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  • GENEVA-- Strong growth in emerging markets helped Swiss food and drink giant Nestle SA post an 11 percent increase in sales for the first nine months of 2012.. The Vevey- based group said Thursday that sales rose to 67.6 billion Swiss francs through September, up from 60.9 billion francs in the same period last year.

  • NEW YORK-- A Bangladeshi man snared in an FBI terror sting considered targeting a high-ranking government official and the New York Stock Exchange before authorities say he raised the bar by picking one New York City's most fortified sites: The Federal Reserve.

  • AMSTERDAM-- With its new CEO on an extended sick leave, Dutch chemicals conglomerate Akzo Nobel NV reported Thursdsay a 2.37 billion loss in the third quarter after taking a massive impairment charge on its home paints business.

  • BANGKOK-- Oil prices were nearly unchanged Thursday in Asia as traders weighed signs of economic recovery in China against an increase in U.S. crude supplies. Benchmark oil for November delivery was up 4 cents at $92.16 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • BEIJING-- The Chinese company suing President Barack Obama for blocking its planned wind farm projects in Oregon accused the U.S. leader and his government of discrimination Thursday and warned that the case would deter Chinese investment in the United States.

  • GENEVA-- Buoyed by growth in emerging markets, Swiss food and drink giant Nestle SA on Thursday posted an 11 percent increase in sales for the first nine months of 2012..

  • BANGKOK-- Asian stock markets rose Thursday after an unexpectedly strong U.S. housing report renewed confidence in the world's biggest economy and the latest data from China suggested the worst of its slump is over.

  • BRUSSELS-- European leaders are gathering again in Brussels to discuss how to save the euro currency from collapse and support countries facing too much debt and not enough growth. The leaders of the 27 countries that make up the European Union will discuss how to support their banks, one part of the crisis.

  • Drug developer Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. and partner Genzyme said Thursday a panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration had voted 9 to 6 to recommend approval of Kynamro, for treating patients genetically predisposed to have sky-high LDL, or bad cholesterol. The FDA is not bound to follow recommendations of its advisers, but usually does so.

  • NEW YORK-- Watch out, Fox. Less than four weeks into the new season, CBS' "Made in Jersey" is already swimming with the fishes, and NBC announced on Thursday that the comedy "Animal Practice" will be out the door next month. Site founder Bill Gorman, asked to go out on a limb, predicted "The Mob Doctor" on Fox would be the next to disappear _ but NBC beat him to the punch.

  • EVANSVILLE, Ind.-- Citing health reasons, Shoe Carnival CEO and President Mark Lemond is retiring from the footwear and accessories company after 16 years leading it. The company's executive vice president and CFO, W. Kerry Jackson, will in addition become its chief operating officer, Shoe Carnival Inc. said Thursday. Shoe Carnival has 347 stores in 32 states.

  • ORLANDO, Fla.-- Timeshare company Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. reported a slim profit on higher revenue in the third quarter and raised its forecast for the year on strength in its North American operations.

  • DETROIT-- A federal judge in California has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the use of Albert Einstein's image in a magazine ad by General Motors. The Detroit News says the Hebrew University of Jerusalem filed the lawsuit against GM. Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/.

  • An Associated Press analysis of presidential campaign advertising data from April through last week found that pro-Romney spending has exceeded pro-Obama ad spending by at least $65 million across the nine states expected to decide the election: Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Wisconsin.

  • FOCHVILLE, South Africa-- Ernest Morake shook his head and laughed when he heard that South Africa's president wanted striking miners to return to work. In a speech on the state of the economy on Wednesday, Zuma said wildcat strikes were damaging South Africa's economy and asked striking miners to immediately return to work.

  • In a letter to Geron shareholders, BioTime suggests two deals that would form a new publicly traded company owning Geron's stem cell assets with some of BioTime's. It said Geron could have a stake of up to 45 percent in the company, which would also hold $40 million in BioTime stock along with shares of some BioTime stem cell subsidiaries.

  • FEELING LUCKY: The Chinese arm of MGM Resorts International signed a deal for a new $2.5 billion casino resort in Macau, the world's biggest gambling market. IN THE CHIPS: The company plans to build a casino resort that will include a five-star 1,600- room hotel, 500 gambling tables and 2,500 slot machines, MGM China said in a statement.

  • PARIS-- The burglars dashed out the back door with seven masterworks, then sped on screeching tires into the night. If the thieves who robbed Rotterdam's Kunsthal exhibition this week don't have a plan, the stolen art could quickly become a burden.

  • BOSTON-- Jason Aldean will be making history at one of baseball's most historic sites. Aldean will be the first country music star to play a concert at Fenway Park, the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox.