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  • VIT supporters defend record running Va. ports Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:25 AM ET

    NORFOLK, Va.-- Virginia International Terminals Inc. defended its record as the operator for the Virginia Port Authority on Thursday, saying its past success is irrefutable. The state created Virginia International Terminals in 1983.. VIT promotes Virginia and Virginia only, "said Joseph Ruddy, executive vice president for Virginia International Terminals.

  • Romney shifts to center as his confidence grows Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is shifting sharply to the political center as he begins to deliver a closing argument aimed at a slice of moderate, undecided voters a month before Election Day.

  • SKorean torture film raises ghost of military past Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    BUSAN, South Korea-- A film based on the memoir of a democracy activist who was tortured in the 1980 s by South Korea's military rulers is provoking discussion about the country's not-so-distant authoritarian past and the influence it will have on this year's presidential election.

  • Broadway producer says he was fraud victim Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The psychological thriller "Rebecca" was a hit for author Daphne du Maurier and filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock.

  • Romney on '47 percent': I was 'completely wrong' Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    FISHERSVILLE, Va.-- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has described his disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes as "not elegantly stated." Now he's calling them "just completely wrong."

  • Drought keeps getting deeper across Minnesota Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- The drought keeps getting deeper across Minnesota. The driest parts of the state include several counties in northwestern Minnesota and several counties from southwestern to south-central Minnesota.

  • Arizona gasoline prices fall for 3rd week in row Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:18 AM ET

    PHOENIX-- Arizona motorists are paying less at the pump again this week. Tucson has the lowest average gasoline price in Arizona at $3.52 a gallon while Flagstaff has the highest at $3.88. South Carolina has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. at $3.49 a gallon with California having the highest at $4.31 a gallon.

  • Retail gasoline price falls 4 cents at Texas pumps Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    IRVING, Texas-- Regular unleaded gasoline prices in Texas have fallen by an average of 4 cents to $3.54 per gallon in the weekly AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch survey. The state's cheapest gasoline is found in Fort Worth, where the average price fell a nickel to $3.47 per gallon.

  • Film dramatizing bin Laden raid airing Nov. 4 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:16 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- A film dramatizing the death of Osama bin Laden is set to debut next month on the National Geographic Channel, two days before the presidential election. "Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden," from The Weinstein Co. and Voltage Pictures, will air Sunday, Nov. 4, the channel said Thursday.

  • Review: RI transit agency lacked fiscal oversight Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:16 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Financial oversight at the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority was so poor that the agency would pay bills without first checking to see if it could cover the expenses, a state police officer tapped to overhaul the troubled agency's operations said.

  • *Suit brought on behalf of boys seeking gay therapy Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:09 AM ET
  • *Romney claims Obama would raise taxes Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:08 AM ET
  • NXP Semiconductors narrows 3rd-quarter forecasts Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Dutch chip maker NXP Semiconductors is narrowing its third-quarter adjusted earnings and revenue forecasts. The company said Friday that it now anticipates adjusted earnings between 53 cents and 59 cents per share. Analysts expect third-quarter earnings of 56 cents per share, according to FactSet, with estimates ranging from 55 cents to 58 cents..

  • Vt. telecom firm gets $2M to expand wireless Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    Peter Shumlin said Thursday that cell telephone and data service in parts of rural Caledonia and Orange counties will improve, thanks to a $2 million federal grant to the telecommunications company VTel.

  • W.Va. regulators outline Century power rate plan Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:59 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Century Aluminum Co.' s shuttered West Virginia plant would pay a special electricity rate for up to 10 years if it reopens, but ultimately must cover its entire energy costs from that time, the state's utility regulator ruled Thursday.

  • Deeper cuts coming to LSU public hospitals Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:57 AM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.-- The LSU governing board backed a plan Thursday to deepen cuts to $152 million for the university-run public hospitals that care for the poor and uninsured, eliminating dozens of inpatient beds, clinic services and nearly 1,500 jobs.

  • New jobless number hold political significance Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:57 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama, reeling from a poor debate performance, won a valuable reprieve Friday with a reduced unemployment number in September that brought the jobless rate down to a level unseen since January 2009 when he took office.

  • Trade in top Greek banks halted after merger talk Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:51 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece-- Greek stock market authorities have temporarily suspended trading in the country's two biggest banks following press reports that they are in merger talks. Shortly before the decision, shares in top lender National Bank of Greece and its main domestic rival Eurobank were up 4.5 and 5.5 percent, respectively.

  • Mayor: 4,000 young men so far in NYC program Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:50 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Nearly 4,000 young people have participated in the first year of a sweeping effort to help young minority men in ways ranging from job internships to inmate education, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday.

  • Oil falls even after positive US jobs report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:48 AM ET

    Benchmark oil is now down $1.25 to $90.46 per barrel in New York. Traders are trying to gauge the strength of global oil demand while watching developments surrounding Syria in the Middle East. In London, Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, was down 8 cents to $112.50.