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  • Bunge-Ergon to close Vicksburg ethanol plant Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:18 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.-- Bunge-Ergon will suspend ethanol production at its Vicksburg plant by the end of November, saying high corn prices make it impossible to profitably make ethanol. Ergon also operates an asphalt and lubricant oil refinery in Vicksburg and has a towboat company based there, with about 250 other employees.

  • APNewsBreak: LA sues over Owens Lake dust control Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:17 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- The powerful Los Angeles Department of Water and Power sued air regulators Friday over demands to control dust from Owens Lake nearly a century after the exploding metropolis siphoned water to quench its growing thirst.

  • Santander pulls out of deal for UK RBS branches Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:13 PM ET

    LONDON-- Royal Bank of Scotland said Friday that Spanish bank Santander has backed out of its deal to buy 316 of RBS branches in the U.K., leaving the bailed-out bank looking for a new buyer. In August 2010, Santander agreed to buy the 316 RBS branches in England and Wales, along with the NatWest branch business in Scotland, but the deal was delayed several times.

  • Definitions of government deficit and debt Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:06 PM ET

    Here's what's meant by the deficit and the debt _ and how the government can address them:. The amount by which spending exceeds revenue during a budget year. The total U.S. debt tops $16 trillion.

  • Profits soar at 2 largest mortgage lenders Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:03 PM ET

    The country's two biggest mortgage lenders, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase, reported Friday that a surge in home lending pushed them to record profits. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon declared that the housing market "has turned the corner." JPMorgan wrote $47 billion in mortgages, compared with $37 billion last year.

  • Ludovic Lefebvre says he is done with pop-ups Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Ludovic Lefebvre can stomach just one more bite. After five years of LudoBites _ hugely popular guerrilla-style, short-lived eateries held mostly around Los Angeles _ Lefebvre says he is done with so-called pop-up restaurants. By the end of the year, he plans to pop up _ and stay put _ with a new and permanent Los Angeles restaurant.

  • Buffeted by debt crisis, EU wins Nobel Peace Prize Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:01 PM ET

    Then, out of the blue, after three years of back-biting and seemingly daily financial crisis, the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for fostering peace on a continent long ravaged by war.

  • At a Glance: Oil falls below $92 per barrel Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:52 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- The price of oil dropped Friday after a new report predicted a slower pace of growth in demand for oil, overshadowing concerns about unrest in the Middle East. On the New York Mercantile Exchange:. _ Benchmark oil fell 21 cents to end at $91.86 per barrel.

  • Eric Clapton's Richter sells for $34.2 million Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:51 PM ET

    LONDON-- A Gerhard Richter painting owned by Eric Clapton has sold for 21.3 million pounds, handily beating pre-sale estimates and setting a new auction record for the German abstract artist.

  • Losses in Conn. fraud could total $600 million Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:42 PM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.-- Documents filed in the criminal case against a Venezuelan-American financier say losses from a Connecticut- based fraud scheme could total as much as $600 million.

  • Countries ranked by gov't debt as percent of GDP Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:42 PM ET
  • Southern California home prices rise in September Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:41 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO-- Southern California home prices posted a sixth straight annual increase in September as buying shifted to more expensive houses along the coast and the supply of heavily discounted foreclosed properties dwindled, a research firm reported Friday.

  • Industry sues over NYC crackdown on sugary drinks Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:38 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Soda makers, restaurateurs and other businesses sued Friday to try to block the city's unprecedented move to restrict sales of super-sized, sugary drinks, an effort the city called a coup for public health but the industry views as unfair and undemocratic.

  • On the Call: Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:21 PM ET

    Wells Fargo said Friday that its third-quarter net income and revenue rose as the bank increased consumer lending and collected more fees. In a call with analysts, Wells Fargo Chairman, President and CEO John Stumpf explained why interest income might not be such a grave threat.

  • Earnings Preview: Mattel to report 3Q results Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:13 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Analysts expect that Mattel Inc.' s third-quarter net income and revenue to rise as shoppers snap up its Monster High and Barbie dolls, among other toys, ahead of the busy holiday season.

  • Stock market has its worst week since June Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:11 PM ET

    Major indexes closed little changed on Wall Street Friday. Banks fell after Wells Fargo missed analysts' revenue estimates. Falling stocks outnumbered rising ones nearly two-to-one on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • News Summary: Investors mull candidates' tax plans Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:57 PM ET

    CHANGE INEVITABLE: With the outcome of next month's presidential election increasingly hazy, here's a shred of clarity that investors can cling to: The tax rates they pay on investment income like stock profits and dividends are almost certain to change.

  • Ninetowns shares jump after CEO-led buyout offer Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:53 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of China's Ninetowns Internet Technology Group Co. jumped on Friday after the company said it had received a preliminary, non-binding proposal from a group including the chief executive to take the company private.

  • How would candidates' tax plans affect investors? Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- With the outcome of next month's presidential election increasingly hazy, here's a shred of clarity that investors can cling to: The tax rates they pay on investment income like stock profits and dividends are almost certain to change.

  • News Summary: Wheat falls on weekend rain forecast Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:48 PM ET

    AG DRAIN: Wheat prices fell 3.3 percent as weekend storms are expected to deliver much-needed moisture to fields in part of the growing region. SLUGGISH OIL: Oil prices fell after the International Energy Agency predicted a slower pace of growth in demand over the next five years.