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  • Chile police clash with vandals in Mapuche march Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:56 AM ET

    SANTIAGO, Chile-- Chilean police on Monday clashed with hooded vandals who infiltrated a protest by Mapuche Indians demanding land rights and autonomy. The rally was timed to protest a national holiday for " Dia de La Raza," which celebrates the first encounter by Native Americans and Europeans during Christopher Columbus' arrival to America.

  • Judge dismisses 'Bachelor' discrimination case Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:55 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- A federal judge on Monday dismissed a case filed by two black men who claimed ABC's "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" discriminated against casting participants of color.

  • Tina Fey, Amy Poehler to host Golden Globes Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:53 AM ET

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Dick Clark Productions and NBC announced Monday that the pair of "30 Rock" and " Parks and Recreation" stars have signed on to host the 70th annual Golden Globes ceremony after British comedian Ricky Gervais' three-year reign as the show's acerbic emcee.

  • Final OKs given for Seattle arena deal Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:52 AM ET

    SEATTLE-- The King County Council and the Seattle City Council gave their final approval Monday to an agreement to build a $490 million basketball and hockey arena in the city, despite the threat of a lawsuit from longshore workers. Mayor Mike McGinn called the votes important steps toward bringing professional men's basketball back to Seattle.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Jefferies ups Kroger to "Buy" Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- A renewed focus on investment returns and continuing market share gains should lead to higher earnings for The Kroger Co., an analyst said Tuesday, as he lifted his rating on the stock to "Buy."

  • Wis. wolf hunt begins; groups file intent to sue Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.-- Wisconsin's first organized wolf hunt got under way Monday even as animal welfare advocates demanded federal officials return Great Lake wolves to the endangered species list. Mark Dahms, a 54- year-old electrician from Waukesha in suburban Milwaukee, was one of 1,160 people to win the right to buy a license through a state lottery.

  • *Ex-DEA chief urges AG to speak out on marijuana Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:43 AM ET
  • Maine town abuzz after john suspect names released Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:42 AM ET

    KENNEBUNK, Maine-- The first batch of more than 100 men accused of paying a fitness instructor for sex were laying low after police began releasing their names in a small New England town where rumors have run rampant for weeks.

  • *4th victim found in Fla. garage collapse Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:39 AM ET
  • Israeli parliament dissolves for early election Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:38 AM ET

    JERUSALEM-- Israel officially opened its election season on Monday as parliament dissolved itself and scheduled a vote for January, plunging the country into a vicious, three-month political campaign. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted of his achievements, while the opposition heckled and insulted him mercilessly.

  • More expensive gas pushes US consumer prices up Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Higher gas costs drove up U.S. consumer prices in September for the second straight month. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent last month, matching the August increase.

  • Political ads blitz viewers, risk voter turnoff Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:37 AM ET

    "It's just way too much," says Scot French, a history professor at the University of Central Florida. He lives along the swing-voting Interstate 4 corridor that will play an important role in deciding whether President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins the state, and perhaps the White House.

  • Vikram Pandit steps down as Citigroup CEO Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:36 AM ET

    Vikram Pandit, who steered Citigroup through the 2008 financial crisis and the choppy years that followed, abruptly left the bank on Tuesday, stepping down as CEO and as a director. A second top executive resigned as part of the shake-up: President and Chief Operating Officer John Havens, who also served as CEO of Citi's Institutional Client Group.

  • NY man accused of defrauding Broadway show, others Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:35 AM ET

    CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.-- Mark Hotton appeared on the high-stakes Broadway theater scene out of nowhere this year, offering to come to the financial rescue of a fledgling Broadway adaptation of the psychological thriller "Rebecca."

  • Swiss hold $1 billion Arab Spring 'dictator' funds Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:35 AM ET

    GENEVA-- Switzerland has blocked almost 1 billion Swiss francs linked to rulers in four Arab Spring nations, a senior government official said Tuesday.

  • Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:35 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- More than 56 million Social Security recipients will see their monthly payments go up by 1.7 percent next year. It shows that inflation has been relatively low over the past year, despite the recent surge in gas prices, resulting in one of the smallest increases in Social Security payments since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975..

  • Coca-Cola's profit up as sales grow worldwide Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The Coca-Cola Co. says its net income rose 4 percent in the third quarter, as the world's biggest beverage maker expanded in in emerging markets and relied more heavily on sports drinks and teas for growth at home. In India, by contrast, sales volume for the Coca-Cola brand rose by 34 percent and overall sales volume rose 15 percent in the country.

  • PNC net income rises in 3Q as revenue jumps Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:31 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH-- The PNC Financial Services Group Inc.' s net income rose solidly in the third quarter, boosted by a one-time gain from a sale of Visa shares and higher fees from corporate clients. The bank's income from interest on loans increased, bucking an industry-wide trend, because PNC acquired RBC Bank since last year's third quarter.

  • A123 Systems expects to default of some debt Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:24 AM ET

    WALTHAM, Mass.-- A123 Systems says a default on some of its debt is likely and it may be heading for bankruptcy protection. There were enormous hopes for A123 when it went public three years ago and shares soared 50 percent to more than $20 on the first day. A123 also got a $249 million government grant to help it build a battery factory in Michigan.

  • Pandit stepping down as Citi CEO Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Citigroup Inc. says Vikram Pandit is stepping down as CEO and a board member. The New York bank's new CEO will be Michael Corbat, the CEO of the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa division. Pandit says that "now is the right time for someone else to take the helm at Citigroup" after the bank "emerged from the financial crisis as a strong institution."