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  • *Eatery made famous by R.E.M. album hits hard times Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:05 AM ET
  • *ABBA museum to open in Sweden Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET
  • Albarn, Gilliam back plan to make opera accessible Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    LONDON-- A Python and the founder of Gorillaz are trying to help opera shed its stuffy image. Monty Python's Terry Gilliam and Blur and Gorillaz singer Damon Albarn are supporting a plan by the English National Opera to entice new and younger audience members with the promise of casual clothes, cheap tickets and cocktails.

  • *Malawi: President Joyce Banda cuts own salary Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:02 AM ET
  • *Basketball great Bill Walton has a book deal Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:01 AM ET
  • *Teachers union to count ballots on new contract Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET
  • Miss. contractor faces up to $117K in safety fines Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:55 AM ET

    OSHA standards mandate that all excavations 5 feet or deeper be protected against collapse, typically with a shield or by sloping or benching the soil.

  • Fla. regulators Citizens' rate increases Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida businesses and homeowners doing business with state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will see double-digit premium increases in most cases early next year. The Office of Insurance Regulation on Tuesday approved a 10.8 percent increase on homeowners' policies and an 8.8 percent increase on dwelling fire rates.

  • Outside money fills airwaves in tight Senate races Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS-- Campaign cash from outside political groups is flooding into conservative states with close Senate races like Indiana, Arizona and Montana, where residents are more accustomed to local news promos between football games than the relentless, often snarky attack ads.

  • Afghan, NKorean films on display at Asian festival Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea-- Along with the now inevitable galaxy of stars promoting blockbusters from across Asia, this year's Busan International Film Festival will screen a North Korean film for the first time in almost a decade as well as six classic Afghan movies that were hidden in a wall to save them from the Taliban.

  • Ohio jobs-agency boss leaving for private sector Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    John Kasich for a dollar to help jump-start Ohio's job-creation efforts is leaving his state management job and returning to the private sector. Mark Kvamme will resign as president and interim chief investment officer of JobsOhio effective Nov. 1, board Chairman Jim Boland announced Tuesday.

  • 2 killed in blasts in eastern Lebanon Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:48 AM ET

    BEIRUT-- At least three explosions ripped through a house in a Hezbollah stronghold in eastern Lebanon on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding two others, a senior Lebanese security official said. Soldiers and Hezbollah members cordoned off the area, blocking access to journalists.

  • Stocks open mostly higher on Wall Street Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Stocks are mostly higher in early trading on Wall Street after a measure of private sector hiring came in better than analysts were expecting. The Standard& Poor's 500 index rose two points to 1,447 shortly after the opening bell Wednesday. The Nasdaq composite rose 10 points to 3,129..

  • Warm spring, late freeze crimps Mass. apple crop Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    BOSTON-- Phil Rymsha is turning away apple pickers and cider lovers from his northern Massachusetts orchard this fall because there simply aren't enough apples on his trees.

  • Federal parks officials OK NJ-Pa. power line Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:36 AM ET

    NEWARK, N.J.-- Final approval has been given for a new high-voltage power line that will run through the parkland spanning Pennsylvania and New Jersey on either side of the Delaware River, federal officials announced Tuesday.

  • NY governor tours targets for economic growth Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:35 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo began a statewide tour Tuesday to cheer on business projects that have gotten under way with the help of tax breaks, as New York's unemployment rate remains stubbornly higher than the national average. We have cranes in the sky, "said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney in Syracuse.

  • US Labor Secretary tours Vt. school dairy farm Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:33 AM ET

    RANDOLPH, Vt.-- The students, faculty and staff at the Vermont Technical College are embarking on a new adventure as they implement a federal grant designed to make people ready to work in unique agricultural businesses, a new training system that could be copied by other schools across the country, U.S.

  • EPA signs eastern Idaho Superfund cleanup plan Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:31 AM ET

    BOISE, Idaho-- Federal regulators signed documents on Tuesday outlining an interim cleanup plan for a polluted southeastern Idaho Superfund site they say will cost $57 million and take up to five years to complete.

  • *Monsanto 4th-quarter loss widens Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:29 AM ET
  • Ahead of the Bell: Marriott International Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:28 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Marriott International Inc. will give investors a first look at how the hotel industry weathered a tough summer when it reports earnings for the third quarter after the market closes. Still, observers think Marriott will be able to keep its vow to improve earnings, because it's still been able to raise prices.

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