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  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Norfolk Southern Corp. hit a low for the year Wednesday after the railroad reported a 27 percent drop in third-quarter net income and an analyst downgraded the stock. Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman expects weak coal demand to continue at least into the first half of next year.

  • Producer Charlie Lyons, director Jay Russell and actor Tim Guinee announced Wednesday that their two-year hunt for the rights have been successful and they're hoping to mount the show on Broadway. "Rear Window" is based on a Cornell Woolrich short story, "It Had to Be Murder," that was first published in February 1942 in Dime Detective Magazine.

  • BETHESDA, Md.-- Lockheed Martin Corp. said Wednesday its third-quarter net income rose 4 percent, as lower pension-related costs helped offset a drop in revenue. The results beat Wall Street predictions and the Bethesda, Md.- based aerospace and defense contractor also raised its full-year profit and revenue predictions.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- A leading indicator of U.S. construction activity jumped last month, led by demand for new apartment buildings, suggesting U.S. builders and their suppliers may see more work in coming months.

  • CANTON, Mass.-- A Massachusetts probate judge will hold another hearing Thursday before deciding whether to unseal testimony that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave in the divorce case of Staples founder Tom Stemberg. Attorneys for Romney and Staples asked the judge for more time to review two booklets of testimony.

  • The " Chuck Lorre Productions" vanity card has been an outlet for Lorre's random observations since 1997, when alert viewers of the ABC sitcom "Dharma& Greg" began noticing fine print on the screen which, by freeze-framing their VCR, they could dwell on long enough to read.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Avery Dennison Corp. jumped Wednesday after the office products maker reported better-than-expected results for the third quarter and raised its annual net income guidance. The company narrowed its 2012 adjusted net income forecast to a range of $2 to $2.05 per share from $1.90 to $2.05 per share.

  • Oct 24- Eli Lilly and Co reported quarterly results below Wall Street expectations on Wednesday, hurt by increased spending on research and a drop in sales as its Zyprexa schizophrenia drug faced competition from cheaper generics. That compared with $1.24 billion, or $1.11 per share, a year earlier.

  • MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J.-- Technology and manufacturing company Honeywell International Inc. said Wednesday it agreed to buy Saia Burgess Controls for $130 million. Saia Burgess controls is based in Switzerland and it is owned by Johnson Electric Group of Hong Kong. Shares of Honeywell fell 7 cents to $61.48 in morning trading.

  • *Worst of China growth slowdown may be over. LONDON, Oct 24- The euro zone's biggest member Germany is being sucked into the bloc's worsening economic quagmire, business surveys suggested on Wednesday, as similar data signalled the slowdown in China may be abating.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 24- Singapore Airlines will order five Airbus A380 aircraft and 20 more A350 planes in a deal valued at $7.5 billion, looking beyond a business slowdown that has led the carrier to stop hiring cadet pilots for now.

  • CHARLESTON, S.C.-- Settlement talks involving attorneys in a federal lawsuit over the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel have been delayed. Environmentalists say the deepening work needs a South Carolina pollution permit because it will mean toxic cadmium will be dredged from the river and deposited on the South Carolina shore.

  • Oil supplies grew last week by 5.9 million barrels, or 1.6 percent, the Energy Department said. Benchmark oil fell $1.04 or 1.2 percent, to $85.63 per barrel. Brent crude fell 11 cents to $108.14 per barrel in London.

  • *Group beer volumes fall in western Europe, rise elsewhere. *Shares down 2.6 pct, among weakest in Europe. BRUSSELS, Oct 24- Heineken NV, the world's third-largest brewer, reported stronger than expected third-quarter group revenue on Wednesday, boosted by U.S. and emerging market strength and price hikes, but investors focused on weakness in Europe.

  • Oct 24- Jones Group Inc, the fashion company behind such brands as Nine West and Jones New York, reported a higher quarterly profit before special items, helped by a rise in sales to U.S. department stores that helped it overcome a steep drop in business at its own stores in the United States. Sales of shoes to chains such as Macy's Inc rose 10.1 percent.

  • THE SPARK: Goldman Sachs analyst Joshua Pollard raised his rating on Whirlpool to "Buy" from "Sell" and nearly doubled his six-month price target on the shares, raising it to $110 from $57. THE BACKGROUND: On Tuesday Whirlpool Corp.' s stock touched $94.34, the highest level since July 2010.

  • *China data points to strengthening recovery. *Dow Chemical to cut jobs. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Wednesday, indicating indexes may bounce from declines a day earlier when the Dow suffered its biggest drop in four months, following data from China that eased concerns about sluggish global growth.

  • The College Board says the sticker price of in-state tuition at four-year public universities climbed an average of roughly $400 this fall to $8,655, an increase of nearly 5 percent. New Jersey has the third-highest published in-state tuition charges, at more than $12,000.

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.-- Wyoming's unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in September. Sublette County reported the state's lowest jobless rate last month at 3 percent, followed by Niobrara County at 3.2 percent, Converse at 3.6 percent and Campbell and Albany both at 3.7 percent.

  • However, earnings for Dallas- based Brinker International Inc. missed expectations, sending its shares down $2.81, more than 8 percent, to $30.63 Wednesday morning. Brinker, which also has a stake in Romano's Macaroni Grill, said Wednesday that it earned $27.9 million, or 36 cents per share for the three months ended Sept. 26.