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  • Ill. powerbroker to be sentenced in shakedown plot Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:31 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- The final case to stem from the corruption investigation into imprisoned former Illinois Gov. William Cellini, 77, was convicted last year for his role in trying to get a $1.5 million campaign contribution for Blagojevich from the Oscar-winning producer of "Million Dollar Baby" in exchange for state business.

  • Devout Israeli Jews moving to Arab-Jewish cities Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:30 AM ET

    ACRE, Israel-- Orthodox Jewish Israelis, the driving force of the West Bank settlement movement, have begun to turn their attention inward to Israel itself, moving into Arab areas of mixed cities in an attempt to cement the Jewish presence there.

  • Hungary slot-machine ban bucks regional trend Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:30 AM ET

    Whatever the case, Hungary's decision to ban the ubiquitous slot machines seen in pubs, bars and parlors across the country goes against a gambling boom seen elsewhere in Eastern Europe, even as economic times get tougher.

  • Many watch debate; some are pleased, few are moved Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:29 AM ET

    "A guy like Romney should excite me," said Becker, 30, a Republican who manages real estate investments in Fairfield, a charming shoreline town on Connecticut's affluent "gold coast." That was before the 90- minute head-to-head matchup between Romney and President Barack Obama in Denver, their first of three debates before Election Day.

  • American Apparel September sales figure rises Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:28 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Clothing maker American Apparel Inc. said Thursday a key sales figure rose 15 percent in September, helped by online sales and fewer discounts.

  • Ex-Philippine president arrested in plunder case Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:27 AM ET

    MANILA, Philippines-- Police arrested former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Thursday and temporarily detained her in a hospital on corruption charges, in her third indictment and second detention since stepping down two years ago.

  • Chicago teachers vote to approve 3-year contract Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:26 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- Members of the Chicago Teachers Union overwhelmingly have approved a new three-year contract that includes pay increases and a new evaluation system, union officials announced late Wednesday.

  • *Immigration, '47 percent' absent in first debate Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:25 AM ET
  • *Mexico to destroy 2006, 2012 election ballots Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:24 AM ET
  • Report: Deutsche Bank drops unethical traders Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:23 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany-- German media report that Deutsche Bank AG has put at least five of its traders on indefinite leave as part of an effort to restore the company's ethical credibility. Deutsche Bank declined to comment on the report Thursday, citing ongoing legal proceedings.

  • Clothing retailer Cato says Sept. sales down 4 pct Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:22 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Cato Corp., a women's clothing store, said on Thursday that a key measure of September revenue fell 4 percent, and it said its third-quarter earnings will be at the low end of its guidance.

  • FACT CHECK: Presidential debate missteps Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:22 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth.

  • Urban relishes peacemaker role on 'Idol' Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- "American Idol" season 12 tapings are just getting under way and Keith Urban has already become more than just a judge: he's also the pacifier on the newly-minted panel. "We're all passionate people and we're learning a new dance and we're all a work in progress," said Urban Wednesday at the New York Film Festival gala honoring his wife, Nicole Kidman.

  • Md. governor releases report on electricity system Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:20 AM ET

    ANNAPOLIS, Md.-- A Maryland task force's recommendations to reduce prolonged power outages after powerful storms includes the possibility of adding $1 or $2 to residents' monthly electric bills to improve the state's electricity distribution system, Gov.

  • Draghi praises Spain's efforts to cut deficit Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:16 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany-- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is praising Spain's efforts to get its deficit under control and said conditions the country would need to meet to get help with its borrowing costs "don't need to be punitive."

  • Key revenue figure up 13 pct. at Tandy Leather Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:14 AM ET

    Tandy Leather Factory Inc. said Thursday fiscal third-quarter sales topped second-quarter sales for the first time in more than 10 years. All were counted in the closely watched figure for sales at locations open at least a year, and their revenue rose to $3.2 million, up from $2.8 million a year earlier.

  • Bon-Ton September revenue figure rises Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:14 AM ET

    YORK, Pa.-- Department store operator Bon-Ton Stores said Thursday that a key revenue figure rose 0.6 percent in September as it tightly managed its inventory and marketing efforts. Total revenue for the five weeks ended Sept. 29 rose 0.7 percent to $288.9 million.

  • Troubled Calif. nuke plant aims to restart reactor Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Eight months ago Southern California had a nuclear power plant that could generate enough electricity for 1.4 million homes. Southern California Edison sketched out a proposal Thursday under which its long-shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant might be stuck, perhaps permanently, in a sort of middle gear.

  • Ahead of the Bell: JetBlue Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- An analyst on Thursday cut his earnings estimates for JetBlue Airways Corp. because the price of fuel hasn't dropped as much as he expected after Labor Day. Sterne Agee analyst Jeffrey Kauffman cut his profit forecast for the New York airline's third quarter to 16 cents per share from a previous expectation of 22 cents per share.

  • Wall Street futures higher as retailers report Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:05 AM ET

    Dow futures are up 59 points to 13,485. The broader S&P 500 futures are up 8 points to 1,452.40. Investors are also awaiting news from the monthly policy meeting of the European Central Bank. Stocks across Europe were marginally higher ahead of ECB head Mario Draghi's news conference, which is being held in Slovenia, one of the euro's 17 countries.