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  • Group promotes vehicles that use alternative fuel Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:10 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C.-- A group that promotes the use of alternative fuels is taking part in an event at the University of South Carolina. National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey was created by a program of West Virginia University in 2002 and has been held every two years since.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Goldman lauds UnitedHealth deal Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:09 AM ET

    UnitedHealth's plan to buy a majority stake in a Brazilian health benefits and care provider makes sense for the U.S. health insurer, says a Goldman Sachs analyst, but the deal doesn't resolve uncertainty about the health care overhaul that is keeping investors away from the stock.

  • RI lottery paid $377M to state in last fiscal year Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:09 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- The Rhode Island Lottery contributed more than $377 million to the state in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The amount is $22.8 million more than the previous year. The lottery's operating expenses for the last fiscal year were $6.2 million.

  • Miami Beach hosts tourism to Africa summit Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:07 AM ET

    The Foundation for Democracy in Africa has collaborated with Miami International Airport for Wednesday's event in Miami Beach. The program includes an analysis of who is traveling to Africa, the role of African governments in tourism promotion as well as highlight travel agents and tour operators.

  • NY medical schools report 2,230 new enrollees Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:06 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York's 16 medical schools say they have enrolled 2,230 new students this fall, including the second class at Hofstra North Shore's program with 60 students culled from more than 5,000 applicants. Associated Medical Schools of New York, representing all 16 schools, says graduation rates in many of the four-year programs stand at 98 or 99 percent.

  • W.Va. pump prices rise 7.6 cents in a week Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:04 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The average price at the pump took a big jump in West Virginia this week to $3.90 a gallon. It makes the price of gas in West Virginia almost a dime higher than the national average. While lagging California's $4.67 a gallon average, some pumps in West Virginia are inching up to the $4- a-gallon mark.

  • Feds: Civil settlement with W.Va. health provider Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Federal prosecutors say an undisclosed settlement has been reached with an in-home health care provider and its owner who was accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $2 million from Medicaid.

  • Earnings Preview: Safeway reports 3Q Friday Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Safeway Inc. may give investors a glimpse of how the supermarket chain's new loyalty program for shoppers is impacting sales when it reports its third-quarter results Friday.

  • Spirit Airlines opening crew base at DFW airport Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    GRAPEVINE, Texas-- Spirit Airlines Inc. on Dec. 1 will open a flight attendant and pilot crew base at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as it expands operations in Texas. The low cost carrier also plans an open house in Dallas for potential flight attendants.

  • Homeland security probes unscreened bags in Hawaii Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:53 AM ET

    HONOLULU-- An investigation into why Honolulu International Airport security officers failed to screen some checked bags for explosives says the slip-up might not have happened if Transportation Security Administration supervisors did a better job of overseeing the officers.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Cummins Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Cummins Inc. tumbled ahead of Wednesday's market opening after the engine maker cut its revenue guidance for the year and announced plans to eliminate up to 1,500 jobs. The Columbus, Ind. company said late Tuesday that it now expects its 2012 revenue to total about $17 billion, down from its previous prediction of $18 billion.

  • Investors get 1st look at big FedEx cost cut plan Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:46 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Investors are driving up shares of FedEx Corp. after the world's second-largest package delivery company promised to boost profits by shedding jobs, aircraft and underused assets. FedEx plans to boost profit by $1.7 billion within three years. Express is where FedEx got its start in 1971, and is still the company's biggest segment by far.

  • 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.