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  • Iran police on watch after currency protests Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 6:54 AM ET

    TEHRAN, Iran-- Iran deployed riot police at key Tehran intersections on Thursday, after tensions flared over the nation's plunging currency in the most widespread display of anger linked to the country's sanctions-hit economy.

  • Costco September same-store sales rise 6 pct Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:21 AM ET

    Oct 4- U.S. retailer Costco Wholesale Corp. Net sales at Issaquah, Washington- based Costco rose 8 percent to $9.31 billion in the five weeks ended Sept. 30. Excluding the impact of gasoline prices and foreign exchange, comparable September same-store sales were up 5 percent, Costco said.

  • US gas prices trickle lower except on coasts Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 5:12 PM ET

    Motorists in California paid an average of $4.232 per gallon Wednesday. That's 45 cents higher than the national average and exceeded only by Hawaii among the 50 states. Prices in New York, Connecticut and New Hampshire are at or near highs for the year.

  • Iran tightens grip to stem currency fall Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:07 PM ET

    TEHRAN, Iran-- Iranian authorities used aggressive measures Wednesday in an attempt to halt the nosedive of the country's currency, making arrests, vowing to stamp out sidewalk money changers and warning merchants against fueling the mounting public anger over the economy.

  • Unemployment rates in August for Western US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:43 PM ET
  • Alaska Air traffic rises 5.1 percent in September Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:04 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines' parent company said Wednesday that its traffic rose 5.1 percent last month as its number of available seats grew. Alaska, which is run by Alaska Air Group Inc., reported a 5 percent increase in capacity compared with a year earlier. Alaska Air Group shares rose 88 cents, or 2.5 percent, to $36.56 in afternoon trading.

  • Unemployment falls in nearly 90 pct. of US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:29 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Unemployment rates fell in August in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. metro areas, mainly because more people gave up looking for work. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months.

  • Wash. state employee union negotiations continue Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:46 AM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.-- Washington state is still negotiating with state workers on health benefits and associated costs. Even though a Monday deadline has passed, talks are still continuing. If the coalition of unions and the state reach a deal, the Legislature could approve the extension of the agreement date.

  • T-Mobile USA set to merge with MetroPCS Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    BERLIN-- Struggling cellphone companies T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Communications are set to merge, in a deal that will create an operator with more than 40 million subscribers.

  • Warm spring, late freeze crimps Mass. apple crop Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    BOSTON-- Phil Rymsha is turning away apple pickers and cider lovers from his northern Massachusetts orchard this fall because there simply aren't enough apples on his trees.

  • EPA signs eastern Idaho Superfund cleanup plan Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:31 AM ET

    BOISE, Idaho-- Federal regulators signed documents on Tuesday outlining an interim cleanup plan for a polluted southeastern Idaho Superfund site they say will cost $57 million and take up to five years to complete.

  • Online schools face backlash as states question results Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:54 AM ET

    In Maine, New Jersey and North Carolina, officials have refused to allow new cyber-schools to open this year, citing concerns about poor academic performance, high rates of student turnover and funding models that appear to put private-sector profits ahead of student achievement.

  • U.S. economy may be nipping at apartment sector Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    *Third-quarter vacancy posts smallest decline in two years. NEW YORK, Oct 3- The U.S. apartment sector posted its smallest vacancy decline in nearly two years, raising the possibility that the strongest commercial real estate category may be succumbing to the sluggish economy, according to real estate research firm Reis Inc..

  • Oct 2- American Airlines pilots this week are expected to authorize their union to call a strike, but the union says it may decide to keep the vote secret for now.

  • But so far the former Alaska governor and her husband Todd Palin have not come forward to claim their share of a settlement fund established for victims of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

  • Oct 2- American Airline pilots this week are expected to authorize their union to call a strike, but the union says it may decide to keep the vote secret for now.

  • Oct 2- In a widely expected show of force, Boeing Co's engineers and technical workers rejected a pay offer late Monday, setting the stage for talks to resume Tuesday for labor agreements covering 23,000 workers.

  • Oct 2- Boeing Co's engineers and technical workers rejected a pay offer late Monday in a widely expected show of force, setting the stage for talks to resume on Tuesday for labor agreements covering 23,000 workers.

  • Home price changes in each state in August Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:37 PM ET
  • Home price changes in 25 largest US metro areas Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:04 PM ET