Oct 11- Rating Action On Sept. 21, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services raised its counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on AAA Life Insurance Co. to' BBBpi' from' BBpi'. AAA Life is a Michigan- domiciled life and accident and health-insurance company licensed to do business in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
Mississippi: Down 3,393, no reason given. Michigan: Down 2,639, no reason given. Florida: Down 1,972, due to fewer layoffs in agriculture, construction, and wholesale trade.
On Wednesday, Idaho became the 11th state to report a case of the rare illness, which has been linked to tainted steroids produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The case in Idaho is the first discovered in the western United States.
NEW YORK-- Kellogg's voluntary recall of certain packages of its Mini-Wheats Bite Size cereal may hurt its sales a bit, an analyst said Thursday. On Wednesday, Kellogg Co. announced that it was making the recall because of the possible presence of a flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part.
SEATTLE-- Kristine Nannini spent her summer creating wall charts and student data sheets for her fifth grade class _ and making $24,000 online by selling those same materials to other teachers.
TOKYO-- Toyota executives were unfazed Thursday by the overnight recall of 7.43 million vehicles over faulty power window switches that can cause fires, calling it a sign the Japanese company had learned from its mistakes and was becoming quicker and more transparent.
It was the second-consecutive monthly decline in filings, although there remains a sharp divergence along state lines, according to a report Thursday by foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc..
DETROIT, Oct 11- Ford Motor Co, vying to challenge Toyota Motor Corp's dominance in the hybrid market, said on Thursday that its 2013 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid gets 100 miles per gallon, beating the 2012 Prius by about 5 percent.
Oct 10- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc:. *Reaches tentative agreement with United Steelworkers on new labor contract. for Michigan and minnesota mining operations.
*Lawmakers seek tighter regulation of compounding companies* Outbreak has sickened 138 people in 11 states, killed 12* Senator Brown to return contributions from NECC owners By Tim McLaughlin and Toni Clarke.
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.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich.-- Kellogg Co. reaffirmed its full-year earnings guidance on Wednesday, saying that strong performance from its recently acquired Pringles brand offset costs for the anticipated costs a recent recall of Mini-Wheats cereal. Kellogg expects to earn between $3.18 and $3.30 per share for the year.
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.
NEW YORK-- If you are trying to figure out if small businesses are hiring, it depends on where you look. Just last Friday when the government was raising suspicious eyebrows with its report of a sudden drop in the unemployment rate so close to a presidential election, Andy Asbury was hiring a full-time employee to work at his Minneapolis real estate brokerage.
NEW YORK, Oct 10- Flagstar Bancorp Inc had to know by 2009 that hundreds of loans it originated didn't meet underwriting guidelines when it sold $900 million in mortgage-backed securities to investors, a lawyer for a bond insurer said on Wednesday.
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.
WABASH, Ind.-- An energy drink maker is planning a $25 million expansion that's expected to bring up to 200 new jobs to a northern Indiana city. Living Essentials, the producer of 5- hour ENERGY, announced Wednesday it would build and equip a plant in Wabash with a total of 1 million square feet to be added in phases.
DETROIT-- The largest recall in Toyota's 75- year history could undermine the Japanese automaker's comeback from natural disasters and embarrassing safety problems. Toyota said grease wasn't applied evenly to the switch during production, causing friction and sometimes smoke and fire.
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.
MADISON, Wis.-- For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around their cabins and pastures, eying up Fido or Bessie.