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  • Obama embraces economic record in new commercial Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:28 PM ET

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va.-- With the economy showing some signs of improvement three weeks before Election Day, President Barack Obama on Monday laid down a full embrace of the economic record many Republicans say is his biggest weakness.

  • Majority of Wis. school districts to lose aid Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 1:57 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.-- The majority of Wisconsin public school districts will see less money in state aid this year. The state Department of Public Instruction said Monday that 64 percent of districts, or 272 out of 424, will get less money than they did last school year.

  • Maine ice cream maker takes top prize Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:38 AM ET

    SKOWHEGAN, Maine-- A Maine ice cream company has taken home the top ice cream prize at a national dairy product contest for the third straight year. Gifford's Ice Cream was named the Ice Cream Grand Champion at the 2012 World Dairy Expo, held earlier this month in Madison, Wis..

  • The signs will be up through the Nov. 6 election day in the Cleveland and Milwaukee areas and were paid for by an anonymous " Family Foundation," according to a spokesman for Clear Channel Outdoor, which owns the billboards and placed the signs.

  • --Carl Icahn has offered to buy all the outstanding shares of specialty vehicle manufacturer Oshkosh Corp..

  • --U.S.-based printing company Quad/Graphics Inc.. has entered into a preliminary agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of printer Vertis Holdings Inc.. Rating Action On Oct. 12, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services placed its ratings on Sussex, Wisc.- based printer Quad/Graphics Inc. on CreditWatch with negative implications.

  • Analysis: VP debate fierce and feisty Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Fierce and focused, Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan gave voters the kind of substantive showdown that was everything the presidential debate was not. "Not a single thing he said is accurate," Biden shot back when Ryan leveled a charge that President Barack Obama was projecting U.S. weakness.

  • Ryan asked for federal help as he championed cuts Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 9:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a fiscal conservative and critic of federal handouts, has sought for his constituents in Wisconsin an expansion of food stamps, stimulus money, federally guaranteed business loans, grants to invest in green technology and money under President Barack Obama's health care reform law.

  • VP debate tees up closing issues for Romney, Obama Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    DANVILLE, Ky.-- In a spirited debate that laid out stark choices, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan teed up pointed arguments on the economy, social policy and America's place in the world that President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney now will drive forward into the campaign's final stretch.

  • Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican rival, Paul Ryan, faced off on Thursday in their only debate before the Nov. 6 presidential election. Here is some fact-checking of claims made by the candidates. RYAN: ECONOMIC GROWTH IS SLOWER NOW.

  • By John Whitesides and Andy Sullivan. Vice President Joe Biden leaped to the attack against Republican challenger Paul Ryan in a lively debate on Thursday, aggressively defending the Obama administration's economic and foreign policies to try to regain momentum in the White House race.

  • By John Whitesides and Andy Sullivan. Vice President Joe Biden leaped to the attack against Republican challenger Paul Ryan in a lively debate on Thursday, aggressively defending the administration's economic and foreign policies in a bid to regain momentum in the White House race.

  • By John Whitesides and Andy Sullivan. Vice President Joe Biden and rival Republican Paul Ryan battled fiercely over foreign policy and the economy in a lively debate on Thursday, with Biden aggressively defending the administration's policies and dismissing Ryan's criticism.

  • By John Whitesides and Andy Sullivan. DANVILLE, Ky., Oct 11- Vice President Joe Biden and rival Republican Paul Ryan clashed sharply over foreign policy in a high-stakes debate on Thursday, with Biden aggressively defending the Obama administration's policies and dismissing Ryan's criticism as "malarkey."

  • UPDATE 4-Biden and Ryan in high-stakes election debate Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:16 PM ET

    DANVILLE, Ky., Oct 11- Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan argued over foreign policy at a high-stakes debate on Thursday, with Democrats counting on an aggressive performance from Biden to reclaim the momentum in the race for the White House.

  • Vice President Joe Biden to deliver a feisty performance Thursday evening during a high-stakes debate against Republican challenger Paul Ryan and seize back momentum in the race for the White House.

  • Oct 11- Rating Action On Sept. 21, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' Api' counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on National Guardian Life Insurance Co. and upgraded its counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Settlers Life Insurance Co. to' Api' from' BBBpi'.

  • Carl Icahn plans to offer $3B to buy Oshkosh Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:33 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn plans to make an unsolicited bid for truck maker Oshkosh Corp. that values the company at almost $3 billion. The activist investor said Thursday that he will make a tender offer worth $32.50 per share in cash, a 21 percent premium over Oshkosh's latest closing price.

  • Vice President Joe Biden to deliver a feisty performance Thursday evening during a high-stakes debate against Republican challenger Paul Ryan and seize back momentum in the race for the White House.

  • UPDATE 3-Icahn offers to buy Oshkosh Corp, shares jump Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:08 PM ET

    Oshkosh needs proactive shareholders to bring a proactive management team together to weather a volatile economy. " Oshkosh said its board would advise shareholders of its position on the offer within 10 business days, and suggested that shareholders not act on the offer until the board has reviewed it.