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  • 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.

  • Cuba closes hospitals amid health reorganization Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    HAVANA-- Cuba shuttered hundreds of medical facilities last year, including 54 hospitals, as the country reorganizes its health care sector. Cuba is proud of the universal, free health system installed after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, but his younger brother and successor Raul Castro has stressed that medical care must be more efficient and less wasteful.

  • News Summary: New book dissects Netflix's history Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    NEW TAKE ON NETFLIX: A new book about Netflix Inc. provides the most comprehensive look yet at the video subscription service that has revolutionized home entertainment during the past decade.

  • *Landmark Rome Embassy to be restored Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:13 PM ET
  • McCaskill hits Akin with ads featuring raped women Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    Claire McCaskill took aim Wednesday at Republican challenger Todd Akin with a new series of TV ads featuring rape survivors outraged by Akin's remark about "legitimate rape" and his opposition to emergency contraception.

  • Monster shares fall after analyst downgrade Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Monster Beverage Corp. fell Wednesday after a Stifel Nicolaus analyst lowered his rating on the energy drink maker, citing slowing sales growth and regulatory risks.

  • Bieber anti-cyberbullying video ends NY legal case Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:09 PM ET

    MINEOLA, N.Y.-- Justin Bieber appears in a new anti-cyberbullying video released Wednesday by a New York prosecutor as part of a plea deal resolving misdemeanor charges against one the pop star's managers and a record executive, stemming from a mall fan frenzy in 2009..

  • Chef Barber's quest for flavor may prickle purists Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:08 PM ET

    PARIS-- He fires up the succulent pork over gnarled, carbonated pig bones, grows sweet greens in a soil mixed with pumice left over by the hazelnut oil industry and he's creating a new kind of wheat, named after himself _ Barber. But Dan Barber, the prize-winning American chef, insists he's not an ecologist who likes to cook.

  • Correction: iTunes-Music-Top 10 story Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:08 PM ET

    In a story Oct. 9 about the iTunes-Music-Top 10 list, The Associated Press reported erroneously the No. 3 song. iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending Oct. 8, 2012. 6. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor Swift.

  • *News Summary: Exit from stock mutual funds in Sept Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:08 PM ET
  • Shaun White's vandalism case delayed in Tenn. Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:05 PM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- A Nashville judge has delayed a public intoxication and vandalism case against two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. The 26- year-old snowboarder was accused of pulling the fire alarm and destroying a phone at a Nashville hotel.

  • Fed survey: Most US regions show moderate growth Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Nearly all regions of the United States are reporting that stronger housing markets have helped boost economic growth since the middle of August, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve. The Fed says growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts, while leveling off in one region and slowing in another.

  • California gas prices see small drop Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:02 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- California gas prices dipped slightly Wednesday after surging more than 40 cents a gallon in the past week. The weeklong spike was the largest, single-state weekly increase since Hurricane Katrina, and the highest weekly increase in California history, AAA spokesman Avery Ash said.