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Top News & Analysis Massachusetts

  • NEW YORK-- Donald Trump wants to make a deal with President Barack Obama. If Obama releases his college and passport records by the end of October, the New York real estate mogul and reality show host says he will contribute $5 million to a charity of the president's choice.

  • CANTON, Mass.-- A Massachusetts probate judge will hold another hearing Thursday before deciding whether to unseal testimony that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave in the divorce case of Staples founder Tom Stemberg. Attorneys for Romney and Staples asked the judge for more time to review two booklets of testimony.

  • WALTHAM, Mass.-- Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.' s third-quarter earnings climbed 9 percent, helped by revenue growth in key segments, and the scientific instrument and laboratory supply maker raised its forecast for 2012.. The Waltham, Mass., company said Wednesday it earned $290.4 million, or 79 cents per share, in the three months that ended Sept. 29.

  • 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.

  • BOSTON-- Water from a leaking boiler collected just outside a room that was supposed to be sterile. In the meantime, Massachusetts Gov. "Those whose laboratory practices caused this outbreak should never practice pharmacy or manufacture in Massachusetts again," Patrick said.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 23- Zynga Inc laid off 5 percent of its full-time workforce and shut its Boston office on Tuesday as it embarked on a sweeping cost-cutting campaign that may eventually see the ``FarmVille'' game creator close its Japanese and British studios as well.

  • NEW YORK-- Barnes& Noble Inc. said Tuesday that devices used by customers to swipe credit and debit cards have been tampered with in 63 of its stores in nine states. The stores are in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

  • *DuPont drops sharply on results, UTX modestly lower. NEW YORK, Oct 23- U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, driving the Dow industrials to the biggest drop since June 21, as weak results from index members DuPont and United Technologies showed profit growth is slowing.

  • *DuPont, 3 M, United Tech, UPS miss revenue forecasts. *DuPont, 3 M Co cut profit forecasts.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- A panel of judges on Thursday will hear arguments that U.S. prosecutors should not have been able to play dozens of FBI wiretaps at the criminal trial of hedge fund tycoon Raj Rajaratnam, a closely watched appeal in one of the biggest insider-trading cases in a generation.

  • NEW YORK- Global shares slide more than 1 percent and the euro falls as a slew of weak U.S. corporate earnings results and credit rating downgrades of several indebted regions of Spain triggered a new round of fears over the global economy (MARKETS-GLOBAL/, moving shortly, by Angela Moon, 1,050 words).

  • *DuPont, 3 M, United Tech, UPS miss revenue forecasts. *DuPont, 3 M Co cut profit forecasts. DuPont and United Tech are by no means the only big U.S. companies to begin cutting jobs.

  • BOSTON, Oct 23- The pharmacy tied to a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak escaped harsh punishment from health regulators several times in the years leading up to the health crisis that has raised questions about oversight of the customized drug mixing industry, newly released state records show.

  • WESTFORD, Mass.-- Shares of Cynosure Inc. climbed Tuesday after the cosmetic treatment equipment maker said it swung to a third-quarter profit on higher sales. The company said revenue rose 31 percent in the quarter ended Sept. 30 to $37 million, primarily driven by laser treatment sales in North America.

  • WASHINGTON-- A prominent gay Republican group offered Mitt Romney its "qualified endorsement" on Tuesday, calling it the right decision for the nation even as it slammed Romney's opposition to gay marriage.

  • WASHINGTON-- TITLE: "The Clear Path". AIRING: Mitt Romney's campaign declined to say where the ad is airing. One is a path represented by the president, which, at the end of four years, would mean we'd have $20 trillion in debt, heading towards Greece.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- An auction of items from former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's failed video game company has begun, with early bidders snatching up swords, lamps and even a wheelchair left behind when 38 Studios collapsed. Rhode Island lured 38 Studios from Massachusetts with a $75 million loan guarantee.

  • SPRINGFIELD, Mass.-- Ameristar Casinos Inc. has unveiled plans for a $900 million- plus casino at a former industrial site in Springfield, Mass.. The Ameristar plan announced Tuesday includes 150,000 square feet of gambling space, a 500- room hotel, multiple restaurants and a spa on a former Westinghouse Electric site it owns near Interstate 291.

  • British drug giant AstraZeneca PLC and a small U.S. drug developer, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc., said Tuesday that they are teaming up to develop and then market Ironwood's new drug for irritable bowel syndrome in China.

  • CONCORD, N.H.-- New Hampshire health officials are testing fish in various parts of the state to see if there are elevated levels of radiation following a 2010 tritium leak at Entergy Corp.' s Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.