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  • Oct 11- Devon Energy Corp:. *Will close its office in Houston. *Reorganization charges are expected to approximate $125 million, with $100.

  • *IRS taking' hard line' on accounting issue-lawyer. The dispute centers on an accounting practice- known as the "completed contract method"- that the IRS has scrutinized for years.

  • Man with assault rifle robs Houston-area Tiffany's Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 7:12 AM ET

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas-- Investigators say a man with an assault rifle has robbed a Houston- area Tiffany& Co. store and fled with some expensive jewelry. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office on Thursday worked to identify the suspect, whose image has been captured on store surveillance video.

  • DANVILLE, Ky., Oct 11- With the Republicans grabbing the momentum in a shifting White House race, Vice President Joe Biden will look to recover some ground and ease Democratic worries on Thursday in a high-stakes debate against Republican challenger Paul Ryan.

  • BRIEF-Balfour Beatty wins U.S water contracts Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Balfour Beatty PLC:. *Balfour Beatty water and wastewater strategy delivers contracts over  £185. * £45 million, three year contract at the Galveston main water and wastewater.

  • DANVILLE, Ky., Oct 11- With the Republicans grabbing the momentum in a shifting White House race, Vice President Joe Biden will look to recover some ground and ease Democratic worries on Thursday in a high-stakes debate against Republican challenger Paul Ryan.

  • Dean Foods dips; rating cut on rising dairy costs Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:59 AM ET

    Dean Foods Co. shares fell Thursday after a UBS analyst downgraded his rating on the company's shares, expressing concern about rising dairy prices. THE BIG PICTURE: Dean Foods is one of the nation's largest dairy processors and milk distributors.

  • Oct 11- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has raised its 2012/ 13 global ending stock forecast for cotton to record highs for a third consecutive month, sending prices down and reinforcing concerns about weakening demand from China, the world's largest textile market.

  • US foreclosure filings hit 5-year low in September Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:14 AM ET

    It was the second-consecutive monthly decline in filings, although there remains a sharp divergence along state lines, according to a report Thursday by foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc..

  • American to continue reducing flights in November Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas-- American Airlines says it will cut passenger-carrying capacity by 1 percent in the first half of November as it tries to recover from widespread delays and a spike in cancelations. American said Thursday that the pullback will give it more time to return to normal operations without affecting holiday travel.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. Oil markets, which have been balancing concerns of lower global fuel demand against the risk of supply disruptions in the Middle East and loading delays of crude from the North Sea, also.

  • PORTLAND, Ore., Oct 10- Lawyers for 12 Oregon National Guardsmen suing contractor KBR Inc for negligence and fraud told a jury in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday that the soldiers were knowingly exposed to toxic chemicals in Iraq that made them ill.

  • By Tim McLaughlin and Toni Clarke and Aaron Pressman. BOSTON, Oct 10- A Massachusetts company that mixes drugs for hospitals on Wednesday gave up an attempt to distance itself from an affiliated pharmacy linked to a deadly U.S. outbreak of fungal meningitis.

  • BRIEF-GASFRAC provides operational review update Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 6:18 PM ET

    Oct 10- Gasfrac Energy Services Inc:. *Overhead staffing in the Houston office has been reduced from 16 to a sales. *Sees revenue for Q3 to be approximately $40 million with approximately $25.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. Oil markets, which have been balancing concerns of lower global fuel demand against the risk of supply disruptions in the Middle East and loading delays of crude from the North Sea, also.

  • Highlights from the Fed's US economic survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. Oil markets, which have been balancing concerns of lower global fuel demand against the risk of supply disruptions in the Middle East and loading delays in crude from the North Sea, were also closely watching forecasts from the U.S. government and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

  • By Tim McLaughlin and Toni Clarke and Aaron Pressman. BOSTON, Oct 10- Ameridose LLC, a private company that mixes drugs for hospitals nationwide, sought on Wednesday to distance itself from the firm at the center of a deadly U.S. outbreak of fungal meningitis, even though the two pharmacies have common owners.

  • NY cotton ends slightly up ahead of USDA monthly report Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:36 PM ET

    *Cotton market awaits USDA supply/demand report Thursday. The cotton market was awaiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's monthly report due on Thursday for any signs of damage to new crops in west Texas, the major U.S. growing region, after recent wet weather.

  • Endeavour Intl. prices offering of $54M in notes Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:31 PM ET

    HOUSTON-- Endeavour International Corp. on Wednesday priced its private offering of an additional $54 million of its 12 percent first priority notes due 2018.. The Houston oil and gas company said the notes were priced at 109 percent of par, at a yield worst of 9.436 percent. Endeavor shares fell 53 cents, or 5.7 percent, to $8.83 in afternoon trading.