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  • Are mortgages turning a corner? Maybe, says BofA Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 11:05 AM ET

    Bank of America, the country's second-biggest bank, reported Wednesday that mortgage originations jumped over a year ago _ up 18 percent to $21 billion. Bank of America's chief financial officer was ambiguous when asked whether the housing market had turned, as JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, the country's two largest mortgage lenders, suggested last week.

  • Media General reports wider 3Q loss, revenue up Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.-- Television and digital media company Media General Inc. said Wednesday that its third-quarter net loss widened because of higher expenses, but revenue grew sharply thanks to an increase in political advertising and the Olympics. Media General owns 18 broadcast TV stations, including NBC and CBS network affiliates.

  • Dover reports 3Q profit up absent year-ago charge Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.-- Dover Corp.' s third-quarter net income rose 40 percent, helped by acquisitions and by the absence of a big loss tied to discontinued operations from a year ago. Dover earned $241 million, or $1.31 per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with $172.3 million, or 91 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Analysis: Romney, Obama ask voters: Trust me Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney teed up the last three weeks of the presidential election as a question of which man voters can trust to improve the economy. Obama, vastly more animated than in his first debate, accused Romney of misleading voters about his record on China, the U.S. auto industry and U.S. energy production.

  • News Summary: BofA's Merrill headache, refi boom Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:58 AM ET

    MERRILL LYNCH FALLOUT: Bank of America's third-quarter profits suffered after the bank agreed last month to settle a big shareholder lawsuit. REFINANCING BOOM: Mortgage originations rose over the year, echoing a trend this quarter that also helped JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo.

  • 5 dead in apparent arson-homicide at Denver bar Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:58 AM ET

    DENVER-- Five people were found dead in a neighborhood bar where a fire broke out around closing time early Wednesday, and police think the blaze was set to cover up their slayings. The fire at Fero's Bar& Grill was reported around closing time at 2 a.m., Police Chief Robert White said. They didn't perish in the fire, "police Commander Ronald Saunier said.

  • Springsteen presents charity honor to Van Zandt Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The night busted open in New York City as Bruce Springsteen and other Rock and Roll Hall of Famers helped Steven Van Zandt celebrate his Big Man of the Year award. "What a liar," Van Zandt retorted with a grin.

  • Wine gets in the spirit with new liquor blends Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:55 AM ET

    "Companies are going out of the box," observes Ted Carmon, spirits buyer for the BevMo! Bill Newlands, president of Beam Inc., which bought Pinnacle Vodka earlier this year, sees the intensely flavored Whipped as playing into a trend of consumers "whether it's an alcohol beverage or anything else, looking for more flavor reward."

  • Crowley's corrections highlight moderator role Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:55 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Candy Crowley's signature moment as moderator of Tuesday's rough-and-tumble presidential debate came when she was called upon to referee a dispute over President Barack Obama's description of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya as an act of terror.

  • Viewers riveted by feisty presidential debate Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    At the University of Cincinnati, 200 students were expected to turn out to watch the second debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. "It goes without saying that the knives were out," said Karim Aladmi, a 21- year-old international affairs major from Dayton, Ohio, who wore a suit and tie for the occasion.

  • Navistar names John Pope to board Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:50 AM ET

    LISLE, Ill.-- Heavy truck and engine company Navistar International Corp. said Wednesday that it named John Pope to its board. Pope's appointment and Harrison's retirement are effective immediately, keeping the total number of Navistar board members at 10, Navistar said.

  • News Summary: PepsiCo profit dips amid turnaround Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:50 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- THE NUMBERS: PepsiCo Inc.' s net income fell 5 percent in the third quarter, as the company spent more on marketing and was hit by higher costs for ingredients and unfavorable currency exchange rates.

  • *'Puppet March' planned in DC to defend PBS funding Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:49 AM ET
  • *Police investigating art heist probe tips Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:46 AM ET
  • Armed posse patrols timber land in sheriff's place Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    Instead, some folks in Josephine County, larger than the state of Rhode Island, are taking matters into their own hands _ mounting flashing lights on their trucks and strapping pistols to their hips to guard communities themselves. Others have put together a virtual neighborhood watch, using Facebook to share tips and information.

  • US crude oil supplies grow by 2.9 million barrels Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The nation's crude oil and gasoline supplies increased last week, the government said Wednesday. Crude inventories grew by 2.9 million barrels, or 0.8 percent, to 369.2 million barrels, which is 10.9 percent above year-ago levels, the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report.

  • *Prosecutors raid home of SKorean leader's brother Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:43 AM ET
  • Wanted: A few good recruits at American Airlines Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Wanted: A few good recruits for an airline that's seen better days. To replace some of its departing staff, American Airlines will hire 1,500 flight attendants starting next month, with training beginning in January.

  • Acadia Healthcare registers $200M stock sale Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    FRANKLIN, Tenn.-- With its shares trading around their highest prices in 15 years, Acadia Healthcare Co. on Wednesday registered an offering of up to $200 million in stock. Shares of Acadia have more than doubled in value in 2012, closing at $22.54 Tuesday after ending 2011 at $9.97. In morning trading Acadia Healthcare stock gained 7 cents to $22.61.

  • Cyprus: talks to seal bailout deal next week Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:36 AM ET

    NICOSIA, Cyprus-- Cyprus' finance minister says he expects the final round of talks with potential creditors on a bailout agreement to start next week. Vassos Shiarly said there's no specific date when officials from the so-called troika _ the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund _ will arrive here.