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  • NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.-- Acacia Research Corp., which buys and licenses patents, said Thursday that it posted a third-quarter loss on higher expenses and hefty charges, including non-cash stock compensation. The loss totaled $6.4 million, or 13 cents per share, in the July-through-September quarter.

  • FRESNO, Calif.-- The United Farm Workers of America sued California's work safety division Thursday, saying state regulators aren't enforcing heat regulations, leading to continued illnesses and deaths in the fields.

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- TransCanada Corp. has temporarily shut down its existing 2,100- mile Keystone pipeline after tests showed possible safety issues, a federal agency said Thursday.

  • NEW YORK-- Online brokerage E-Trade Financial Corp. said Thursday that it swung to a loss in the third quarter, as investors made far fewer trades than a year ago. The company reported a net loss of $29 million, or 10 cents per share, in the July-September quarter. That compares with profit of $71 million, or 24 cents per share, in the third quarter of 2011..

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- General Motors plans to idle Corvette production in Kentucky for six months to prepare for the next generation of the iconic sports car. The automaker laid out its schedule Thursday for revamping its assembly plant in Bowling Green for the all-new 2014 model.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- A sheen on the Gulf of Mexico likely came from oil seeping out of a piece of discarded equipment that failed to contain BP PLC's massive 2010 oil spill, the company and the Coast Guard said Thursday. The Coast Guard said oil samples collected on Wednesday will be analyzed to determine if the container is the source of the sheen.

  • WASHINGTON-- Those annoying prerecorded phone pitches known as robocalls aren't just getting on the nerves of millions of consumers: The government is fed up too, and it's turning to the public for help, offering a cash reward for the best way to stop the unwanted sales calls.

  • LEXINGTON, Mass.-- Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Thursday that its net income rose 66 percent in the third quarter on greater sales of its antibiotic Cubicin and other products, and lower tax costs. The company said its net income grew to $40.3 million, or 55 cents per share, in the three months through Sept. 30, from $24.2 million, or 33 cents per share, a year ago.

  • NEW YORK-- Nike forgave Tiger Woods after his infidelity was exposed. It welcomed back Michael Vick once he served time for illegal dog-fighting. At least five other companies followed Nike's lead, highlighting the tricky relationship that evolves when marketers sign multimillion-dollar deals for celebrity and athletes to endorse their products.

  • BOSTON-- The Appleseed Fund is unusual, and not just because of its strict socially-responsible investing mandate. One reason Morningstar analysts give the fund a bronze-medal rating is its nearly 7 percent average annualized return over five years, a period that includes the 2008 stock market meltdown.

  • WASHINGTON-- Those annoying prerecorded phone pitches known as robocalls aren't just getting on the nerves of millions of consumers: The government is fed up too, and it's turning to the public for help.

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  • NEW YORK-- There was a time when the newsweeklies set the agenda for the nation's conversation _ when Time and Newsweek would digest the events of the week and Americans would wait by their mailboxes to see what was on the covers.

  • NEW YORK-- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market:. Nokia Corp., down 14 cents at $2.80. Supervalu Inc., up 10 cents at $2.14.

  • U.S. benchmark crude eased 2 cents to finish at $92.10 a barrel. Brent crude, which many U.S. refiners use to make gasoline, fell 80 cents to $112.42 in London. China's economic news also offered a complicated outlook for oil demand.

  • SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Computer chip maker Marvell Technology Group Ltd. said Thursday that Chief Financial Officer Clyde Hosein has resigned from the company to pursue other opportunities. Hosein will assist the company with its search, Marvell said in a statement. Marvell also cut its revenue outlook for its fiscal third quarter on Thursday.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Capital One Financial Corp.' s net income vaulted 47 percent in the third quarter, as the lender's acquisition of online bank ING Direct and HSBC's U.S. credit card business helped boost its loan revenue.

  • DENVER-- Restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said Thursday that its third-quarter net income rose 20 percent as traffic grew and it opened more stores. Chipotle's net income rose to $72.3 million, or $2.27 per share, from $60.4 million, or $1.90 per share, last year. Revenue rose to $700.5 million from $591.9 million a year ago.