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  • WASHINGTON, Oct 3- Ads for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign dominated TV airwaves in key states in September, despite Republican challenger Mitt Romney's powerful "Super PAC" backers, according to an academic analysis released on Wednesday.

  • News Summary: Ranchers see more thefts of grass Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:51 PM ET

    WHERE THE GRASS IS GREENER: Ranchers from Missouri to New Mexico have started cutting neighbors' fences, leaving gates open so their cattle can graze on greener pastures or even stealing hay as they contend with the worst drought in decades. IN THE WEEDS: It's not clear just how many grass thefts have happened since most aren't reported.

  • Oct 3- RBC Wealth Management, a division of the Royal Bank of Canada, has expanded its broker force in Colorado with a veteran team of advisers from Bank of America's Merrill Lynch.

  • Slowdown in China saps oil, copper prices Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:45 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Prices for energy and copper fell Wednesday following the latest signs that China's economy is slowing down. Copper, another commodity that is highly sensitive to changes in China's economy, fell 1.7 cents to $3.7840 a pound.

  • Unemployment rates in August for Western US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:43 PM ET
  • Unemployment rates for Midwestern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
  • Boxing promoter's estate subject of legal fight Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET

    WILMINGTON, Del.-- A woman who gave birth to boxing promoter Butch Lewis' daughter after his death is seeking money from his estate. Louise Cummings had the baby in April, nine months after Lewis died at age 65. She wants the child declared a beneficiary of the estate and requested interim payments of $3,250 a month until the case is resolved.

  • Unemployment rates for Southern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET
  • Kissinger deplores 'cheating' China campaign ads Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is sharply criticizing both U.S. presidential candidates for appealing to American suspicions of China in their campaigns. Kissinger said Wednesday the candidates have used "extremely deplorable" language, labeling China a cheat.

  • BRIEF-Emerald Bay announces private placement Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:38 PM ET

    Oct 3- Emerald Bay Energy Inc:. *To offer up to a maximum of 24.0 million units at a subscription price of. *Net proceeds will be used for exploration and expansion of the corporation's.

  • Hey Buddy, Wanna Buy Some Tap Water? Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:37 PM ET

    Here's a low-overhead business: Selling New York City tap water! Yep, you wish you'd thought of it yourself, amiright?!

  • Book: Obama hoped to try bin Laden, if captured Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A new book says President Barack Obama hoped to put Osama bin Laden on trial, showing the U.S. commitment to due process under law, if the al-Qaida leader had surrendered during a U.S. raid in Pakistan last year. A team of Navy SEALs raided bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011 and killed bin Laden.

  • Best Buy hires new Web leaders Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:36 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Best Buy on Wednesday named an Expedia executive as head of its e-commerce operations. Scott Durchslag, 46, will be senior vice president of Best Buy and president online and global e-commerce, effective Monday. He will be responsible for all of Best Buy's global e-commerce channels, including BestBuy.com and mobile commerce.

  • Stocks edge up; HP sinks on Whitman's outlook Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:33 PM ET

    The market's gains were held in check by a slump in energy stocks and Hewlett-Packard' s 11 percent drop. "The price action today seems boring, but the economic data is pretty strong," said Ryan Detrick, senior technical strategist at Schaeffer's Investment Research.

  • NC home insurance companies request rate increase Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:21 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.-- Insurance companies want to increase North Carolina homeowner's policies by an average of nearly 18 percent next year. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said Wednesday that consumers have until Oct. 19 to offer their views on the request by the North Carolina Rate Bureau, which represents insurance companies.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 3- Facebook Inc is letting users in the United States pay a fee to boost the visibility of their postings on the social network, the company's latest effort to look beyond advertisers for revenue.

  • Biolase gets US, EU approval for new dental laser Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Biolase Inc. soared Wednesday after the maker of medical lasers said that U.S. and European Union regulators have approved its newest dental laser.

  • News Summary: Bristol-Myers, Sanofi alter alliance Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:18 PM ET

    NEW DEAL: Bristol-Myers Squibb and France's Sanofi are revamping their longtime partnership marketing some of their best-selling medications, blood thinner Plavix and blood pressure drugs Avapro and Avalide. THE TERMS: Bristol-Myers will keep selling Plavix in the U.S. through December 2019.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. "I think we're in a wait and see mode, we are awaiting minutes and then all eyes will be focused on the payroll data," said Sean Simko, senior portfolio manager at SEI Investments in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

  • FDA says Teva antidepressant is ineffective Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:17 PM ET

    The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it asked Teva to withdraw Budeprion XL 300 after new testing showed the drug releases its key ingredient faster than the original drug Wellbutrin XL 300, made by GlaxoSmithKline. The action contradicts the FDA's previous update on the issue in 2008, when regulators said the drugs are essentially the same.