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  • Illinois Q3 foreclosures up 31 percent over 2011 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    A report released Thursday by Irvine, Calif.- based RealtyTrac shows Illinois with 42,176 foreclosure filings from July through September. On a monthly basis, Illinois foreclosures dropped 20 percent in September compared to August. Arizona and California also have foreclosure rates higher than Illinois.

  • News Summary: Safeway's profitability slips in 3Q Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:14 AM ET

    THE BOTTOM LINE: Safeway Inc. said its net income rose 21 percent in the third quarter, boosted by the sale of its Genuardi's stores.

  • Realogy soars in 1st day of trading on NYSE Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of real estate services provider Realogy, whose brands include Century 21, Coldwell Banker and The Corcoran Group, soared more than 25 percent in their first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Realogy Holdings Corp. said its IPO of 40 million shares priced at $27 per share, at the high end of the projected range of $23 to $27 per share.

  • Nevada remains 5th in nation for foreclosure rate Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS-- Nevada's foreclosure rate remains fifth in the nation after big drops in activity compared with last year. RealtyTrac reports Thursday that Nevada's September foreclosure rate is down 19 percent from August and down more than 75 percent from the same time last year. That rate fell behind Florida, California, Illinois and Arizona.

  • ND tribe plans refinery construction in spring Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:07 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.-- The chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes says construction should start next spring on a $400 million oil refinery in North Dakota. It would be the first one built in the United States in more than 30 years. The U.S. Interior Department has agreed to put the refinery land into trust for the tribe's benefit.

  • Azerbaijan's leader assails BP over falling output Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:07 AM ET

    BAKU, Azerbaijan-- Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliev has criticized a consortium led by BP PLC for a slump in production at the Caspian Sea nation's main oil field. A spokesperson for BP Azerbaijan said the company is working together with Azerbaijan's state oil company to address production issues.

  • How US states fared on jobless claims, at a glance Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    Mississippi: Down 3,393, no reason given. Michigan: Down 2,639, no reason given. Florida: Down 1,972, due to fewer layoffs in agriculture, construction, and wholesale trade.

  • Wis. historical sites' revenue, attendance is up Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.-- Overall attendance and revenue is up at the Wisconsin Historical Society's 11 sites and museums in the state. Cheryl Sullivan, administrator of the society's Division of Museums and Historic Sites, said they were pleased given the economy and that July was the hottest month on record.

  • Stocks head higher, despite Europe worries Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- One piece of good news on jobs was enough Thursday on Wall Street. That one piece of good news was enough to help traders forget about a drumbeat of worrisome developments, like a widening U.S. trade deficit, higher unemployment in Greece and a ratings cut for Spain. `.

  • Safeway's profitability slips on launch of program Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Safeway Inc. said Thursday that its profit margin slipped in the third quarter as it spent money on launching a new customer loyalty program, an investment the supermarket operator said should drive sales going forward. The sale of Safeway's Genuardi's chain helped offset the declines and pushed the company's net income up 21 percent.

  • US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.39 pct. Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages ticked up from record lows last week. Cheaper mortgages are fueling a modest housing recovery that could help the broader economy. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30- year loan increased to 3.39 percent from 3.36 percent.

  • New Orleans Film Fest starts Thursday Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:59 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- The New Orleans Film Festival opens Thursday with a red carpet showing of the Louisiana- shot thriller "The Paperboy."

  • Amtrak, Downeaster trains set ridership records Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:59 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine-- Amtrak as well as its Downeaster passenger service between Maine and Boston have set new ridership records. Records were also set in other regions of the country, including New England.

  • Ga. labor dept. helps match job seekers, employers Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:57 AM ET

    ATLANTA-- The Georgia Department of Labor is teaming up with business and community leaders in two northwest Georgia counties to try to help job seekers get matched up with employers looking to fill vacant positions.

  • S&P revises Morocco's economic outlook to negative Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:56 AM ET

    RABAT, Morocco-- The Standard& Poor's rating agency on Thursday revised Morocco's outlook downward to negative from stable because of Europe's financial crisis, a high deficit and lagging reforms. Morocco sought help from the International Monetary Fund in August, winning a $6.2 billion precautionary credit line.

  • NJ eyes portable horse bets, lottery anonymity Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:56 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- New Jersey lawmakers are considering bills that would allow the use of portable betting devices at horse racing tracks, and allow lottery winners to remain anonymous for a year. A state Senate committee is due to consider a measure allowing betting on wireless devices at race tracks.

  • News Summary: US August trade deficit up to $44.2B Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    WIDER TRADE GAP: The U.S. trade deficit widened to $44.2 billion in August, up 4.1 percent from July and the biggest gap since May, as exports fell to the lowest level in six months. THE DETAILS: Exports dropped 1 percent to $181.3 billion, according to the Commerce Department.

  • US corn estimate lowered to reflect harvest yields Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:53 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday slightly lowered its projection for the nation's corn crop for a fourth straight month, reflecting worse-than-expected news about the actual impact of this year's withering drought from the farmers busy harvesting their fields.

  • Convenience store chain Susser's 3Q sales up Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:43 AM ET

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas-- Convenience store chain Susser Holdings Corp. anticipates that a key revenue trend rose more slowly in its recently ended third quarter. Susser, which runs about 550 Stripes shops in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, has opened 15 stores this year, expect to open 11 in the last three months of the year and has plans for 28 to 35 next year.

  • Thoratec promotes Taylor Harris to finance chief Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:34 AM ET

    PLEASANTON, Calif.-- Heart device maker Thoratec on Thursday said it promoted Taylor C. Harris to chief financial officer. Thoratec, based in Pleasanton, Calif., makes HeartMate pumps, which are used in patients who are waiting for a heart transplant or for those who are too sick to have heart transplant surgery.