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  • Neb. corn and soybean harvest well ahead of normal Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:58 PM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.-- Nebraska's corn and soybean harvest remains ahead of schedule but the drought is slowing winter wheat development. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that the corn harvest is about two-thirds done and a month ahead of schedule.

  • Cracker Barrel backs incoming chairman Bradford Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:56 PM ET

    LEBANON, Tenn.-- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. defended its incoming chairman on Tuesday, saying statements it made about James Bradford's background were not clear, but Bradford never misrepresented himself and his experience is "beyond reproach."

  • Cancer patient asked to lift bandages at airport Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:56 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- A Michigan woman dying of leukemia hopes her embarrassing experience at a Seattle airport changes the way the Transportation Security Administration treats travelers with medical conditions. Michelle Dunaj, 34, was making what she expects will be the last trip of her life on Oct. 2 as she departed for Hawaii.

  • New Mexico pleads not guilty in Cheyenne fire Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:51 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.-- A New Mexico man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges in a 2010 fire that destroyed a landmark Wyoming hotel. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal in Cheyenne. The establishment had been a favorite lodge and watering hole for Wyoming lawmakers for decades.

  • Honda will buy fuel for natural gas Civic buyers Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:46 PM ET

    TORRANCE, Calif.-- Honda Motor Co. is giving fuel cards worth $3,000 to customers who buy natural gas-powered Honda Civics before the end of this year. Honda began selling the natural gas Civic last fall, but sales have been slow. Honda has sold 1,576 natural gas Civics so far this year.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to a 2008 federal law granting immunity to phone companies for helping the government eavesdrop on private phone conversations. Phone customers alleged that AT&T Inc, Sprint Nextel Corp, Verizon Communications Inc and others violated federal and state law.

  • *Settlement subject to approval of New Jersey federal court. Oct 9- Pfizer Inc has agreed to pay $164 million to settle a shareholder class action accusing the drug maker of misrepresenting the clinical trial results for Celebrex. The settlement was disclosed in court papers filed Friday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey.

  • Video gambling goes live at 65 Ill. bars, eateries Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:38 PM ET

    "The IGB's staff has done a tremendous job to... bring this new industry to Illinois," board Chairman Aaron Jaffe said in a written statement. Jeff Glover, manager of Chino's Pizzeria in the Chicago suburb of Justice, said he'd just finished mopping when he saw the restaurant's three terminals activated around 11:30 a.m..

  • BOSTON, Oct 9- It's easy to equate crisp, clear, black-and-white decisions with good decisions, but often the opposite can be true, says Harvard Business Review. The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org.

  • Best Buy CFO to leave, latest executive departure Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:37 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- Best Buy said Tuesday that its chief financial officer is leaving, the latest executive departure for the struggling electronics chain. The news comes as Best Buy's founder and former chairman Richard Schulze mulls an offer for the company, which is attempting to improve results amid tough competition.

  • NEW ORLEANS, Oct 9- New Orleans on Tuesday canceled an advisory about possible bacterial contamination of its water supply, the second time in two years that a power outage in its aging water system had prompted a health warning. "Tests confirmed water in the city is safe to drink," the Louisiana port city's government said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

  • --We expect Kansas City, Mo.- based Dairy Farmers of America Inc.' s proposed new financing initiatives to result in an increase in the company's total debt. Rating Action On Oct. 9, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services revised its rating outlook on Dairy Farmers of America Inc. to negative from stable.

  • U.S. companies as diverse as chipmaker Intel Corp and printer Quad/Graphics Inc have opened in-house health clinics with doctors, nurses and even dentists to diagnose suspicious symptoms, write prescriptions and more. "We were beginning to see... growing chronic conditions in our population," says Tami Graham, director of global benefits for Intel. "

  • SpaceX rocket glitch puts satellite in wrong orbit Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:30 PM ET

    *Orbcomm prototype communications satellite missed its orbit. One of the nine Merlin engines powering the Falcon 9 rocket shut down early, though the other engines burned longer to make up for the loss of thrust, saving the primary mission of delivering a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station for NASA.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 9- Nearly three-quarters of Americans say global warming influences U.S. weather and made this year's record-hot summer worse, a survey said on Tu esday.

  • TOKYO, Oct 10- The International Monetary Fund urged European policymakers to deepen the financial and fiscal ties within the euro area with some urgency to restore sagging confidence in the global financial system.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 9- Chevron Corp said on Tuesday that the central crude oil refining unit at its 245,000 barrel-per-day Richmond, California, refinery would remain shut through the rest of the year.

  • Chevron expects earnings drop in 3Q Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Oil giant Chevron Corp. said Tuesday that third-quarter earnings will be "substantially lower" than in the second quarter. In addition, results from refining and marketing dropped off as a fire damaged Chevron's refinery in Richmond, Calif., and Hurricane Isaac disrupted production at a refinery in Mississippi.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc has expanded its apartment ownership in Silicon Valley, spending $234 million for a project under construction and an existing building, the real estate arm of Canadian pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec said Tuesday.

  • Oct 9- Best Buy Co Inc's chief financial officer, James Muehlbauer, is leaving the embattled retailer after more than a decade, the company said on Tuesday. Best Buy said it is looking for a replacement.