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  • Unemployment rates in US states, at a glance Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:38 PM ET
  • Steelers ex-doc has no comment on steroid charges Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:08 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH-- A former Pittsburgh Steelers doctor and his defense attorney declined to comment at his initial federal court appearance on illegal steroid-distribution and other charges. Richard Rydze to be jailed over the weekend until another appearance Monday.

  • US swing state unemployment rates, at a glance Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 2:28 PM ET
  • Illinois Amtrak train hits 111 mph in test run Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:44 PM ET

    JOLIET, Ill.-- For the first time on a key Midwestern route between Chicago and St. Louis, an Amtrak passenger train topped 110 mph Friday, ripping through fog-shrouded farm fields and blowing past cars on a parallel highway. Illinois and the country was a wasteland when it came to high speed rail, "said U.S.

  • Florida has 8.7 percent unemployment in September Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:11 PM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida's unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in September, a slight improvement from the previous two months and the final state job numbers available to voters before Election Day. Florida unemployment was 8. 8 percent in July and August. "These numbers tell us two things," Florida Gov.

  • Illinois Amtrak train hits 110 mph in test run Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:08 PM ET

    JOLIET, Ill.-- An Amtrak passenger train has reached a speed of 110 mph for the first time in Illinois. The five-car, two-locomotive train zipped through the central Illinois countryside, hitting its high speed between the towns of Dwight and Pontiac.

  • Feds: Steelers ex-doc prescribed illegal steroids Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:43 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH-- A former Pittsburgh Steelers doctor who left the team after investigators questioned his bulk purchase of anabolic steroids has been indicted for illegally prescribing the muscle-building aids and other drugs.

  • Passenger numbers climb at Rockford airport Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:30 AM ET

    ROCKFORD, Ill.-- Passenger numbers continue to climb at the Rockford airport, which recorded its busiest September on record for passenger traffic. The Chicago Rockford International Airport had more than 13,000 passengers last month.

  • Unemployment rates fall in 7 US swing states Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:18 AM ET

    Rates dropped in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and North Carolina. They were unchanged in New Hampshire and Virginia. With just 18 days until Election Day, polls show GOP challenger Mitt Romney gaining momentum with voters in key states.

  • 3rd person guilty in $39M Fla. mortgage fraud Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- A third person has pleaded guilty in South Florida federal court to taking part in a $39 million mortgage fraud scheme. Juan Carlos Sanchez of New York, N.Y. pleaded guilty Thursday to mail and wire fraud conspiracy charges. Trial for the other defendants is scheduled for January 14 in Fort Lauderdale federal court.

  • Delta, U.S. Airways to offer flights to Key West Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:44 AM ET

    KEY WEST, Fla.-- Delta Air Lines Inc. and U.S. Airways are planning to begin nonstop seasonal service between Key West and both New York City and Washington D.C. in time for the Christmas travel season. U.S. Airways is a unit of US Airways Group Inc..

  • Fla. gov troubled by firings at property insurer Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:25 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- A move by Florida's largest property insurer to dismiss employees responsible for investigating wrongdoing drew criticism Thursday from Gov.

  • MagicJack posts 3Q profit, reversing loss Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 9:56 AM ET

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.-- Internet phone company MagicJack VocalTec Ltd. reported a third-quarter profit on Friday, reversing a small loss a year earlier, thanks to sharply higher revenue and lower expenses. Israel- based MagicJack earned $15.1 million, or 78 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30.

  • Retired deputy has 2nd career probing dog attacks Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 9:12 AM ET

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Two Rottweilers killed an 83- year-old man in Alabama. A two-day old infant was mauled to death in Pennsylvania. A two-year-old girl died after she was bitten by a pit bull in West Virginia.

  • Puerto Rico enthralled by cheeky newscaster puppet Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 9:10 AM ET

    This five-foot-tall character with a foam head painted with outrageous red lips, a shrill voice and a penchant for salacious details rules Puerto Rico's gossip circuit, with legions tuning into her show every afternoon ready for the latest bombshell.

  • Activists say Cayman must stop farming sea turtles Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:36 AM ET

    KINGSTON, Jamaica-- Wildlife activists urged the Cayman Islands on Thursday to permanently halt the farming of green sea turtles at a popular government-owned tourist attraction that has released thousands of juveniles into the sea and harvests some for meat.

  • DNC chairwoman mum on 2012 convention fundraising Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:20 AM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.-- The head of the Democratic National Committee distanced herself Thursday from the effort to raise money for her party's 2012 convention in Charlotte, which fell millions short despite breaking a pledge to forgo cash from special interests.

  • Gunman kills 3, self in Florida salon shooting Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:14 AM ET

    CASSELBERRY, Fla.-- A gunman opened fire at a central Florida beauty salon Thursday, killing three women and wounding the manager, who had asked for a restraining order against him, police said.

  • FDA: Fungus in tainted steroids and patients match Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one behind the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday.

  • Ill. Amtrak train set to hit 110 mph in test run Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 7:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- In a modest milestone for President Barack Obama's high-speed rail vision, test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph Friday. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Illinois Gov.