate? Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 6:14 AM ET

    Pizza Hut is offering a lifetime of free pizza _ one large pie a week for 30 years _ or a check for $15,600 to anyone who poses the question to either President Barack Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney during the live Town Hall- style debate next Tuesday.

  • Iraq says oil production can be doubled by 2015 Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 5:44 AM ET

    BAGHDAD-- Iraq's top energy official is predicting that the country's current oil production of 3.4 million barrels per day will double by 2015.. Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani on Wednesday also said Iraq's long term target is to produce up to 10 million barrels of oil daily by 2020..

  • World stocks fall on US earnings worries, Spain Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 5:11 AM ET

    Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.3 percent to 5,792.95. Stock markets in Asia also posted losses, with the exception of mainland China, where shares rose a day after posting big gains on hopes that Chinese authorities were preparing sizeable steps to help reverse the decline in growth in the world's second-largest economy.

  • Iranian minister trying to woo Indian businesses Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:01 AM ET

    NEW DELHI-- As Western sanctions squeeze Iran and its currency tumbles, the country's energy minister worked Wednesday to woo Indian businesses to invest in the beleaguered Iranian economy. The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Iran to deter it from pursuing a nuclear weapons program.

  • UN: Food prices likely to remain volatile, high Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:00 AM ET

    ROME-- Prices for rice, wheat and other key foods are expected to remain volatile and possibly increase _ and poor farmers and consumers particularly in Africa will be hurt most, the U.N. food agencies said Monday.

  • Deadline looms for proposed BAE-EADS merger Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:52 AM ET

    LONDON-- Defense and aerospace companies BAE Systems PLC and EADS have hours to agree on whether to go ahead with a proposed merger that has prompted a wide range of concerns in Britain, France and Germany.

  • Idaho dairy workers charged with animal cruelty Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:49 AM ET

    The video was shot using a hidden camera by a member of Mercy for Animals who got a job at Bettencourt Dairies' Dry Creek Dairy in Hansen for a few weeks this summer.

  • Activists demand shutdown of ailing nuke plant Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:42 AM ET

    Just days after Southern California Edison asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for permission to repair and start the Unit 2 reactor, then run it at reduced power, the agency is facing pressure from groups critical of the nuclear power industry to initiate a review that could take months or even years to complete.

  • Dubai flights snarled by fog, airport malfunction Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:17 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-- Flights were snarled at the Middle East's busiest airport in Dubai early Wednesday after a backup system needed to deal with heavy fog failed, forcing airlines to divert dozens of planes.

  • Pumpkin farmers have smashing crop despite drought Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:13 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS-- Farmers in a stretch of Illinois where most of the nation's pumpkins are grown say their crop looks relatively smashing and is likely to be one of the few successes in a year when severe drought baked most of the nation's heartland. But John Ackerman said most of the pumpkins he planted fared "fantastic" for a simple, single reason: Pumpkins dig dry weather.

  • Toyota recalls 7.43 million vehicles globally Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:58 AM ET

    TOKYO-- Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 7.43 million vehicles in the U.S., Japan, Europe and elsewhere around the world for a faulty power-window switch _ the latest, massive quality woes for Japan's top automaker.

  • Caribbean cruises leave wave of bitter merchants Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:56 AM ET

    FALMOUTH, Jamaica-- Tourists emerge by the hundreds from a towering, 16- deck megaship docked at the Caribbean's newest cruise port. That's not the way townspeople in the old Jamaican sugar port of Falmouth were told it would be.

  • Oil price slips amid gloomy economic forecasts Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:36 AM ET

    By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil was down 28 cents to $92.11 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $3.06 on Tuesday to finish at $92.39 per barrel on concerns about supplies from the Middle East and the North Sea.

  • Asia stocks fall on US earnings worries, Spain Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:16 AM ET

    BANGKOK-- Worries about Europe's debt crisis, signs of weak global growth and expectations of lower U.S. corporate earnings sent most Asian stock markets down Wednesday.

  • Accuride hits all-time low as it warns on outlook Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Accuride's stock plunged to an all-time low on Wednesday as the company said it would not do as well as it had thought this year. THE SPARK: Accuride, which makes parts for commercial vehicles, previously predicted a full-year loss of 5 cents to 12 cents per share.

  • Edwards Lifesciences buys blood monitoring company Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:48 AM ET

    IRVINE, Calif.-- Edwards Lifesciences Corp. said Wednesday it completed its acquisition of Bmeye BV, a Dutch company that develops products used in monitoring blood circulation and heart function, for about $42 million. Irvine, Calif.- based Edwards said the acquisition won't affect its income in 2012 and will cause a small reduction to its net income in 2013..

  • Janney: New leaders mean innovation at Best Buy Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:45 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The departure of Best Buy's chief financial officer could signal the beginning of a broader executive shake-up and Janney Capital Markets said Wednesday that new leadership will bring change an innovation to the struggling electronics retailer. We already are seeing changes happen quickly at Best Buy, and we believe more changes are the way. "

  • A look at Toyotas recalled to fix window switch Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:45 AM ET
  • Mining companies shares mixed on price outlook Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:42 AM ET

    Gold hit a 2012 closing high of $1,796.50 per ounce on Oct. 4. Although prices have fallen since, several analysts expect gold to hit or top $1,800 an ounce in 2013..

  • At a glance: Heating fuel use in the US Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:32 AM ET

    Heating bills will rise this winter even though fuel prices are stable because normal temperatures are expected to return after last year's record warmth, the federal government says. Prices for heating oil will set a record high, but prices for natural gas, electricity, and propane are relatively low.

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