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  • Ohio gas prices down from last week Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:56 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Ohio motorists are seeing lower gas prices compared with last week. The average price for a gallon of regular gas in the state was $3.62 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. The national average Monday was $3.79, down 3 cents from a week ago.

  • MTA to outline fare, toll hike proposals Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:55 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is set to outline its latest fare hike proposals on its rails, bridges and subways. The proposals include increasing the base subway and bus fare and weekly and monthly MetroCards. They also call for eliminating the 7 percent MetroCard bonus.

  • Kansas food companies seeking to export Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:53 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.-- Several Kansas food companies have been working to boost their export opportunities. The Kansas Department of Agriculture says in a release Friday that five Kansas food companies participated in a forum this month in Chicago where to develop business with representatives from 30 countries.

  • Meetings next week on change to Vt. maple grading Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Public meetings are planned this week in Vermont on a sticky issue _ a proposed change to the state's grading system for maple syrup. The change would unify the classification system across the United States and Canada. Vermont's syrup would go from Grade A Fancy to "Golden Delicate."

  • Germans face hefty bill to end nuclear power Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    BERLIN-- There were cheers around Germany when Chancellor Angela Merkel announced last year, in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan, a swift end to nuclear power in favor of renewable energy sources like wind and solar.

  • Landowners on border say they were shortchanged Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:51 AM ET

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas-- When the federal government began seizing private land along the U.S.- Mexico border to build a towering fence, Teofilo Flores was offered $1,650 for a slice of his backyard. And another nearby farmer pocketed $1 million in exchange for his cooperation.

  • NJ Transit to vote on ending freebies for some Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:49 AM ET

    NEWARK, N.J.-- New Jersey Transit officials may soon decide whether they will stop providing free rides for some employees and retirees. NJ Transit says the move could bring in an additional $1.6 million annually. Similar measures have been approved by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Delaware River Port Authority and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

  • WVU receives funding for health training program Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:48 AM ET

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- West Virginia University is getting more than $476,000 in federal funding for a mental and behavioral health training program.

  • Menhaden focus of fisheries meeting in Va. Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:47 AM ET

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va.-- A small but important fish for the Chesapeake Bay is the focus of a public meeting in Virginia. The Atlantic States Fisheries Commission is scheduled to hear from the public Monday night in Newport News on the future of the Atlantic menhaden. But a debate has been raging about that fishery based in Reedville and conducted by Omega Protein.

  • Greece says austerity talks to overshoot EU summit Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:44 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece-- Greece's finance minister says talks with the country's bailout creditors over austerity measures are unlikely to have concluded in time for this week's European Union summit meeting, as originally hoped.

  • A glance at the Nobel Prize for Economics Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:40 AM ET

    Americans Alvin Roth of Harvard University and a visiting professor at Stanford University and Lloyd Shapley, professor emeritus at the University of California Los Angeles. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited the pair for "the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design."

  • Stocks higher after retail sales improve Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:40 AM ET

    Bank stocks rose broadly after Citigroup delivered a strong earnings report. Companies that rely on consumer spending, like Lowe's, TJX Cos. and Yum Brands, rose after the government reported that retail sales rose 1.1 percent in the U.S. last month.

  • Morgan Stanley facing discrimination lawsuit Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Morgan Stanley is being accused of discriminating against black homeowners and violating federal civil rights laws by providing strong incentives to a subprime lender to originate mortgages that were likely to go unrepaid.

  • Stocks higher after strong retail sales report Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street after a strong report on retail sales. Just after the opening bell on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average is up 26 points at 13,355. The Standard& Poor's 500 index is up three at 1,431. And the Nasdaq composite index is up 10 at 3,054..

  • FDA accepts Depomed's hot flash drug for review Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:23 AM ET

    MENLO PARK, Calif.-- The Food and Drug Administration will review Depomed Inc.' s potential treatment for menopausal hot flashes and may decide its fate by next spring. Depomed, based in Menlo Park, Calif., said Monday that the FDA accepted Serada for a standard review and aims to complete its evaluation by May 31.

  • Consol eyes 3Q loss on hit from idled mines Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Consol Energy Inc. lost ground Monday after the coal and gas producer said it will post a third-quarter loss, due mostly to the idling of some mines. The company didn't give a specific outlook, but said that the idling of some mines are took its toll on results for the quarter that ended last month.

  • Charles Schwab agrees to buy smaller money manager Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:17 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- The Charles Schwab Corp. has agreed to acquire dividend income specialist ThomasPartners Inc. for an upfront payment of $85 million, plus additional payments if the smaller company can attract more investors. It had $2.3 billion under management as of Sept. 30, mostly in growth-oriented stocks that pay dividends.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Janney analyst upbeat on Gap Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:16 AM ET

    In addition to its namesake stores, Gap Inc. operates Old Navy, Banana Republic and Athleta. At Gap, for example, it's focusing on denim products while at Banana Republic it's been zeroing in on suits. But she also said that Old Navy's new global brand president, Stefan Larsson, should bring fresh ideas that have an impact on the brand in 2013 and beyond.

  • Clearwire up after Sprint acquisition news Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:14 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Clearwire jumped 12 percent in premarket trading Monday following news that the Japanese cell phone company Softbank Corp. is buying a majority stake in Sprint, which owns half of the company. Clearwire operates a wireless broadband network that Sprint resells as " Sprint 4 G."

  • Family Dollar names Safeway exec to marketing post Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Family Dollar on Monday appointed Jocelyn Wong as its chief marketing officer. Wong, who will also serve as senior vice president, recently served as group vice president of shopper marketing for the supermarket chain Safeway Inc. Safeway recently launched a customer loyalty program that offers personalized discounts based on past purchases.