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  • Wisconsin, Minnesota ready for first wolf hunts Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:27 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.-- For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around their cabins and pastures, eying up Fido or Bessie.

  • Biden to play 'hardball' in VP debate Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:55 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Four years ago, Joe Biden was careful not to appear overly aggressive in his vice presidential debate with Sarah Palin, then a newcomer to the national stage. Now, as he prepares to debate Paul Ryan, a 14- year House veteran and the top Republican budget writer, Biden is less concerned about looking like a bully.

  • U.S. companies as diverse as chipmaker Intel Corp and printer Quad/Graphics Inc have opened in-house health clinics with doctors, nurses and even dentists to diagnose suspicious symptoms, write prescriptions and more. "We were beginning to see... growing chronic conditions in our population," says Tami Graham, director of global benefits for Intel. "

  • Stocks slide, and investors wait for earnings Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 4:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Stocks slumped Tuesday on Wall Street after the International Monetary Fund predicted weaker world economic growth and as investors waited for what they expected to be lower corporate earnings. The slide came on the five-year anniversary of record high closes for the Dow and S&P 500.

  • AO Smith names new chief executive Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:44 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE-- A.O. Smith appointed its chief operating officer as CEO Tuesday. President and COO Ajita Rajendra, the new CEO, joined A.O. Smith in 2005 as president of its Water Products Co., which makes residential and commercial water heaters and boilers. Shares of A.O. Smith Corp. fell 40 cents to $57.45 in afternoon trading.

  • The doctor (in the next cubicle) will see you now Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

    U.S. companies as diverse as chipmaker Intel Corp and printer Quad/Graphics Inc have opened in-house health clinics with doctors, nurses and even dentists to diagnose suspicious symptoms, write prescriptions and more. "We were beginning to see... growing chronic conditions in our population," says Tami Graham, director of global benefits for Intel. "

  • Obama campaign deploys Big Bird in new ad Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 9:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- President Barack Obama deployed Big Bird in a new campaign ad Tuesday mocking Mitt Romney's vow to end federal funding for public broadcasting.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Labor Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 9:04 AM ET

    A unionized job once meant a secure path to a middle-class life. President Barack Obama has signed a series of executive orders that encourage the use of union labor in federal construction projects, ease union financial reporting requirements and more.

  • In close race, Obama and Romney showing confidence Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 8:50 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Exactly one month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are both declaring they will win a race for the White House that remains anything but clear. Their trails are crossing again in Ohio, the state that could decide the election, and signs of urgency are emerging from each campaign.

  • Stanley Black & Decker selling unit for $1.4B Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:25 AM ET

    NEW BRITAIN, Conn.-- Tool maker Stanley Black& Decker Inc. is selling its hardware and home-improvement business to Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. for $1.4 billion in cash. Stanley Black& Decker, which is based in New Britain Conn., said the sale is part of its ongoing strategy to diversify its revenue and geographic reach.

  • Alaska Airlines: Operations returning to normal Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:30 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines said flights were running close to normal late Monday after a fiber-optic outage shut down its ticketing system for more than four hours, causing the airline and its regional carrier to cancel 78 flights, affecting nearly 7,000 customers. The problems were caused by two severed fiber-optic lines in Sprint's network.

  • Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.

  • Alaska Airlines operations returning to normal Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:33 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines operations slowly were returning to normal Monday afternoon after a fiber-optic outage shut down its ticketing system for five hours, cancelling flights in Seattle and Los Angeles and causing delays across the airline's 64- airport network.

  • Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.

  • Alaska Airlines computer connection restored Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:25 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines has fixed the computer problem that delayed flights Monday across its 64- airport network on the West Coast and in Mexico and Canada, and operations slowly were returning to normal. Alaska Airlines said the data connection was restored before 1 p.m. but passengers could still expect some delays as the system adjusted.

  • Alaska Airlines recovering from computer glitch Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:19 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines says its computer connections have been restored, and operations are returning to normal at its airport gates. The problem started just before 8 a.m. Monday when the airline lost its connection to the Sabre reservation system because of two cut Sprint fiber optic lines.

  • Sprint outages ground Alaska Airlines flights Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:08 PM ET

    Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.

  • 2 Sprint fiber optic cuts grounded Alaska Airlines Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- The computer problem that has cut off Alaska Airlines' ability to put passengers on planes was caused by a combination of two fiber optic cuts in the Sprint system.

  • At a Glance: Weekly change in state gas prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:14 PM ET
  • Dow Chemical component buys Cal/West seed company Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 10:37 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS-- A Dow Chemical Co. business said Monday that it has bought a California seed company. Indianapolis- based Dow AgroSciences, a subsidiary of Midland, Mich.- based Dow Chemical, works on making crops more productive. Dow Chemical slipped 22 cents to $28.98, a down day for the market.