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  • EPA signs eastern Idaho Superfund cleanup plan Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:31 AM ET

    BOISE, Idaho-- Federal regulators signed documents on Tuesday outlining an interim cleanup plan for a polluted southeastern Idaho Superfund site they say will cost $57 million and take up to five years to complete.

  • *Monsanto 4th-quarter loss widens Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:29 AM ET
  • Ahead of the Bell: Marriott International Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:28 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Marriott International Inc. will give investors a first look at how the hotel industry weathered a tough summer when it reports earnings for the third quarter after the market closes. Still, observers think Marriott will be able to keep its vow to improve earnings, because it's still been able to raise prices.

  • Tenn: Meningitis outbreak prompts investigation Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:18 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Tennessee and federal health experts are investigating an outbreak of meningitis that infected 14 people who received steroid injections, killing two of them, the state's chief medical officer said Tuesday. David Reagan, chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, said the latest two cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours.

  • *Plea: Customs agent let convict relative into US Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:17 AM ET
  • US stock futures slightly higher Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:12 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- U.S. stock futures are up slightly after a private survey found businesses hired fewer workers in September than in August. In the last half-hour before trading, Dow Jones industrial average futures are up 13 points at 13,424. Standard& Poor's 500 index futures are up two at 1,442. Nasdaq futures are up six.

  • US begins flying home deported Mexicans Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:12 AM ET

    SAN DIEGO-- The U.S. government began flying Mexican deportees home on Tuesday in a two-month experiment aimed at relieving Mexican border cities overwhelmed by large numbers of people ordered to leave the United States, some who fall prey to criminal gangs.

  • Ryan says more jobs mean more people paying taxes Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:11 AM ET

    CLINTON, Iowa-- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Tuesday that he and running mate Mitt Romney would help more Americans find jobs so that they can pay taxes, offering a defense of Romney's remark that nearly half the country doesn't pay federal income taxes and supports President Barack Obama.

  • New Zealand bars Mike Tyson as tour debacle looms Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:10 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand-- New Zealand canceled a visa for Mike Tyson on Wednesday because of his rape conviction, saying it reversed its earlier approval because a charity that would have benefited from his appearance says it wants nothing to do with the former heavyweight boxing champion.

  • Biden: Middle class 'buried' the last 4 years Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:08 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the middle class has been "buried" during the past four years, a statement that Republicans immediately seized upon as an unwitting indictment of the Obama administration.

  • *NBC gives full-season pickups to 3 new series Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:06 AM ET
  • T-Mobile USA to merge with MetroPCS Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:06 AM ET

    BERLIN-- The parent company of T-Mobile USA says it is merging its cell phone business with MetroPCS Communications. MetroPCS's shareholders will have the remaining stake and receive a payment of about $1.5 billion.

  • Baby bust continues: US births down for 4th year Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children. But there may be a silver lining: The decline in 2011 was just 1 percent _ not as sharp a fall-off as the 2 to 3 percent drop seen in other recent years.

  • Day: 'Twilight' fans migrating to erotic romance Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Best-selling novelist Sylvia Day says sales of her "Crossfire" series and other erotic romance novels are on the rise in part because of maturing fans of the "Twilight Saga" young adult romance books.

  • Pearson chief executive to step down Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:00 AM ET

    LONDON-- Pearson PLC, the U.K. publisher and education company, said Wednesday that chief executive Marjorie Scardino has decided to step down.

  • *UN agency to stop calculating Chile poverty stats Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:59 AM ET
  • Labor standoffs silence orchestras in Minn., Ind. Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- The Minnesota Orchestra was called the world's greatest not long ago, welcome recognition for musicians based outside a top cultural center. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra has already cancelled concerts through Nov. 25 as negotiators argue over a proposal to trim the performers' average salary by $46,000 a year.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Best Buy rises Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Best Buy Co.' s shares ticked higher in premarket trading after a report said its founder and former chairman Richard Schulze is making some headway with his potential buyout offer of the electronics retailer.

  • Carlyle Group acquires 55 pct stake in Vermillion Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:54 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Carlyle Group said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy a 55 percent stake in Vermillion Asset Management. The units will be exchangeable one-for-one on a private placement basis for Carlyle Group common units, the company said. Carlyle Group shares closed at $25.64 per share on Tuesday.

  • South Africa to host $8.5M golf event in 2013 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:54 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG-- South Africa will host the second richest tournament in golf in 2013, but it won't have the World Golf Championship status initially promised by the country's national tour. Organizers say the Tournament of Hope, with total prize money of $8.5 million, will be staged in South Africa for 10 years.