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  • By Tim McLaughlin and Toni Clarke. BOSTON, Oct 10- A Massachusetts specialist pharmacy linked to a company at the center of a major health scare closed temporarily on Wednesday and a state regulator clamped down on such operations in the wake of a meningitis outbreak that has claimed a dozen lives.

  • Officials have identified Framingham, Mass., based-New England Compounding Center as the source of steroid shots suspected in the outbreak of rare fungal meningitis that has killed at least 12 people and made more than 130 others sick.

  • *Octavian plans to return bulk of money next year. BOSTON, Oct 10- Octavian Advisors, a roughly $1 billion hedge fund firm specializing in distressed investments, said it was shutting down, becoming the latest casualty of tough market conditions as it suffered double-digit losses.

  • BOSTON, Oct 10- The campaign of U.S. In the meantime, the campaign is donating contributions from the company owners to the Meningitis Foundation of America. " Brown is in the midst of a bruising re-election battle against Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren, who is a Harvard professor.

  • BOSTON, Oct 10- Two Boston-area pharmacy companies that share common ownership with the company at the center of a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak plan to cease operations temporarily as a precautionary move, Massachusetts health officials said on Wednesday.

  • BOSTON, Oct 10- New Mexico's public pension fund, a big investor with hedge funds, asked Eton Park Capital Management and Marathon Asset Management to return its money as the fund overhauled its portfolio, the fund's chief investment officer said on Wednesday.

  • BOSTON, Oct 10- The campaign of U.S. In the meantime, the campaign is donating contributions from the company owners to the Meningitis Foundation of America. " State and federal regulators have said that all of the meningitis-infected patients were injected with drugs from New England Compounding Pharmacy, based in Framingham, Massachusetts.

  • Oct 10- After a nationwide meningitis outbreak was tied to drugs shipped from a plant in Massachusetts, the state is requiring all pharmacy compounders to sign a statement saying they are complying with regulations on their work, officials said on Wednesday.

  • 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.