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NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL ANDREW CUOMO'S OFFICE wants Bank of America to provide details by Monday about why it didn't disclose certain information to shareholders ahead of its acquisition of Merrill Lynch, which closed Jan. 1. Cuomo's office said Bank of America failed to let shareholders know about potential losses, write-downs and an acceleration of bonus payments to Merrill Lynch employees. The bank also failed to let shareholders know before they approved the deal in December that senior executives considered backing out, Cuomo's office says.

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THE WIZARD OF OZ will be available for free next month, courtesy of Netflix's movie-streaming service. The free showings will be available throughout the United States for 24 hours starting at 9 a.m. Oct. 3. It's part of a publicity campaign to draw attention to the film's 70th anniversary. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is celebrating the occasion by selling a special edition of the movie on Blu-ray and DVD beginning Sept. 29.

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THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT said Tuesday that 77.6 percent of airline flights arrived on time in July, up from 75.7 percent during the same month last year and up from 76.1 percent in June. Among the largest carriers, Southwest Airlines was on time 80.7 percent of the time, followed by US Airways at 80.6 percent and United Airlines at 79.6 percent. American Airlines was last among major carriers at 72.2 percent, Delta was at 75.5 percent and its subsidiary Northwest Airlines came in at 76.4 percent.

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PHILIP BARRY, 52, a small-time Brooklyn, N.Y., money manager, was charged Tuesday with running a $40 million Ponzi scheme that secretly diverted client money to unauthorized ventures, including a mail-order pornography business. Since 1978, federal prosecutors and the Securities Exchange Commission said, nearly 800 people have invested with Barry. Some lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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"The decision to hire the contract employees reflects gradually recovering global auto sales."

TOYOTA SPOKESMAN PAUL NOLASCO, as the Japanese automaker is hiring 800 contract workers in Japan, its first such job increase in more than a year

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PERCENT INCREASE in China's auto sales in August compared with a year earlier, to a total of 1.14 million

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Smithfield Foods, world's largest pork processor, loses $108 million in fiscal first quarter ... Mexico replaces oil industry director Jesus Reyes Heroles with former finance official Juan Jose Suarez Coppel ... Time Warner's America Online hires former Yahoo executive Brad Garlinghouse to help the Internet subsidiary revamp mobile and e-mail services

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