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  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 6- A widening outbreak of fungal meningitis has spread to Minnesota, which reported two cases to become the eighth U.S. state affected, officials said on Saturday.

  • Other states with cases are Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported 47 cases of meningitis on Friday, while Michigan reported an additional two cases and North Carolina one not included in the CDC count.

  • Other states with cases are Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana. Tennessee accounts for most of those, and state officials said on Friday the number there had risen to 29 cases, up four from Thursday. Three of the deaths so far have been in Tennessee, where the outbreak began, and one each in Virginia and Maryland.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 5- Tennessee confirmed on Friday four more cases of rare fungal meningitis, as health officials in 23 states scrambled to notify thousands of patients who received steroid injections linked to an outbreak that has killed five people. Three of the dead were in Tennessee, where the outbreak began, and one each in Virginia and Maryland.

  • US releases estimate of Utica Shale reserves Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:59 PM ET

    Drilling companies beginning to explore the Utica Shale got a piece of good news Friday when the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the rock formation in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states holds enormous reserves of natural gas and oil.

  • US drops 11 to 1,837 rigs exploring for oil, gas Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:34 PM ET

    Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,398 rigs were exploring for oil and 437 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 10 rigs, Louisiana and North Dakota each dropped by three and Alaska and Oklahoma were down two apiece.

  • Recalled steroid in outbreak went to 23 states Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:18 AM ET

    The steroid medication suspected in an outbreak of a rare kind of meningitis was shipped to 23 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The specialty pharmacy that made the steroid, New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., recalled three lots of the drug last week and has shut down operations.

  • *Kraft has spun off snacking business from grocery* Danone keeps Vitasnella brand for milk derivatives* Mondelez makes over a third of sales in Europe By Antonella Ciancio and Dominique Vidalon.

  • Oct 5- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Issuer Default Ratings of WGL Holdings, Inc.. and Washington Gas Light Company at' A+'. For the latest 12 months period ending June 30, 2012, WG comprised 81.6% of consolidated EBITDA.

  • *Danone keeps Vitasnella milk derivatives. *Mondelez makes over a third of sales in Europe. MILAN/ PARIS, Oct 5- Kraft Foods Europe, which is being integrated in spun-off snack giant Mondelez International, is buying Italy's Vitasnella snack business from French foods maker Danone for an undisclosed sum as part of its consolidation plans in Europe.

  • 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.

  • Oct 4- Though it's relatively rare, there are ways to break a prenup. Agreements are just agreements, after all, says Paul Talbert, a matrimonial lawyer in New York. " There are no statistics on how many prenuptial agreements are made a year, says Randall M. Kessler, a divorce lawyer in Atlanta, but he estimates that half of high-net-worth marriages have prenups.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- So far this year, top U.S. brokers managing more than $86 billion in client assets have decamped for a rival firm or decided go it alone- a troubling trend for big brokerages as teams with larger books of client assets depart. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Bank of America's.

  • 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.

  • Oil posts biggest gain in 2 months, tops $91 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:53 PM ET

    Tensions between Syria and Turkey gave oil prices their biggest jump in two months Thursday, while refinery outages boosted wholesale gasoline prices. Oil settled at $91.71 per barrel, up by $3.57, or 4 percent, on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil prices rose after Turkey's military fired on targets in Syria for the second day.

  • AFL-CIO registers 450,000 voters from union homes Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The AFL-CIO says it has registered more than 450,000 new voters from union households over the past 18 months, part of an ambitious push to swell the ranks of Democratic-leaning voters and help President Barack Obama win reelection.

  • First Niagara to cut some jobs, recruit for others Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:38 PM ET

    BUFFALO, N.Y.-- First Niagara Financial Group says it's realigning some staffing and will do away with 180 positions as it recruits for 250 others. The bank says it's hired 2,700 people over the past two years, including 1,200 from its recent purchase of 195 HSBC branches in New York and southwestern Connecticut.

  • Outbreak spotlights safety of custom-mixed drugs Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:37 AM ET

    Custom-mixed medicines like the steroid shots suspected in a meningitis outbreak have long been a source of concern, and their use is far wider than many people realize.

  • Three Mile Island begins testing new siren system Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:47 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.-- Officials at Exelon Corp.' s Three Mile Island nuclear facility in central Pennsylvania are beginning to test a new emergency siren system. Exelon says the sirens have improved sound and better battery backup to ensure they'll work during an electrical outage.