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  • Oct 4- Dish Network Corp said the broadcasting arm of newspaper publisher Gannett Co Inc has threatened to withdraw broadcasting on the satellite TV provider if it does not block the commercial-skipping feature on its digital video recorders or agree to pay massive penalties.

  • The outbreak was first reported in Tennessee, where three people have died and 25 of the cases have been reported. "We do know there were over 700 patients in Tennessee who were exposed," said Dr.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 4- A steroid medication linked to the death of at least five people from rare fungal meningitis may have been administered to patients in 23 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said on Thursday, raising fears the rare outbreak could spread.

  • The informant, a Wall Street banker who remained anonymous to protect his career, previously received two other million-dollar payouts from the IRS, said his attorney, Erika Kelton, with Phillips& Cohen in Washington. His reward last week could have been larger if his claims were brought forward under newer IRS whistleblower rules revamped in 2006, she said.

  • Higher-end retailers like Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom are also dangling bonus dollars in front of their customers and tying them to store credit cards, says Mary Delk, director in the retail practice of the consultancy Deloitte LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Outbreak spotlights risks from custom-mixed drugs Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:24 PM ET

    Two people blinded in Washington, D.C., in 2005. Three dead in Virginia in 2006 and three more in Oregon the following year. Twenty-one dead polo horses in Florida in 2009. Earlier this year, 33 people in seven states with fungal eye infections. Unlike manufactured drugs, these products are not subject to approval by the Food and Drug Administration.

  • Many watch debate; some are pleased, few are moved Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:29 AM ET

    "A guy like Romney should excite me," said Becker, 30, a Republican who manages real estate investments in Fairfield, a charming shoreline town on Connecticut's affluent "gold coast." That was before the 90- minute head-to-head matchup between Romney and President Barack Obama in Denver, their first of three debates before Election Day.

  • Clothing retailer Cato says Sept. sales down 4 pct Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:22 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Cato Corp., a women's clothing store, said on Thursday that a key measure of September revenue fell 4 percent, and it said its third-quarter earnings will be at the low end of its guidance.

  • Rare US meningitis outbreak grows; 4 dead, 22 sick Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:40 AM ET

    Eighteen of the cases are in Tennessee, where a Nashville clinic received the largest shipment of the steroid.. Three cases have been reported in Virginia, two in Maryland, two in Florida and one in North Carolina. Two of the deaths were in Tennessee, and Virginia and Maryland had one each, said officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • TABLE - U.S. jobless claims rose in latest week Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    Oct 4- U.S. Labor Department report of initial state jobless benefit claims, seasonally adjusted. Initial Claims: Sept. 22 from 359,000. Mississippi 3,314 Ohio 1,975 Michigan 1,179.

  • Krispy Kreme signs franchise agreement in Asia Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:12 AM ET

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. said Thursday that it has reached an agreement with an Asian retail operator to develop 15 franchised stores in Singapore over the next five years. The doughnut chain is working with Star360 Group to develop the stores.

  • Seacrest: No problem with feuding judges Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:52 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Feuding divas on "American Idol"? Ryan Seacrest says that's just great. The show's host said Wednesday that things got intense between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey during a tryout taping the previous day in Charlotte, N.C..

  • Birkenfeld, now living in New Hampshire, helped lead the IRS to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. taxes owed on money stashed in Swiss bank UBS AG, where he once worked. Despite the case, the IRS program, which was overhauled in 2006, has been criticized for moving too slowly. Confidentiality laws keep information about IRS payouts minimal.

  • Unemployment rates for Southern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET
  • NC home insurance companies request rate increase Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:21 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.-- Insurance companies want to increase North Carolina homeowner's policies by an average of nearly 18 percent next year. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said Wednesday that consumers have until Oct. 19 to offer their views on the request by the North Carolina Rate Bureau, which represents insurance companies.

  • HanesBrands reaffirms its 2012 guidance Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:31 PM ET

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- HanesBrands Inc. reaffirmed its 2012 financial guidance Wednesday, and its shares rose in trading. HanesBrands, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., sells underwear, socks, T-shirts and other products under brands such as Hanes, Champion and Playtex. Shares of HanesBrands increased 77 cents, roughly 2 percent, to $32.80 by early afternoon.

  • Tenn: Meningitis outbreak prompts investigation Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:18 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Tennessee and federal health experts are investigating an outbreak of meningitis that infected 14 people who received steroid injections, killing two of them, the state's chief medical officer said Tuesday. David Reagan, chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, said the latest two cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours.

  • Biden: Middle class 'buried' the last 4 years Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:08 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the middle class has been "buried" during the past four years, a statement that Republicans immediately seized upon as an unwitting indictment of the Obama administration.

  • Online schools face backlash as states question results Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:54 AM ET

    In Maine, New Jersey and North Carolina, officials have refused to allow new cyber-schools to open this year, citing concerns about poor academic performance, high rates of student turnover and funding models that appear to put private-sector profits ahead of student achievement.

  • Both Stanley and Crawford joined the firm as senior vice presidents of wealth management, leading the Palmetto Advisory Group, which also includes advisers Linda Fraser, Geoffery Forsyth and Carolee McKeown and private client assistant Henry Batts.