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  • *Soybean farmer accused of infringing Monsanto patents. Oct 5- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to consider an Indiana soybean farmer's appeal of an appellate court decision that he infringed Monsanto Co patents ov e r seeds that can be replicated.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 5- The number of people stricken with a rare form of meningitis linked to steroid injections rose to 47 in seven U.S. states, the Centers for Disease Control said on Friday, but the number of people killed by the outbreak remained at five. Other states with cases are Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana.

  • *White House slams Welch tweet as "ludicrous". BOSTON/ WASHINGTON, Oct 5- Jack Welch, the lionized former chairman of General Electric Co, provoked cries of outrage in Washington on Friday when he appeared to accuse the White House of manipulating September job figures for political gains.

  • And the 7.8 percent September unemployment rate, down from 8.1 percent in August, was clearly welcome to President Barack Obama. That was so for both Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. For Reagan, unemployment peaked at 10.8 percent in November and December 1982.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 5- Tennessee confirmed on Friday four more cases of rare fungal meningitis, as health officials in 23 states scrambled to notify thousands of patients who received steroid injections linked to an outbreak that has killed five people. Three of the dead were in Tennessee, where the outbreak began, and one each in Virginia and Maryland.

  • *Dish says Gannett wants it to shut down Hopper DVR. *Gannett source says it never asked Dish to disable Hopper. Oct 5- Gannett Co Inc and the Dish Network Corp are sparring over fees that could leave Dish customers blacked out from major networks on Sunday in a fight the No. 2 satellite TV provider said involves its controversial DVR, the Hopper.

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- An appellate court is urging the Florida Legislature to reconsider a state law that makes injured employees pay employers' legal costs if they lose good faith workers compensation appeals. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee made that recommendation Friday in upholding such an order.

  • AIRING: This ad by the Obama campaign is airing in the closely contested states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. SCRIPT: Republican nominee Mitt Romney said in the first presidential debate that he's "not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. It cuts to an image of NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell citing the Tax Policy Center report.

  • The Parasail Safety Council, which tracks injuries and deaths nationwide, reports more than 70 people have been killed and at least 1,600 injured between 1982 and 2012, out of an estimated 150 million parasail rides during those 30 years.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- As the calendar page flips to October, we are fully and unquestionably into autumn.

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- A law letting utilities charge customers now for future nuclear reactors even if they never get built fails to provide regulators with "adult supervision," a lawyer told the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday.

  • The steroid medication suspected in an outbreak of a rare kind of meningitis was shipped to 23 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The specialty pharmacy that made the steroid, New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., recalled three lots of the drug last week and has shut down operations.

  • Federal and state health officials are investigating an outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis. Most of the cases are in Tennessee, the rest in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. A: A specialty pharmacy, New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., custom-made the steroid.

  • The Food and Drug Administration urged physicians not to use any products at all from the Massachusetts pharmacy that supplied the preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate.

  • NEW YORK-- Olive Garden is tossing out its famous "When You're Here, You're Family" slogan to cater to a more modern lifestyle. It was a very stereotypical Italian family dinner, "said Jay Spenchian, executive vice president of marketing at Olive Garden.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- As the calendar page flips to October, we are fully and unquestionably into autumn.

  • FAIRFAX, Va.-- President Barack Obama celebrated much-needed good economic news Friday as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. " Republican rival Mitt Romney retorted the president still hasn't done enough to help millions of people who are out of work.

  • WASHINGTON-- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who helped design Beijing's Olympic Stadium and has since drawn tough scrutiny for his political activism, is opening the first North American retrospective exhibition of his work in Washington.

  • Oct 4- Dish Network Corp said the broadcasting arm of newspaper publisher Gannett Co Inc has threatened to withdraw broadcasting on the satellite TV provider if it does not block the commercial-skipping feature on its digital video recorders or agree to pay massive penalties.

  • The outbreak was first reported in Tennessee, where three people have died and 25 of the cases have been reported. "We do know there were over 700 patients in Tennessee who were exposed," said Dr.