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  • 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.

  • Jobs report boosts Obama; Romney not impressed Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:57 PM ET

    FAIRFAX, Va.-- Mitt Romney was still celebrating his widely praised debate performance when the campaign lurched in a different direction. Incumbent and challenger alike campaigned in battleground states during the day, each man starting out in Virginia before the president headed for Ohio and Romney flew to Florida.

  • SpaceX set for its first cargo run to space station Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:51 PM ET

    Cape Canaveral, Fla., Oct 5- Space Exploration Technologies, the first private company to fly to the International Space Station, is poised to launch its initial cargo mission to the orbital outpost as part of a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to deliver supplies.

  • FAIRFAX, Va., Oct 5- President Barack Obama on Friday hailed a drop in the U.S. jobless rate to the lowest level since he took office, saying the country had "come too far to turn back now," as he sought to recover from a lackluster debate performance against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

  • Jobs report brings down debate high in Romney camp Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:46 PM ET

    ABINGDON, Va.-- The cheering stopped on Mitt Romney's campaign plane Friday morning. The day before, aides had whistled and clapped when the Denver control tower commended the Republican presidential nominee's debate performance.

  • US unemployment below 8 pct, first time since 2009 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:17 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time since the month President Barack Obama took office, a surprising lift for both the economy and his re-election hopes in the final weeks of the campaign. It fell because a government survey of households found that 873,000 more people had jobs, the biggest jump since January 2003.

  • *Nonfarm payrolls rose 114,000 in September* Unemployment rate falls to 7.8 percent, lowest since 2009* Household survey shows most job gains since 1983* Average hourly earnings gain 7 cents* Report is second to last before Nov. 6 elections By Lucia Mutikani.

  • High court to hear farmer, Monsanto seed dispute Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:17 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a dispute between a soybean farmer and Monsanto Co. over the company's efforts to limit farmers' use of its patented, genetically engineered Roundup Ready seeds.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 5- The number of people stricken with a rare form of meningitis linked to steroid injections rose to 47 in seven U.S. states, the Centers for Disease Control said on Friday, but the number of people killed by the outbreak remained at five. Other states with cases are Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana.

  • THE RACE: Jobs news may help Obama regain footing Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:28 PM ET

    And the 7.8 percent September unemployment rate, down from 8.1 percent in August, was clearly welcome to President Barack Obama. That was so for both Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. For Reagan, unemployment peaked at 10.8 percent in November and December 1982.

  • 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.

  • FAIRFAX, Va., Oct 5- President Barack Obama on Friday hailed a drop in the U.S. jobless rate to the lowest level since he took office, saying the country has "come too far to turn back now," as he sought to recover from a lackluster debate performance against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

  • 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.

  • *Nonfarm payrolls rose 114,000 in September* Unemployment rate falls to 7.8 percent, lowest since 2009* Household survey shows most job gains since 1983* Average hourly earnings gain 7 cents* Report is second to last before Nov. 6 elections By Lucia Mutikani.

  • Report: Va. poultry an $8 billion industry Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:30 PM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.-- Virginia's poultry industry provides nearly 14,000 jobs and has an economic impact totaling more than $8 billion, according to a study released Friday. The report found that the poultry and egg industries in Virginia provide 13,480 direct jobs and indirectly contribute to a total of 41,710 jobs.

  • US unemployment falls to 7.8 pct., a 44-month low Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:53 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away.

  • Obama: Jobs report shows economy is on right track Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:42 AM ET

    FAIRFAX, Va.-- President Barack Obama says an encouraging jobs report shows that the country has made too much progress to turn back to the policies that he says led the nation into an economic crisis. At a campaign event in suburban Washington, Obama said the report was "a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now."

  • FAIRFAX, Virginia, Oct 5- President Barack Obama on Friday hailed the drop in the U.S. jobless rate in September to the lowest level since he took office as a "a reminder this country has come too far to turn back now."

  • Obama takes a second crack at Romney tax plan Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:25 AM ET

    AIRING: This ad by the Obama campaign is airing in the closely contested states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. SCRIPT: Republican nominee Mitt Romney said in the first presidential debate that he's "not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. It cuts to an image of NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell citing the Tax Policy Center report.