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  • *Makes landfall southwest of Santiago de Cuba. HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy, strengthening rapidly after crossing the warm Caribbean Sea, slammed into southeastern Cuba early on Thursday with 105 mph winds that cut power and blew over trees across the city of Santiago de Cuba.

  • California: Up 26,935, due to layoffs in all sectors, particularly the service industry. Florida: Up 3,947, due to layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, retail and services. Ohio: Up 1,936, due to layoffs in transportation and manufacturing.

  • The latest numbers show that young adults 25-29 are the primary out-of-state movers; they had the biggest gain in 13 years as they struck out on their own to test the job market in urban, high-tech meccas such as Washington, D.C.; Denver; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; and Austin, Texas.

  • Can maker Ball Corp. said Thursday that its third-quarter net income fell 13 percent, hurt mainly by hefty costs related to the shutdown of plants in Ohio and Florida. Ball announced plans to shut down the plants in Ohio and Florida in August, part of a plan to consolidate its beverage can manufacturing business.

  • NEW YORK-- Prescription drug distributor McKesson Corp. is expanding its medical supplies business by buying PSS World Medical Inc. for about $1.46 billion. McKesson said Thursday it will pay $29 per share for PSS World, a 34.3 percent premium over Wednesday's closing price.

  • Accusations against the Miami Republican include receiving income from Southwest Florida Enterprises Inc., a company involved with Flagler Dog Track in Miami, that he knew or should have known was given to influence his vote or official action and using campaign funds for non-campaign expenses.

  • DETROIT-- AutoNation Inc., the country's largest auto dealership chain, said Thursday that its third-quarter net income rose more than 15 percent as it benefited from the continued rebound in U.S. new-car sales. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., company said it earned $81.6 million, or 66 cents per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30.

  • *Makes landfall southwest of Santiago de Cuba. *Storm to cross Cuba in several hours, headed to Bahamas. HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy, strengthening rapidly after crossing the warm Caribbean Sea, slammed into southeastern Cuba early on Thursday with 110 mph winds that cut power and blew over trees across the city of Santiago de Cuba.

  • The most pressing economic issue facing Washington _ whether President Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney wins _ is a looming deadline for across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases. Some $100 billion will be sliced from federal budgets and taxes will rise by $400 billion if the government goes over the so-called "fiscal cliff" in early January.

  • *$3 billion bid tops offer from Nationstar Mortgage Holdings. Oct 24- Ocwen Financial Corp and Walter Investment Management Corp on Wednesday prevailed in a bankruptcy auction for Residential Capital LLC's mortgage business with a $3 billion bid that topped rival Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc..

  • DALLAS-- The CEO of American Airlines said the company expects to hire 2,500 pilots over the next five years as it ramps up international flights.

  • Oct 24- Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz chided U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for not seriously addressing the troubled U.S. housing market during the recent series of presidential debates.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- Barnes& Noble Inc said on Wednesday that customers who shopped at 63 of its stores as recently as last month may have had their credit or debit card information stolen in what the U.S. bookstore chain called a ``sophisticated criminal effort.''.

  • DALLAS-- The CEO of American Airlines said the company expects to hire 2,500 pilots over the next five years as it ramps up international flights.

  • LOS ANGELES-- An audit of the U.S. Department of Education's division overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars in charter school funding has criticized the office for failing to properly monitor how states spend the money.

  • The suit, filed Wednesday by the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, also underscored how Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide in July 2008, just before the financial crisis, backfired severely. He also charged that Bank of America has resisted buying back soured mortgages from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which bought loans from Countrywide.

  • Oct 24- Barnes& Noble Inc said on Wednesday that customers who shopped at 63 of its stores as recently as last month may have had their credit or debit card information stolen in what the U.S. bookstore chain called a ``sophisticated criminal effort.''.

  • JACKSON, Miss.-- Trustmark Corp. says profit in the third quarter of 2012 rose 10.9 percent from the same three months of 2011, as it paid less interest on deposits and set aside less money to cover future bad loans.

  • NEW YORK-- Tupperware Brands Corp.' s third-quarter net income more than quadrupled from a year ago, bolstered by strong sales in its emerging markets. The seller of food-storage containers and other home products, based in Orlando, Fla., also raised its profit outlook, sending shares up more than 7 percent.

  • DETROIT-- Arts groups in Detroit will share nearly $20 million donated by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, including $9 million to be awarded through a communitywide contest to boost the city's best arts ideas, the foundation announced Tuesday.