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  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to the lowest level in more than four and a half years, according government data on Thursday that suggested improvement in the labor market. DOUG BRAIN, ECONOMIST, STONE& MCCARTHY RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY.

  • US foreclosure filings hit 5-year low in September Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:14 AM ET

    It was the second-consecutive monthly decline in filings, although there remains a sharp divergence along state lines, according to a report Thursday by foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc..

  • *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.

  • --The Carlyle Group is acquiring Landmark Aviation for $625 million, funded mostly with debt. --We are assigning our' B-' corporate credit rating to LM U.S. Member LLC. On Oct. 10, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services assigned its' B-' corporate credit rating to LM U.S. Member LLC (along with co-borrower LM U.S. Corp Acquisition Inc.).

  • UPDATE 1-Realogy prices at high end of range Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 6:07 PM ET

    Oct 10- Real estate services company Realogy Holdings Corp priced its initial public offering at $27 a share on Wednesday, at the top of its expected range, an underwriter said. raised $1.1 billion by pricing 40 million shares as planned, making it the third largest IPO in the United States this year behind Facebook and Santander Mexico Financial Group.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CBS makes 'Made in Jersey' the fall's first victim Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- The fall TV season has claimed its first victim: the CBS series "Made in Jersey." CBS announced Wednesday the legal drama had been pulled from the Friday lineup after just two airings. The network, which is part of CBS Corp., is replacing it with the fourth season of the reality series "Undercover Boss," starting Nov. 2.

  • 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.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 10- CBS on Wednesday axed its new legal drama "Made in Jersey" after just two episodes, in the first cancellation of the new U.S. television season. But poor reviews and lower audiences for the second episode caused CBS to pull the new show from its schedule. CBS, owned by CBS Corp, has long been the most-watched of the four leading U.S.

  • Revel reveals revenue reversal in September Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:19 PM ET

    Atlantic City's newest casino took less money from gamblers in September than it did in August. Atlantic City's 12 casinos collectively saw their September revenue fall by 6.3 percent to $276 million compared with September 2011. So far, Revel has not been the catalyst that many in Atlantic City had hoped it would be.

  • Kerouac's only play premieres in Mass. hometown Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:54 PM ET

    The Beat Generation notables and their poetry-writing, conformity-defying antics come to life in the first production of Kerouac's only play.

  • *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.

  • Building on momentum, Romney renews push for Ohio Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:16 AM ET

    AKRON, Ohio-- Republican Mitt Romney is making a fresh bid for Ohio voters, trying to use post-debate momentum to make up ground in a state that has been a mainstay of GOP presidential candidates and could help President Barack Obama hold onto the White House. We're going to do it here in Ohio. "

  • NJ's Homestead credit deadline extended Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:57 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- New Jersey homeowners will have more time to apply for property tax credits, but they'll get them later than originally planned. The state on Tuesday announced that it would extend the deadline for applying for Homestead credits to Dec. 14 from Oct. 19. The Treasury Department says the change will allow more people to apply.

  • Report sees jobs, revenues in offshore winds Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:21 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.-- The large-scale development of wind power off the Mid-Atlantic coast would create more than 70,000 jobs from New York to Virginia, an industry-sponsored study concludes. The study was conducted for the Atlantic Wind Connection and released during the American Wind Energy Association's annual conference in Virginia Beach.

  • Toys R Us to open toy departments in 24 Macy's stores Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:56 AM ET

    Oct 10- Toys R Us Inc said it will open toy departments in 24 Macy's Inc stores this holiday season as the world's largest specialty toy retailer looks to reach more shoppers in the biggest selling season of the year.

  • Becton Dickinson CFO to go, temporary exec named Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.-- Medical device maker Becton Dickinson& Co. says Chief Financial Officer David Elkins is leaving for another job, and named one of its executives as a temporary CFO while it searches for a replacement. Elkins, 44, has been with the Franklin Lakes, N.J., company since 2008. He will leave after Becton Dickinson reports financial results on Nov. 7.