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  • Oct 24- The U.S. Department of Interior granted a lease for an offshore wind farm off the coast of Delaware to a unit of U.S. power company NRG Energy, which decided in December to put the project on hold due to financial considerations.

  • CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Online content-delivery company Akamai Technologies Inc. said Wednesday that its third-quarter earnings rose 14 percent from a year ago as revenue grew. Net income in the three months to Sept. 30 rose to $48.2 million, or 27 cents per share, from $42.3 million, or 23 cents per share, a year ago.

  • DISTRESSING DISCOVERY: An investigation into a Massachusetts pharmacy at the center of a deadly meningitis outbreak has found conditions including leaky boilers, dirty floor mats and drugs shipped out without sterility tests.

  • Oct 24- Thermo Fisher Scientific raised its full-year forecast for the second time this year as the world's largest laboratory equipment maker benefited from its presence in Asia, even as the weak U.S. and European economies dragged on its competitors.

  • BILLERICA, Mass.-- Entegris Inc. said Wednesday that its chief operating officer will become CEO next month as its chief executive steps aside. Gideon Argov, Entegris' current CEO, will step down Nov. 27, when Loy will officially become CEO.

  • *Citi, Yahoo, AIG examples show more aggressive boards. NEW YORK, Oct 24- In the summer of 2011, Yahoo Inc's board decided enough was enough. So, the board held a final meeting in Los Angeles, away from Yahoo's Silicon Valley headquarters, to review the company's progress, a source familiar with the matter said.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- More than 1,000 people registered to bid on the remnants of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's failed video game company during an auction in Providence, R.I.. Bidding stretched nearly 12 hours Tuesday, wrapping up around 10 p.m. The Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. says about 95 percent of the items were sold.

  • Oct 24- Barnes& Noble Inc said on Wednesday that customers who shopped at 63 of its stores as recently as last month may have had their credit or debit card information stolen in what the U.S. bookstore chain called a ``sophisticated criminal effort.''.

  • 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.