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  • 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.

  • Highlights from the Fed's US economic survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 10- Pressure mounted for greater regulation of a little known corner of the pharmaceuticals industry in response to a meningitis scare that widened to 11 states on Wednesday with the first case confirmed in Idaho.

  • DC shows off new trains, upgrading 1970s look Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:59 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The nation's capital city is showing off a sleek new design for its subway trains, the biggest visible change to the cars since the system opened in the late 1970 s. Improvements on the new trains will be noticeable to anyone who has traveled the nation's second-busiest subway system.

  • Biden to play 'hardball' in VP debate Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:55 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Four years ago, Joe Biden was careful not to appear overly aggressive in his vice presidential debate with Sarah Palin, then a newcomer to the national stage. Now, as he prepares to debate Paul Ryan, a 14- year House veteran and the top Republican budget writer, Biden is less concerned about looking like a bully.

  • *May take to early Nov. to identify all stricken in Tennessee. Oversight committees in both the Senate and House hope to learn more about the outbreak before Oct. 12 from staff members of the Food and Drug Administration and the CDC, aides said.

  • Oct 10- Danaher Corp and Cooper Industries will sell their hand and power tools joint venture, Apex Tool Group, to Bain Capital for about $1.6 billion, joining a growing group of U.S. conglomerates that is divesting its non-core assets.

  • Oct 10- Danaher Corp and Cooper Industries agreed to sell their hand and power tools joint venture, Apex Tool Group, to Bain Capital for about $1.6 billion, joining the growing trend among U.S. conglomerates to shed non-core assets.

  • Host Hotels & Resorts 3Q FFO improves, rates climb Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 7:20 AM ET

    BETHESDA, Md.-- Room rates continued to climb during Host Hotels& Resorts' third quarter and occupancy improved as the lodging real estate investment trust's funds from operations climbed 12 percent. Funds from operations rose to $127 million, or 17 cents per share, for the period ended Sept. 7.

  • Danaher, Cooper to sell tool making JV for $1.6B Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 6:55 AM ET

    Danaher Corp. and Cooper Industries said Wednesday that they will sell a tool making business they created two years ago as a joint venture for about $1.6 billion to private equity firm Bain Capital.

  • On Tuesday, the outbreak claimed four more lives and Florida became the latest state to report at least one death linked to the illness in a widening health scare.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 9- A rare U.S. outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections has claimed four more lives with Florida the latest state to report at least one death linked to the illness in a widening health scare, authorities said on Tuesday.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 9- A rare U.S. outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections has claimed three more lives and New Jersey became the tenth state to report at least one case of the illness in a widening health scare, authorities said on Tuesday.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 9- A rare U.S. outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections has claimed three more lives and New Jersey became the tenth state to report at least one case of the illness in a widening health scare, health authorities said on Tuesday.

  • Md. students gather data for gas-drilling study Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:34 AM ET

    FROSTBURG, Md.-- Some high school students in Frostburg, Md. are monitoring the quality of the area's drinking water in anticipation of natural gas drilling. The Allegany County school board said Monday that environmental science students at Mountain Ridge High School have received a grant of more than $69,000 to collect water samples monthly for several years.

  • Officials discuss energy assistance issues Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:29 AM ET

    DOVER, Del.-- Social service agencies are teaming up with Delmarva Power to discuss wintertime energy issues affecting low-income residents in the mid-Atlantic region. Chris Coons, Dover Mayor Carleton Carey and Felecia Greer, director of the customer advocate office for Pepco Holdings, Delmarva's parent company.

  • 13,000 got suspect steroid shots; risk uncertain Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 8:58 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- As many as 13,000 people received steroid shots suspected in a national meningitis outbreak, health officials said Monday. Those injected in joints are not believed to be at risk for fungal meningitis, said Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • FED FOCUS-How a Fed inflation hawk changed his mind Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:20 AM ET

    CHICAGO, Oct 9- Narayana Kocherlakota surprised economists around the world last month when he called on the U.S. central bank to hold interest rates near zero, possibly for several years to come.

  • Since the Sept. 25 recall of three lots of a steroid produced by a Massachusetts company, the outbreak has spread to nine states and 105 patients, with eight people killed, the Centers for Disease Control said.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 8- About 13,000 people in 23 U.S. states may have received steroid injections linked to a rare fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed eight people, but far fewer are likely to contract the disease, the Centers for Disease Control said on Monday.