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Wells Fargo & Co. reported a $2.6 billion third-quarter profit as the company's retail banking operations, including the businesses it acquired with the purchase of Wachovia Corp., offset rising loan losses, which in the quarter climbed to $5.1 billion, or 2.5 percent of its loan portfolio. The amount of loans that are past due but have not yet been written off totaled $23.5 billion, nearly four times as high as in the same period last year.

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Google announced Wednesday that its Internet search index will include public updates from Twitter's communications stream, less than three hours after Microsoft trumpeted its own Twitter partnership. Now both Google and Microsoft's search engine, Bing, hope to prove they are the best way to find and analyze Twitter's messages, also known as tweets. Neither Google nor Microsoft disclosed how much they are paying Twitter.

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission is taking a closer look at off-road recreational vehicles, known as ROVs, after dozens of deaths. The commission has voted to write mandatory rules to regulate the four-wheel vehicles, following more than 100 deaths since 2003. Riders have suffered scores of injuries, too - some leading to amputations. The industry proposed voluntary regulations, but commission staffers said they fell short.

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A Miami judge has said a $97 million judgment against U.S. food giant Dole and Dow Chemical cannot be enforced because the Nicaraguan court that issued it neither had jurisdiction nor met international legal standards. A trial court in Chinandega, Nicaragua, had awarded the money in 2005 to 150 Nicaraguan citizens who said they worked on Dole banana plantations between 1970 and 1982 and had been exposed to a pesticide that was banned in the U.S. after it was linked to sterility in factory workers in 1977.

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Third-quarter loss for Boeing, which has been hurt by growing costs from the launch of its new 787 passenger plane and revamping its classic 747 jumbo jet.

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Morgan Stanley earned $498 million in third quarter after losing $13.18 billion in the prior threequarters combined ... EBay's third-quarter net income falls 29 percent to $350 million ...Orlando's AirTran Airways posts $10.4 million third-quarter profit, even as sales decline 11 percent ...BusinessWeek editor-in-chief Stephen Adler plans to leave the magazine when Bloomberg LP takes over Dec. 1

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