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  • VP debate tees up closing issues for Romney, Obama Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    DANVILLE, Ky.-- In a spirited debate that laid out stark choices, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan teed up pointed arguments on the economy, social policy and America's place in the world that President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney now will drive forward into the campaign's final stretch.

  • CDC: Meningitis outbreak growing, 14 people dead Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    J. Todd Weber of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as the death toll reached 14.. The other case is an ankle infection discovered in Michigan; steroid shots also can be given to treat aching knees, shoulders or other joints.

  • Crews to search for 4th victim in garage rubble Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:22 AM ET

    MIAMI-- Crews planned to resume their search Friday morning for a man still missing two days after a parking garage collapsed at Miami Dade College's west campus, killing three construction workers. The search was expected to get under way around 8 a.m. Friday.

  • 91-year-old Ala mayor admits to $201K theft Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:21 AM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- A 91- year-old woman who pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $201,000 from the south Alabama town where she was mayor for three decades paid hush money in a bid to keep her crimes secret, documents showed. Prosecutors said River Falls Mayor Mary Ella Hixon pleaded guilty to theft and resigned.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 12- The retired space shuttle Endeavour set off on Friday for a road trip unlike any of its previous journeys, one in which it will crawl through the streets of Los Angeles instead of hurtling through space.

  • *Chemring profit warning contributed to delay- source. has been granted more time by the UK Takeover Panel to hammer out a deal to buy Chemring Group Plc, which makes defence equipment such as flares and explosive device detectors. Carlyle now has until Nov. 9 to either bid for Chemring or walk away.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 12- The retired space shuttle Endeavour sets off on Friday for a road trip unlike any of its previous journeys, one that will see it crawl through the streets of Los Angeles instead of hurtling through the solitary reaches of space.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 12- The retired space shuttle Endeavour set off on Friday for a trip unlike any of its previous journeys, one in which it will crawl through the streets of Los Angeles instead of hurtling through space.

  • *Minnesota woman sues pharmacy in federal court. WASHINGTON/ BOSTON, Oct 11- The pharmacy at the center of a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak possibly linked to tainted steroid injections faced mounting federal and state scrutiny on Thursday, including a potential criminal investigation, as the national death toll climbed to 14..

  • UPDATE 4-Biden and Ryan in high-stakes election debate Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:16 PM ET

    DANVILLE, Ky., Oct 11- Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan argued over foreign policy at a high-stakes debate on Thursday, with Democrats counting on an aggressive performance from Biden to reclaim the momentum in the race for the White House.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 11- The retired space shuttle Endeavour was getting set on Thursday for a road trip unlike any of its previous journeys, one that will see it crawl through the streets of Los Angeles instead of hurtling through the solitary reaches of space.

  • By David Morgan and Tim McLaughlin. WASHINGTON/ BOSTON Oct 11- The pharmacy at the center of a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak possibly linked to tainted steroid injections faced mounting federal and state scrutiny on Thursday, including a potential criminal probe, as the national death toll climbed to 14..

  • Vice President Joe Biden to deliver a feisty performance Thursday evening during a high-stakes debate against Republican challenger Paul Ryan and seize back momentum in the race for the White House.

  • 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.

  • Fla. man accused of returning used enemas Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:36 PM ET

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Prosecutors say a Florida man resealed and returned used enemas to pharmacies who resold them to unsuspecting customers. Thirty-four-year-old Ronald Eugene Robinson, of Jacksonville, faces federal charges of tampering with consumer products. There were two phone listings for a Ronald E. Robinson in Jacksonville.

  • 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.

  • American Airlines stumbles on path to recovery Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 3:57 PM ET

    DALLAS-- Just weeks ago, American Airlines was working its way through bankruptcy court, on schedule for one of the fastest turnarounds in aviation history. Then seemingly overnight, American became the butt of jokes from Facebook to late-night TV. "American Airlines has a new slogan," Jay Leno joked on NBC's "The Tonight Show."

  • *Wal-Mart lines up 6 major health centers for procedures. *Wal-Mart has covered transplants since 1996 By Jessica Wohl.

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

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms BA Covered Bond Issuer's Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:21 PM ET

    Oct 11- Fitch Ratings removed from Rating Watch Negative, BA Covered Bond Issuer's mortgage covered bonds. The rating is based on the Long-term Issuer Default Rating of the program sponsor, Bank of America N.A., the Discontinuity Cap of 1 and the asset percentage of 70.1% that Fitch takes into account in its analysis.