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  • *Most news cases in Michigan. The widening outbreak has alarmed U.S. health officials and focused attention on regulations of pharmaceutical compounding companies like the one that produced the drugs, the New England Compounding Center Inc in Framingham, Massachusetts.

  • *Ohio and Minnesota latest to report cases. The latest two deaths were reported on Saturday in Michigan, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other states with reported cases of people who fell ill after receiving the injections- primarily for back pain- are Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 6- A widening outbreak of fungal meningitis has spread to Minnesota, which reported two cases to become the eighth U.S. state affected, officials said on Saturday.

  • Officials reject conspiracies on unemployment rate Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | 3:01 AM ET

    The staffers who compute the U.S. unemployment rate work in an agency of the Labor Department. Officials who have overseen the work say it's prepared under tight security with no White House input or supervision. The only BLS employee appointed by the White House is the commissioner, who operates independently of the White House.

  • Other states with cases are Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported 47 cases of meningitis on Friday, while Michigan reported an additional two cases and North Carolina one not included in the CDC count.

  • Other states with cases are Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana. Tennessee accounts for most of those, and state officials said on Friday the number there had risen to 29 cases, up four from Thursday. Three of the deaths so far have been in Tennessee, where the outbreak began, and one each in Virginia and Maryland.

  • Steep drop in unemployment rate spawns conspiracy Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 6:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Sasquatch might as well have traipsed across the White House lawn Friday with a lost Warren Commission file on his way to the studio where NASA staged the moon landing. Officials at the Labor Department said the jobs figures are calculated by highly trained government employees without any political interference.

  • TEXT-S&P puts all BWAY ratings on watch developing Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:14 PM ET

    --An affiliate of Platinum Equity has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BWAY Parent Co. Inc. in a transaction valued at approximately $1.24 billion. --To resolve the CreditWatch, we plan to assess the impact of the acquisition on Atlanta- based BWAY Holding Co.' s financial profile to resolve the CreditWatch.

  • Oct 5- American Airlines said on Friday it had repaired seat locks on 42 of 48 Boeing 757 jets after some seats came loose during flights this week. In recent days, three separate incidents occurred in which seats on American Airlines flights came unbolted from the floor, prompting an investigation by the FAA and jet inspections.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 5- Tennessee confirmed on Friday four more cases of rare fungal meningitis, as health officials in 23 states scrambled to notify thousands of patients who received steroid injections linked to an outbreak that has killed five people. Three of the dead were in Tennessee, where the outbreak began, and one each in Virginia and Maryland.

  • Deere-Hitachi NC excavator plant to add 340 jobs Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:33 PM ET

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C.-- A partnership between two behemoth builders of excavating machinery said Friday it plans to add 340 jobs at a North Carolina plant in return for incentives of more than $5 million while promising salaries below the local average.

  • *Dish says Gannett wants it to shut down Hopper DVR. *Gannett source says it never asked Dish to disable Hopper. Oct 5- Gannett Co Inc and the Dish Network Corp are sparring over fees that could leave Dish customers blacked out from major networks on Sunday in a fight the No. 2 satellite TV provider said involves its controversial DVR, the Hopper.

  • Atlanta transit system selects new leader Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:12 AM ET

    ATLANTA-- Atlanta's public transit system has named a Texas transportation official as its new chief executive officer and general manager. Before that, he was the CEO of the Charlotte Area Transit System in North Carolina. Parker was selected after a nationwide search for a new CEO and general manager of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

  • Governor unfolds roadmap to develop Miss. energy Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:35 AM ET

    Phil Bryant is renewing his focus on promoting energy-related development. He said Mississippi should focus on energy development because it has natural advantages in the area and because the field produces high-paying jobs. "Most energy jobs pay twice the average household income in Mississippi," the governor said.

  • VIT supporters defend record running Va. ports Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:25 AM ET

    NORFOLK, Va.-- Virginia International Terminals Inc. defended its record as the operator for the Virginia Port Authority on Thursday, saying its past success is irrefutable. The state created Virginia International Terminals in 1983.. VIT promotes Virginia and Virginia only, "said Joseph Ruddy, executive vice president for Virginia International Terminals.

  • Recalled steroid in outbreak went to 23 states Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:18 AM ET

    The steroid medication suspected in an outbreak of a rare kind of meningitis was shipped to 23 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The specialty pharmacy that made the steroid, New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., recalled three lots of the drug last week and has shut down operations.

  • Oct 05- A peaceful transfer of power following Georgia's parliamentary elections reflects positively on the country's institutions, Fitch Ratings says, but may be partly offset by an increase in policy uncertainty. The poll held 1 October was a test of Georgia's capacity to hold competitive elections.

  • Brazil's Olympic chief keeps power despite critics Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:08 AM ET

    SAO PAULO-- The man who has headed the Olympic movement in Brazil for decades and helped bring the Summer Games to Rio de Janeiro is set to extend his rule amid increased criticism and accusations of wrongdoing.

  • Oct 4- Dish Network Corp said the broadcasting arm of newspaper publisher Gannett Co Inc has threatened to withdraw broadcasting on the satellite TV provider if it does not block the commercial-skipping feature on its digital video recorders or agree to pay massive penalties.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- Colonial Pipeline, the nation's largest oil product pipeline, said on Thursday one of its stublines carrying gasoline from Atlanta to Nashville may have had a release of about 500 gallons, necessitating the shutdown of Line 19..