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  • Charles Schwab agrees to buy smaller money manager Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:17 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- The Charles Schwab Corp. has agreed to acquire dividend income specialist ThomasPartners Inc. for an upfront payment of $85 million, plus additional payments if the smaller company can attract more investors. It had $2.3 billion under management as of Sept. 30, mostly in growth-oriented stocks that pay dividends.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Janney analyst upbeat on Gap Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:16 AM ET

    In addition to its namesake stores, Gap Inc. operates Old Navy, Banana Republic and Athleta. At Gap, for example, it's focusing on denim products while at Banana Republic it's been zeroing in on suits. But she also said that Old Navy's new global brand president, Stefan Larsson, should bring fresh ideas that have an impact on the brand in 2013 and beyond.

  • Clearwire up after Sprint acquisition news Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:14 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Clearwire jumped 12 percent in premarket trading Monday following news that the Japanese cell phone company Softbank Corp. is buying a majority stake in Sprint, which owns half of the company. Clearwire operates a wireless broadband network that Sprint resells as " Sprint 4 G."

  • Family Dollar names Safeway exec to marketing post Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Family Dollar on Monday appointed Jocelyn Wong as its chief marketing officer. Wong, who will also serve as senior vice president, recently served as group vice president of shopper marketing for the supermarket chain Safeway Inc. Safeway recently launched a customer loyalty program that offers personalized discounts based on past purchases.

  • Liverpool plans to stay at Anfield, expand stadium Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:08 AM ET

    LIVERPOOL, England-- Liverpool announced plans Monday to expand the capacity of Anfield, the club's home for 120 years, rather than building a new stadium. The 18- time English champions started working on a new $800- million venue in nearby Stanley Park before owner John Henry's takeover two years ago, but it was abandoned due to financial problems.

  • Baseball and softball join up for Olympic bid Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:08 AM ET

    ROME-- The International baseball and softball federations signed an agreement Monday to join forces in a bid to get back into the Olympics, while proposing a shortened tournament they hope will attract Major League Baseball players.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Liquidity Services' sales slow Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    Liquidity Services Inc.' s profit appears to be under pressure in the fiscal fourth-quarter, after the company released weak September sales results, an analyst said Monday.

  • 24-mile skydive a boon for YouTube, social media Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:00 AM ET

    Its popularity grew as the moment of the jump drew closer, as people kept sharing links on Twitter and Facebook and websites embedded the stream. After Baumgartner landed, sponsor Red Bull posted a picture of the daredevil on his knees to Facebook.

  • *Entergy expects 3Q profit below Street's view Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:59 AM ET
  • 'Taken 2' takes down 'Argo' in close weekend Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:58 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Liam Neeson's "Taken 2" has defended its box-office title with a narrow win over Ben Affleck's "Argo." Sony's "Here Comes the Boom," with Kevin James as a teacher who becomes a mixed martial arts sensation, started weakly at No. 5 with $12 million.

  • Women artists take over Seattle Art Museum Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:58 AM ET

    SEATTLE-- Inspired by the Pompidou Center in Paris, which for nearly two years removed all the men's art from their modern galleries, the Seattle Art Museum is letting women take over its downtown building this fall.

  • Profits slide 5.7 percent at India's Reliance Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:55 AM ET

    MUMBAI, India-- India's Reliance Industries on Monday reported a 5.7 percent slide in September quarter profits from a year ago, as the company scales back investment in India's largest oil and gas fields.

  • NY nuke plant opponents try to block new licenses Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:55 AM ET

    TARRYTOWN, N.Y.-- For the people who want to shut down Entergy Corp.' s nuclear plant in the New York City suburbs, where 17 million people live within 50 miles, this day has been a long time coming. Andrew Cuomo _ who have campaigned against the plant, on the Hudson River in Buchanan, 35 miles north of Manhattan.

  • Pizza Hut rethinks presidential debate stunt Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Pizza Hut is rethinking its contest daring people to ask "Sausage or Pepperoni?" Pizza Hut spokesman Doug Terfehr said the majority of the feedback the company has seen has been very positive. Pizza Hut, a unit of Yum Brands Inc., says it will still honor the prize if someone poses the question live at the debate.

  • 'Fracking' supporters set to demonstrate in Albany Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:53 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- Supporters of using hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas are set to demonstrate in Albany, N.Y.. Hundreds of people are expected to rally at the Corning Preserve on the Hudson River and then march to a park near the Capitol for speeches by elected officials and labor leaders at midday Monday.

  • Florida crab season starts Monday Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:52 AM ET

    MIAMI-- Florida's stone crab season starts Monday. Recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season runs Monday through May 15 in state and federal waters. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission press release says stone crab claws must be at least 2 3/ 4 inches in length.

  • Packed court as shipwreck captain hears evidence Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:51 AM ET

    GROSSETO, Italy-- The captain of the cruise ship that crashed into an Italian reef appeared in court Monday to hear the evidence against him, while passengers who survived the deadly shipwreck and the families of those who died showed up just "to look him in the eye."

  • Del. gasoline 2 cents less compared to last week Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:44 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Motorists in Delaware region are paying 2 cents less at the pump compared to a week ago. AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Delaware is $3.76. At this time last year Delaware drivers were paying $3.35 per gallon.

  • Maine bureau issues free college financing guide Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:43 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine-- Maine's Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection is offering a new publication covering all aspects of financing a college education. The 60- page "Downeaster Common Sense Guide to Student Loans" outlines different ways to pay for higher education, including scholarships, grants, loans and other financing methods.

  • DC-area drivers paying a penny less at the pump Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:42 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Motorists in the Mid-Atlantic region are paying a penny less at the pump this week. AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the D.C. metro area is $3.73 this week. That's compared to $3.74 a week ago.