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  • POMPANO BEACH, Fla.-- Box by box they arrived, the once glittering costumes of Broadway legends and theatre memorabilia, now dirty, tattered and forgotten.

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 26- China's yuan hit its strong-side limit with Friday's first trade and firmly hugged the trading band boundary all day until weakening suddenly before the market close. The yuan opened at the lower limit of 6.2380, its strongest level ever, and held steady until just before 4 pm, when it dropped to a close of 6.2489, reversing all of the day's gains.

  • But unlike other ships the Navy has decommissioned, these mattresses won't be heading to a local landfill following the Dec. 1 inactivation. The Navy will send the mattresses to a company in South Carolina as part of a pilot program to break the mattresses down and recycle their springs and foam for other uses.

  • NEW YORK-- The Coca-Cola Co. and its bottlers say they're more than doubling their investment Vietnam over the next few years, as the world's biggest beverage maker intensifies its push to capitalize on emerging markets.

  • Stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street after the government reported a slight pickup in U.S. economic growth. The gains were held in check by poor earnings reports from Goodyear Tire& Rubber and the lumber and real estate company Weyerhauser.

  • DETROIT-- American Axle& Manufacturing Holdings Inc. said Wednesday that it posted an $8.1 million third-quarter loss due to the cost of closing factories and refinancing its debt.

  • ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- Drivers listening to adult contemporary radio along Interstate 4 in central Florida are hearing ads like this: " President Obama raised taxes on Florida's small businesses, and his defense cuts will weaken our military and put thousands more Florida families out of work.

  • OSHKOSH, Wis.-- Oshkosh is rejecting a buyout offer from billionaire investor Carl Icahn. Shares in Oshkosh Corp. are up 25 cents to $29.99 in early trading. Earlier this month Icahn said he planned an unsolicited bid that valued Oshkosh at almost $3 billion, and said he would nominate a competing slate of directors in a bid for control of the company.

  • WASHINGTON-- The pre- Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call "Frankenstorm" is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready. The stage is set as Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba, continues to barrel north.

  • *Hurricane Sandy threatens U.S. after slamming Cuba. LONDON, Oct 26- Oil fell on Friday to around $108 a barrel and was heading for its second weekly drop, pressured by expectations U.S. economic growth will not be strong enough to bolster the demand outlook and by Europe's debt crisis.

  • DETROIT-- Federal safety regulators are investigating some older-model Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans because the throttles can stick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 50 complaints about sticky throttles in the cars from the 2000 through 2003 model years. The Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable and are nearly identical cars.

  • WASHINGTON-- The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster 2 percent annual rate from July through September, buoyed by more spending by consumers and the federal government. The report Friday from the Commerce Department is the last broad snapshot of the economy before Americans choose a president in 11 days.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- European share markets followed Asian stocks lower as lacklustre corporate earnings reports undermined investor confidence ahead of American growth data due later on Friday.

  • NEW DELHI-- Since launching his own political party this month, a fiery former tax officer has become the bane of some of India's most powerful politicians, publicly accusing them _ by name _ of corruption. He has accused Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law of making millions off shady real estate deals.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO-- A political corruption trial seen as a turning point toward cleaner governance in Brazil is nearing its end, with the country's Supreme Court starting to hand down tough sentences this week against powerful defendants. The trial has riveted Brazil for months, with results that have tarnished the reputation of the governing Workers' Party.

  • BEIJING-- China is telling tourist-favored Buddhist temples: Don't let money be your mantra. "Everywhere in China now is about developing the economy," complained Beijing resident Fu Runxing, a 40- year-old accountant who said he recently went to a temple where incense was priced at 300 yuan a stick.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- Accused UBS rogue trader Kweku Adoboli pleaded not guilty on Friday to two new counts of false accounting that were added to the indictment six weeks into his trial. The two new counts were added to help clarify the case for the jury. There are now six counts in total, two of fraud and four of false accounting.

  • DOWNEY, Calif.-- Authorities say a man held for questioning matches the description of a gunman who killed three people and critically wounded two others at a family-owned fire extinguisher business and a relative's nearby home in suburban Los Angeles.