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  • Civil war leaves Syrian economy, cities in ruins Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:58 PM ET

    BEIRUT-- In Syria's cities and towns, entire blocks of apartment buildings have been shattered, their top floors reduced to pancaked slabs of concrete. Although there are some pockets of Syria that have been relatively shielded from the conflict, the destruction in most of the country's major cities is staggering.

  • Orbotech lowers 2012 revenue guidance Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:51 PM ET

    Orbotech Ltd. lowered its full-year revenue forecast on Tuesday, saying the tough economy is pressuring its customers. Orbotech said that it expects to generate revenue of roughly $400 million for the year, down from its prior forecast of $430 million to $450 million.

  • Activists plan to sue Entergy over nuclear plant Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:50 PM ET

    The three activists, represented by Ecolaw, notified the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday of their intent to sue the plant's owner, New Orleans- based Entergy Corp. They say the Plymouth plant damaged the local ecology by discharging chemical pollution and water heated far above allowed standards.

  • *US pilots to be retried for Brazil airline crash Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:48 PM ET
  • News Summary: Gas prices in California inch higher Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:45 PM ET

    PRICEY FILL `ER UP: The average price of regular gas in California inched up to $4.671 a gallon, making it the highest in the nation for another day. WINTER COMING: Officials expect prices to fall after the governor ordered the release of a dirtier blend of gasoline to help slash record-high pump prices.

  • Activists plan to sue Mass. nuclear plant owner Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:40 PM ET

    The three activists, represented by Ecolaw, notified the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday of their intent to sue the plant's owner, New Orleans- based Entergy Corp. They say the Plymouth plant damaged the local ecology by discharging chemical pollution and water heated far above allowed standards.

  • Okla. general revenue receipts increase in Sept. Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:33 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY-- After a disappointing revenue report in August, Oklahoma finance officials are reporting collections to the state's general revenue fund returned to positive territory in September.

  • News Summary: Japan cars suddenly lemons in China Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:28 PM ET

    The islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, were already under Tokyo's control but are also claimed by Beijing. BAD ROAD TRIP: Toyota Motor Corp. said that sales of new vehicles in China dropped 48.9 percent in September from a year earlier.

  • Movers roundup: Questcor, Penn Virginia Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:16 PM ET

    Among the stock activity stories for Tuesday, Oct. 9, from AP Business News:. _ Shares of Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc., which had lost 60 percent of their value in the last four weeks, recovered some lost ground Tuesday after a Jefferies& Co. analyst upgraded the biopharmaceutical company's stock.

  • Mexican labor dispute weighs on Endeavour shares Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:15 PM ET

    Shares of Endeavour Silver Corp. fell Tuesday after the silver miner said that an "illegal work stoppage" was blocking access to some mines in Mexico.

  • *United Refining to buy Phillips 66 terminal Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:15 PM ET
  • News Summary: Island standoff hits Japan business Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    MAD: Economic shockwaves are striking Japan after it nationalized tiny, uninhabited islands, which were already under Tokyo's control but are also claimed by Beijing. The claim on the islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, set off violent protests in China, and a widespread call to boycott Japanese goods.

  • Movers roundup: Research In Motion, RadioShack Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    Among the stock activity stories for Tuesday, Oct. 9, from AP Business News:. _ Shares of Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the BlackBerry phones, fell after an analyst said the company's new operating system will launch later than he had expected.

  • News Summary: Little progress on European banks Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:10 PM ET

    LITTLE PROGRESS: Europe made little progress Tuesday in its efforts to secure the region's stricken financial system when finance ministers from the European Union failed to agree on how a single banking supervisor should be set up.

  • Hawaiian Airlines parent shares fall on outlook Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:04 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Increased competition on several key routes led Hawaiian Airlines Inc. to cut its third-quarter revenue expectations on Tuesday. The stock of its parent company, Hawaiian Holdings Inc., lost as much as 6 percent. Hawaiian started flying nonstop between New York and Honolulu in June.

  • Trinity upgraded on railcar and barge businesses Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- A Raymond James analyst upgraded shares of industrial manufacturer Trinity Industries Inc. on Tuesday, saying he expects better results for its inland barge and railcar businesses.

  • NBC regroups under Comcast with new cuts, spending Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:57 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- NBC slashes Jay Leno's "Tonight" pay in half, but forks out more than $8 billion to renew its broadcast rights to Sunday Night Football. Yes, according to observers, who say NBC is making the right moves by saving where it can and spending where it should under new owner Comcast Corp..

  • Feds seek full court review of cigarette warnings Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:49 PM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.-- The U.S. government is asking a federal appeals court to rehear a challenge to a Food and Drug Administration requirement that tobacco companies to put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages to show that smoking can disfigure and even kill people.

  • Judge pleased with RI foreclosure mediation Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:48 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A federal judge who appointed a special master to help mediate hundreds of foreclosure disputes in Rhode Island's courts said Tuesday he's "incredibly pleased" with the process so far, but is looking for ways to improve it.

  • Expansion planned for western Mo. biodiesel plant Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:48 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- A Kansas City biodiesel plant plans to expand, allowing it to increase production by 40 percent. The facility is a joint venture of Paseo and Cargill and is near the Paseo Bridge in Kansas City. Jay Nixon traveled to Kansas City for the announcement.