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  • Settlement meeting set in Miss. mill blast lawsuit Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.-- A settlement conference is scheduled Thursday in a federal lawsuit brought by a man who was injured in an explosion at an International Paper Co. mill in Mississippi in 2008.. The lawsuit claims International Paper recklessly ignited the boiler when it was filled with combustible gas.

  • Oct 24- Victims of a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak are starting to sue the physicians and clinics that administered tainted steroid shots, and the success of the suits could hinge on whether judges decide the injections are subject to product liability or medical malpractice laws.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- Applications for U.S. home mortgages fell sharply last week, registering the biggest percentage decline in a year as demand for both purchase loans and refinancings tumbled, data from an industry group showed on Wednesday.

  • Portland food and wine festival kicks off Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine-- The four-day Harvest on the Harbor food and wine festival is kicking off in Portland. The festival in the Maine city gets under way Wednesday evening with the Grand Tasting on the Harbor gala, where 20 of the area's top restaurants prepare tastings of their favorite dishes.

  • *Vegas less powerful in casino world after Macau boom. With no full-time staff in Asia and a mission that includes nurturing an industry increasingly dependent on China- controlled Macau, the granddaddy of U.S. gambling regulators may ultimately prove powerless to police a global business of which Las Vegas is no longer the capital, industry veterans said.

  • NBC talent show to hold auditions in Birmingham Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:58 AM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- The NBC television show America's Got Talent will hold auditions for the upcoming season on Dec. 10 in Birmingham. The manager of the Alabama Film Office, Kathy Faulk, says location for the auditions will be announced later.

  • *Ukraine arrests former presidential bodyguard Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:54 AM ET
  • *Ga. store offers gun raffle in exchange for voting Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:53 AM ET
  • Germany's E.ON pulls out of Finnish nuclear plans Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:52 AM ET

    HELSINKI-- Finnish utility Fennovoima says Germany's E.ON AG is selling its stake in the company, meaning it will pull out of a nuclear power plant project in Finland.

  • EURO GOVT-In-demand Bunds rise on glum data Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:52 AM ET

    *Germany sells 3.3 bln euros of 10- yr bonds, demand good.

  • UPDATE 4-Oil bounces as China data eases economy worry Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:46 AM ET

    *Iran, Nigeria supply concerns underpin prices. LONDON, Oct 24- Oil rose on Wednesday, snapping a six-day losing streak, after economic data from China suggested a gradual recovery in the world's No. 2 oil consumer, though weak European data kept the gain slim. Brent crude was up 40 cents at $108.65 a barrel by 1020 GMT.

  • *Swift, Minaj to perform at American Music Awards Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET
  • EU's Almunia: no probe into Microsoft system for tablets Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 24- EU regulators do not have any reason to open an investigation into Microsoft's operating system for tablets, the EU's antitrust chief said on Wednesday. ``There are no grounds to pursue an investigation on this issue,'' EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told a news briefing.

  • Tupperware's 3Q results more than quadruple Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Tupperware Brands Corp.' s third-quarter net income more than quadrupled from a year ago, bolstered by strong sales in its emerging markets. The seller of food-storage containers and other home products, based in Orlando, Fla., also raised its profit outlook, sending shares up more than 7 percent.

  • Toxic release reports sought for oil, gas drilling Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Environmental groups say they plan to petition the federal Environmental Protection Agency to require toxic chemical release reporting for the oil and gas industry.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold holds near 7-week low; eyes on Fed meeting Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 24- Gold prices hovered near a seven-week low on Wednesday as a weak reading of the German economy lifted the dollar versus the euro, while dealers awaited the U.S. Spot gold was at $1,708.90 an ounce at 1023 GMT against $1,708.09 late in New York on Tuesday, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were up 30 cents an ounce at $1,709.70.

  • *Vroom! Nation's fastest road to open in Texas Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:43 AM ET
  • Swing-state voters hit with mail ad barrage Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    MANITOWOC, Wis.-- Around lunchtime each day, the latest missives promoting or pillorying Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney arrive in Diane Ouradnik's mailbox. Senior citizens are getting dueling pieces from Obama and Romney casting the other as detrimental to Medicare.

  • Group to release study on tobacco tax increase Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    BALTIMORE-- A Maryland health advocacy group is releasing a study on the effects of tax increases on small cigars and smokeless tobacco products. The Maryland Health Care For All Coalition is releasing the study on Wednesday in Baltimore. The tax increases were approved this year.

  • Navistar makes public offering of about 10M shares Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    LISLE, Ill.-- Navistar is making a public offering of about 10 million shares of its stock. Earlier this month Navistar International Corp. added a colleague of activist investor Carl Icahn and a former protege of his to its board in order to head off a proxy war.