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  • Oct 12- Wells Fargo& Co's independent brokerage business has expanded in Florida and Oregon with veteran adviser teams that joined the company from rival firms UBS Wealth Management Americas and Bank of America's Merrill Lynch.

  • TREASURIES-Prices up on muted inflation; Spain eyed Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:02 PM ET

    *Worries persist over whether Spain will request aid. Treasuries prices rose on Friday as data showed muted underlying U.S. inflation, with investors looking ahead to a key European summit, a possible bailout request from Spain and more data in the week ahead. Some analysts said Spain could put off asking for help.

  • 4 players file bounty appeals to NFL Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 1:47 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- All four players punished in the NFL's bounty investigation have filed appeals with the league. One of the people also says New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma expects to play at Tampa Bay on Oct. 21 while his appeal is pending.

  • Enterprise Holdings provides half of all car rentals in the $22 billion U.S. car rental market, and has a big lead over No. 2 Hertz Global Holdings Inc, even after that company buys Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group.

  • *Worries persist over whether Spain will request aid. NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. Worries on whether Spain will ask for a full-blown bailout to help its struggling economy stoked safety bids for Treasuries, while the Federal Reserve's latest bond purchase added to gains in longer-dated debt, analysts said.

  • ST. LOUIS, Oct 11- Big U.S. banks should become smaller to make any failure more manageable, a senior Federal Reserve official said on Thursday, supporting a suggestion that the size of banks be limited to a specific percentage of U.S. gross domestic product. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard told reporters.

  • TORONTO, Oct 11- Canada's main stock index rose slightly on Thursday, recovering from three days of losses that culminated in a five-week low, encouraged by U.S. employment data and comments from the IMF that were seen as supporting stability in the euro zone.

  • ST. LOUIS, Oct 11- Big U.S. banks should be reduced in size to make their future failure more manageable, a senior Federal Reserve official said on Thursday, supporting a suggestion that banks' size be limited to a specific percentage of U.S. gross domestic product.

  • NJ firm planning gas-fueled power plant in Pa. Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:44 PM ET

    NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- A New Jersey firm has plans to build a 900 megawatt, $750 million natural gas-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania. LS Power, which has offices in East Brunswick, N.J. and St. Louis says the plant in North Beaver Township, Lawrence County, will be fueled from gas drawn from a pipeline out of Tennessee.

  • Drought holds steady, clouding winter crop outlook Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:56 AM ET

    The USDA now estimates that farmers will harvest 10.71 billion bushels of corn, down from last month's estimate of 10.73 billion bushels. The USDA said 69 percent of the nation's corn crop has been brought in from the fields as of Monday, more than double the average rate of the previous five years.

  • LMI Aerospace expanding in St. Charles, Mo. Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:49 AM ET

    ST. CHARLES, Mo.-- An aerospace manufacturer plans a $4.3 million expansion of its suburban St. Louis facilities that could add about 100 new jobs. Jay Nixon's administration said Wednesday that LMI Aerospace is adding nearly 49,000 square feet to its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in St. Charles. LMI Aerospace fabricates metal products for aircraft.

  • TEXT-S&P rates ERAC USA Finance notes 'BBB+' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 5:43 PM ET

    Oct 10- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services said today that it has assigned its' BBB+' issue rating to ERAC USA Finance LLC's notes, rule 144 A offerings without registration rights. ERAC's parent, Enterprise Holdings Inc., guarantees the notes. --Summary: Enterprise Holdings Inc., Sept. 25, 2012.

  • Highlights from the Fed's US economic survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    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, Oct 10- Experimental Alzheimer's drugs from Roche Holding AG and Eli Lilly& Co have been selected for a high-profile clinical trial to test whether it is possible to prevent the brain-wasting disease from developing in at-risk patients.

  • Down economy exacerbating US town dissolutions Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:50 PM ET

    Carmen Wilkerson ran for mayor of St. George with one clear goal in mind for the tiny Missouri town: Get rid of it. In 2008, St. George _ known as a local speed trap _ had spent $200,000 more than it took into its coffers, according to county records. In its budget woes, St. George is far from alone.

  • Oct 10- Roche Holding AG's experimental drug gantenerumab and Eli Lilly& Co's solanezumab have been chosen to be tested in a high-profile global Alzheimer's disease prevention trial, and a second Lilly medicine is being considered for potential inclusion in the study, Washington University said on Wednesday.

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  • Players lash out at new bounty discipline Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:24 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith and the NFL players union left little doubt they remain determined to challenge Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority to suspend players in connection with the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.

  • Westar Energy says 2 new wind farms now operating Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:16 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.-- Westar Energy Inc. says new wind farms in central and southwest Kansas are now producing power for its customers. The 201- megawatt Post Rock Wind Farm in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties began production Sept. 28. The Ironwood Wind Power Project farm in Ford and Hodgeman counties can produce up to 168 megawatts of electricity for Westar.

  • Pumpkin farmers have smashing crop despite drought Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:13 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS-- Farmers in a stretch of Illinois where most of the nation's pumpkins are grown say their crop looks relatively smashing and is likely to be one of the few successes in a year when severe drought baked most of the nation's heartland. But John Ackerman said most of the pumpkins he planted fared "fantastic" for a simple, single reason: Pumpkins dig dry weather.