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  • Plan would give EU more say over country budgets Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:22 AM ET

    BRUSSELS-- The 17 countries that use the euro would have to enter into contracts with the European Union that would bind them to implement specific economic policies and reforms, under proposals that would amount to a significant increase in power for the central EU government.

  • RPM fiscal 1Q profit tumbles on charges Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    MEDINA, Ohio-- RPM International Inc. said Wednesday its fiscal first-quarter net income fell by more than half, hurt by hefty charges mostly related to a drop in value of assets in India.

  • US service firms grow at fastest pace in 6 months Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- U.S. service companies grew in September at the fastest pace in six months, helped by a sharp increase in customer demand. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its index of non-manufacturing activity rose to 55.1, up from 53.7 in August.

  • T-Mobile USA set to merge with MetroPCS Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    BERLIN-- Struggling cellphone companies T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Communications are set to merge, in a deal that will create an operator with more than 40 million subscribers.

  • Venezuela to play Nigeria in Miami soccer friendly Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    MIAMI-- Soccer will come to the Miami Marlins' new ballpark for the first time Nov. 14 when Venezuela plays Nigeria in an international friendly. The game, announced Tuesday by Marlins officials, is one of many non-baseball events planned at the ballpark, which opened this year.

  • Wis. anchor: Viewer criticizing weight a 'bully' Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE-- Jennifer Livingston has always rebuffed personal attacks, so when the Wisconsin television anchorwoman got an email from a viewer criticizing her weight, she thought nothing of it. Livingston took the airways Tuesday to respond to the email during a 4- minute segment on WKBT-TV in La Crosse, calling the writer a bully.

  • *Eatery made famous by R.E.M. album hits hard times Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:05 AM ET
  • *ABBA museum to open in Sweden Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET
  • Albarn, Gilliam back plan to make opera accessible Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    LONDON-- A Python and the founder of Gorillaz are trying to help opera shed its stuffy image. Monty Python's Terry Gilliam and Blur and Gorillaz singer Damon Albarn are supporting a plan by the English National Opera to entice new and younger audience members with the promise of casual clothes, cheap tickets and cocktails.

  • *Malawi: President Joyce Banda cuts own salary Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:02 AM ET
  • *Basketball great Bill Walton has a book deal Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:01 AM ET
  • *Teachers union to count ballots on new contract Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET
  • Miss. contractor faces up to $117K in safety fines Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:55 AM ET

    OSHA standards mandate that all excavations 5 feet or deeper be protected against collapse, typically with a shield or by sloping or benching the soil.

  • Fla. regulators Citizens' rate increases Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida businesses and homeowners doing business with state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will see double-digit premium increases in most cases early next year. The Office of Insurance Regulation on Tuesday approved a 10.8 percent increase on homeowners' policies and an 8.8 percent increase on dwelling fire rates.

  • Outside money fills airwaves in tight Senate races Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS-- Campaign cash from outside political groups is flooding into conservative states with close Senate races like Indiana, Arizona and Montana, where residents are more accustomed to local news promos between football games than the relentless, often snarky attack ads.

  • Afghan, NKorean films on display at Asian festival Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea-- Along with the now inevitable galaxy of stars promoting blockbusters from across Asia, this year's Busan International Film Festival will screen a North Korean film for the first time in almost a decade as well as six classic Afghan movies that were hidden in a wall to save them from the Taliban.

  • Ohio jobs-agency boss leaving for private sector Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    John Kasich for a dollar to help jump-start Ohio's job-creation efforts is leaving his state management job and returning to the private sector. Mark Kvamme will resign as president and interim chief investment officer of JobsOhio effective Nov. 1, board Chairman Jim Boland announced Tuesday.

  • 2 killed in blasts in eastern Lebanon Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:48 AM ET

    BEIRUT-- At least three explosions ripped through a house in a Hezbollah stronghold in eastern Lebanon on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding two others, a senior Lebanese security official said. Soldiers and Hezbollah members cordoned off the area, blocking access to journalists.

  • Stocks open mostly higher on Wall Street Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Stocks are mostly higher in early trading on Wall Street after a measure of private sector hiring came in better than analysts were expecting. The Standard& Poor's 500 index rose two points to 1,447 shortly after the opening bell Wednesday. The Nasdaq composite rose 10 points to 3,129..

  • Warm spring, late freeze crimps Mass. apple crop Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    BOSTON-- Phil Rymsha is turning away apple pickers and cider lovers from his northern Massachusetts orchard this fall because there simply aren't enough apples on his trees.