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Top News & Analysis Wisconsin

  • NEW YORK-- Janney Capital Markets cited the meteoric rise in Snap-On shares this as it stepped back from its "buy" rating Friday, a day after the stock was driven to an all-time high by a stellar third quarter. Wherley did question whether Snap-on has found the most profitable use for all of next year's expected free cash flow.

  • PARMA, Ohio-- Lest anyone forget the importance of Ohio's white, working-class voters, President Barack Obama sent a clear reminder on Thursday. Clinton implored voters to reward Obama for bailing out the auto industry, which has deep roots in Ohio. Ohio is at the center of both Obama and Republican Mitt Romney's campaign strategies.

  • CHICAGO-- In a modest milestone for President Barack Obama's high-speed rail vision, test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph Friday. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Illinois Gov.

  • WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama has presided over a heyday for the gun industry despite predictions by the National Rifle Association four years ago that he would be the "most anti-gun president in American history."

  • ALBANY, N.Y.-- Aspen Dental Management and the private equity firm that controls it illegally operate dental clinics across the country and engage in aggressive, misleading profit-driven practices that cause patients economic harm, claims a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in New York.

  • MILWAUKEE-- Engine maker Briggs& Stratton Corp. said Thursday its fiscal first-quarter loss widened, as drought conditions in much of the U.S. and tough economic conditions in Europe cut into its sales.

  • GRAND ISLAND, Neb.-- North Dakota- based Titan Machinery Inc. says it's buying three CaseIH agriculture equipment dealerships in Nebraska. Titan, of West Fargo, N.D., says it is acquiring Toner's Inc., which operates Toner's in Grand Island, Red Line Equipment in Broken Bow and Ord Equipment in Ord.

  • CHICAGO-- As Chicago struggles to quell gang violence that has contributed to a jump in homicides, a top elected official wants to tax the sale of every bullet and firearm _ an effort even she acknowledges could spark a legal challenge.

  • KENOSHA, Wis.-- Tool maker Snap-On Inc. said Thursday its third-quarter net income rose 9 percent, boosted by contributions from its financing business. Like a lot of manufacturers, Snap-On has a financing subsidiary that helps customers make purchases. Snap-On said its results were pulled down by the effects of unfavorable exchange rates.

  • PITTSBURGH-- Shares of Wesco International jumped 10 percent before the markets opened Thursday after the company edged out profit expectations for the third quarter and announced the acquisition of a Canadian electrical supply company. The company also announced a deal to acquire EECOL Electric Corp. of Calgary, Alberta, for about $1.16 billion.

  • An Associated Press analysis of presidential campaign advertising data from April through last week found that pro-Romney spending has exceeded pro-Obama ad spending by at least $65 million across the nine states expected to decide the election: Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Wisconsin.

  • MILWAUKEE-- Water-heater maker A.O. Smith's net income dropped 80 percent from last year's third quarter, when it gained from an asset sale. A.O. Smith raised its full-year earnings forecast, saying it expects its business to continue to perform well through the end of the year.

  • MADISON, Wis.-- A survey by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation says food prices dipped slightly between July and September. In the third quarter of 2012, the total was $49.60. Federation spokesman Casey Langan says there are no apparent trends affecting food prices right now.

  • WASHINGTON-- Republican candidates for the Senate in conservative-leaning states generally outraised their Democratic opponents in the latest fundraising quarter ending Sept. 30, but Arizona proved an exception as former surgeon general Richard Carmona raised nearly $500,000 more than Republican Jeff Flake.

  • NEW YORK-- An analyst says that Johnson Controls' agreement to buy battery maker A123 Systems' automotive assets is a good strategic fit and gives it access to new lithium ion battery technology. Johnson Controls Inc., an auto parts and building equipment maker, plans to keep A123 plants open and sell the company's lithium-ion battery technology.

  • MADISON, Wis.-- Hunters shot and killed at least four wolves in the opening 24 hours of Wisconsin's first organized wolf hunt, the state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday. Another hunter in Vilas County took a female at 8:30 a.m. A third hunter killed a female at 4:30 p.m. in Iron County and a fourth killed a male at 6:15 p.m. in Eau Claire County.

  • Scott Walker is touting the deposit of nearly $109 million into the state's rainy day fund, money that can be tapped in an emergency. The deposit announced Monday comes after the state ended the last fiscal year in June with a surplus of about $342 million.

  • MADISON, Wis.-- Wisconsin's first organized wolf hunt got under way Monday even as animal welfare advocates demanded federal officials return Great Lake wolves to the endangered species list. Mark Dahms, a 54- year-old electrician from Waukesha in suburban Milwaukee, was one of 1,160 people to win the right to buy a license through a state lottery.

  • "It's just way too much," says Scot French, a history professor at the University of Central Florida. He lives along the swing-voting Interstate 4 corridor that will play an important role in deciding whether President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins the state, and perhaps the White House.