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  • Heating costs to rise this winter as cold returns Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Americans will pay more to heat their homes this winter as they feel something they didn't feel much of last year: cold. But customers will have to use more energy to keep warm than they did a year ago, according to the annual Winter Fuels Outlook from the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration.

  • Political objections derail European defense deal Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    LONDON-- A deal to create a European defense and aerospace giant to rival Boeing Co. collapsed Wednesday when BAE Systems and EADS NV called off merger talks in the face of government objections.

  • Feds: Man at LA airport had weapons, smoke grenade Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:59 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- A man arrested at Los Angeles International Airport wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-resistant pants is not cooperating with federal officials working to discover why he was headed to Boston with a suitcase full of weapons, authorities say.

  • NJ's Homestead credit deadline extended Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:57 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- New Jersey homeowners will have more time to apply for property tax credits, but they'll get them later than originally planned. The state on Tuesday announced that it would extend the deadline for applying for Homestead credits to Dec. 14 from Oct. 19. The Treasury Department says the change will allow more people to apply.

  • Vestas laying off 75 more workers in Colorado Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:57 AM ET

    DENVER-- Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems is laying off 75 workers at its blade factory in Brighton, Colo.. The announcement on Tuesday comes after the company cut 30 jobs in Brighton and 90 at its tower factory in Pueblo.

  • Romney promises no abortion legislation Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:56 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- Wading into an explosive social issue, Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday said he would not pursue any abortion-related legislation if elected president. "There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda," he told the Des Moines Register in an interview posted on the newspaper's website.

  • California gas prices finally begin to fall Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- California gas prices finally have begun to fall after a month that saw them surging by nearly 50 cents a gallon _ but a continuing refinery shutdown may keep supplies short. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report says the average price of regular Wednesday is less than $4.67 a gallon, down a half-cent from Tuesday.

  • AP skips W.Va. debate due to media restrictions Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The Associated Press decided not to cover the West Virginia gubernatorial debate Tuesday because of restrictions placed on media coverage by its organizers.

  • Beach Boys' Wilson: Band dustup 'bummed me out' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:50 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Brian Wilson says he felt blindsided by a news release from his Beach Boys band mate Mike Love that ended the good vibrations on the band's 50th anniversary tour. Wilson answered Mike Love's recent explanation in The Los Angeles Times with a response in the newspaper Tuesday.

  • Political objections scupper European defense deal Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:43 AM ET

    LONDON-- A deal to create a European defense and aerospace giant to rival Boeing Co. collapsed Wednesday when Britain's BAE Systems and EADS NV called off their merger discussions. The proposed merger between BAE and Franco-German EADS, the parent of Airbus, would have created a company, with a market value just shy of Boeing's.

  • Cypress completes initial Ramtron tender offer Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:39 AM ET

    SAN JOSE, Calif.-- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. said Wednesday that it completed its initial tender offer for shares of chipmaker Ramtron International Corp.. Cypress agreed to buy Colorado Springs, Colo.- based Ramtron in September for $3.10 per share, or a total of about $109.8 million, after lower bids were rebuffed by the company's board.

  • Brazil: Majority of top court convicts ex-top aide Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:38 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO-- The one-time right-hand-man of popular former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was found guilty on a corruption charge by a majority of 10 Supreme Court justices Tuesday, who ruled he orchestrated a widespread cash-for-votes scheme that came to light seven years ago.

  • Stocks lower as earnings season begins Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street as the season of corporate earnings reports begins. Alcoa stock is opening slightly lower. Alcoa is down 12 cents at $9.01.

  • *GOP senator defends W.Va. Dem vs TV attack ad Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:28 AM ET
  • Farm gives North Carolina State $10 million Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:26 AM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.-- A farm business is giving North Carolina State University $10 million for its poultry science program. School officials announced the gift from Prestage Farms in Clinton, N.C. on Tuesday. The program will be renamed the Prestage Department of Poultry Science.

  • *H&R Block looking at options for banking arm Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:25 AM ET
  • Players lash out at new bounty discipline Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:24 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith and the NFL players union left little doubt they remain determined to challenge Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority to suspend players in connection with the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.

  • Nevada announces extension of education grant Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:24 AM ET

    CARSON CITY, Nev.-- State education officials say Nevada is being awarded a $21 million federal grant over seven years to continue an education program designed to help low-income and disadvantaged students prepare for college. Nevada officials say 4,000 Nevada students have benefited from $30 million in federal GEAR UP grants received over the past 11 years.

  • Maine heating oil prices up 2 cents Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:23 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine-- The cost of home heating oil in Maine has inched up two cents in the past week to an average of $3.70 per gallon. Prices are highest in the northern reaches of Maine, where prices are at an average of $3.86 per gallon. The statewide kerosene price average is $4.14 per gallon, up four cents from last week.

  • Prostitution arrests rock Maine tourist town Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:21 AM ET

    KENNEBUNK, Maine-- This upscale southern Maine town is known for its ocean beaches, old sea captains' mansions and the neighboring town of Kennebunkport, home to the Bush family summer compound. "There's still some of that puritanical New England left around," said Will Bradford, who owns a copy shop in town. "