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  • Insurer UnitedHealth's 3Q profit jumps 23 percent Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 6:22 AM ET

    UnitedHealth Group's third-quarter net income jumped 23 percent, and the nation's largest health insurer raised its 2012 earnings forecast for the third time this year.

  • 4 college savings plans get top Morningstar honors Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 2:21 PM ET

    BOSTON-- College savings plans offered through the states of Alaska, Maryland, Nevada and Utah earned top marks from Morningstar Inc. in the company's annual update to ratings of so-called 529 plans.

  • 3M launches tender offer for Ceradyne deal Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 11:11 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.-- A 3 M Co. subsidiary launched a tender offer Monday for all outstanding shares of common stock of Ceradyne Inc. as part of the office supply company's plan to buy the ceramic components maker. 3 M, which makes Post-It notes and other products, announced in September that it was buying Ceradyne for $847 million.

  • Occupy London activists stage St Paul's protest Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 11:54 AM ET

    LONDON-- Several supporters of the anti-corporate Occupy movement chained themselves to the pulpit of St. Paul's Cathedral during a service Sunday in an action marking the anniversary of its now-dismantled protest camp outside the London landmark.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday widened its investigation into the deadly meningitis outbreak to include the role health regulators played in monitoring the pharmacy that produced steroid treatments suspected of causing the crisis.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday widened its investigation into the deadly meningitis outbreak to include the role health regulators played in monitoring the pharmacy that produced steroid treatments suspected of causing the crisis.

  • Earnings Preview: UnitedHealth reports on 3Q Tues Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:43 PM ET

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. has spoiled the surprise for investors by already stating that its third-quarter net income will top Wall Street expectations, but the nation's largest health insurer will release more details on Tuesday.

  • Rating Action On Sept. 21, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' Api' counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Federated Life Insurance Co.. Based in Owatonna, Minn., FLIC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Federated Mutual Insurance Co., and licensed in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Group opposed to gay marriage releases TV ads Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.-- The group fighting to overturn Washington's gay marriage law started running its first TV ads in the state on Thursday. Referendum 74 asks voters to either approve or reject the state's gay marriage law that was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov.

  • News Summary: Ecolab buying Champion Technologies Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    THE PURCHASE: Ecolab Inc. is buying specialty chemical company Champion Technologies in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $2.2 billion. THE DETAILS: The cleaning, food safety and pest-control services company said Friday that it will pay approximately $1.7 billion in cash and issue about 8 million shares of its stock as part of the acquisition.

  • MINNEAPOLIS, Oct 12- One of the nearly 14,000 patients given potentially tainted injections of pain medicine has sued the maker of the treatment in what may be the first of a wave of lawsuits over a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak that shows no signs of abating.

  • Minn. lawsuit may be 1st from meningitis outbreak Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 9:29 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- A Minnesota woman who may have received tainted steroid injections blamed for the nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis sued the drug seller on Thursday, though she hasn't been diagnosed with the rare illness.

  • MINNEAPOLIS, Oct 12- One of the nearly 14,000 patients given potentially tainted injections of pain medicine has sued the maker of the treatment in what may be the first of a wave of lawsuits over a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak that shows no signs of abating.

  • CDC: Meningitis outbreak growing, 14 people dead Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    J. Todd Weber of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as the death toll reached 14.. The other case is an ankle infection discovered in Michigan; steroid shots also can be given to treat aching knees, shoulders or other joints.

  • Oct 12- Cleaning services company Ecolab Inc. St. Paul, Minnesota- based Ecolab will pay about $1.7 billion in cash and issue about 8 million shares to Champion, subject to certain adjustments at and after closing. Houston- based Champion, whose competitors include Schlumberger NV, Halliburton Co and Baker Hughes Inc, had sales of $1.2 billion last year, Ecolab said.

  • Oct 12- Cleaning services company Ecolab Inc. Ecolab's shares closed at $63.67 on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. Houston- based Champion, which competes with companies such as Schlumberger NV, Halliburton Co and Baker Hughes Inc, had sales of $1.2 billion last year, Ecolab said.

  • Ecolab buying Champion Technologies in $2.2B deal Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 7:46 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Ecolab, the cleaning, food safety and pest-control services company, is buying the specialty chemical company Champion Technologies in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $2.2 billion.

  • *Minnesota woman sues pharmacy in federal court. WASHINGTON/ BOSTON, Oct 11- The pharmacy at the center of a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak possibly linked to tainted steroid injections faced mounting federal and state scrutiny on Thursday, including a potential criminal investigation, as the national death toll climbed to 14..

  • MINNEAPOLIS, Oct 11- A Minnesota woman who says she received injections of the steroid at the center of a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis in the United States on Thursday sued the company that made the suspect medication.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 11- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits slid last week to the lowest level in more than four and a half years, according to government data that may provide a boost to President Barack Obama a month before voters go to the polls.