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  • Oil prices rise on wholesale stockpiles and sales Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The price of oil is rising Wednesday after the government reported U.S. wholesalers' sales rose for the first time in four months. Benchmark crude is up 74 cents to $93.13 per barrel in New York morning trading. The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline stayed at $3.81.

  • Luke Bryan leads American Country Awards nominees Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:51 AM ET

    Lady A and Zac Brown Band are next with six nominations apiece, while Swift and Eric Church took five nods each for the third annual fan-voted awards. Bryan, Swift, Lady A, Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean are up for the night's top honor, artist of the year.

  • Japan officials stand by airport security measures Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    TOKYO-- There was nothing unusual about a man who boarded a flight in Osaka and was arrested after landing in Los Angeles wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying handcuffs, knives and a smoke grenade in his checked-in baggage, a Japanese official said Wednesday.

  • Analyst: VP debate may stir health care volatility Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    Any perceived gain for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan may be seen as a risk that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul could be repealed, analyst Brian Tanquilut said in a research note.

  • Alaska village short of water as winter approaches Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska-- Inupiat Eskimo villagers in a small Alaska community are facing six long months of melting ice and snow nearly every time they want to cook a meal or bathe, after freezing temperatures hit before workers could fill the village's two large storage tanks with water.

  • Activists hide out at Swedish nuclear sites Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:40 AM ET

    Greenpeace said two other anti-nuclear protesters left on their own after hiding at another plant on the eastern coast. Fifty others scaled the outer fences of the Forsmark reactor site, Greenpeace said. Two people remained at the Forsmark site even after the detentions, said Greenpeace spokeswoman Birgitte Lesanner said.

  • Costco's 4Q results top Wall Street expectations Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:36 AM ET

    ISSAQUAH, Wash.-- Costco is drawing more shoppers and signing up more new members, helping the wholesale club operator's fiscal fourth-quarter net income and revenue climb. Consumers have been drawn to stores like Costco, BJ's Wholesale Club and Sam's Club because they feel like they are getting bargains by purchasing items in bulk.

  • Red Cross launches first ever Spain crisis fund Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:31 AM ET

    MADRID-- The Spanish Red Cross has launched its first ever campaign for donations to help people in the country hit by the economic crisis. The agency helped some 2 million in Spain last year, most of who needed aid because of the crisis. The agency set up collection points in cities across Spain and thousands of volunteers paced the streets seeking contributions.

  • US job openings dipped in August from July Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- U.S. employers advertised slightly fewer jobs in August than July, while they filled the most positions in three months, offering a mixed signal on the job market. The Labor Department said Wednesday that job openings dropped by 32,000 to 3.56 million in August. July's openings were also revised lower.

  • *Pro-Romney super PAC plans 4-state TV ad blitz Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:25 AM ET
  • Iranian minister woos Indian businesses Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:25 AM ET

    The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Iran to deter it from pursuing a nuclear weapons program. The U.S. has pressed India to scale back its imports of Iranian crude to support those sanctions, but energy-starved India remains one of Iran's biggest oil purchasers.

  • Calif plant recalls its peanut butter ice cream Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:24 AM ET

    The pints involved have the UPC symbol 8 94509 00231 9 and expiration dates ranging from February 2013 to August 2014. The peanut butter in the ice cream came from Sunland, Inc., a New Mexico peanut butter manufacturing plant. Clemmy's is located in Rancho Mirage, southeast of Palm Springs, and makes sugar, lactose and gluten-free ice cream.

  • Auditor general wants Pa. to license tattooing Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH-- Auditor General Jack Wagner wants to Pennsylvania Department of Health to license and regulate the state's 750 tattoo parlors. Wagner, a former Pittsburgh City Council president, was in the city for the announcement Tuesday.

  • Nebraska-based bank buying Missouri bank Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:22 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.-- Nebraska- based Pinnacle Bank has agreed to buy First State Bank of Joplin, Mo.. First State Bank has four branches in Joplin, one in Sarcoxie and one in Webb City and a total of $183 million in assets.

  • Push for healthier truckers gains momentum Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    DALLAS-- In the months after Doug Robinson started driving a truck, he noticed his clothes were increasingly more snug-fitting. Xpress, took part in a weight-loss challenge sponsored by the Truckload Carriers Association, the 321- pound, 6- foot-1-inch Robinson signed up.

  • Nevada casino revenues down 3.1 percent in August Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    CARSON CITY, Nev.-- State officials say Nevada casino revenues are down 3.1 percent in August compared with the same time a year ago. The Nevada Gaming Control Board reports casinos won $859 million in August. Washoe County winnings of $68 million were up 5 percent, while south Lake Tahoe winnings of $22 million were down 19.5 percent.

  • Testing nonprofit waters with Chicago Ideas Week Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    The weeklong program of panel discussions, speakers and demonstrations, which opened Monday, was the brainchild of Groupon co-founder Brad Keywell, who regards Chicago Ideas Week as a startup, albeit one that will never be publicly traded on Wall Street. The Chicago- based entrepreneur was briefly a billionaire after Groupon Inc.' s IPO last year.

  • Alcoa and Chevron lead Dow Jones average down Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Downbeat reports from Alcoa and Chevron at the start of a critical corporate earnings season pulled stock indexes lower for a third straight day Wednesday. Alcoa, the aluminum producer, beat Wall Street earnings estimates on Tuesday night but said it expects a slowdown in China to weaken demand for aluminum.

  • NYC homeless boom puts shelters in lap of wealthy Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- With a grand entryway of ornate white stonework, the elegant building seems to blend right into this Manhattan neighborhood of multimillion-dollar brownstones.

  • Building on momentum, Romney renews push for Ohio Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:16 AM ET

    AKRON, Ohio-- Republican Mitt Romney is making a fresh bid for Ohio voters, trying to use post-debate momentum to make up ground in a state that has been a mainstay of GOP presidential candidates and could help President Barack Obama hold onto the White House. We're going to do it here in Ohio. "