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  • News Summary: US service firms grew in September Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:53 AM ET

    SERVICE FIRMS GROW: U.S. service companies grew in September at the fastest pace in 6 months, helped by a sharp increase in customer demand. Service firms employ roughly 90 percent of the work force. THE NUMBERS: The Institute for Supply Management said its non-manufacturing index rose to 55.1 in September, up from 53.7 in August.

  • Spill from Argus Energy site in W.Va. kills fish Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:49 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- State regulators in West Virginia have ordered Argus Energy to repair a water treatment system at a Lincoln County mine site after a blackwater spill killed fish. The Department of Environmental Protection said Wednesday that the fish kill was discovered Tuesday along about a quarter-mile of Copley Trace Branch.

  • Official: France not worried about EADS-BAE merger Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:47 AM ET

    PARIS-- A French official says France's government is working out a common position with Germany on the proposed merger between Franco-German aerospace group EADS and Britain's BAE Systems. France and Germany have long fought for an equal say in EADS, which owns plane maker Airbus.

  • Fact sheet: 2013 Ram Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:46 AM ET

    2013 Ram 1500 4 X4 SLT Regular Cab Short Wheelbase.

  • ND 2nd quarter taxable sales up 42 percent Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:46 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.-- Taxable sales and purchases in North Dakota during April, May and June grew nearly 42 percent compared to the second quarter of last year, to more than $6.4 billion. Tax Commissioner Cory Fong says the economic growth is spread across nearly all major industry sectors.

  • A more fuel-efficient Ram pickup Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:45 AM ET

    The full-size Ram pickup truck, revamped for 2013, still has its Hemi V-8. But a new and impressively powered V-6, with best-in-class fuel economy plus towing might, is getting all the attention. The new, 3.6- liter, double overhead cam V-6 is naturally aspirated and mated to a first-ever-in-a-full-size-pickup-truck eight-speed automatic transmission.

  • AA jet returns to DFW due to landing-gear warning Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:39 AM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas-- American Airlines says a jet returned to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport shortly after takeoff because of a cockpit indicator that showed a problem with the landing gear. Airline spokesman James Faulkner said Tuesday that the landing gear was still working and the plane made a safe landing.

  • Luxfer shares rise on NYSE after IPO raises $80M Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:28 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Luxfer Holdings PLC's U.S. shares jumped in their first hours of trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. The initial public stock offering of the chemicals and metals maker, which is based in the U.K., priced 8 million shares at $10 each. The company had predicted that shares would price higher, from $12 to $14 each.

  • KVH Industries appoints new CFO Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:28 AM ET

    MIDDLETOWN, R.I.-- Satellite communications company KVH Industries Inc. said Wednesday that it has appointed Peter Rendall as its new chief financial officer. Rendall worked most recently as consulting chief financial officer at information technology recruiting firm JobSmart Partners.

  • Company will hire nearly 120 workers in SC Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:26 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C.-- An automotive company that specializes in plastic parts says it will build a plant in South Carolina's Greenville County that employs nearly 120 workers. The state Commerce Department said Wednesday that South Carolina Plastics LLC will spend $12 million to build a plant in Fountain Inn.

  • Xcel: Sherco power plant repairs could cost $200M Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:26 AM ET

    BECKER, Minn.-- Xcel Energy Inc. says it will cost as much as $200 million to repair the damage from a catastrophic turbine failure at Minnesota's largest power plant last November. Sherco plant director Ron Brevig says Xcel still hasn't determined exactly why turbine broke up, sending debris and metal flying and sparking a fire.

  • *US Airways 2012 capacity will rise 2 percent Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:25 AM ET
  • Syracuse newspaper to lay off 115 employees Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:24 AM ET

    SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The Post-Standard of Syracuse says it will lay off 115 full- and part-time employees as it moves ahead with plans to combine print and online operations to form two new companies early next year.

  • Homebuilders rise as market continues recovery Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of homebuilders climbed on Wednesday as recent data continues to point to signs that the housing market is making a sustained comeback. Sales of new homes remained near a two-year high in August, the government said last week.

  • Hawaiian Airlines to use bigger plane to Auckland Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:16 AM ET

    HONOLULU-- Hawaiian Airlines plans to use a bigger plane when it launches nonstop service between Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand in March. Hawaiian has been rapidly expanding its service to the U.S. mainland and the Asia-Pacific region. It started new routes to New York City and Fukuoka, Japan earlier this year.

  • Mohegan Sun to pay up to $10M in job cuts Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:14 AM ET

    UNCASVILLE, Conn.-- The parent company of the Mohegan Sun casinos says it will pay between $8 million and $10 million in severance costs as it cuts 282 jobs in Connecticut immediately and another 46 at the end of the month. The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority said in a regulatory filing that most of the costs will be recorded in its fourth quarter in cash payments.

  • Farmer markets have $1M impact on Wyo. economy Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:13 AM ET

    CASPER, Wyo.-- A Wyoming Business Council study finds that farmers markets contributed over $1 million to the state's economy in 2011.. The results are based on responses collected by the Business Council from 14 of the 44 farmers markets operating in Wyoming. Kim Porter of the Business Council says farmers markets are a tremendous resource for communities.

  • *Fast, but not magical sales for Rowling book Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:12 AM ET
  • 3 unions join Maine retirees lawsuit Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:10 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine-- Three public worker unions have been allowed to join a lawsuit against the Maine Public Employees Retirement System over the elimination of cost-of-living adjustments.

  • Tennessee metal coating plant adding 35 jobs Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:10 AM ET

    The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced Tennessee Galvanizing will put $2.3 million into building a new centrifuge process and adding warehouse space.

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