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  • The hard-rocking country music star made a whirlwind run around the eastern U.S. on Thursday, announcing shows at Boston's Fenway Park, Chicago's Wrigley Field and on the University of Georgia campus in the space of 12 hours. Aldean will make the first appearance by a country music performer at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

  • NEW YORK-- Earlier this month, NBA rookie Royce White disclosed that he is afraid to fly and said he expects to travel by bus to play in at least some of the basketball games for his team, the Houston Rockets.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of SanDisk Corp. advanced in premarket trading Friday after the maker of flash-memory chips posted stronger-than-expected results for the third quarter. SanDisk's earnings and revenue declined due to lower demand for its memory chips from gadget makers.

  • The FDA is not required to follow the committee's advice, though it often does. In its review posted ahead of the meeting, the FDA said Kynamro was linked to both benign and cancerous tumors. Jefferies analyst Eun Yang expects "very limited use of Kynamro if approved," due to the safety concerns brought up at the FDA meeting.

  • NEW YORK-- Marvell Technology Group Ltd.' s stock tumbled nearly 10 percent in premarket trading Friday after the computer chip maker cut its fiscal third-quarter revenue forecast, citing weakness in the personal computer market, and said its chief financial officer resigned.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Google Inc. perked up in premarket trading Friday as analysts soothed investors shocked by an earnings report that dropped prematurely on Thursday. Google was supposed to release its report after the market closed Thursday, but they leaked prematurely, setting off the stock plunge.

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- A Las Vegas developer has been bounced between tribal and federal court in an effort to protect his financial interest in the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a popular glass bridge that extends from the canyon's edge on tribal land in western Arizona.

  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Two Rottweilers killed an 83- year-old man in Alabama. A two-day old infant was mauled to death in Pennsylvania. A two-year-old girl died after she was bitten by a pit bull in West Virginia.

  • NEW YORK-- Three small, silver spoons elegantly engraved with the words "Waldorf Astoria" have come full circle: Stolen eight decades ago by an employee of the famed hotel, they passed through two Brooklyn homes and another three in New Jersey.

  • Organizers said some 14 million people, including 9.3 million in California, signed up to participate. The drill was held in some Western and southeastern states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and parts of Canada and Italy.

  • CASSELBERRY, Fla.-- A gunman opened fire at a central Florida beauty salon Thursday, killing three women and wounding the manager, who had asked for a restraining order against him, police said.

  • CHICAGO-- In a modest milestone for President Barack Obama's high-speed rail vision, test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph Friday. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Illinois Gov.

  • NEW YORK-- At the Missouri college where Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis enrolled, a classmate said he often remarked that true Muslims don't believe in violence.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Newsweek's decision to stop publishing a print edition after 80 years and bet its life entirely on a digital future may be more a commentary on its own problems than a definitive statement on the health of the magazine industry. Paid magazine subscriptions were 1.1 percent in the first half of the year, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

  • SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Shares of Marvell Technology Group Ltd. plunged in after-hours trading Thursday after the computer chip manufacturer lowered its fiscal third-quarter outlook and said its finance chief has resigned. Marvell said that it expects net revenue for the fiscal third quarter to range between $765 million and $785 million.

  • SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- Molecular diagnostics company Cepheid said Thursday it took a loss in the third quarter on costs related to a patent lawsuit. Cepheid took a charge of $15.1 million, or 23 cents per share, related to that settlement. Excluding the settlement costs and other items, Cepheid said it earned a penny per share.

  • NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.-- Acacia Research Corp., which buys and licenses patents, said Thursday that it posted a third-quarter loss on higher expenses and hefty charges, including non-cash stock compensation. The loss totaled $6.4 million, or 13 cents per share, in the July-through-September quarter.

  • FRESNO, Calif.-- The United Farm Workers of America sued California's work safety division Thursday, saying state regulators aren't enforcing heat regulations, leading to continued illnesses and deaths in the fields.

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- TransCanada Corp. has temporarily shut down its existing 2,100- mile Keystone pipeline after tests showed possible safety issues, a federal agency said Thursday.

  • SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Computer chip maker Marvell Technology Group Ltd. said Thursday that Chief Financial Officer Clyde Hosein has resigned from the company to pursue other opportunities. Hosein will assist the company with its search, Marvell said in a statement. Marvell also cut its revenue outlook for its fiscal third quarter on Thursday.