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  • Fitch lifts some of Cummins ratings Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:28 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Fitch Ratings is boosting some of its ratings for Cummins, citing the engine maker's improving profitability, financial flexibility and other factors. The ratings agency raised Cummins Inc.' s issuer default rating and its long-term debt ratings one notch in investment-grade status to "A" from "A-."

  • *Niger: Floods kill 91 people, says official Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:26 AM ET
  • Forceful Raddatz draws praise as moderator Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:25 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- ABC's Martha Raddatz took a forceful approach to moderating Thursday's vice presidential debate, winning many positive reviews from instant pundits on social media but some complaints from Republicans.

  • Donald Trump's back with 14 'Apprentice' All-Stars Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- If at first you don't succeed.... NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" is bringing back 13 players fired from past "Apprentice" contests, plus one notable winner, in the first-ever "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice."

  • UK promises major inquiry on 1989 stadium disaster Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:21 AM ET

    LONDON-- A U.K. watchdog has launched its biggest-ever investigation into police actions, opening a new inquiry Friday into the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster that left 96 fans dead and whole communities angry over a decades-long police cover-up.

  • Travelzoo falls as 3Q outlook disappoints Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Travelzoo's stock dropped to the lowest level in more than two years on Friday as the online travel company predicted that its third-quarter profit would shrink about 40 percent from a year ago. Travelzoo faces tough competition from other online travel companies such as Expedia Inc. and Priceline.com Inc..

  • AMD shares hit multi-year low after warning Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. hit a multi-year low Friday after it warned that sales in the latest quarter were well below its forecast.

  • *NYC aims to quell delivery bikes' wild rides Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET
  • Oil rises slightly on unrest in the Middle East Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    Benchmark oil fell 21 cents Friday to $91.86 per barrel in New York. On Friday, the International Energy Agency issued a new report predicting slower growth in demand for oil over the next five years. Friday's decline in the price of oil eroded some of the gains from earlier this week, when tensions between Syria and Turkey raised worries about supplies.

  • LA freeway construction worker crushed by beam Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    Hundreds of workers and a lot of heavy machinery is involved in the project, but Thursday's accident was the first serious one reported since construction began in 2009, said Mark Littman, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is overseeing the project.

  • *Md. resident pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:01 AM ET
  • Spikes says "homophobic" tweet was a joke Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:58 AM ET

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass.-- New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes says he was joking when he tweeted that he was "homophobic." Coach Bill Belichick was not scheduled to speak with reporters on Thursday. Before the NFL officials' lockout ended, Spikes posted a tweet that compared replacement officials to Foot Locker employees.

  • Baucus, Tester urge EPA to finish Libby risk study Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:56 AM ET

    Max Baucus and Jon Tester said residents of Libby have grown frustrated waiting for a pending risk study to be completed. The company mined asbestos-containing vermiculite in Libby for decades. They blasted Grace for weighing in against the EPA proposal and alleged company officials had "traded profits for lives" in Libby.

  • *Dish Network hiring 430 in Littleton, Thornton Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:55 AM ET
  • *Columbia adds air service, plans upgraded terminal Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:54 AM ET
  • Group opposed to gay marriage releases TV ads Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.-- The group fighting to overturn Washington's gay marriage law started running its first TV ads in the state on Thursday. Referendum 74 asks voters to either approve or reject the state's gay marriage law that was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov.

  • *Muslim advocacy launches its own ad campaign Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:44 AM ET
  • *Vestas lays off roughly 200 at Windsor blade plant Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:42 AM ET
  • Lexicon Pharma rises on new tumor drug data Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc. rose Friday after the company reported new clinical study data for its potential drug telotristat, which treats a condition caused by tumors in the gastrointestinal tract. Lexicon shares gained 12 cents, or 5 percent, to $2.51 in morning trading.

  • News Summary: Ecolab buying Champion Technologies Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    THE PURCHASE: Ecolab Inc. is buying specialty chemical company Champion Technologies in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $2.2 billion. THE DETAILS: The cleaning, food safety and pest-control services company said Friday that it will pay approximately $1.7 billion in cash and issue about 8 million shares of its stock as part of the acquisition.