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Top News & Analysis North Carolina

  • BURLINGTON, N.C.-- Laboratory Corp. of America posted a 10 percent rise in third-quarter earnings compared with last year during the same period, when the clinical lab was weighed down by the cost of several acquisitions. For the third quarter, LabCorp earned $148 million, or $1.53 per share.

  • RALEIGH, N.C.-- The Democratic National Convention relied on at least $5 million in corporate donations, despite repeated pledges by top party officials only to use money raised from individuals.

  • Fifth Third's net income available to common shareholders fell to $354 million, or 38 cents per share, from $373 million, or 40 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Southwest Airlines eked out a small third-quarter profit in spite of a September slowdown, the company said on Thursday. Southwest has been using a mix of fare increases and sales to try to get its prices to a level that travelers will pay.

  • 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.

  • RALEIGH, N.C.-- North Carolina's highest court is deciding whether the state can outlaw video sweepstakes parlors as gambling halls, or whether the video screens give the owners constitutional free-speech rights.

  • ROSE HILL, N.C.-- Federal regulators have fined a North Carolina poultry processor for allowing underage young people to perform dangerous duties. The U.S. Labor Department has cited House of Raeford for allowing minors at a Duplin County plant to clean or operate powered meat-processing equipment.

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  • NEW YORK-- Laura Schoppe's small business gets about half of its revenue from contracts with the federal government. Schoppe and thousands of other small companies with federal contracts are watching to see if Congress will stop a mandatory $109 billion in federal budget cuts scheduled to take effect Jan. 2 in what's being called sequestration.

  • WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- BB&T Corp. says it will create 1,700 new jobs over five years in a large back-office operation near Piedmont Triad International Airport. The bank said Tuesday that it has signed a seven-year sublease to take over a former American Express Co. call center in Greensboro.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- West Virginia Gov. In September, FEMA approved individual assistance for residents in Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Raleigh counties after Tomblin appealed the agency's initial denial of aid.

  • NEW YORK-- A Republican-leaning independent group supporting Mitt Romney's presidential bid is spending $11.1 million on new television ads aimed at women. The group planned to air the new ad on national and local cable stations, and in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

  • "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.

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- NASCAR and Fox Sports Media Group announced a $2.4 billion, eight-year extension Monday that runs through 2022 and keeps the prestigious Daytona 500 and first third of the Sprint Cup Series on the network.

  • NEW YORK-- Family Dollar on Monday appointed Jocelyn Wong as its chief marketing officer. Wong, who will also serve as senior vice president, recently served as group vice president of shopper marketing for the supermarket chain Safeway Inc. Safeway recently launched a customer loyalty program that offers personalized discounts based on past purchases.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Federal regulators failed to pursue recalls after they found cadmium-tainted jewelry on store shelves, despite their vow to keep the toxic trinkets out of children's hands, an Associated Press investigation shows.

  • Oct 12- Recent cyber attacks against Wells Fargo& Co were "pretty significant" but didn't cause customer losses or a major increase in expenses, the bank's Chief Financial Officer, Tim Sloan, told Reuters on Friday. Wells Fargo's Sloan told Reuters, "I don't want to minimize the potential damage it could cause to the industry."

  • *Workday shares reach session high $51.32. Oct 12- Shares of Workday Inc. The cloud computing company whose services compete with rivals such as Oracle Corp.

  • stock listing back in May, the Pleasanton, California- based company opened New York Stock Exchange trading at $48.05. Earlier in the week, Workday raised its price range to $24 to $26 per share from $21 to $24 per share. The IPO values the company, founded by ex-PeopleSoft executives David Duffield and Aneel Bhusri, at almost $4.5 billion.

  • By Rick Rothacker and Jed Horowitz. Oct 12- Wells Fargo& Co's. The No. 4 U.S. bank by assets has expanded in mortgage lending while others such as Bank of America Corp.