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  • VP debate tees up closing issues for Romney, Obama Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    DANVILLE, Ky.-- In a spirited debate that laid out stark choices, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan teed up pointed arguments on the economy, social policy and America's place in the world that President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney now will drive forward into the campaign's final stretch.

  • Wells Fargo earnings rise in 3Q as loan book grows Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:32 AM ET

    Wells Fargo posted record earnings in the third quarter as the bank increased mortgage lending and pocketed more fees. "Real estate is getting better," Wells Fargo chairman, CEO John Stumpf said on a call with analysts. " Wells' net income in the quarter ended Sept. 30 rose 23 percent, to $4.72 billion from $3.84 billion in the same period last year.

  • AZ Senate hopefuls wage air war for women, Latinos Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:32 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- An old feud and the race for women voters took center stage in a tight Arizona Senate race Thursday, with Republican Rep. Jeff Flake citing the grudge in a new ad alleging that Democrat Richard Carmona lacks the temperament for the job. Richard Carmona should never, ever be in the U.S. Senate. "

  • Brazil anti-AIDS effort uses indigenous language Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:31 AM ET

    SAO PAULO-- Brazil is using an indigenous language for the first in a campaign aimed at curbing violence against women and the spread of HIV. The campaign is a joint effort between Brazil and three United Nations agencies including the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS. Adele Benzaken of the UNAIDS office in Brazil.

  • CDC: Meningitis outbreak growing, 14 people dead Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    J. Todd Weber of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as the death toll reached 14.. The other case is an ankle infection discovered in Michigan; steroid shots also can be given to treat aching knees, shoulders or other joints.

  • Japan: US pact deters clash with China over isles Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Japan said Thursday its security alliance with the U.S. is an important deterrent against conflict breaking out between China and Japan over disputed islands. Japan's ambassador to Washington Ichiro Fujisaki said that he trusts the leaders of China and Japan will avoid a war.

  • *Fla. judge finds in favor of vet in hepatitis case Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:27 AM ET
  • *Ex-clerk for NYC diocese sentenced for $1M theft Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:24 AM ET
  • Jamaica steps up efforts to combat dengue fever Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:23 AM ET

    KINGSTON, Jamaica-- Jamaica is stepping up mosquito eradication across the island and urging school children to stamp out breeding grounds to combat an epidemic of dengue fever, the Caribbean country's health minister said Thursday.

  • Crews to search for 4th victim in garage rubble Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:22 AM ET

    MIAMI-- Crews planned to resume their search Friday morning for a man still missing two days after a parking garage collapsed at Miami Dade College's west campus, killing three construction workers. The search was expected to get under way around 8 a.m. Friday.

  • Wash. could become first state to OK pot sales Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:21 AM ET

    SEATTLE-- Washington state is on the verge of becoming the first in the nation to let adults over 21 buy taxed, inspected marijuana at state-licensed shops.

  • 91-year-old Ala mayor admits to $201K theft Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:21 AM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- A 91- year-old woman who pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $201,000 from the south Alabama town where she was mayor for three decades paid hush money in a bid to keep her crimes secret, documents showed. Prosecutors said River Falls Mayor Mary Ella Hixon pleaded guilty to theft and resigned.

  • Republican groups turning focus to House races Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:20 AM ET

    Outside groups have spent about $60 million trying to help GOP candidates since June 1 and about $49 million trying to help out Democratic candidates, according the Sunlight Foundation.

  • Violent street gang: US targets finances of MS-13 Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:19 AM ET

    The Treasury Department formally designated MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, a transnational criminal organization.

  • Mont. Indians sue over lack of election services Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:18 AM ET

    HELENA, Mont.-- Fifteen Native Americans are suing state and county officials over a lack of election services on three Montana reservations, saying their inability to vote early or register late there is an unconstitutional denial of equal voting access.

  • Akin ad hits McCaskill for federal subsidies Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:18 AM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Republican Senate challenger Todd Akin launched a TV ad Thursday claiming the family of Democratic Missouri Sen. It cites an Associated Press report from earlier this week that businesses affiliated with McCaskill's husband had received almost $40 million of federal housing subsidies during her first five years in office.

  • *Texas authorities: Drugs, gun found on Nelly's bus Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:17 AM ET
  • *Sandusky will get to keep $900K in pension money Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:16 AM ET
  • Brown's Calif. tax initiative hit from both sides Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:15 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- After returning to the governor's office, Jerry Brown criticized a political culture he said lacked a common purpose and warned of a "war of all against all" unless the sniping camps learned to compromise and fix California's persistent budget problems.

  • Coca-Cola's 3Q should show shifting trends Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:15 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The Coca-Cola Co. should give investors a snapshot of the ever-shifting geographic and product mixes that are fueling growth for the world's biggest beverage maker when it reports its third quarter results Tuesday. WHY IT MATTERS: Coca-Cola sells its products in nearly every corner of the globe _ Cuba and North Korea are the exceptions.