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  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States is issuing new protocols for health workers treating Ebola patients and a rapid-response military medical team prepared to start training, even as 43 people being monitored for the virus were declared risk free. The government's new guidelines, which a top health official said could come out as soon as Monday, were expected to...

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- Weeks of worry about Ebola infection ended on Monday for several dozen people who came off watch lists in the United States, but more than 260 others were still being monitored for symptoms as the U.S. government ramped up its response to the virus. In Texas, 43 people who had contact with Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the...

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- Weeks of worry about Ebola infection ended on Monday for several dozen people who came off watch lists in the United States, but 120 others were still being monitored for symptoms as the U.S. government ramped up its response to the virus. Forty-three people who had contact with Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the...

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- Weeks of worry about Ebola infection ended for dozens of people who came off watch lists in the United States on Monday, but scores were still being monitored after potential exposure to the virus, Texas health officials said. Forty-three people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the disease in the United...

  • V.F. misses Street 3Q forecasts Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    GREENSBORO, N.C. _ V.F. Corp. on Monday reported third-quarter profit of $470.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.09 per share. Analysts expected $3.57 billion, according to Zacks.

  • IBM 3Q disappoints as it sheds 'empty calories' Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 6:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK— IBM disappointed investors Monday, reporting weak revenue growth again and a big charge to shed its costly chipmaking division as the tech giant tries to steer its business toward cloud computing and social-mobile services. Is it too late for IBM? Remaking itself is something IBM has done many times through its long history.

  • Electrolux buoyed by US growth Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 4:47 AM ET

    STOCKHOLM— Growth in the U.S. and efficiency gains in Europe helped Swedish home-appliance maker Electrolux post a 42 percent jump in third-quarter profits. Electrolux CEO Keith McLoughlin told The Associated Press said he was "quite pleased with the result in what could be characterized as challenging macro conditions." Last month, Electrolux— ranked as the...

  • NC insurers press for higher homeowners rates Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina's insurance commissioner on Monday began deciding whether to allow homeowner's coverage costs to rise by as much as 35 percent even as more insurers demand even higher rates in agreements with customers. Craig Smith has seen the annual insurance premium for his rural Pitt County home double to $2,000 since he and his wife Brenda...

  • Urgent-care clinics ill-equipped to treat Ebola Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 1:10 AM ET

    When a Dallas County sheriff's deputy who had entered the apartment of the first patient to die from Ebola in the U.S. started feeling ill himself, he didn't rush to the nearest hospital. So did a man who recently traveled to West Africa and was complaining of flu-like symptoms, prompting the suburban Boston urgent-care practice where he went to briefly shut down...

  • HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct 18- Bermuda suffered extensive power outages on Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo pummeled the tiny island chain with rain and howling winds, but the tourist destination dodged catastrophic damage and death despite the direct hit. Only minor injuries were reported, Bermuda officials said. By mid Saturday, weather on the island had...

  • HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct 18- Power was out for nearly 30,000 customers in Bermuda, and many roads were impassable on Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo pummeled the island with rain and howling winds through the night, but there were no reports of serious injuries or deaths. The strongest storm to sweep the subtropical British territory in a decade whipped Bermuda...

  • HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct 18- Power was out for tens of thousands in Bermuda on Saturday morning after Hurricane Gonzalo pummeled the island with torrential rain and howling winds through the night, but there have been no reports of serious injuries. Damage from the storm was believed to be widespread in Bermuda, a tourist destination and affluent insurance...

  • Hedge fund seeks board seats at Family Dollar Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 5:35 PM ET

    Family Dollar Stores Inc. accepted an $8.5 billion cash and stock buyout offer from fellow discounter Dollar Tree in July. Family Dollar said previously that regulators are less likely to raise antitrust concerns in a deal with Dollar Tree. Elliott Management said that Family Dollar missed a chance to get Dollar General and Dollar Tree into a bidding war.

  • Publix recalls snack mix that had peanuts Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Supermarket chain Publix is recalling a snack mix because the label doesn't warn shoppers that it contains peanuts. Publix Asian Mix was sold at all its stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. Customers who bought the product can return it to a Publix store for a full refund.

  • Chimerix gets FDA OK to test drug for Ebola Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    Chimerix Inc. said Thursday that it has received FDA clearance to proceed with a trial examining the safety and effectiveness of its brincidofovir tablets in patients who have the virus. Chimerix did not immediately return requests for comment. Chimerix is working with the U.S. Department of Defense on developing the drug as a treatment against smallpox.

  • More than 1,700 FairPoint workers go on strike Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Frustrated over a negotiating stalemate, more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike Friday, with picket-wielding employees demanding that the telecommunications company return to the bargaining table. But striking workers who staff call centers and maintain the region's...

  • Unions to go on strike against FairPoint Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 8:37 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Two unions representing more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont announced they were going on strike early Friday after a failed attempt hours earlier to re-engage the company in negotiations. The unions have offered "significant concessions" but the company wasn't interested, said Peter...

  • NC revenues off $62M in 1st quarter Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina government took in slightly less than what state officials projected during the first quarter of the fiscal year, and questions persist about whether broad tax changes will crimp again the state budget for a second year in a row. The legislature's chief staff economist told lawmakers this week state revenues were $62 million below...

  • Senate task force to aid southern W.Va. coalfields Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 11:19 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Senate President Jeff Kessler is setting up a task force as part of a push to help West Virginia's struggling southern coalfields. The SCORE program is based off the Shaping our Appalachian Region program, which has similar goals for eastern Kentucky's hurting coalfields. Kessler's 13- member Senate task force will look at a variety of ways to...

  • BB&T meets 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 5:54 AM ET

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. _ BB&T Corp. on Thursday reported third-quarter profit of $557 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 71 cents per share. Analysts expected $2.3 billion, according to Zacks.