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  • WASHINGTON, Oct 11- Republican Mitt Romney would accelerate spending on new U.S. Navy warships, cut the Pentagon's civilian workforce and speed up development of new weapons systems if he wins the 2012 presidential election, two advisers said on Thursday.

  • ST. LOUIS, Oct 11- Big U.S. banks should become smaller to make any failure more manageable, a senior Federal Reserve official said on Thursday, supporting a suggestion that the size of banks be limited to a specific percentage of U.S. gross domestic product. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard told reporters.

  • TORONTO, Oct 11- Canada's main stock index rose slightly on Thursday, recovering from three days of losses that culminated in a five-week low, encouraged by U.S. employment data and comments from the IMF that were seen as supporting stability in the euro zone.

  • ST. LOUIS, Oct 11- Big U.S. banks should be reduced in size to make their future failure more manageable, a senior Federal Reserve official said on Thursday, supporting a suggestion that banks' size be limited to a specific percentage of U.S. gross domestic product.

  • *Wal-Mart lines up 6 major health centers for procedures. *Wal-Mart has covered transplants since 1996 By Jessica Wohl.

  • NJ firm planning gas-fueled power plant in Pa. Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:44 PM ET

    NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- A New Jersey firm has plans to build a 900 megawatt, $750 million natural gas-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania. LS Power, which has offices in East Brunswick, N.J. and St. Louis says the plant in North Beaver Township, Lawrence County, will be fueled from gas drawn from a pipeline out of Tennessee.

  • Drought holds steady, clouding winter crop outlook Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:56 AM ET

    The USDA now estimates that farmers will harvest 10.71 billion bushels of corn, down from last month's estimate of 10.73 billion bushels. The USDA said 69 percent of the nation's corn crop has been brought in from the fields as of Monday, more than double the average rate of the previous five years.

  • LMI Aerospace expanding in St. Charles, Mo. Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:49 AM ET

    ST. CHARLES, Mo.-- An aerospace manufacturer plans a $4.3 million expansion of its suburban St. Louis facilities that could add about 100 new jobs. Jay Nixon's administration said Wednesday that LMI Aerospace is adding nearly 49,000 square feet to its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in St. Charles. LMI Aerospace fabricates metal products for aircraft.

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct 10- U.S. Claire McCaskill of Missouri released new ads on Wednesday attacking Republican challenger Todd Akin's views on emergency contraception and his comments that women can naturally fend off pregnancies caused by "legitimate rape."

  • News Summary: Fed says housing lifts growth Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 6:15 PM ET

    REGIONS STRONGER: The Federal Reserve's survey of business conditions around the country found that stronger housing markets had given a boost to economic growth in nearly every region of the country at the end of the summer.

  • TEXT-S&P rates ERAC USA Finance notes 'BBB+' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 5:43 PM ET

    Oct 10- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services said today that it has assigned its' BBB+' issue rating to ERAC USA Finance LLC's notes, rule 144 A offerings without registration rights. ERAC's parent, Enterprise Holdings Inc., guarantees the notes. --Summary: Enterprise Holdings Inc., Sept. 25, 2012.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- Experimental Alzheimer's drugs from Roche Holding AG and Eli Lilly& Co have been selected for a high-profile clinical trial to test whether it is possible to prevent the brain-wasting disease from developing in at-risk patients.

  • Down economy exacerbating US town dissolutions Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:50 PM ET

    Carmen Wilkerson ran for mayor of St. George with one clear goal in mind for the tiny Missouri town: Get rid of it. In 2008, St. George _ known as a local speed trap _ had spent $200,000 more than it took into its coffers, according to county records. In its budget woes, St. George is far from alone.

  • McCaskill hits Akin with ads featuring raped women Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    Claire McCaskill took aim Wednesday at Republican challenger Todd Akin with a new series of TV ads featuring rape survivors outraged by Akin's remark about "legitimate rape" and his opposition to emergency contraception.

  • Oct 10- U.S. tax preparer H&R Block Inc said it was exploring strategic alternatives for its banking unit to avoid heavy costs associated with stricter supervision under the Dodd-Frank Act. H&R Block, like other companies with small banking units, is under pressure to get out of the business to escape costly oversight by the U.S.

  • Nebraska-based bank buying Missouri bank Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:22 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.-- Nebraska- based Pinnacle Bank has agreed to buy First State Bank of Joplin, Mo.. First State Bank has four branches in Joplin, one in Sarcoxie and one in Webb City and a total of $183 million in assets.

  • Oct 10- Roche Holding AG's experimental drug gantenerumab and Eli Lilly& Co's solanezumab have been chosen to be tested in a high-profile global Alzheimer's disease prevention trial, and a second Lilly medicine is being considered for potential inclusion in the study, Washington University said on Wednesday.

  • alzheimer's prevention trial-- Washington university. in global trial- Washington university. alzheimer's in different way-- Washington university.

  • 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.