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Top News & Analysis Atlanta

  • OMAHA, Neb.-- The Rural Media Group has purchased another cable network to expand its programming into more markets. Rural Media produces RFD-TV and Rural TV with rural-themed programming. The deal gives the company access to several major markets, including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles.

  • ATLANTA-- Oilfield-services provider RPC Inc. said Wednesday that third-quarter earnings fell 21 percent and revenue declined on lower natural gas prices. Net income in the quarter was $66 million, or 30 cents per share, compared with $83.1 million, or 38 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • ATLANTA-- An expert panel is urging every expecting mother to get a shot preventing whooping cough, preferably in the last three months of her pregnancy to help protect her baby. The advice follows a frightening resurgence of the dreaded childhood disease.

  • ATLANTA-- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given a Georgia utility permission to change the design of a nuclear power plant under construction, resolving a conflict over the installation of metal bars.

  • *Macitentan the big hope as Tracleer nears patent expiry. ZURICH, Oct 24- A new lung and heart drug from Actelion prolonged overall survival by more than a third in a clinical trial, reassuring Europe's leading biotech company that it has a viable successor to its current top seller.

  • Oct 23- A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated a $9.2 million securities arbitration ruling against Morgan Keegan& Co stemming from a group of bond funds that became the subject of a civil fraud action by regulators.

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 23- German drugmaker Bayer said its experimental riociguat pill could become the first treatment option for some patients suffering from a life-threatening form of high blood pressure in the lungs.

  • *Asbury plans to repurchase $25 M- $30 M of stock per year. Oct 23- U.S. auto dealership groups Sonic Automotive Inc and Asbury Automotive Group Inc posted higher third-quarter adjusted earnings as vehicle sales rose and costs stayed about flat.

  • In a story about athletes and corporate endorsements, The Associated Press erroneously described an endorsement by Gabrielle Douglas, the Olympic gymnast. Nike forgave Tiger Woods after he apologized for cheating on his wife.

  • BUCKLED UP: Federal safety officials are investigating complaints that children have been trapped in Graco car seats because the buckles won't unlatch. THE DETAILS: The probe covers My Ride and Nautilus car seats from 2009 through 2011 made by Graco Children's Products Inc. of Atlanta, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday.

  • NEW YORK-- United Parcel Service Inc. is expected to offer a subdued view of the global economy when it reports its third-quarter results before the market opens Tuesday. Smaller rival FedEx Corp. said the same in September. Last month FedEx unveiled a plan to boost profit by $1.7 billion annually by shedding jobs, aircraft and underused assets.

  • DETROIT-- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating complaints that children have been trapped in Graco car seats because the buckles won't unlatch.

  • ATLANTA-- Georgia labor officials say the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent in September, which is down from 9.2 percent in August. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the figures early Thursday morning.

  • 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.

  • At the University of Cincinnati, 200 students were expected to turn out to watch the second debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. "It goes without saying that the knives were out," said Karim Aladmi, a 21- year-old international affairs major from Dayton, Ohio, who wore a suit and tie for the occasion.

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Ecolab is selling its vehicle care operations to Zep Inc. for about $120 million in cash as part of its strategy to shed non-core businesses. Zep, based in Atlanta, makes cleaning and maintenance products and services for commercial, industrial, institutional and consumer markets.

  • NEW YORK-- PepsiCo Inc.' s net income dipped 5 percent in the third quarter as the snack food and beverage maker poured more money into bolstering its flagship brands and developing new products that position it for the future.

  • DRINK UP: The Coca-Cola Co. and drug maker Sanofi are partnering to launch a line of "beauty drinks" in France. SMALL TEST: Coca-Cola declined to give details but said in a statement that the drinks will be sold in a "small scale pilot" limited to a number of pharmacies in the country.

  • NEW YORK-- In picking Michael Corbat to take over as CEO of Citigroup, the board of directors chose a low-profile veteran of the bank _ a sharp contrast to Vikram Pandit, his suddenly departed predecessor. Corbat, 52, has spent his entire career at Citigroup and its affiliated businesses.

  • NEW YORK-- The Coca-Cola Co. and Sanofi are partnering to launch a line of "beauty drinks" in France. The Coca-Cola business unit in France said in a statement that the drinks will be sold in a "small scale pilot" limited to a number of pharmacies in the country.