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  • AVONDALE, Penn., Oct 11- The Federal Reserve's stated intention to keep interest rates ultra low for nearly three more years is suggesting to some that the Fed is willing to cut the jobless rate at the expense of higher inflation, putting the central bank's credibility at risk, a top official of the U.S. central bank said on Thursday.

  • 7th man dies after Minn. company shooting in Sept. Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:10 AM ET

    Eric Rivers died at Hennepin County Medical Center on Wednesday night, his family said in a statement. The production manager became the sixth victim to die from the Sept. 27 shootings at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, not including gunman Andrew Engeldinger, 36, who committed suicide.

  • *Lawmakers seek tighter regulation of compounding companies* Outbreak has sickened 138 people in 11 states, killed 12* Senator Brown to return contributions from NECC owners By Tim McLaughlin and Toni Clarke.

  • 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.

  • For small business, hiring depends on the industry Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:55 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- If you are trying to figure out if small businesses are hiring, it depends on where you look. Just last Friday when the government was raising suspicious eyebrows with its report of a sudden drop in the unemployment rate so close to a presidential election, Andy Asbury was hiring a full-time employee to work at his Minneapolis real estate brokerage.

  • Dueling Meadowlands mall traffic studies offered Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:42 PM ET

    Those wildly contrasting conclusions were offered to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority on Wednesday by the two warring parties in the bitter dispute, the New York Giants and Triple Five Group, the developer that took over the troubled project last year.

  • End of the line for returnable Coca-Cola bottle Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:35 PM ET

    A small Coke bottler in Minnesota says it's stopping production of the bottles, which customers could return to get back a 20- cent deposit. The company in Winona, Minn., had been refilling the returnable bottles since 1932 but said it no longer makes business sense to continue doing so.

  • 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.

  • News Summary: Final run for historic Coke bottle Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- DRINK UP: A small Coke bottler in Minnesota says it will no longer make the 6.5- ounce returnable, glass bottles it had been making since 1932.. The Coca-Cola Co. notes that its 8- ounce recyclable glass bottles are nearly identical and still widely available.

  • Final run for 6.5-ounce returnable Coke bottle Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:12 PM ET

    A small Coke bottler in Minnesota says it's stopping production of the bottles, which customers could return to get back a 20- cent deposit. The company in Winona, Minn., had been refilling the returnable bottles since 1932 but said it no longer makes business sense to continue doing so.

  • Analyst: Wal-Mart shipping no big threat to Amazon Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:29 PM ET

    Caris& Co. analyst Scott Tilghman said in a research note Wednesday that Wal-Mart Stores Inc.' s recently announced plans for same-day shipping is not the threat to Amazon.com Inc. that some perceived it to be. Wal-Mart's program offers fewer products and is being offered in five markets, versus the 10 being tested by Amazon.

  • Wisconsin, Minnesota ready for first wolf hunts Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:27 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.-- For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around their cabins and pastures, eying up Fido or Bessie.

  • *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.

  • YOUR MONEY - Is your boss watching your cholesterol? Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:30 AM ET

    Workers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc pay a surcharge of $10 per pay period if they smoke, for example. "Companies are struggling to get people more engaged in their health, and financial incentives are an increasingly important piece of that puzzle," says Tom Billet, senior consultant for human resource consulting firm Towers Watson.

  • Players lash out at new bounty discipline Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:24 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith and the NFL players union left little doubt they remain determined to challenge Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority to suspend players in connection with the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Goldman lauds UnitedHealth deal Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:09 AM ET

    UnitedHealth's plan to buy a majority stake in a Brazilian health benefits and care provider makes sense for the U.S. health insurer, says a Goldman Sachs analyst, but the deal doesn't resolve uncertainty about the health care overhaul that is keeping investors away from the stock.

  • Spirit Airlines opening crew base at DFW airport Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    GRAPEVINE, Texas-- Spirit Airlines Inc. on Dec. 1 will open a flight attendant and pilot crew base at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as it expands operations in Texas. The low cost carrier also plans an open house in Dallas for potential flight attendants.

  • Minn. corn, soybean harvests outpace 2011 Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:25 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Minnesota's corn and soybean harvests are advancing well ahead of last year's pace as well as the five-year averages. In its weekly crop progress report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that 95 percent of Minnesota's soybean crop was harvested by Sunday, compared with 69 percent last year and a 55 percent average.

  • 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.