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  • WASHINGTON, Oct 11- As many as 14,000 people- more than previously thought- received possibly tainted steroid injections tied to a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak and patients should watch for symptoms for several months, health officials said on Thursday.

  • Stimulus measures boosted fund returns in 3Q Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 5:17 PM ET

    BOSTON-- There's not much good news for investors. Even so, the Standard& Poor's 500 index climbed 5.8 percent in the latest quarter, while U.S. stock mutual funds returned an average 5.3 percent, according to fund tracker Lipper Inc..

  • News Summary: Lawsuit says buyout firms colluded Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:42 PM ET

    THE CHARGE: Executives at some of the country's largest private equity firms reportedly told each other they wouldn't drive up prices for companies they were looking to buy, according to new court documents.

  • Boston Marathon fills up, more slowly this time Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:06 PM ET

    BOSTON-- The Boston Marathon is full. The Boston Athletic Association said Thursday that registration for the 2013 race has closed. Other runners still have a chance to participate as part of a charity program that has raised more than $150 million in the past 25 years.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 11- U.S. health authorities said on Thursday that more people than previously thought received possibly tainted steroid injections and that some 14,000 patients could be at risk of contracting meningitis in an unprecedented outbreak of the disease.

  • Penn National unveils casino plan in Mass. Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 3:04 PM ET

    Penn National Gaming Inc. said on Thursday it was seeking to build an $807 million resort casino and hotel on a parcel that is now home to a newspaper and a bus terminal.

  • Lawsuit says buyout firms colluded on deals Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:54 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Executives at some of the country's largest private equity firms reportedly told each other that they wouldn't drive up prices for companies they were looking to buy, according to new court documents.

  • BOSTON, Oct 11- Activist investor Carl Icahn on Thursday offered to buy all outstanding shares of U.S. truckmaker Oshkosh Corp for $32.50, a 21 percent premium to their Wednesday closing price.

  • Much of odd weapons cache on plane was permissible Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    Yongda Huang Harris, 28, was taken into custody at Los Angeles International Airport last week during a stopover on a trip from Japan, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed he was wearing the bulletproof vest under his trench coat, along with flame-retardant pants and knee pads.

  • Mass. gov: Drug firm may have misled regulators Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:31 AM ET

    BOSTON-- The specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak may have misled regulators and done work beyond the scope of its state license, Massachusetts Gov. Ed Markey seized on Patrick's statement, and sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, asking if it believes it was misled by the company.

  • Amtrak, Downeaster trains set ridership records Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:59 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine-- Amtrak as well as its Downeaster passenger service between Maine and Boston have set new ridership records. Records were also set in other regions of the country, including New England.

  • Management Tip of the Day: Learn about your audience Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:48 AM ET

    BOSTON, Oct 11- Thinking about your audience and what you can do to better connect to them is a key to making persuasive presentations, says Harvard Business Review. The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org. Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

  • In meningitis scare, charges firm misled US regulators Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:19 AM ET

    On Wednesday, Idaho became the 11th state to report a case of the rare illness, which has been linked to tainted steroids produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The case in Idaho is the first discovered in the western United States.

  • *Blackstone, KKR decline to comment. Oct 10- Top executives at some of the world's largest private equity firms, including KKR& Co LP and Blackstone Group LP, sent emails that allegedly show them plotting to scoop up companies on the cheap during last decade's buyout boom, according to court documents unsealed on Wednesday.

  • By Tim McLaughlin and Toni Clarke and Aaron Pressman. BOSTON, Oct 10- A Massachusetts company that mixes drugs for hospitals on Wednesday gave up an attempt to distance itself from an affiliated pharmacy linked to a deadly U.S. outbreak of fungal meningitis.

  • *Lawmakers seek tighter regulation of compounding companies* Outbreak has sickened 138 people in 11 states, killed 12* Senator Brown to return contributions from NECC owners By Tim McLaughlin and Toni Clarke.

  • 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.

  • UPDATE 1-Activist fund Octavian says it is shutting down Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 6:30 PM ET

    *Octavian plans to return bulk of money next year. BOSTON, Oct 10- Octavian Advisors, a roughly $1 billion hedge fund firm specializing in distressed investments, said it was shutting down, becoming the latest casualty of tough market conditions as it suffered double-digit losses.

  • BOSTON, Oct 10- The campaign of U.S. In the meantime, the campaign is donating contributions from the company owners to the Meningitis Foundation of America. " Brown is in the midst of a bruising re-election battle against Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren, who is a Harvard professor.

  • BOSTON, Oct 10- Two Boston-area pharmacy companies that share common ownership with the company at the center of a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak plan to cease operations temporarily as a precautionary move, Massachusetts health officials said on Wednesday.