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  • Wash. liquor sales show continued strength Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:43 AM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.-- Washington liquor sales are showing signs of continued strength after the state moved to a privatized system. Washington voters approved the privatization shift last year, and private liquor sales began in June.

  • Czech gov't wants cap on public debt Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:41 AM ET

    PRAGUE-- The Czech government has proposed a constitutional amendment that aims to put a limit to public debt. Prime Minister Petr Necas says the amendment would cap debt at 60 percent of GDP.

  • Arkansas lawmakers begin budget hearings Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:41 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Arkansas lawmakers began work Tuesday on crafting the state's budget for next year, nearing an election that could flip party control of the Legislature and amid unanswered questions about funding needs for schools and Medicaid.

  • *Helen of Troy 2Q profit falls, cuts 2013 outlook Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:40 AM ET
  • AAA: Utah gas prices drop slightly Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:34 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY-- Gas prices are going down in Utah, just as they are in 30 other states. AAA reports Tuesday that the average price of gas in Utah is $3.75 per gallon. Prices in Ogden and Salt Lake City are the lowest in the state at $3.71 per gallon, while prices in Moab and St. George are the highest at $3.86 per gallon.

  • Belfonte recalls some ice cream with peanut butter Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- Belfonte Ice Cream is recalling two types of ice cream that contain peanut butter because of the potential of salmonella contamination. The ice cream was sold between April 2010 and October 2012 in retail and convenience stores in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

  • Sept. Tenn. tax collections show marginal growth Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:32 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Tennessee's tax collections have shown marginal growth in the second month of the budget year. Sales tax collections were $2.2 million less than the estimate for September, where combined franchise and excise taxes were $54.9 million above the budgeted estimate of $254.2 million.

  • Northern NV gas prices shoot up along with Calif. Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS-- Nevada's average gas price is $3.93 per gallon after northern city prices shot up in line with California and southern cities trailed far behind. AAA says Tuesday that some northern Nevada metropolitan areas supplied by California saw their fuel prices jump 24 cents in a single week.

  • Becton Dickinson CFO to go, temporary exec named Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.-- Medical device maker Becton Dickinson& Co. says Chief Financial Officer David Elkins is leaving for another job, and named one of its executives as a temporary CFO while it searches for a replacement. Elkins, 44, has been with the Franklin Lakes, N.J., company since 2008. He will leave after Becton Dickinson reports financial results on Nov. 7.

  • Activists in 28-hour protest at Swedish nuke site Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:26 AM ET

    Greenpeace said two other protesters were still hiding at another plant on the eastern coast. Fifty others scaled the outer fences of the Forsmark reactor site, Greenpeace said. "We still have two guys at the Forsmark site who have not been found," Greenpeace spokeswoman Birgitte Lesanner said. "

  • Casino wagers in Ohio drop 5 percent in September Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:26 AM ET

    The Ohio Casino Control Commission reported Tuesday that combined wagers in September at casinos in Cleveland and Toledo were $331.8 million, down 5 percent from August's $349.6 million. Wagers dropped 9 percent in September at the Toledo casino to $152.9 million and dipped 1.5 percent in Cleveland to $178.7 million.

  • Minn. corn, soybean harvests outpace 2011 Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:25 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Minnesota's corn and soybean harvests are advancing well ahead of last year's pace as well as the five-year averages. In its weekly crop progress report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that 95 percent of Minnesota's soybean crop was harvested by Sunday, compared with 69 percent last year and a 55 percent average.

  • US futures mixed as earnings season begins Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:25 AM ET

    Stocks are under pressure due to a forecast from the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday, which said that the global economy continues to weaken and that the recession in Europe could extend to developing nations. Shares of Alcoa are lower Wednesday after the aluminum maker cut its demand expectations for the year, largely because of a slowdown in China.

  • Italy cuts income tax to ease austerity pain Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:12 AM ET

    ROME-- Italian Premier Mario Monti's government has announced a cut in income taxes for low wage earners, an unexpected move aimed at easing the pain of austerity measures being enforced to reduce public debt.

  • *Spirit Airlines opening crew base at DFW airport Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:09 AM ET
  • Proposed BAE-EADS merger called off Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:09 AM ET

    LONDON-- British defense contractor BAE Systems PLC and its European counterpart EADS NV on Wednesday abandoned a proposed merger that would have created a global defense and aerospace giant.

  • *True Religion considering a possible sale Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 7:45 AM ET
  • Toshiba raises stake in Westinghouse Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 7:34 AM ET

    TOKYO-- Toshiba Corp. is raising its stake in U.S. nuclear power unit Westinghouse Electric despite uncertainty about the future of the technology in Japan after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima.

  • Airline passenger charged in Houston heroin case Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 7:24 AM ET

    HOUSTON-- An airline passenger who says she's a law school student from Mexico has been arrested in a Texas heroin smuggling case. Federal prosecutors in Houston on Tuesday announced the arrest of 21- year-old Yessica Chanel Cabanillas-Torres, who remains in custody pending a detention hearing.

  • Host Hotels & Resorts 3Q FFO improves, rates climb Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 7:20 AM ET

    BETHESDA, Md.-- Room rates continued to climb during Host Hotels& Resorts' third quarter and occupancy improved as the lodging real estate investment trust's funds from operations climbed 12 percent. Funds from operations rose to $127 million, or 17 cents per share, for the period ended Sept. 7.