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  • 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.

  • Caribbean cruises leave wave of bitter merchants Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 1:56 AM ET

    FALMOUTH, Jamaica-- Tourists emerge by the hundreds from a towering, 16- deck megaship docked at the Caribbean's newest cruise port. That's not the way townspeople in the old Jamaican sugar port of Falmouth were told it would be.

  • TEXT-S&P cuts Pharmaceutical Product Development to 'B' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:37 AM ET

    --Wilmington, N.C.- based contract research organization Pharmaceutical Product Development LLC is issuing $500 million in notes that, together with $115 million in cash, the company will use to fund a sponsor dividend. --At the same time, we are assigning PPD's proposed $500 million PIK option notes a' CCC+' rating with a recovery rating of' 6'.

  • Gov't to warn motorists about counterfeit air bags Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Obama administration is preparing to warn car owners whose air bags have been replaced in the past three years that dangerous counterfeit bags may have been installed, according to auto industry officials who have been briefed by the government.

  • 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.

  • Cummins plans to cut 1,500 jobs by end of 2012 Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 8:02 PM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ind.-- Indiana- based engine maker Cummins Inc. plans to cut as many as 1,500 jobs by the end of the year. The Columbus- based company has factories in Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico and North Carolina, and several overseas.

  • *Wells Fargo, the No. 4 U.S. bank, denies allegations. Oct 9- The U.S. government filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit on Tuesday against Wells Fargo& Co, the latest legal volley against big banks for their lending during the housing boom.

  • *Wells Fargo, the No. 4 U.S. bank, denies allegations. Oct 9- The U.S. government filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit on Tuesday against Wells Fargo& Co, the latest legal volley against big banks for their lending during the housing boom.

  • TEXT-S&P assigns Peak 10 Holding 'B' rating Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 4:09 PM ET

    --U.S. data center operator Peak 10 Holding Corp. plans to issue a new $300 million senior secured term loan to refinance its existing credit facility and pay a dividend of approximately $215 million to its private-equity owners.

  • NY cotton rises slightly in consolidated trade Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:55 PM ET

    *Cotton market awaits USDA supply/demand report Thursday. The benchmark contract traded in a range from 71.41- 72.53 cents, finding resistance just above the 100- day moving average at 72.39 cents.

  • Attorney in Manhattan and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit against Wells Fargo& Co. The government's complaint seeks damages and civil penalties from Wells Fargo under the U.S. Wells Fargo is the No. 4 U.S. bank as measured in assets.

  • 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.

  • Feds seek full court review of cigarette warnings Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:49 PM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.-- The U.S. government is asking a federal appeals court to rehear a challenge to a Food and Drug Administration requirement that tobacco companies to put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages to show that smoking can disfigure and even kill people.

  • --We lowered our rating to' D' from' CCC-' on class K from Banc of America Large Loan Inc.' s series 2006- BIX1, a U.S.

  • Duke unit to test sirens at NC nuclear Plant Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:58 AM ET

    NEW HILL, N.C.-- Life will be a little noisier over the next several weeks for people who live near the Harris Nuclear Plant in New Hill, N.C.. Beginning Tuesday, Progress Energy will test the public alert notification sirens between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays.

  • NC Chamber sponsors health care summit Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:32 AM ET

    Among the speakers are Lanier Cansler, former secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services and Brad Wilson, the chief executive officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Robert Ingram of Hatteras Venture Partners will speak about what health care reform means for business.

  • Cash America buying 34 new stores in US Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas-- Less than two weeks after announcing plans to slash its operations in Mexico, Cash America is adding new pawn shops in the U.S. The Fort Worth, Texas, company said Tuesday that it has signed two deals for 34 locations, in Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky and Arizona, for $68 million to $72 million.

  • Diminished GOP brand heightens Romney's challenge Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 9:08 AM ET

    Not helping him much is the Republican Party he leads. When talking with unaffiliated voters, "it's more important to sell Romney" than Republican policies, said Jordan McSwain, 19, who makes about 800 phone calls a week for GOP candidates from the central North Carolina town of Salisbury.

  • 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.

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