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  • PARSIPPANY, N.J.-- Wyndham Worldwide Corp. said Wednesday its third-quarter earnings fell 9 percent as the impact of a stronger dollar and higher costs overshadowed improving revenue. Taking out the effect of currency exchange, Wyndham said net income would have grown by 6 percent.

  • GEISMAR, La.-- BASF is building a formic acid production plant in Louisiana's Ascension Parish that will create 20 new jobs. Bobby Jindal and company executives were at the groundbreaking Tuesday, at the company's 2,600- acre complex in Geismar, which is home to nearly two dozen chemical plants.

  • Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said John Kot of Garwood operated multiple home improvement companies that in many cases performed shoddy work, failed to honor warranties or return consumer deposits for work not performed, and failed to obtain proper permits on several jobs.

  • *Vegas less powerful in casino world after Macau boom. With no full-time staff in Asia and a mission that includes nurturing an industry increasingly dependent on China- controlled Macau, the granddaddy of U.S. gambling regulators may ultimately prove powerless to police a global business of which Las Vegas is no longer the capital, industry veterans said.

  • PARSIPPANY, N.J.-- The Medicines Company reported a steep drop in third-quarter earnings Wednesday compared with the year-ago period, when the company's results were boosted by a large income tax benefit.

  • The national average for a gallon of gas has dropped 13 cents in the past week to $3.625. That's the biggest weekly decline since the 7- day period ended Nov. 28, 2008, according to Oil Price Information Services analyst Fred Rozell. Rozell says gas has averaged $3.65 so far this year, 10 cents above the record set in 2011..

  • NEW YORK-- Barnes& Noble Inc. said Tuesday that devices used by customers to swipe credit and debit cards have been tampered with in 63 of its stores in nine states. The stores are in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 23- Illinois has dug itself into such a huge financial hole that it may not be able to provide basic services to residents or meet employee benefit obligations, according to a national task force that is due to release a report about the state's finances.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- A panel of judges on Thursday will hear arguments that U.S. prosecutors should not have been able to play dozens of FBI wiretaps at the criminal trial of hedge fund tycoon Raj Rajaratnam, a closely watched appeal in one of the biggest insider-trading cases in a generation.

  • The Dow Jones industrial average posted its biggest point drop since June, shedding about 220 points, as large multinational companies including Dupont and United Technologies reported disappointing profits and earnings outlook.

  • NEWARK, N.J.-- IDT Corp., which provides telecommunications and financial services through its IDT Telecom unit, said Tuesday that it will suspend its quarterly dividend for a year and instead pay a special dividend, because of uncertainty over the federal tax treatment of dividends.

  • *DuPont drops sharply on results, UTX modestly lower. The latest string of disappointing results came from blue-chips DuPont and United Technologies, which operate around the world and in many industries. DuPont shares lost more than 8 percent, leading the Dow industrials lower.

  • TRENTON, N.J.-- Biotech drugmaker Amgen Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago, when a huge legal-reserve charge weighed down results. Amgen said its net income adjusted to exclude one-time items was $1.31 billion, or $1.67 per share, up from $1.28 billion, or $1.40 per share.

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  • ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- Wegmans Food Markets Inc. says it's recalling a brownie mix after reports from two consumers about allergic reactions to undeclared milk in the product.

  • TRENTON, N.J.-- The heads of the NCAA and the four major professional sports leagues will give depositions in a lawsuit that seeks to stop New Jersey from instituting sports gambling.

  • Nearly half of all robberies in San Francisco this year are cell phone-related, police say, and most occur on bustling transit lines. And, in nearby Oakland, City Council candidate Dan Kalb was robbed at gunpoint of his iPhone Wednesday after he attended a neighborhood anti-crime meeting.

  • In a story about athletes and corporate endorsements, The Associated Press erroneously described an endorsement by Gabrielle Douglas, the Olympic gymnast. Nike forgave Tiger Woods after he apologized for cheating on his wife.

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