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  • American says more planes need repairs to seats Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:51 PM ET

    DALLAS-- American Airlines says it will do repairs on 49 more planes to prevent the seats from coming loose during flight. Airline spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said Friday that crews will add a backup locking device to seats in most of its Boeing 767 s. Huguely says the work started Thursday and will be done by Oct. 21.

  • NASA in nasal spray deal to combat motion sickness Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:55 PM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 12- NASA has signed an agreement with a California- based startup to develop and market a nasal spray for motion sickness, the U.S. space agency said on Friday. NASA will work with privately owned Epiomed Therapeutics of Irvine, California, on the nasal spray, which has been shown to be a fast-acting treatment for motion sickness.

  • TEXT-Fitch cuts 9 classes of ML-CFC 2006-1 Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:33 PM ET

    Oct 12- Fitch Ratings downgrades nine classes and affirms five classes of ML-CFC Commercial Mortgage Trust, series 2006-1. A detailed list of rating actions follows at the end of this press release. As of the September 2012 distribution date, the pool's aggregate principal balance has decreased 38.2% to $1.32 billion from $2.14 billion at issuance.

  • TEXT-S&P rates Clear Channel Communications notes Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:56 PM ET

    --Clear Channel Communications Inc., a subsidiary of CC Media Holdings Inc., has announced plans to issue $2 billion of priority guarantee notes due 2019 in exchange for $2 billion of its bank debt due in 2014 and 2016..

  • Wheat falls on forecast for rain in the Midwest Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:24 PM ET

    Wheat for December delivery fell 29.25 cents to finish at $8.5675 per bushel. The weekend rains are expected to help winter wheat crops that have been plagued by dry weather in western Kansas, western Nebraska and eastern Colorado.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- Privately held manufacturer Ameriforge Group Inc is up for sale and has hired investment bank Harris Williams& Co to advise on the process, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The firm, which has 21 plants and multiple brands, could be worth between $750 million and $800 million, one of the sources said.

  • US drops 2 to 1,835 rigs exploring for oil, gas Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:58 PM ET

    Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,411 rigs were exploring for oil and 422 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained four rigs while Alaska, New Mexico and Oklahoma gained one apiece. Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming lost one rig apiece.

  • Linn climbs in 1st trading day Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of LinnCo LLC, a subsidiary of oil and natural gas developer Linn Energy LLC, rose nearly 4 percent in its first day of trading on the Nasdaq. The Houston company raised about $1.1 billion in its initial public stock offering, selling 30.3 million shares for $36.50 each. Trading under the "LNCO" symbol, shares added $1.30 to $37.80 in afternoon trading.

  • Dems in coal states diverge on Obama policies Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:34 PM ET

    They fault President Barack Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency for new clean air rules they deride as a devastating blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that has been the lifeblood of Appalachia for generations.

  • Oct 12- The deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis expanded to 12 states with the first case confirmed in Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday, bringing the total of cases to 184..

  • FDA regulation of pharmacies has knotty history Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 1:57 PM ET

    But this isn't the first time Congress has pushed for more authority over the industry. And with a gridlocked Congress at its most unproductive in decades, experts don't expect to see new laws passed anytime soon.

  • Oct 12- Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental bowel disorder drug met the main goal of reducing bowel movements in patients with gastrointestinal cancer in a mid-stage study, sending its shares up as much as 13 percent on Friday. However, Morningstar analyst Karen Andersen said the drug could now be potentially used as a first-line therapy.

  • Such a move would force the new Astoria plant to boost its offer price for capacity, leading to major power price increases that would harm consumers, the New York Public Service Commission said in a release Thursday.

  • Diamondback shares rise in initial trading Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:35 AM ET

    Diamondback Energy Inc.' s shares are rising its first day of trading as a public company. The Midland, Texas, company, which develops oil and natural gas reserves in Texas, raised $218.8 million in its initial public stock offering, selling 12.5 million shares for $17.50 each. It had projected a price of $17 to $19.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Frantic drilling activity across the United States has at last begun to moderate, as the industry responds to the plunge in prices for natural gas and now liquids such as butane and natural gasoline.

  • LinnCo shares rise in market debut Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    Oct 12- Shares of LinnCo LLC, a company set up to buy a stake in U.S. oil and gas producer Linn Energy LLC, rose as much as 3 percent on their debut, a day after the company priced its offering at $36.50 per share.

  • Lexicon Pharma rises on new tumor drug data Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc. rose Friday after the company reported new clinical study data for its potential drug telotristat, which treats a condition caused by tumors in the gastrointestinal tract. Lexicon shares gained 12 cents, or 5 percent, to $2.51 in morning trading.

  • Armstrong foundation fighting for future Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 9:42 AM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas-- Lance Armstrong can never ride again in the world's top cycling races. His cancer-fighting foundation, however, plans to plunge ahead, despite the sanctions laid on Armstrong by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and its blistering report that portrays the cyclist as cheating his way through seven Tour de France victories.

  • Devon Energy to move Houston operations to OKC Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 9:29 AM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY-- Oklahoma-based Devon Energy Corp. says it will close its office in Houston and transfer operations to Oklahoma City. The oil and gas company has about 500 employees in its Houston office, which now serves as the operations center for Devon's oil and natural gas fields in south and east Texas and Louisiana.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Frantic drilling activity across the United States has at last begun to moderate, as the industry responds to the plunge in prices for natural gas and now liquids such as butane and natural gasoline.