*Chinese imports fall 20 pct in September. Oct 13- U.S. stocks edged lower in late afternoon trading on Tuesday on renewed fears of slowing growth in China and more worries about upcoming earnings reports. JPMorgan and Intel report after the close on Tuesday, with Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and General Electric reporting through the week.» Read More
NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executives are expected to brief Wall Street analysts Wednesday on topics ranging from the retailer's plans to expand its small stores to its strategies for improving profitability in its overseas business.
WASHINGTON-- Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Tuesday's auction with rates on six-month bills climbing to the highest level since early July. The Treasury Department auctioned $32 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.100 percent, up from 0.085 percent last week.
NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executives are expected to brief investors Wednesday on topics ranging from the retailer's plans to expand its small stores to its strategies for improving profitability in its overseas business.
LINCOLN, Neb.-- Nebraska's corn and soybean harvest remains ahead of schedule but the drought is slowing winter wheat development. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that the corn harvest is about two-thirds done and a month ahead of schedule.
LEBANON, Tenn.-- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. defended its incoming chairman on Tuesday, saying statements it made about James Bradford's background were not clear, but Bradford never misrepresented himself and his experience is "beyond reproach."
SEATTLE-- A Michigan woman dying of leukemia hopes her embarrassing experience at a Seattle airport changes the way the Transportation Security Administration treats travelers with medical conditions. Michelle Dunaj, 34, was making what she expects will be the last trip of her life on Oct. 2 as she departed for Hawaii.
CHEYENNE, Wyo.-- A New Mexico man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges in a 2010 fire that destroyed a landmark Wyoming hotel. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal in Cheyenne. The establishment had been a favorite lodge and watering hole for Wyoming lawmakers for decades.
TORRANCE, Calif.-- Honda Motor Co. is giving fuel cards worth $3,000 to customers who buy natural gas-powered Honda Civics before the end of this year. Honda began selling the natural gas Civic last fall, but sales have been slow. Honda has sold 1,576 natural gas Civics so far this year.
"The IGB's staff has done a tremendous job to... bring this new industry to Illinois," board Chairman Aaron Jaffe said in a written statement. Jeff Glover, manager of Chino's Pizzeria in the Chicago suburb of Justice, said he'd just finished mopping when he saw the restaurant's three terminals activated around 11:30 a.m..
MINNEAPOLIS-- Best Buy said Tuesday that its chief financial officer is leaving, the latest executive departure for the struggling electronics chain. The news comes as Best Buy's founder and former chairman Richard Schulze mulls an offer for the company, which is attempting to improve results amid tough competition.
NEW YORK-- Oil giant Chevron Corp. said Tuesday that third-quarter earnings will be "substantially lower" than in the second quarter. In addition, results from refining and marketing dropped off as a fire damaged Chevron's refinery in Richmond, Calif., and Hurricane Isaac disrupted production at a refinery in Mississippi.
Among the earnings stories for Tuesday, Oct. 9, from AP Business News:. _ Aluminum manufacturer Alcoa Inc. said that it lost $143 million in the third quarter due to hefty one-time charges but the results topped Wall Street estimates.
Among the stock activity stories for Tuesday, Oct. 9, from AP Business News:. _ Shares of Baidu Inc. slid after a Credit Suisse analyst downgraded the Chinese Internet company, citing concerns over a weaker-than-expected advertising market and growing competition.
MINNEAPOLIS-- Best Buy says its chief financial officer is leaving, the latest executive departure for the struggling electronics chain. The news comes as Best Buy's founder and former chairman Richard Schulze mulls an offer for the company, which is attempting to improve results amid tough competition.
LOS ANGELES-- Online video streaming service Hulu said Tuesday that it will start allowing its paying subscribers to watch the most recent episodes of Nickelodeon shows such as "iCarly" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" 21 days after they first run on television.
LET STAND: The Supreme Court is leaving in place a federal law that gives telecommunications companies legal immunity for helping the government with its email and telephone eavesdropping program.
BENSALEM, Pa.-- Healthcare Services Group Inc., which provides housekeeping and food services to hospitals and nursing homes, said Tuesday that its net income rose 15 percent in the third quarter. Healthcare Services earnings totaled $11.5 million, or 17 cents per share. Shares of Healthcare Services Group fell 31 cents to close at $23.52.
STALL: The International Monetary Fund says the world economy has weakened further and will grow more slowly than previously expected this year and next year. REASONING: The IMF cited the risk of recession in advanced economies in Europe and in the U.S., and said the malaise is spreading to emerging economies including China.
DALLAS-- Neiman Marcus rolled out its annual Christmas catalog Tuesday, offering a set of "his and hers" watches paired with a trip to Paris and Geneva for just over $1 million to shoppers who aren't worried about a holiday budget. One face shows a woman on the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower, gazing toward Notre Dame.