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Top News & Analysis Massachusetts

  • WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • Those wildly contrasting conclusions were offered to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority on Wednesday by the two warring parties in the bitter dispute, the New York Giants and Triple Five Group, the developer that took over the troubled project last year.

  • BOSTON, Oct 10- Octavian Advisors, a roughly $1 billion hedge fund firm specializing in distressed investments, told investors it plans to liquidate at a time it is nursing double-digit losses.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 10- Pressure mounted for greater regulation of a little known corner of the pharmaceuticals industry in response to a meningitis scare that widened to 11 states on Wednesday with the first case confirmed in Idaho.

  • BOSTON, Oct 10- Pharmacy compounder Ameridose LLC, which shares common ownership with the company at the center of the deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak, plans to shut down voluntarily for a week as a precautionary move, according to a person familiar with the situation.

  • BOSTON-- Netflix will offer closed captions on all TV and movie content by 2014 after a deaf Massachusetts viewer sued the company. A Netflix spokesman says the company is an industry leader and offering high quality captioning on the more than 1,000 devices on which Netflix is available is a "tall order."

  • By Tim McLaughlin and Toni Clarke and Aaron Pressman. BOSTON, Oct 10- Ameridose LLC, a private company that mixes drugs for hospitals nationwide, sought on Wednesday to distance itself from the firm at the center of a deadly U.S. outbreak of fungal meningitis, even though the two pharmacies have common owners.

  • Oct 10- Fitch Ratings has assigned an' A+' rating to NSTAR Electric's $400 million issuance of 2.375% senior unsecured notes due Oct. 15, 2022. The Rating Outlook for NSTAR Electric is Stable.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 10- The Obama campaign on Wednesday said Mitt Romney's most recent comments on abortion were examples of the Republican presidential candidate's dishonesty and deception.

  • The Beat Generation notables and their poetry-writing, conformity-defying antics come to life in the first production of Kerouac's only play.

  • Oct 10- Eighteen more people have contracted meningitis from potentially tainted steroid injections, and a death was officially confirmed in Florida, bringing the total number killed to 12, the Centers for Disease Control said on Wednesday.

  • *May take to early Nov. to identify all stricken in Tennessee. Oversight committees in both the Senate and House hope to learn more about the outbreak before Oct. 12 from staff members of the Food and Drug Administration and the CDC, aides said.

  • WASHINGTON-- As Bain& Co. head in the early 1990 s, Mitt Romney presided over the corporate strategy firm's expanding operations into China and Russia, helping their initial attempts to move into the world's free market system. In his campaign, China and Russia are prime targets for criticism.

  • *AMG/Permira plan to split up Robeco- sources. *Robeco could fetch more than 2 bln euros- sources. is weighing three offers for its asset management arm Robeco, facing a choice between bids to split the 2 billion euro- plus business or sell it in one piece, people familiar with the situation said.

  • TOKYO-- There was nothing unusual about a man who boarded a flight in Osaka and was arrested after landing in Los Angeles wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying handcuffs, knives and a smoke grenade in his checked-in baggage, a Japanese official said Wednesday.

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica-- The two houses of Jamaica's Parliament held a special joint sitting Tuesday to honor former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, a major player in national politics for decades and the only survivor of the leaders who drafted the constitution when the Caribbean island gained independence from Britain in 1962..

  • LOS ANGELES-- A man arrested at Los Angeles International Airport wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-resistant pants is not cooperating with federal officials working to discover why he was headed to Boston with a suitcase full of weapons, authorities say.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa-- Wading into an explosive social issue, Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday said he would not pursue any abortion-related legislation if elected president. "There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda," he told the Des Moines Register in an interview posted on the newspaper's website.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- Slovenia has confirmed that it has mandated BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan to arrange investor meetings with a potential US Dollar 144 a/Reg S offering to follow, subject to market conditions. The Slovenes will meet investors across the US starting on the West Coast on October 15, then in Boston on October 16, and New York on October 17.

  • *Seller Rabobank evaluating the offers for Robeco- sources. *AMG/Permira plan to split up Robeco- sources. *Robeco could fetch more than 2 billion euros- sources.