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  • Chinese artist Ai Weiwei gets Smithsonian showcase Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:26 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who helped design Beijing's Olympic Stadium and has since drawn tough scrutiny for his political activism, is opening the first North American retrospective exhibition of his work in Washington.

  • The outbreak was first reported in Tennessee, where three people have died and 25 of the cases have been reported. "We do know there were over 700 patients in Tennessee who were exposed," said Dr.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 4- A steroid medication linked to the death of at least five people from rare fungal meningitis may have been administered to patients in 23 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said on Thursday, raising fears the rare outbreak could spread.

  • Retirees turn more attention to personal legacies Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:10 PM ET

    CHICAGO-- A growing number of retirees are looking to pass along more to the next generation than money and possessions. "There's an element regarding money, but it is really more about affirming your life as a legacy," says Neal Van Zutphen, a certified financial planner in Mesa, Ariz..

  • AFL-CIO registers 450,000 voters from union homes Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The AFL-CIO says it has registered more than 450,000 new voters from union households over the past 18 months, part of an ambitious push to swell the ranks of Democratic-leaning voters and help President Barack Obama win reelection.

  • Indiana drought conditions best since mid-June Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:17 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS-- The severe drought conditions that troubled Indiana through the summer have largely dissipated, with a federal report showing the state's dryness in its best condition since mid-June. Drought Monitor's weekly report released Thursday listed about 15 percent of Indiana in severe drought, mostly in the state's southeastern corner.

  • By Olivia Oran Oct 4- Shares of Berry Plastics Group Inc. Berry Plastics sold 29.4 million shares Wednesday night, raising $470.4 million. Berry Plastics, backed by private equity firm Apollo Global Management, is one of a handful of companies Apollo has been trying to take public this year.

  • Oct 4- Shares of Berry Plastics Group Inc. The Evansville, Indiana- based company opened New York Stock Exchange trading at $15.25 after shares priced at the low end of the expected range at $16. It sold 29.4 million shares on Wednesday night, raising $470.4 million.

  • TABLE - U.S. jobless claims rose in latest week Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    Oct 4- U.S. Labor Department report of initial state jobless benefit claims, seasonally adjusted. Initial Claims: Sept. 22 from 359,000. Mississippi 3,314 Ohio 1,975 Michigan 1,179.

  • Ind. gov touts funding for teacher, judge pensions Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:48 AM ET

    Mitch Daniels is touting investments in Indiana's public employee pension funds during his last few months in office. Daniels said Thursday that $207 million will be invested in teacher pensions, along with $90 million toward judges' pensions and $32 million for police pensions.

  • California wades into national labor debate Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:59 PM ET

    The battle over Proposition 32 on the November ballot follows conflicts in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and elsewhere where efforts to dilute the strength of organized labor have produced political tumult, a flood of TV ads and widespread demonstrations.

  • FDA: Ind. farm tied to salmonella outbreak unclean Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:09 PM ET

    On Aug. 22, about a week after the FDA inspections, Chamberlain Farm Produce announced it had voluntarily recalled all of its cantaloupes due to concerns that some might be tainted with salmonella.

  • UPDATE 1-Berry Plastics prices at low end of range Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 5:48 PM ET

    By Olivia Oran Oct 3- Container maker Berry Plastics Group Inc. Berry Plastics, based in Evansville, Indiana, is the latest in a slew of companies that Apollo is trying to take public this year. Berry Plastics intends use its IPO proceeds to redeem notes due in 2016, it said in its registration filing.

  • COLUMN-The monetization game: James Saft Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:30 PM ET

    Oct 3- The issue isn't whether the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank are monetizing debt now, it is instead whether their actions make them more likely to later.

  • Unemployment rates for Midwestern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
  • EPA: More cleanup needed in 2010 Enbridge spill Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:20 PM ET

    MARSHALL, Mich.-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday told Enbridge Inc. that the pipeline company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River system requires more cleanup work. The agency says it informed Enbridge more work is need upstream from the Ceresco and Battle Creek dams and Morrow Lake.

  • Indiana panel approves lottery outsourcing deal Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    The commission voted 3-0, with two members absent, to approve a 15- year contract with Rhode Island- based GTECH that is expected to make $1.7 billion in profit over five years _ a $500 million increase over state projections. GTECH already provides and maintains vending machines for the Hoosier Lottery.

  • Outside money fills airwaves in tight Senate races Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS-- Campaign cash from outside political groups is flooding into conservative states with close Senate races like Indiana, Arizona and Montana, where residents are more accustomed to local news promos between football games than the relentless, often snarky attack ads.

  • New Zealand bars Mike Tyson as tour debacle looms Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:10 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand-- New Zealand canceled a visa for Mike Tyson on Wednesday because of his rape conviction, saying it reversed its earlier approval because a charity that would have benefited from his appearance says it wants nothing to do with the former heavyweight boxing champion.

  • Labor standoffs silence orchestras in Minn., Ind. Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- The Minnesota Orchestra was called the world's greatest not long ago, welcome recognition for musicians based outside a top cultural center. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra has already cancelled concerts through Nov. 25 as negotiators argue over a proposal to trim the performers' average salary by $46,000 a year.