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  • At the beginning of next year, $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts- known as the fiscal cliff- will automatically become law unless Congress acts. However, there is a sense that neither the financiers and investors in New York nor the lawmakers in Congress are taking each other seriously enough.

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 5- Taking a daily multivitamin does not reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease for older men, according to a study presented on Monday. About half of U.S. adults take at least one daily dietary supplement, the most popular being a multivitamin, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • VANCOUVER, Nov 4- In this era of pipelines spanning thousands of miles, the idea of shipping crude across North America in railway cars might seem a quaint throwback to the oil pioneering days of the West.

  • *FDA tries to plug supply gaps left by Ameridose shutdown. BOSTON, Nov 2- Ameridose LLC, sister company to the pharmacy at the heart of a meningitis outbreak in the United States, agreed on Friday to extend its closure by two weeks while state and federal investigators continue to examine its facilities.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The U.S. government on Friday sought to ease the fuel crunch that hit the Northeast after Hurricane Sandy, saying it would provide emergency responders with diesel from national reserves, and also allowing foreign tankers in the Gulf of Mexico to bring fuel to the region.

  • *Waiver lasts through Nov. 13. WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The U.S. government issued a rare waiver on Friday allowing foreign tankers in the Gulf of Mexico to supply the Northeast with fuel after Hurricane Sandy, but the extent of relief was uncertain since some ports in the region still lacked power.

  • *Waiver lasts through Nov. 13. WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The U.S. government issued a rare waiver on Friday allowing foreign tankers from the Gulf of Mexico to supply the Northeast with fuel after Hurricane Sandy, but the extent of relief was uncertain since some ports in the region still lack power.

  • BOSTON-- Should he prevail Tuesday, Mitt Romney would bring a CEO's eye to the White House and a policy agenda based on a general set of principles and focused more on data than ideology. And he would likely have to work with a divided Congress to accomplish it all.

  • Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren ramped up their voter outreach efforts Thursday as new campaign fundraising reports show they've already spent nearly $68 million pursuing the same Massachusetts Senate seat.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The U.S. unemployment rate probably rose in October as employers stepped up hiring only slightly, underscoring President Barack Obama's vulnerability in next week's presidential election.

  • NEW YORK/ SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J., Nov 1- Rescuers searched flooded homes for survivors, drivers lined up for hours to get scarce gasoline and millions remained without power on Thursday as New York City and nearby towns struggled to recover from one of the biggest storms to hit the United States.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- The fuel supply crisis gripping the New York area deepened on Thursday as the city's iconic taxis started turning away business while drivers searched hours for a tank of gas, and there were growing signs that the worst of the crunch is not over.

  • *Bair renews backing for ideas like ending $1 per share. *Fund firms seek compromise for oversight of $2.5 trillion industry.

  • BOSTON, Nov 1- Massachusetts adopted new regulations on Thursday that it said will allow it to keep a closer eye on compounding pharmacies, a class of drug supplier linked to the U.S. meningitis outbreak that has so far killed 29 people.

  • WASHINGTON-- Amtrak may resume service between New York City and Boston on Friday if commuter rail tracks damaged by Superstorm Sandy are repaired in time, Joseph Boardman, the railroad's president, said late Thursday. The storm flooded two train tunnels under the Hudson River and four under the East River.

  • Nov 1- Disaster modeling company Eqecat now estimates that monster storm Sandy caused up to $20 billion in insured losses and $50 billion in economic losses in the United States, the company said on Thursday.

  • *Wall Street banks in lower Manhattan reliant on generators. NEW YORK, Nov 1- New York taxi and car service companies started pulling vehicles off the road on Thursday as the fuel crunch deepened, with the vast majority of storm-hit service stations in the greater New York area now out of gasoline or without power.

  • BOSTON, Nov 1- William Gross, co-chief investment officer of America's biggest bond mutual fund, said recent U.S. policies are not generating the kind of growth needed to kick-start the economy and may usher in ``disruptive financial markets'' in the future.

  • Ever since James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA in 1953, scientists have been puzzling over how genes make us who we are.

  • *Ameridose says FDA asked it to improve sterility testing. *FDA concerned about availability of several drugs. The Westborough, Massachusetts- based company, which was closed on Oct. 10, said it had not received any reports of adverse reactions to the products it is recalling but that the FDA has asked it to improve its sterility testing processes.