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  • West Pharmaceutical boosts dividend Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:19 PM ET

    LIONVILLE, Pa.-- West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. said Monday that its board declared a quarterly dividend of 19 cents per share, up 5.6 percent from its prior payout of 18 cents. The dividend is payable Nov. 7 to shareholders of record Oct 24. Shares of West Pharmaceutical ended trading up $1.03 at $54.10.

  • --U.S.-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. is proposing to issue $500 million senior secured notes due 2020 and $300 million of unsecured notes due 2020. The company will use the proceeds to repay existing debt and for other purposes including acquisitions.

  • Pocono return celebrates IndyCar history Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 3:09 PM ET

    With Pocono officially back on the IndyCar schedule after a 23- year absence, Carpenter wanted to pick up as many tips as possible from someone with experience at "The Tricky Triangle." The return to Pocono is being celebrated as a nod to IndyCar's history and tradition.

  • Healthcare Services rises as analyst sees growth Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 2:55 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Healthcare Services Group Inc. rose Monday after a UBS analyst said the company, which provides housekeeping and food services to hospitals and nursing homes, should be able to sustain its strong growth. THE SPARK: Analyst A.J. Rice began covering Healthcare Services with a "Buy" rating and a price target of $27 per share.

  • Washington Post buying bulk of Celtic Healthcare Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 2:17 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Washington Post Co. is getting into the health care business with the purchase of a majority stake in Celtic Healthcare Inc., a provider of home health care and hospice services. Mars, Pa.- based Celtic provides home health care and hospice services in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

  • Oct 1- Washington Post Co said it would acquire a majority stake in privately held Celtic Healthcare Inc, branching even further away from its newspaper roots.

  • McKesson will buy Med3000; terms not disclosed Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:51 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Prescription drug distributor McKesson Corp. said Monday that it agreed to buy Med3000, a health care management and technology service company. McKesson said the deal will expand its revenue management division. Shares of McKesson rose 34 cents to $86.37 in midday trading.

  • Bass fishing and gas drilling meet in Pittsburgh Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:43 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH-- Bass fishing, gas drilling and downtown Pittsburgh collided at a professional fishing tournament last week, and the unlikely partnership prompted cheers and concerns from anglers, environmentalists and the general public. One of the fishermen at the event said that even having a tournament in Pittsburgh is a sign of progress.

  • Carmike Cinemas buys 16 theaters from Rave Reviews Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ga.-- Carmike Cinemas Inc. said Monday that it has bought 16 theaters for $19 million in cash, part of Carmike's push to expand through acquisitions. The theater chain bought the theaters, which have 251 screens, from Rave Reviews Cinemas LLC, which is owned by investment firm BV Investment Partners.

  • Rulemaking will likely delay NY gas drilling plans Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York regulators expect to reopen their rulemaking process for natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing, casting doubt on whether a 4- year-old moratorium on development will be lifted before next year.

  • Ikea stores plan to only sell LED lighting by 2016 Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 8:36 AM ET

    Ikea believes the shift to the longer-lasting bulbs will help set an environmentally friendly example in the industry and also save the company about $10 million to $20 million a year, or 10 percent, in lighting costs at its 300 stores around the globe, said Steve Howard, the company's chief sustainability officer.

  • Oct 1- The Washington Post Co said it would acquire a majority stake in privately held Celtic Healthcare Inc, marking the education and media company's entry into the healthcare sector.

  • Bernanke makes strong defense of Fed rate policies Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 12:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a wide-ranging defense Monday of the Federal Reserve's aggressive policies to stimulate the still-weak economy. The Fed needs to drive down long-term borrowing rates because the economy isn't growing fast enough to reduce high unemployment, Bernanke said in a speech to the Economic Club of Indiana.

  • America Pauses to Remember 9/11 on 11th Anniversary Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 | 9:28 AM ET
    A New York City policeman salutes a flag hanging from One World Trade ceremonies for the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2012 in New York City.

    Americans paused again Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremony, but also a sense that it's time to move forward after a decade of remembrance.

  • Ten Unique Multimillion Dollar Homes Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 | 5:18 PM ET
    The specialty features of luxury homes are pretty commonplace: wine cellar, home gym, swimming pool, and perhaps an equestrian stable.  Yet for some of the most exclusive addresses, there are distinctive features that set them apart from the rest. TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reached out to their network of real estate professionals throughout the country to find some of the most compelling homes on the market listed for upwards of a million dollars— in many of the following cases,  north of a mill

    For some of the most exclusive addresses, there are distinctive features that set them apart from the rest. Check out this list of multimillion dollar homes with big surprises, courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

  • While the July unemployment figure rose a tenth of a point from June to 8.3 percent, the government says 44 states saw their rates increase.

  • Cities With the Most Affordable Homes Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 4:58 PM ET
    Home prices are strengthening and affordability of houses is slightly lower, according to new data from the second quarter of 2012. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) found that 92 percent of metropolitan areas had a rise in median home prices over the first quarter of 2012. Some homebuyers might not welcome this news, but for the home seller, it’s “another signal that the housing recovery is starting to take root,” said NAHB Chairman Barry Rute

    Check out the major metropolitan housing markets with the most affordable homes for sale, counting down to number one.

  • President Barack Obama is reflected on a glass table as he appears on television screens at an electronics shop in 2008 during a segment of a 30-minute prime-time infomercial.

    If television ad spending is any guide, the White House race will come down to nine states that have absorbed an eye-popping $350 million in commercials so far.

  • With No Vote, Taxpayers Stuck With Tab on Bonds Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 11:47 AM ET

    With many cities now preoccupied with other crushing costs — pension obligations, retiree health care, accumulated unpaid bills — a sudden call to honor a long-forgotten bond guarantee can be a bolt from the blue, precipitating a crisis. The New York Times reports.

  • Campaigns Blitz 9 Swing States in a Battle of Ads Friday, 8 Jun 2012 | 11:19 AM ET
    Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

    The presidential campaigns and their allies are zeroing in mainly on nine swing states, bombarding them with commercials in the earliest concentration of advertising in modern politics, The New York Times reports.