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  • Some answers about meningitis outbreak Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:17 AM ET

    Federal and state health officials are investigating an outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis. Most of the cases are in Tennessee, the rest in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. A: A specialty pharmacy, New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., custom-made the steroid.

  • Clinics rush to warn patients of tainted steroid Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:15 AM ET

    The Food and Drug Administration urged physicians not to use any products at all from the Massachusetts pharmacy that supplied the preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Buffalo Wild Wings upgraded Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:15 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Stable costs, menu price increases and a shift to selling wings by the pound are making analysts more optimistic on shares of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.. A Wedbush analyst on Friday raised his rating for Buffalo Wild Wings to "Outperform" from "Neutral," and lifted his price target on the company by $22 to $100.

  • Feds studying problems with Ford Escape throttles Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:15 AM ET

    DETROIT-- U.S. safety regulators are looking into throttle problems in older Ford Escapes at the request of a consumer group. The nonprofit North Carolina Consumers Council has asked federal regulators to investigate two complaints from drivers who say the small SUV stalled or surged forward.

  • Lehrer's philosophy on moderator's role tested Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:14 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Former PBS anchor Jim Lehrer says a debate moderator should be like a baseball umpire _ get out of the way and let the candidates play.

  • Safety agency investigating Honda Pilot, Odyssey Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:10 AM ET

    DETROIT-- U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that Honda Odyssey Minivans and Pilot SUVs can roll away after drivers remove the ignition key. The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affects more than 577,000 vehicles from the 2003 and 2004 model years that have automatic transmissions.

  • Biden: Romney changed his position on tax cut Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:09 AM ET

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa-- Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Thursday that he and President Barack Obama want to raise $1 trillion in taxes on the wealthy as part of a plan to let some Bush-era tax cuts expire, giving Republicans fresh fodder to criticize the Democratic ticket just days after the vice president said the middle class has been buried during the past four years.

  • US jobs figures reassure markets about economy Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:09 AM ET

    In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 0.7 percent at 5,871 while Germany's DAX rose 1.2 percent to 7,397. The CAC-40 in France was 1.6 percent higher at 3,457.. The benchmark New York rate was $2.41 lower at $89.31 a barrel.

  • *AARP: Not backing any presidential candidates Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:08 AM ET
  • AP Exclusive: Wyo. Range gas lease buyout planned Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:08 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.-- A land conservation group has reached a long-sought agreement with a petroleum company to prevent a controversial gas drilling project inside a national forest by buying out a vast area of federal oil and gas leases in northwest Wyoming.

  • US rattles Puerto Rico with bomb site cleanup plan Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:07 AM ET

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico-- The U.S. government has a new fight in Vieques, the Puerto Rican island that was used as a Navy bombing range for decades. Under a proposal favored by the Navy, the cleanup of the area would be deemed complete even though about 200 acres has not been cleared of munitions debris, some potentially still live.

  • NHL lockout wipes out opening 2 weeks of season Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Stop if you've heard this one before: the NHL is losing games because of a lockout. In a widely anticipated move, the NHL announced Thursday that 82 games between opening night next week and Oct. 24 have been canceled because of the ongoing fight with the players' association that had already forced the league to eliminate the preseason schedule.

  • Avon Products chairman to step down Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Beauty products seller Avon Products said Friday that its chairman and former CEO Andrea Jung will step down at the end of the year, ending her 18- year tenure at the company. She was replaced as CEO by Johnson& Johnson executive Sherilyn S. McCoy in April but retained her chairman title.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Mercury Computer shares sink Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Mercury Computer Systems Inc. sank 17 percent before the opening bell Friday as analysts cut their expectations for future profits after the defense contractor cut its outlook for its most recent quarter.

  • Study: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:01 AM ET

    The project tracked more than 9,000 women in St. Louis, many of them poor or uninsured. Jeffrey Peipert of Washington University in St. Louis in a study published Thursday.

  • Areva's bid to build Czech reactors rejected Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:01 AM ET

    PRAGUE-- Czech state-run power utility CEZ says it has rejected a bid by France's state-owned nuclear engineering giant Areva SA to build two more nuclear reactors at the Temelin nuclear plant. CEZ says Areva's bid has not met necessary criteria to run for the contract, estimated to be worth more than $10 billion.

  • *Nielsen: 67M viewers for 1st presidential debate Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET
  • Oil fluctuates after US jobs report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:56 AM ET

    The Labor Department said employers added 114,000 jobs in August. Benchmark oil is now down 44 cents to $91.27 per barrel in electronic trading in New York. A four percent jump on Thursday followed a 4 percent decline on Wednesday as traders assess the strength of global oil demand while watching development surrounding Syria in the Middle East.

  • US stock futures rise as jobs report shows gains Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- U.S. stock futures are rising after a government report showed the U.S. unemployment rate fell below 8 percent for the first time in four years and the economy gained 114,000 jobs in September. The Labor Department said the unemployment rate declined to 7.8 percent, matching its level in January 2009 when President Barack Obama took office.

  • Poland's health care marches for job security Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:40 AM ET

    WARSAW, Poland-- Thousands of health care workers are marching in Warsaw to demand higher pay and protest government plans to privatize parts of the health care system. Nurses from Belgium, France, Greece and other European Union nations also joined the Friday rally.