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  • After long absence, Joker's back to bedevil Batman Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:19 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA-- For a year the Joker's been out of sight, out of mind and out of trouble. That changed Wednesday in the pages of "Batman" No. 13, when the clown prince of crime returned to Gotham with a mission to help Batman become a better man, even if it means going after everyone and everything that the Dark Knight and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, hold dear.

  • Shares of Chevron Corp. plunge on 3Q forecast Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Chevron Corp. plunged Wednesday after the oil giant said its third-quarter earnings are expected to be "substantially lower" than in the second quarter. In addition, results from refining and marketing dropped after a fire damaged Chevron's refinery in Richmond, Calif., and Hurricane Isaac disrupted production at a refinery in Mississippi.

  • Cuba closes hospitals amid health reorganization Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    HAVANA-- Cuba shuttered hundreds of medical facilities last year, including 54 hospitals, as the country reorganizes its health care sector. Cuba is proud of the universal, free health system installed after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, but his younger brother and successor Raul Castro has stressed that medical care must be more efficient and less wasteful.

  • News Summary: New book dissects Netflix's history Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    NEW TAKE ON NETFLIX: A new book about Netflix Inc. provides the most comprehensive look yet at the video subscription service that has revolutionized home entertainment during the past decade.

  • *Landmark Rome Embassy to be restored Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:13 PM ET
  • McCaskill hits Akin with ads featuring raped women Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    Claire McCaskill took aim Wednesday at Republican challenger Todd Akin with a new series of TV ads featuring rape survivors outraged by Akin's remark about "legitimate rape" and his opposition to emergency contraception.

  • Monster shares fall after analyst downgrade Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Monster Beverage Corp. fell Wednesday after a Stifel Nicolaus analyst lowered his rating on the energy drink maker, citing slowing sales growth and regulatory risks.

  • Bieber anti-cyberbullying video ends NY legal case Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:09 PM ET

    MINEOLA, N.Y.-- Justin Bieber appears in a new anti-cyberbullying video released Wednesday by a New York prosecutor as part of a plea deal resolving misdemeanor charges against one the pop star's managers and a record executive, stemming from a mall fan frenzy in 2009..

  • Chef Barber's quest for flavor may prickle purists Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:08 PM ET

    PARIS-- He fires up the succulent pork over gnarled, carbonated pig bones, grows sweet greens in a soil mixed with pumice left over by the hazelnut oil industry and he's creating a new kind of wheat, named after himself _ Barber. But Dan Barber, the prize-winning American chef, insists he's not an ecologist who likes to cook.

  • Correction: iTunes-Music-Top 10 story Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:08 PM ET

    In a story Oct. 9 about the iTunes-Music-Top 10 list, The Associated Press reported erroneously the No. 3 song. iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending Oct. 8, 2012. 6. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor Swift.

  • *News Summary: Exit from stock mutual funds in Sept Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:08 PM ET
  • Shaun White's vandalism case delayed in Tenn. Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:05 PM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- A Nashville judge has delayed a public intoxication and vandalism case against two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. The 26- year-old snowboarder was accused of pulling the fire alarm and destroying a phone at a Nashville hotel.

  • California gas prices see small drop Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:02 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- California gas prices dipped slightly Wednesday after surging more than 40 cents a gallon in the past week. The weeklong spike was the largest, single-state weekly increase since Hurricane Katrina, and the highest weekly increase in California history, AAA spokesman Avery Ash said.

  • Fed survey: Most US regions show moderate growth Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Nearly all regions of the United States are reporting that stronger housing markets have helped boost economic growth since the middle of August, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve. The Fed says growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts, while leveling off in one region and slowing in another.

  • Maine plays host to airports conference Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

    SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine-- Representatives from 35 airports and a dozen airlines are in Maine discussing the future of airline services. The two-day Eastern Airports Conference is being held Wednesday and Thursday at the Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland.

  • Counterfeit air bags called 'extreme safety risk' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:59 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Thousands of motorists may be driving cars and trucks installed with dangerous counterfeit bags and they should have them replaced at their own expense, the Obama administration warned Wednesday.

  • Jack Warner bans release of Trinidad crime reports Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:58 PM ET

    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad-- Former world soccer vice president Jack Warner has forbidden the release of crime reports and statistics in his capacity as Trinidad's national security minister, saying that publicizing such information encourages people to commit more crime.

  • 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' aims for Broadway in 2013 Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- There's a fresh push to get Holly Golightly onto a Broadway stage. Producers said Wednesday that a new adaptation of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is aiming for a Shubert theater in New York City in February 2013.

  • Perrigo gets FDA OK to sell nicotine lozenges Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:56 PM ET

    ALLEGAN, Mich.-- Perrigo Co., which makes store-brand over-the-counter drugs and infant formulas, said Wednesday that it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market an over-the-counter nicotine product similar to Nicorette mini lozenges.

  • Biden to play 'hardball' in VP debate Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:55 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Four years ago, Joe Biden was careful not to appear overly aggressive in his vice presidential debate with Sarah Palin, then a newcomer to the national stage. Now, as he prepares to debate Paul Ryan, a 14- year House veteran and the top Republican budget writer, Biden is less concerned about looking like a bully.