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  • Rice seller Amira climbs in 1st day on NYSE Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:12 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of basmati rice seller Amira are rising in their first day of trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange after the company raised $90 million in an initial public stock offering. Amira Nature Foods Ltd., which is based in the United Arab Emirates, sells packaged rice grown in India in more than 40 countries.

  • Valiant Comics launch 1st 'event' story line Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    Turns out Aric is not exactly happy to find himself returned to Earth some 1,600 years later, his beloved dead, his people gone and his goal of sacking the city of Rome forever out of his reach.

  • Yum Brands upbeat about China division Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:08 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- The owner of the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC chains predicted Wednesday its fast-growing China business will serve up another round of strong profit growth next year despite a slowing economy in its most important overseas market.

  • Greek unions call another general strike Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:08 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece-- Greece's main labor unions have called a general strike for Oct. 18, the day of a European Union summit and a month after a similar strike saw tens of thousands demonstrate and violent clashes break out with police. Without the money, Greece would run out of funds next month.

  • Mike Tyson gets Australian visa after NZ rejection Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:07 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand-- Australia granted Mike Tyson a visa Wednesday, one week after New Zealand barred the former heavyweight boxing champion from entering that country due to his 1992 rape conviction.

  • US wholesale stockpiles grew 0.5 percent in August Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- U.S. wholesalers increased their stockpiles in August and their sales rose for the first time in four months. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that wholesale stockpiles grew 0.5 percent in August after a 0.6 percent increase in July.

  • France, Spain: Europe must meet promises in crisis Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:07 AM ET

    PARIS-- French and Spanish leaders say that the 17- country eurozone has all the tools it needs to solve its debt crisis and just needs to put its promises into action.

  • Jamaica Parliament honors former PM Edward Seaga Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    KINGSTON, Jamaica-- The two houses of Jamaica's Parliament held a special joint sitting Tuesday to honor former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, a major player in national politics for decades and the only survivor of the leaders who drafted the constitution when the Caribbean island gained independence from Britain in 1962..

  • Heating costs to rise this winter as cold returns Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Americans will pay more to heat their homes this winter as they feel something they didn't feel much of last year: cold. But customers will have to use more energy to keep warm than they did a year ago, according to the annual Winter Fuels Outlook from the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration.

  • Political objections derail European defense deal Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    LONDON-- A deal to create a European defense and aerospace giant to rival Boeing Co. collapsed Wednesday when BAE Systems and EADS NV called off merger talks in the face of government objections.

  • Feds: Man at LA airport had weapons, smoke grenade Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:59 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- A man arrested at Los Angeles International Airport wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-resistant pants is not cooperating with federal officials working to discover why he was headed to Boston with a suitcase full of weapons, authorities say.

  • NJ's Homestead credit deadline extended Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:57 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- New Jersey homeowners will have more time to apply for property tax credits, but they'll get them later than originally planned. The state on Tuesday announced that it would extend the deadline for applying for Homestead credits to Dec. 14 from Oct. 19. The Treasury Department says the change will allow more people to apply.

  • Vestas laying off 75 more workers in Colorado Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:57 AM ET

    DENVER-- Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems is laying off 75 workers at its blade factory in Brighton, Colo.. The announcement on Tuesday comes after the company cut 30 jobs in Brighton and 90 at its tower factory in Pueblo.

  • Romney promises no abortion legislation Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:56 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- Wading into an explosive social issue, Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday said he would not pursue any abortion-related legislation if elected president. "There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda," he told the Des Moines Register in an interview posted on the newspaper's website.

  • California gas prices finally begin to fall Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- California gas prices finally have begun to fall after a month that saw them surging by nearly 50 cents a gallon _ but a continuing refinery shutdown may keep supplies short. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report says the average price of regular Wednesday is less than $4.67 a gallon, down a half-cent from Tuesday.

  • AP skips W.Va. debate due to media restrictions Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The Associated Press decided not to cover the West Virginia gubernatorial debate Tuesday because of restrictions placed on media coverage by its organizers.

  • Beach Boys' Wilson: Band dustup 'bummed me out' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:50 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Brian Wilson says he felt blindsided by a news release from his Beach Boys band mate Mike Love that ended the good vibrations on the band's 50th anniversary tour. Wilson answered Mike Love's recent explanation in The Los Angeles Times with a response in the newspaper Tuesday.

  • Political objections scupper European defense deal Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:43 AM ET

    LONDON-- A deal to create a European defense and aerospace giant to rival Boeing Co. collapsed Wednesday when Britain's BAE Systems and EADS NV called off their merger discussions. The proposed merger between BAE and Franco-German EADS, the parent of Airbus, would have created a company, with a market value just shy of Boeing's.

  • Cypress completes initial Ramtron tender offer Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:39 AM ET

    SAN JOSE, Calif.-- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. said Wednesday that it completed its initial tender offer for shares of chipmaker Ramtron International Corp.. Cypress agreed to buy Colorado Springs, Colo.- based Ramtron in September for $3.10 per share, or a total of about $109.8 million, after lower bids were rebuffed by the company's board.

  • Brazil: Majority of top court convicts ex-top aide Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:38 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO-- The one-time right-hand-man of popular former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was found guilty on a corruption charge by a majority of 10 Supreme Court justices Tuesday, who ruled he orchestrated a widespread cash-for-votes scheme that came to light seven years ago.