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Wall Street shares headed mostly lower in early trade Thursday even as the US economy turned in a much stronger than expected performance in the third quarter. It took an 8.2 percent surge in Visa shares, driven by its strong quarterly earnings report, to hold the Dow Jones Industrial Average in positive territory. About an hour into trade, the Dow was up 93.55 points (0.55 percent) at 17,067.86. Credit card giant Visa propped up the blue-chip index on the back of a nine percent gain in fiscal fourth-quarter revenues to $3.23 billion and a 17 percent rise in earnings per share, to $2.18, both handily beating forecasts.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history.