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  • GM sales rise 1.5 pct. on strong car performance Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:26 AM ET

    DETROIT-- General Motors says its U.S. sales rose 1.5 percent last month as a big jump in car sales was offset by falling truck sales. The company says new models boosted car sales by 29 percent. But sales of the Chevrolet Silverado, GM's top-selling vehicle, fell almost 17 percent from a year ago.

  • Minn. farmers make quick progress on harvest Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:25 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Minnesota farmers continue to make rapid progress on corn and soybean harvests, thanks to dry weather. According to the USDA's Minnesota crop-weather report, corn was 53 percent harvested as of Sunday. That's way ahead of last year's 5 percent, which is also the five-year average.

  • Ohio gambling survey gives pre-casino picture Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio-- As casinos begin to open around Ohio, Tom Leksan provides a cautionary tale.

  • Utah taking public comment on clean-air plans Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY-- Utah regulators called Monday for stricter controls on industrial emissions to reduce sooty pollution that typically settles in the heavily populated Wasatch Front for weeks in bowl-shaped valleys that trap smog. Regulators opened a month-long public comment period Monday on three sets of comprehensive clean-air plans for northern Utah.

  • NJ Senate advances bill on unemployment backlog Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:18 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- New Jersey would have to start paying unemployment to people who appeal denials but cannot get answers on them within eight weeks under a bill advanced Monday by a state Senate committee.

  • Md. LNG terminal fight heads to court Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    PRINCE FREDERICK, Md.-- Both sides asked a judge Monday to rule in their favor without trial in a fight over a proposal to build a multi-billion-dollar terminal in southern Maryland to export liquefied natural gas.

  • AIG: Gov't may subject firm to greater oversight Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The government is considering whether American International Group is large enough to threaten the broader financial system, a designation that would subject the bailed-out insurance giant to greater federal oversight.

  • US optimism buoys markets amid Spain bailout hopes Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:15 AM ET

    LONDON-- Hopes that the U.S. economy is past its recent soft patch combined with optimism over a Spanish bailout request to shore up financial markets Tuesday. The monthly manufacturing survey from the Institute for Supply Management on Monday pointed to an improvement.

  • Obama to designate Chavez home as nat'l monument Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama is designating the California home of labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument, a move likely to shore up support from Hispanic and progressive voters just five weeks before the election.

  • Vanguard switches to lower-cost fund benchmarks Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:13 AM ET

    BOSTON-- Vanguard Group is trying to bolster its appeal to cost-conscious investors by reducing a key expense of investing in low-cost index mutual funds: fees paid to firms that license benchmarks covering segments of the stock market that the funds track.

  • Eccentric billionaire likely to lead country Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:13 AM ET

    Bidzina Ivanishvili, a onetime barefoot village boy turned eccentric billionaire philanthropist, is poised to become the new leader of Georgia, a strategic South Caucasus country that lives in the shadows of giant neighbor Russia.

  • Cooper-Standard names Jeffrey Edwards as new CEO Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:12 AM ET

    NOVI, Mich.-- Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. on Tuesday named Jeffrey Edwards as the next president and chief executive of the company and its main operating subsidiary. The Novi, Mich.- based auto parts company said that Edwards will succeed James McElya, its current president and CEO, when McElya retires on Oct. 15..

  • Fifth & Pacific falls after year guidance cut Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:12 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Fifth& Pacific slid Tuesday after the clothing maker cut its guidance due to weak sales of Juicy Couture. THE SPARK: Fifth& Pacific Cos. lowered its profit outlook for the year late on Monday.

  • *Christine Ebersole cast in 'Wolf of Wall Street' Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:12 AM ET
  • Video shows US journalist held in Syria Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    BEIRUT-- An American freelance journalist who has been missing in Syria since mid-August has been shown in a video clip posted online, blindfolded and saying "Oh, Jesus" in a frightened voice in the custody of armed men. Tice, a 31- year-old former Marine, had been reporting on Syria's civil war for The Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers and others.

  • Summary Box: Overhaul gives insurers growth chance Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    That equals $55 billion in premiums for insurers. Those totals may rise to 29 million people and $205 billion in premiums by 2021.. A CONDITION: PwC says growth may vary depending on whether states expand their Medicaid programs, which provide coverage for the needy and disabled.

  • PVH boosts 3Q, full-year earnings forecasts Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:01 AM ET

    The company said Tuesday that Tommy Hilfiger is doing particularly well in North America and that its planned turnaround of the Heritage Brands wholesale businesses is going better than expected. For the third quarter, PVH Corp. now anticipates adjusted earnings of $2.28 to $2.30 per share.

  • Acuity 4Q results fall short of Wall Street's view Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 9:59 AM ET

    ATLANTA-- Acuity Brands' fiscal fourth-quarter net income fell 3 percent, pulled down by a charge and expenses related to a plant closing. The lighting maker, which sells lights under brands including Holophane, Gotham and Synergy Lighting Controls, earned $33.3 million, or 78 cents per share, for the three months ended Aug. 31.

  • Ford's US sales flat in September Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 9:57 AM ET

    DETROIT-- Ford Motor Co. says its U.S. sales were flat in September as increases in sales of cars and SUVs were weighed down by lower truck sales. Ford's truck sales fell 7.6 percent, largely because of the discontinuation of the Ranger small pickup. The Ranger was a strong seller last September.

  • *Tel Aviv-bound jet makes emergency landing Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 9:49 AM ET