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  • Sonic Automotive 3Q profit falls on debt costs Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:14 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Auto dealer Sonic Automotive Inc. said Tuesday that third-quarter income fell 48 percent, dragged down by the cost of buying back company debt. Net income was $10 million, or 18 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30. Shares of the Charlotte- based company fell 11 cents to $18.06 in morning trading.

  • AK Steel shares fall on wider 3Q loss Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:14 AM ET

    WEST CHESTER, Ohio-- AK Steel Holding Corp. said Tuesday that its third-quarter loss widened to $60.9 million, as steel prices dropped. The results fell significantly short of Wall Street predictions and AK Steel shares tumbled in morning trading. AK Steel said that tough economic conditions around the world continue to hurt steel shipping volumes and prices.

  • *Obama makes closing argument to voters in new ad Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:14 AM ET
  • Families of South Africa mine victims break down Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:13 AM ET

    The Marikana Commission _ which is investigating violence at Lonmin's platinum mines on Aug. 16 as well as related incidents in which up to 46 people were killed_ was disrupted by the emotional response of grieving family members to the video footage which shows some of the worst state violence since the end of apartheid since 1994..

  • Armstrong removes Tour titles from Twitter bio Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    MELBOURNE, Australia-- Having won seven Tour de France titles is no longer part of Lance Armstrong's Twitter profile.

  • De Niro, Gere, Affleck feted at early film awards Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.-- Hollywood warmed up for its awards season with a love fest that recognized top actors and directors for films that haven't been released yet.

  • Lexmark breaks even in 3Q, revenue down Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    LEXINGTON, Ky.-- Lexmark International broke even in the third quarter both in per-share and dollar terms _ a sharp decline from a profit a year earlier due to restructuring and acquisition-related charges. In the July-September period a year ago, Lexmark earned $67 million, or 86 cents per share.

  • News Summary: 3M cuts full-year outlook Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    SLUGGISH ECONOMY: 3 M cut its profit projections for this year because of weak economic growth, including in China and Europe. 3 M said it will lay out 2013 expectations in December. WHY IT MATTERS: 3 M makes everything from Post-it notes and Scotch tape to roofing granules, coatings for LCD screens, and traffic sign coatings.

  • Kansas case puts face on 'total identity theft' Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.-- When Candida L. Gutierrez's identity was stolen, the thief didn't limit herself to opening fraudulent credit and bank accounts. The scheme has been linked to illegal immigrants who use stolen Social Security numbers to get paid at their jobs, and authorities fear the problem could soon grow to ensnare more unsuspecting Americans.

  • NYC putting foot down after $442 pedicab fare Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Even in an era of $500 hotel rooms and $18 cocktails, the $442 that a Texas family paid for a ride in a New York City pedicab has become notorious. "It was not good for us," Souleymane Toure said as he hawked riders for his pedicab in Central Park. "

  • Citizens' CEO welcomes investigation by Fla. gov Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- The president of the Citizens Property Insurance Corp. said Monday he supports an investigation into its business operations by Gov.

  • NY top court says lap dance isn't art, is taxable Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    It ruled the club has failed to prove it qualifies for the exemption for "dramatic or musical arts performances" that was adopted by the Legislature "with the evident purpose of promoting cultural and artistic performances in local communities."

  • Taiwan cops: Nursing home resident set deadly fire Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    TAIPEI, Taiwan-- Police in Taiwan said a nursing home resident confessed to an early morning fire that ripped through the facility Tuesday, killing 12 people and injuring 60, many of them too weak to get out of their beds to escape.

  • *UK to double its armed drone fleet in Afghanistan Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET
  • NYC's Bloomberg: $500K to gay marriage campaigns Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is poised to spend $500,000 of his personal fortune on gay marriage campaigns in Maine, Minnesota and Washington state, he said Monday, following up on a major political spending push the billionaire businessman-turned-politician announced last week.

  • B/E Aerospace 3Q profit falls on costs, revenue up Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:02 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, Fla.-- B/E Aerospace Inc., which makes products for aircraft cabins, said Tuesday that third-quarter income fell 72 percent on acquisition and debt-prepayment costs. The company raised its forecast for full-year earnings, excluding debt-prepayment costs, to $2.82 per share from $2.65 per share.

  • Conservationists win Ruby pipeline appeal Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:02 AM ET

    RENO, Nev.-- Two federal agencies violated the Endangered Species Act and now must reconsider additional protection for the Lahontan cutthroat trout and other rare fish adversely affected by the 700- mile Ruby pipeline that carries natural gas from Wyoming, through Utah and Nevada into southern Oregon, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

  • Coal company facing fines no longer mining in Ky. Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    Attorneys met in Franklin County Circuit Court to discuss the status of the case, which began in 2010 when environmentalists pointed out questionable water quality monitoring practices by Frasure Creek and another coal company, International Coal Group.

  • *Xerox 3Q profit down 12 pct, matches expectations Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 9:59 AM ET
  • Upset with FERC ruling, Idaho Power wants do-over Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 9:58 AM ET

    The IdaCorp Inc. unit on Monday told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission its Sept. 20 order was premature and disregards negative impacts on ratepayers. Idaho Power and other utilities have been scuffling with wind farms over whether utilities can curtail contractually-required purchases at times when few customers need electricity.