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  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected. The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta come as 43 people who...

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States is issuing new protocols for health workers treating Ebola patients and a rapid-response military medical team will start training even as Americans' anxiety about the spread of the virus abates with 43 people declared risk free. The government's new guidelines, which were set to come out at 7 p.m. EDT on Monday, were expected to...

  • Ebola fear factor subsides in U.S. financial markets Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 6:34 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 20- Investors should expect more calm to return to U.S. equity markets after some of the most volatile trading since 2012 as the 21- day incubation period for Ebola passes for many in Texas without new infections. But fears that Ebola could spread in the United States after three people in Dallas were diagnosed with the hemorrhagic fever added more...

  • 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...

  • GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:19 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. John Kasich says he doesn't think there will be a repeal in Washington, even if Republicans win a Senate majority and consolidate their hold on the House in next month's election. Kasich called 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 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...

  • Scotts Miracle-Gro to buy pest control company Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 12:28 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. said Monday that it plans to buy Action Pest Control Inc., a Midwest company that helps rid homes and businesses of bedbugs, termites and other pests. Scotts Miracle-Gro, based in Marysville, Ohio, already has a pest control service in Florida. Shares of Scotts Miracle-Gro added 39 cents to $56.52 in afternoon trading Monday.

  • Hundreds of businesses closed for not paying taxes Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 7:26 AM ET

    HAMILTON, Ohio— State officials report Ohio has suspended around 700 businesses since 2013 because owners didn't pay sales tax. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the state spends about $700,000 annually for investigators to track down and sometimes close those businesses that don't pay. There are currently 1,800 businesses with a recent...

  • Wyoming hired firms to market tourism Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— The Wyoming Office of Tourism has hired an Ohio public relations agency to help promote the state's tourism industry. Fahlgren Mortine will help the Wyoming tourism office develop a comprehensive media and public relations strategy. The firm has more than 200 full-time associates and will have more than seven associates assigned to Wyoming.

  • Ohio gas prices slightly higher to start work week Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 5:48 AM ET

    A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.07 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 3 cents more than a week ago, but 15 cents less than last month at this time. Ohio's average is lower than the national average, which was $3.10 Monday. Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown area has the lowest average at...

  • Larry Flynt's daughter hurt in Ohio car accident Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    DAYTON, Ohio— The daughter of Hustler publisher Larry Flynt has been seriously injured in an Ohio car accident and is hospitalized in critical condition. The Dayton Daily News reports 47- year-old Lisa Flynt was ejected from her car Saturday afternoon after it turned in front of a tractor-trailer. Lisa Flynt lives in the Dayton suburb Huber Heights.

  • Nurse on flights may have had worse case of Ebola Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 11:37 PM ET

    DENVER— The president of Frontier Airlines says a nurse who was on flights between Dallas and Cleveland and who later tested positive for Ebola may have been at a more advanced stage of the illness than previously thought. Barry Biffle emailed employees Friday about the findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Biffle says passengers on...

  • Ebola causing some people to change travel plans Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 6:23 PM ET

    The virus has killed more than 4,500 in West Africa since the current outbreak began several months ago. Several people who contracted the disease there have been treated in the United States, but only three cases have been diagnosed in the U.S., all in Dallas. Still, Ebola fear increased when officials disclosed that a nurse tested positive for the virus just over...

  • British broker Miller Insurance Services LLP said the product it created with U.S. broker William Gallagher Associates would also protect hospitals against any potential losses to revenue in the aftermath of a quarantine. The news comes as U.S. health officials said they were monitoring 16 people in Ohio, including one in quarantine, who had close contact...

  • US rig count down 12 to 1,918 Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 2:27 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 12 this week to 1,918.. Oklahoma decreased by seven rigs, New Mexico was down four, Alaska was off two and Arkansas, California and North Dakota each dropped one. Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah were unchanged.

  • The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment unexpectedly rose in early October to its highest level since July 2007. "The underlying strength of the U.S. economy remains intact," said David Berson, an economist at Nationwide Mutual Insurance in Columbus, Ohio. The data for the sentiment survey was collected between Sept. 25 and Oct. 15, a...

  • Huntington Bancshares misses Street 3Q forecasts Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Huntington Bancshares Inc. on Friday reported third-quarter profit of $155 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 19 cents per share. Analysts expected $715.7 million, according to Zacks.

  • Cliffs Natural expects about $6B 3Q charge Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 AM ET

    CLEVELAND— Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. said Friday that it will take a charge of about $6 billion to write down the value of its seaborne iron ore and coal assets. The Cleveland- based mining and natural resources company said that the impairment, to be recognized in its third quarter, is tied to expected lower long-term pricing and the difficult market for...

  • Smucker's employee charged with $4 million fraud Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 6:17 AM ET

    CLEVELAND, Ohio— Federal prosecutors say a man who worked at the J.M. Smucker Co. for 16 years stole more than $4 million by buying and selling aircraft parts through a phony company. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cleveland said Thursday that 54- year-old Mark Kershey has been charged with mail fraud. Court documents said Kershey submitted false invoices to the...

  • Ohio's September unemployment rate down Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio's unemployment rate fell slightly last month after holding steady for two months in a row, according to state numbers released Friday. The state's jobless rate was 5.6 percent for September, down from 5.7 percent in both July and August, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The Ohio unemployment rate was slightly...