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  • 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.

  • *Cotton market awaits USDA supply/demand report Thursday. The cotton market was awaiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's monthly report due on Thursday for any signs of damage to new crops in west Texas, the major U.S. growing region, after recent wet weather.

  • HOUSTON-- Endeavour International Corp. on Wednesday priced its private offering of an additional $54 million of its 12 percent first priority notes due 2018.. The Houston oil and gas company said the notes were priced at 109 percent of par, at a yield worst of 9.436 percent. Endeavor shares fell 53 cents, or 5.7 percent, to $8.83 in afternoon trading.

  • ,parent of Dave& Buster's Inc., announced that it is suspending its IPO. Rating Action On Oct. 10, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its ratings on Dallas- based restaurant and out-of-home entertainment company Dave& Buster's Inc., including the' B-' corporate credit rating.

  • WASHINGTON-- Stronger housing markets helped boost economic growth at the end of the summer in nearly every region of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The Fed said growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts from mid-August through September, while leveling off in one region and slowing in another.

  • WASHINGTON-- Supreme Court justices sharply questioned the University of Texas' use of race in college admissions Wednesday in a case that could lead to new limits on affirmative action. Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could be decisive, looked skeptically on Texas' defense of the program. "

  • House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told an appeals court Wednesday that the onetime GOP heavyweight's efforts to influence Texas elections may have been distasteful but weren't illegal.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. natural gas futures were trading nearly flat on Wednesday in a seesaw session, with some follow-through buying after the previous day's rally offset by milder Northeast and Midwest weather forecasts for next week that should slow demand.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- Books about war-torn Iraq and post-World War II Eastern Europe, Lyndon Johnson and Mumbai were among 20 finalists announced on Wednesday for the annual National Book Awards, among the most prestigious in U.S. publishing.

  • Shares of Darling International slumped 7 percent Wednesday following a downgrade by a BMO Capital Markets. THE ANALYSIS: Zaslow lowered his 2012 earnings estimate to $1.17 from $1.21 and his 2013 estimate to $1.40 from $1.55. SHARE ACTION: Darling International Inc. fell $1.14 to $16.41 by midday.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- The shale boom has left some of the most sophisticated refineries in the United States hunting across Europe and Africa for more of the heavy residue left over from other refiners' crude distillation units, as they try to find a use for all the expensive coking units built in the last decade.

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 10- Astronauts plucked a commercial cargo ship from orbit on Wednesday and attached it to the International Space Station, marking the reopening of a U.S. supply line to the orbital outpost following the space shuttles' retirement last year.

  • DALLAS-- In the months after Doug Robinson started driving a truck, he noticed his clothes were increasingly more snug-fitting. Xpress, took part in a weight-loss challenge sponsored by the Truckload Carriers Association, the 321- pound, 6- foot-1-inch Robinson signed up.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- The U.S. Energy Information Administration on Wednesday said it expected domestic natural gas production in 2012 to be up nearly 4 percent from 2011' s record levels.

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 10- Astronauts aboard the International Space Station plucked a commercial cargo ship from orbit on Wednesday, a key maneuver in the first U.S. supply run to the orbital outpost since the retirement of the cargo-hauling space shuttles last year.

  • GRAPEVINE, Texas-- Spirit Airlines Inc. on Dec. 1 will open a flight attendant and pilot crew base at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as it expands operations in Texas. The low cost carrier also plans an open house in Dallas for potential flight attendants.

  • HOUSTON-- An airline passenger who says she's a law school student from Mexico has been arrested in a Texas heroin smuggling case. Federal prosecutors in Houston on Tuesday announced the arrest of 21- year-old Yessica Chanel Cabanillas-Torres, who remains in custody pending a detention hearing.

  • Oct 10- Matador Resources Co:. *The borrowing base was increased to $200 million, up from the previous borrowing base of $125 million. *Plans to use increased borrowing capacity to continue to execute Eagle Ford drilling program in south Texas.

  • DUBAI, Oct 10- Frontier Resources International Plc has signed an exploration and production sharing agreement with the Omani government for a 100 percent interest in Oman's Block 38, Frontier said in a statement on Wednesday. The EPSA runs for six years on the Mudayy Block, covering an area of 17,425 square kilometres in the Dhofar region of southwest Oman.

  • *EIA sees 2012 gas output at record-high 68.85 bcfd* 2012 gas demand seen up 4.7 pct from 2011. NEW YORK, Oct 10- The U.S. Energy Information Administration said it expects domestic natural gas production in 2012 to be up nearly 4 percent from 2011' s record levels.