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  • NEW YORK, Oct 8- Coca-Cola Co, PepsiCo Inc, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc and other beverage makers will begin displaying the calorie count of drinks sold in vending machines next year, a U.S. soda industry group said on Monday.

  • GM to hire thousands of computer professionals Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:30 PM ET

    BIG CHANGE: General Motors is setting up four technology innovation centers in the U.S. and plans to hire 10,000 computer specialists over the next three-to-five years. THE NEWS: GM announced on Monday that one of the centers would be in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Mich., on the site of its Technical Center.

  • A look at GM's technical innovation centers Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:23 PM ET

    The company has announced the sites of the first two centers, in Austin, Texas, and suburban Detroit, but it won't comment on the other two. AUSTIN, Texas: GM picked the home of the University of Texas because of its rich base of high-tech workers.

  • *Current record was set in 1960 by a U.S. Air Force colonel. Oct 8- An Austrian adventurer is preparing to skydive from a balloon flying 23 miles above New Mexico on Tuesday, seeking to break a long-standing altitude record- and the sound barrier- in the process. If the weather is good, the balloon will be launched at dawn on Tuesday, around 7 a.m. New Mexico time.

  • *Marathon to purchase refinery for $598 million. HOUSTON, Oct 8- Marathon Petroleum Corp is buying BP Plc's Texas City refinery, the site of a deadly industrial accident, in a $2.5 billion deal that will make it the No. 4 U.S. refiner with a bigger potential slice of lucrative exports.

  • GM moves to bring computer technology in-house Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 5:37 PM ET

    General Motors is moving past layoffs and the Motor City's rusty, low-tech image. "The companies that build the software themselves in general are going to have an advantage," says David Kirkpatrick, author of a book about Facebook and CEO of Techonomy Media Inc., a New York firm that specializes in setting up technology conferences. "

  • Oct 8- Eli Lilly and Co said its experimental Alzheimer's drug led to a 34 percent reduction in memory decline for patients with mild symptoms over a period of 18 months, giving it potential ammunition to seek approval for the medicine that showed no benefit in more advanced stages of the disease.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 8- Some 13,000 people in 23 U.S. states may have received steroid injections linked to a rare fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed eight people, but far fewer are likely to contract the disease, the Centers for Disease Control said on Monday.

  • Investor: Cracker Barrel chair's resume misleads Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:34 PM ET

    SAN ANTONIO-- Cracker Barrel is in an extended fight with its biggest shareholder, Sardar Biglari. In a public letter to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. on Monday, Biglari, said the restaurant was being misleading when, in a letter to shareholders last week, it referred to chairman-elect Jim Bradford as "a former NYSE company CEO."

  • Texas Senators analyze virtual learning statewide Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:19 PM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas-- Education leaders in the Texas Senate are holding a hearing on the growing demand for virtual learning statewide. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio will serve as acting chairwoman for Monday's hearing, which will include testimony on successful virtual learning programs and analyzing what hinders those not working so well.

  • Oct 8- Eli Lilly and Co said its experimental Alzheimer's drug led to a 34 percent reduction in memory decline for patients with mild symptoms over a period of 18 months, giving it potential ammunition to seek approval for the medicine that showed no benefit in more advanced stages of the disease.

  • Pilots approve contract with American Eagle Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:25 PM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas-- Pilots for American Eagle have approved a new labor contract with the company, which provides regional flights for American Airlines. Eagle and American Airlines are owned by AMR Corp. All three filed for bankruptcy protection in November.

  • *World Bank warns on slowing Chinese economic growth. NEW YORK, Oct 8- Cotton prices were flat to slightly higher on Monday as speculative short covering and a buoyant grains market offset concerns about slowing growth in China, the world's largest textile market.

  • DETROIT, Oct 8- Chrysler will introduce on Friday a new set of television commercials to promote the rollout of its redesigned primary pickup truck, the Ram Truck 1500, which appears at U.S. dealerships this month.

  • News Summary: Soda machines to post calories Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:31 PM ET

    SUGAR SHOCK: Coco-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. say they'll start posting calorie counts on vending machines starting next year. A LITTLE CONTEXT: The move comes ahead of a regulation that could require restaurant chains and vending machines to post calorie information.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 8- U.S. health authorities scrambled on Monday to identify more cases of a rare form of meningitis, including enlisting local police to find people who might be infected by tainted steroid injections that have so far killed eight people.

  • With Wal-Mart overhang, other prepaid cards worry Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:55 PM ET

    NetSpend and Green Dot, which sells many of its cards at Walmart stores, tumbled Monday after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced it would offer its own prepaid card with credit card issuer American Express Co. With its shares falling, Green Dot replied with a statement saying it supported Wal-Mart's efforts to offer more financial products to more customers.

  • At a Glance: Weekly change in state gas prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:14 PM ET
  • The widening outbreak has alarmed federal and state health officials and focused attention on regulation of pharmaceutical compounding companies like the one that produced the drugs, the New England Compounding Center Inc in Framingham, Massachusetts.

  • American Airlines: Key revenue number rises Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 11:26 AM ET

    DALLAS-- American Airlines parent AMR Corp. said Monday that a key revenue measure rose 4 percent in September although traffic declined as the carrier struggled with widespread flight delays and cancellations. American's improvement in the revenue statistic beat the results of several other large U.S. airlines.