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  • News Summary: Ford Escape inquiry Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    THE INQUIRY: U.S. safety regulators are looking into problems with sticky throttles in older Ford Escapes, another safety issue for the trouble-plagued small SUV. If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decides to open a formal investigation, it could lead to a recall.

  • News Summary: Stocks mixed on Friday Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:52 PM ET

    DOW MILESTONE: The Dow's close at 13,610.15 was its highest since December 2007. It's still short of its all-time high of 14,164.53 reached in October 2007. WHAT'S NEXT: Third-quarter corporate earnings start with Alcoa on Tuesday.

  • Judge: DC Metro must allow anti-jihad ads Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A federal judge says the D.C. transit system must allow a pro- Israel ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages. District Judge Rosemary Collyer said in a one-page opinion Friday that the advertisement must be displayed no later than 5 p.m. on Monday.

  • FDA fights Web pharmacies selling unapproved drugs Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:44 PM ET

    The FDA has sent warning letters to three companies behind most of the 4,100 websites it identified as illegally selling potentially dangerous, unapproved drugs. "This is a first step," said FDA spokeswoman Sarah Clark-Lynn. " According to the FDA one business, called CanadaDrugs.com, operates 3,710 of the targeted websites.

  • Agreement in place to settle mine pollution case Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:41 PM ET

    Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd still has to approve the deal that requires ICG to pay $575,000 in penalties. Under the agreement, ICG would pay $335,000 to the PRIDE environmental initiative to help stop Kentucky residents from piping sewage directly into streams and $240,000 to the Department for Natural Resources to pay for a water study.

  • News Summary: Hyundai Veloster investigation Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:26 PM ET

    THE INVESTIGATION: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating complaints that sunroofs on the Hyundai Veloster can shatter and shower people in the car with glass. THE MODEL: The probe covers about 18,000 of the funky hatchbacks from the 2012 model year.

  • News Summary: Can stocks rise as earnings fall? Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:25 PM ET

    RISING STOCKS, FALLING PROFITS: Stocks are up sharply, despite an expected 1.3 percent fall in third-quarter earnings for companies in the Standard& Poor's 500.. TRIPLE WHAMMY: Corporate earnings are getting hit by slowing economic growth at home and abroad.

  • Can stocks continue to rise as earnings fall? Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:23 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- One type of investor buys stocks when everyone is convinced that corporate earnings will fall. He buys because he thinks they're wrong and earnings will rise instead. Barclays Capital stock strategist Barry Knapp said Thursday, as the Standard& Poor's 500 inched higher yet again. "

  • Montreal off NASCAR's 2013 Nationwide schedule Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:19 PM ET

    NASCAR will not race in Montreal next season after the promoter pulled the plug on the six-year relationship when he couldn't secure a premiere Sprint Cup Series event.

  • Madoff fraud's last days recounted in NYC document Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- In December 2008, two of Bernard Madoff's most loyal employees met on a Manhattan street corner and fretted over a closely held secret that the rest of the world would learn about eight days later: that their boss was a con man for the ages.

  • At a glance: Oil falls after US job report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:18 PM ET

    On the New York Mercantile Exchange:. _ Benchmark oil closed down $1.83 to $89.88 per barrel. On the ICE Futures Exchange in London:.

  • High court to hear farmer, Monsanto seed dispute Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:17 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a dispute between a soybean farmer and Monsanto Co. over the company's efforts to limit farmers' use of its patented, genetically engineered Roundup Ready seeds.

  • EPA appeals court ruling on pollution rule Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:14 PM ET

    A divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said in August the Environmental Protection Agency's cross-state air pollution rule exceeded EPA's authority. The EPA asked the entire appeals court Friday to reconsider the case.

  • Undiscovered places highlights of tourist campaign Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:14 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, S.C.-- Tourism officials want to attract visitors to what they're calling undiscovered South Carolina _ rural areas away from such well-known tourist destinations as Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head.

  • European leaders call for banking supervision Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:14 PM ET

    VALLETTA, Malta-- Leaders of five European countries have agreed that the European Union must pave the way towards a single European banking supervision system to be operational by January.

  • Ex-Iowa businessman admits to $1.1M Ponzi scheme Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:12 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- An Ottumwa, Iowa investment manager is likely heading to prison after pleading guilty to charges of wire fraud and tax evasion stemming from a $1.1 million Ponzi scheme. John Francis Holtsinger pleaded guilty Friday during a hearing in federal court in Des Moines as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

  • ViSalus appoints Rich Riley to board Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:08 PM ET

    TROY, Mich.-- ViSalus, Blyth Inc.' s weight loss, energy drink and nutritional supplement business, said Friday that it has named Yahoo executive Rich Riley to its board. ViSalus had meant to go public, but withdrew its initial public stock offering at the end of September, citing uncertain market conditions.

  • Commodities futures prices fall broadly Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:04 PM ET

    Gold for December delivery gave up $15.70 to $1,780.80 an ounce. Coffee prices slumped 4 percent, giving up 6.95 cents to settle at $1.6810 per pound. Jack Scoville, vice president Price Futures Group, said he was seeing widespread selling from speculative investors, but relatively little from producers.

  • National Bank of Greece calls for Eurobank merger Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:01 PM ET

    ATHENS, Greece-- National Bank of Greece, the debt-crippled country's biggest lender by assets, on Friday announced a public offer to merge with its largest domestic competitor, Eurobank.

  • Ark. property owners sue over drilling waste wells Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:59 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- A group of residents in Independence and Faulkner counties are suing three natural gas drilling companies, claiming that waste fluids are improperly being pumped underneath land the companies don't own or lease. Houston- based Southwestern Energy Co. was the only company named in the original version of the suit, which was filed in August.