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  • Final run for 6.5-ounce returnable Coke bottle Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:12 PM ET

    A small Coke bottler in Minnesota says it's stopping production of the bottles, which customers could return to get back a 20- cent deposit. The company in Winona, Minn., had been refilling the returnable bottles since 1932 but said it no longer makes business sense to continue doing so.

  • Shares of refiners fall on Chevron's 3Q outlook Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:10 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of several oil refining companies fell Wednesday after Chevron Corp. said its third-quarter results will be substantially lower than its second-quarter earnings.

  • DC shows off new trains, upgrading 1970s look Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:59 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The nation's capital city is showing off a sleek new design for its subway trains, the biggest visible change to the cars since the system opened in the late 1970 s. Improvements on the new trains will be noticeable to anyone who has traveled the nation's second-busiest subway system.

  • Gold holds, but platinum and palladium down Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:56 PM ET

    Stocks fell sharply because of signs of concern from Alcoa and Chevron. Alcoa said it expects a slowdown in China to lower demand for the aluminum it makes. George Gero, a vice president at RBC Global Futures, said a sell-off in gold is unlikely considering low interest rates, tension between Syria and Turkey and the ongoing European debt crisis.

  • *Debbie Reynolds hospitalized, cancels shows Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:56 PM ET
  • Earnings Preview: Safeway reports 3Q Thursday Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:55 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Safeway Inc. may give investors a glimpse of how the supermarket chain's new loyalty program for shoppers is impacting sales when it reports its third-quarter results Thursday.

  • Kerouac's only play premieres in Mass. hometown Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:54 PM ET

    The Beat Generation notables and their poetry-writing, conformity-defying antics come to life in the first production of Kerouac's only play.

  • Endeavour resolves work stoppage at Mexican mine Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:53 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Endeavour Silver Corp. said Wednesday that it has resolved the work stoppage that blocked its management from accessing certain facilities held under lease near the El Cubo mine in Mexico. Endeavor's U.S. shares rose 24 cents, or 2.6 percent, to $9.37 in afternoon trading. They are up 29 percent from a 52- week low of $7.25 set in mid-May.

  • Unlikely Starbucks-Rodarte duo team for holiday Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Not expecting the indie fashion darlings of Rodarte and the in-every-neighborhood coffee retailer Starbucks to be in the same sentence, let alone the same stores? Starbucks Corp. tapped sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy as its next design partners for a series of limited-edition products for the holiday season.

  • News Summary: Top China officials to skip IMF Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:40 PM ET

    CHINA BOWS OUT: China's central bank governor and finance minister won't be attending IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Tokyo this week. MORE MINOR OFFICIALS: China's official Xinhua news agency published a report that said China's delegations to the meetings would be headed by a deputy to the central bank governor and a vice finance minister.

  • News Summary: Smashing pumpkin harvest Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:36 PM ET

    SMASHING SUCCESS: Farmers in a stretch of Illinois where most of the nation's pumpkins are grown say their crop is likely to be one of the few successes in a year when severe drought baked most of the nation's heartland.

  • News Summary: US job openings dip in August Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:29 PM ET

    FEWER JOBS POSTED: U.S. employers advertised 3.56 million jobs in August, or 32,000 fewer jobs than July, the Labor Department said. That meant about 3.5 unemployed people, on average, were competing for each opening job. In a healthy economy, the ratio is usually 2 to 1..

  • Analyst: Wal-Mart shipping no big threat to Amazon Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:29 PM ET

    Caris& Co. analyst Scott Tilghman said in a research note Wednesday that Wal-Mart Stores Inc.' s recently announced plans for same-day shipping is not the threat to Amazon.com Inc. that some perceived it to be. Wal-Mart's program offers fewer products and is being offered in five markets, versus the 10 being tested by Amazon.

  • Wisconsin, Minnesota ready for first wolf hunts Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:27 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.-- For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around their cabins and pastures, eying up Fido or Bessie.

  • Indians occupy work site of huge dam in Brazil Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:26 PM ET

    SAO PAULO-- About 100 Indians, fishermen and other activists opposed to a huge hydroelectric dam being built on the Xingu river in the heart of Brazil's Amazon rainforest are occupying one of its construction sites. The Norte Energia consortium that is building the Belo Monte dam says the protesters occupied the site Tuesday night.

  • New blastoff for Sarah Brightman: flight to space Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:25 PM ET

    MOSCOW-- Sarah Brightman's voice, beloved by audiences and renowned for its three-octave range, rocketed to fame more than two decades ago as the heroine of The Phantom of the Opera. On Wednesday, Brightman told a news conference in Moscow that she has booked a trip to the International Space Station.

  • FTC says Equifax, customers pay $1.6M settlement Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that credit reporting firm Equifax Inc. will pay $393,000 to resolve allegations it broke the law by selling lists of consumers who were late on their mortgage payments. The agency said Equifax and Direct Lending Source violated the FTC Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

  • Fed: Housing lifts growth in most US regions Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Stronger housing markets helped boost economic growth at the end of the summer in nearly every region of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The Fed said growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts from mid-August through September, while leveling off in one region and slowing in another.

  • After long absence, Joker's back to bedevil Batman Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:19 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA-- For a year the Joker's been out of sight, out of mind and out of trouble. That changed Wednesday in the pages of "Batman" No. 13, when the clown prince of crime returned to Gotham with a mission to help Batman become a better man, even if it means going after everyone and everything that the Dark Knight and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, hold dear.

  • Shares of Chevron Corp. plunge on 3Q forecast Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Chevron Corp. plunged Wednesday after the oil giant said its third-quarter earnings are expected to be "substantially lower" than in the second quarter. In addition, results from refining and marketing dropped after a fire damaged Chevron's refinery in Richmond, Calif., and Hurricane Isaac disrupted production at a refinery in Mississippi.