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  • American Apparel September sales figure rises Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:28 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Clothing maker American Apparel Inc. said Thursday a key sales figure rose 15 percent in September, helped by online sales and fewer discounts.

  • Ex-Philippine president arrested in plunder case Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:27 AM ET

    MANILA, Philippines-- Police arrested former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Thursday and temporarily detained her in a hospital on corruption charges, in her third indictment and second detention since stepping down two years ago.

  • Chicago teachers vote to approve 3-year contract Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:26 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- Members of the Chicago Teachers Union overwhelmingly have approved a new three-year contract that includes pay increases and a new evaluation system, union officials announced late Wednesday.

  • *Immigration, '47 percent' absent in first debate Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:25 AM ET
  • *Mexico to destroy 2006, 2012 election ballots Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:24 AM ET
  • Report: Deutsche Bank drops unethical traders Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:23 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany-- German media report that Deutsche Bank AG has put at least five of its traders on indefinite leave as part of an effort to restore the company's ethical credibility. Deutsche Bank declined to comment on the report Thursday, citing ongoing legal proceedings.

  • Clothing retailer Cato says Sept. sales down 4 pct Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:22 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Cato Corp., a women's clothing store, said on Thursday that a key measure of September revenue fell 4 percent, and it said its third-quarter earnings will be at the low end of its guidance.

  • FACT CHECK: Presidential debate missteps Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:22 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth.

  • Urban relishes peacemaker role on 'Idol' Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- "American Idol" season 12 tapings are just getting under way and Keith Urban has already become more than just a judge: he's also the pacifier on the newly-minted panel. "We're all passionate people and we're learning a new dance and we're all a work in progress," said Urban Wednesday at the New York Film Festival gala honoring his wife, Nicole Kidman.

  • Md. governor releases report on electricity system Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:20 AM ET

    ANNAPOLIS, Md.-- A Maryland task force's recommendations to reduce prolonged power outages after powerful storms includes the possibility of adding $1 or $2 to residents' monthly electric bills to improve the state's electricity distribution system, Gov.

  • Draghi praises Spain's efforts to cut deficit Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:16 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany-- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is praising Spain's efforts to get its deficit under control and said conditions the country would need to meet to get help with its borrowing costs "don't need to be punitive."

  • Bon-Ton September revenue figure rises Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:14 AM ET

    YORK, Pa.-- Department store operator Bon-Ton Stores said Thursday that a key revenue figure rose 0.6 percent in September as it tightly managed its inventory and marketing efforts. Total revenue for the five weeks ended Sept. 29 rose 0.7 percent to $288.9 million.

  • Key revenue figure up 13 pct. at Tandy Leather Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:14 AM ET

    Tandy Leather Factory Inc. said Thursday fiscal third-quarter sales topped second-quarter sales for the first time in more than 10 years. All were counted in the closely watched figure for sales at locations open at least a year, and their revenue rose to $3.2 million, up from $2.8 million a year earlier.

  • Troubled Calif. nuke plant aims to restart reactor Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Eight months ago Southern California had a nuclear power plant that could generate enough electricity for 1.4 million homes. Southern California Edison sketched out a proposal Thursday under which its long-shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant might be stuck, perhaps permanently, in a sort of middle gear.

  • Ahead of the Bell: JetBlue Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- An analyst on Thursday cut his earnings estimates for JetBlue Airways Corp. because the price of fuel hasn't dropped as much as he expected after Labor Day. Sterne Agee analyst Jeffrey Kauffman cut his profit forecast for the New York airline's third quarter to 16 cents per share from a previous expectation of 22 cents per share.

  • Wall Street futures higher as retailers report Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:05 AM ET

    Dow futures are up 59 points to 13,485. The broader S&P 500 futures are up 8 points to 1,452.40. Investors are also awaiting news from the monthly policy meeting of the European Central Bank. Stocks across Europe were marginally higher ahead of ECB head Mario Draghi's news conference, which is being held in Slovenia, one of the euro's 17 countries.

  • Perfumania September sales decline 3.9 percent Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:00 AM ET

    BELLPORT, N.Y.-- Perfumania Holdings Inc. said Thursday that revenue in stores open at least a year fell 3.9 percent in September. Total revenue fell 2 percent to $22.3 million last month. Perfumania has 344 perfume stores in the U.S.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Hewlett-Packard Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:56 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Analysts on Thursday voiced concerns that Hewlett-Packard's ongoing efforts to restructure its operations might not be enough to turn around the struggling computer company any time soon.

  • London mayor slams government delay on airports Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:56 AM ET

    LONDON-- London's mayor says the British government is risking economic catastrophe by not quickly expanding airport capacity. Under pressure to build a third runway at Heathrow, London's busiest airport, the government has ordered a review into airport capacity.

  • Draghi warns eurozone growth will 'remain weak' Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:53 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany-- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says that growth in the crisis-hit group of 17 countries that use the euro will remain weak for the near future. The ECB governing council met in Slovenia, one of the 17 countries that use the euro.

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