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  • By Tim McLaughlin and Toni Clarke. BOSTON, Oct 10- A Massachusetts specialist pharmacy linked to a company at the center of a major health scare closed temporarily on Wednesday and a state regulator clamped down on such operations in the wake of a meningitis outbreak that has claimed a dozen lives.

  • Robert Zimmerman Jr., whose brother George Zimmerman faces up to life in prison, recently appeared on several TV and radio shows complaining about a "vast mis-information campaign," as well as highlighting an "official letter of condolence" to Trayvon Martin's family.

  • --Private equity firm New Mountain Capital has agreed to acquire Coral Springs, Fla.- based ABB/Con-Cise Optical Group LLC. Rating Action On Oct. 10, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services assigned its preliminary' B' corporate credit rating to Coral Springs, Fla.- based ABB/Con-Cise Optical Group LLC.

  • MIAMI-- A section of a parking garage under construction at a community college collapsed Wednesday, killing two people and trapping two others in the rubble, officials said. At least 10 other workers were hurt when the roof of the five-story concrete garage fell, creating a pancake-style collapse on the campus of Miami-Dade College, officials said.

  • MIAMI-- The company overseeing construction of a community college parking garage in Florida says it's working to find out why it collapsed. Ajax Building Corporation released a statement Wednesday, extending its sympathies to the family of the worker killed in the collapse and those who were injured.

  • WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • NEW YORK-- If you are trying to figure out if small businesses are hiring, it depends on where you look. Just last Friday when the government was raising suspicious eyebrows with its report of a sudden drop in the unemployment rate so close to a presidential election, Andy Asbury was hiring a full-time employee to work at his Minneapolis real estate brokerage.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 10- Pressure mounted for greater regulation of a little known corner of the pharmaceuticals industry in response to a meningitis scare that widened to 11 states on Wednesday with the first case confirmed in Idaho.

  • *The Dolan Company amends bank agreement, restructures Florida unit and. *Says plans to record a non-cash, pre-tax charge for impairment of these. assets of up to $165 million in Q3.

  • *Cotton market awaits USDA supply/demand report Thursday. The cotton market was awaiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's monthly report due on Thursday for any signs of damage to new crops in west Texas, the major U.S. growing region, after recent wet weather.

  • Eight times a year, the Federal Reserve issues the Beige Book, a snapshot of business conditions in each of the Fed's 12 regional bank districts. The Beige Book is updated two weeks before each meeting of the Fed's policymaking meeting in Washington. GDP is the value of all goods and services produced in the United States.

  • Oct 10- Eighteen more people have contracted meningitis from potentially tainted steroid injections, and a death was officially confirmed in Florida, bringing the total number killed to 12, the Centers for Disease Control said on Wednesday.

  • --U.S. based grocery store operator, BI-LO LLC, is issuing $140 million of senior secured notes, an add-on to an existing $285 million issue, the proceeds of which will be used to fund a dividend to equity holders, and pay fees associated the transaction.

  • *May take to early Nov. to identify all stricken in Tennessee. Oversight committees in both the Senate and House hope to learn more about the outbreak before Oct. 12 from staff members of the Food and Drug Administration and the CDC, aides said.

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-- A private company successfully delivered a half-ton of supplies to the International Space Station early Wednesday, the first official shipment under a billion-dollar contract with NASA. Williams thanked SpaceX and NASA for the delivery, especially the chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream stashed in a freezer.

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 10- Astronauts plucked a commercial cargo ship from orbit on Wednesday and attached it to the International Space Station, marking the reopening of a U.S. supply line to the orbital outpost following the space shuttles' retirement last year.

  • WASHINGTON-- U.S. employers advertised slightly fewer jobs in August than July, while they filled the most positions in three months, offering a mixed signal on the job market. The Labor Department said Wednesday that job openings dropped by 32,000 to 3.56 million in August. July's openings were also revised lower.

  • AKRON, Ohio-- Republican Mitt Romney is making a fresh bid for Ohio voters, trying to use post-debate momentum to make up ground in a state that has been a mainstay of GOP presidential candidates and could help President Barack Obama hold onto the White House. We're going to do it here in Ohio. "

  • NEW ORLEANS-- Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith and the NFL players union left little doubt they remain determined to challenge Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority to suspend players in connection with the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.

  • The Foundation for Democracy in Africa has collaborated with Miami International Airport for Wednesday's event in Miami Beach. The program includes an analysis of who is traveling to Africa, the role of African governments in tourism promotion as well as highlight travel agents and tour operators.