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Top News & Analysis United States

  • NEW YORK-- Small business owners may be pessimistic about the economy and their own companies right now, but they're getting optimistic about the future. A survey released Tuesday by the National Federation of Independent Business shows that owners became more pessimistic during September as employment and sales remained weak.

  • *Terms of the deal with Phillips 66 not disclosed* Terminal has 5 million barrels of storage capacity* It is located 80 miles east of New York Harbor.

  • Treasury Department sells 4- week bills, 11:30 a.m.. Treasury Department sells 10- year notes, 1 p.m..

  • Attorney in Manhattan and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit against Wells Fargo& Co. The government's complaint seeks damages and civil penalties from Wells Fargo under the U.S. Wells Fargo is the No. 4 U.S. bank as measured in assets.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- A firm that reported trades to the FINRA/NASDAQ Trade Reporting Facility is reviewing transactions in at least 10 U.S.-traded securities that saw sudden, big moves on Tuesday before resuming normal trading in the latest case of odd gyrations by stocks.

  • The State Board of Education voted Tuesday to seek a $643 million, or 4.4 percent, spending increase next year for Florida's public schools and colleges. The total $15.6 billion spending request for the budget year beginning July 1, 2013, includes $9.88 billion in basic funding for kindergarten through 12th grade.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.-- Although profits continue to grow on a still rocky Wall Street, jobs are declining along with tax revenue that's vital to the state and New York City, according to a key annual earnings and employment report released Tuesday by New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Stories like Jim Stanek's are common and quickly multiplying: An Iraqi war veteran with posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, he says his life was saved by a dog that gave him the confidence to do seemingly simple things, like go out to dinner and look his wife in the eye rather than watch his own back.

  • 1. "NCIS," CBS, 18.87 million. 3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 15.96 million. 4. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 15.18 million.

  • WASHINGTON/ LOS ANGELES, Oct 9- The Treasury Department's inspector general is investigating a popular stimulus program that allowed rooftop solar panel projects to turn tax credits into cash grants.

  • By Robert Gibbons and Matthew Robinson. NEW YORK, Oct 9- Oil prices jumped on Tuesday, snapping two sessions of losses, as escalating turmoil on the border of Turkey and Syria heightened concerns of a supply disruption in a tense Middle East. He later told reporters that the OPEC powerhouse would prefer to see oil prices closer to $100 a barrel.

  • NEW YORK-- It may not qualify as a revolution, but after years of relentless bad news in the ratings, NBC has opened the new television season with some positive signs. Sunday night football leads the way, as is often the case for NBC. " While third in the ratings race last week, NBC won among viewers ages 18- to-49, the demographic where it concentrates its business.

  • WASHINGTON-- Top Republican lawmakers have called on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to fire his chief of staff for approving two training conferences that led to $762,000 in questionable spending.

  • MIAMI-- Two-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade is signing with Chinese sportswear provider Li-Ning, which is giving the Miami Heat guard his own brand within the company along with plenty of creative and strategic input.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- BNP Paribas, making good on its chief executive's promise to expand outside of its troubled European base, has filled a long-vacant senior sales position in its fixed-income business in the United States.

  • Brent November crude rose $2.68, or 2.40 percent, to settle at $114.50 a barrel, having traded from $111.97 to $114.72.

  • FRESNO, Calif.-- Farmers in California's agricultural heartland say record-high gas and diesel prices are putting pressure on their bottom lines, but economists say it's unlikely that will translate into significantly higher food prices across the U.S.

  • SEOUL, Oct 9- North Korea has rockets that can hit the U.S. mainland, it said on Tuesday, two days after South Korea struck a deal with the United States to extend the range of its ballistic missiles.