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  • HERNDON, Va.-- Educational software company K12 Inc. said Friday that it has appointed former Michigan Gov. He was governor of Michigan from 1991 to 2003. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Universal Forest Products Inc. and Munder Capital Management. Shares of the company, based in Herndon, Va., fell 11 cents to close at $21.46.

  • WASHINGTON-- The worst drought in decades didn't just shrivel corn and soybeans. It shrank economic growth too. That means normal weather would have lifted economic growth to 2.4 percent for the quarter, the Commerce Department said.

  • The offers cover passengers flying in or out of just about any airport from Latin America to New Hampshire. The airlines have only canceled a handful of flights so far, nearly all of them in and out of Florida and the Caribbean. Hurricane Sandy killed at least 20 people in the Caribbean, and left Bahamas this afternoon.

  • The FDA noted that the allegations, which date back to 2004, don't necessarily prove the drinks are linked to the deaths. The FDA caps the amount of caffeine in soda to 0.02 percent, but there is no such limit for energy drinks. Durbin and Blumenthal asked the FDA to look into the interactions between caffeine and the additives that are often found in energy drinks.

  • HOUSTON-- Oil and gas company Endeavour International Corp. said Friday it was given 7 new licenses to explore areas in the U.K. North Sea. The licenses were awarded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Houston- based Endeavour focuses on acquiring, exploring and developing energy reserves in the North Sea and U.S.

  • NEW YORK-- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market:. Arch Coal Inc., up 78 cents at $8.09. Goodyear Tire& Rubber Co., down $1.28 at $11.02.

  • *Wall St hit by earnings; Apple shares off more than 2 pct. Although data showed a pick-up in U.S. economic growth in the third quarter, gloomy earnings and outlook statements from major global companies such as Apple and Amazon, South Korea's Samsung and Renault and Ericsson in Europe corroded hopes of a recovery in the global economy.

  • WASHINGTON-- It's halftime for the season of corporate earnings reports, and investors are in desperate need of a locker-room pep talk.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 26- A federal judge on Friday delayed until February 2013 the start of a massive trial to determine liability from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, citing tourist events that will keep New Orleans' hotels booked.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska-- Alaska officials on Friday hailed a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit decision that will open up drilling at the Point Thomson petroleum field, creating hundreds of jobs and providing key infrastructure that could advance prospects for a large-scale natural gas pipeline.

  • *Announcements made two weeks before Communist Party congress. BEIJING, Oct 26- China moved quickly on Friday to announce it had formally begun a criminal probe into disgraced former senior politician Bo Xilai, hours after expelling him from the largely rubber stamp parliament and so removing his immunity from prosecution.

  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- West Virginia University announced Friday it's partnering with Paradigm Development Group LLC to build a $70 million residential and retail complex called University Place, a project school officials say will transform a blighted section of Morgantown and create much-needed quality housing.

  • FALLS CHURCH, Va.-- Computer Sciences Corp., which provides information technology services to a wide range of industries, said Friday it won a $54 million task order to conduct background investigations for the U.S. The order has a one-year base period and four option years, for a total value of $54 million. Shares fell 15 cents to close at $30.59.

  • *Hurricane Sandy threatens U.S. after slamming Cuba. NEW YORK, Oct 26- Brent oil pushed higher on Friday in choppy trading, recovering from an early decline as supportive U.S. economic data coupled with North Sea and Nigerian production problems yielded some relief from concerns about Spain and tepid global demand.

  • Owens-Illinois Inc. is investigating potential bribery at its operations overseas, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. Owens-Illinois said it disclosed the probe to the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC this month.

  • *Dow off 0.3 pct, S&P 500 off 0.5 pct, Nasdaq off 0.6 pct. NEW YORK, Oct 26- U.S. stocks fell on Friday, as investors fretted about Apple's weaker-than-expected results- the latest in a string of lackluster earnings- and signs that economic growth is still not strong enough to make a significant reduction in unemployment.

  • ANNAPOLIS, Md.-- Maryland utilities will no longer be able to charge customers for lost sales during the first 24 hours of a major power outage. The Maryland Public Service Commission announced Friday that the policy would end immediately.

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Workers' compensation insurance rates paid by Florida's employers are going up 6.1 percent on Jan. 1. McCarty's order is officially a denial of the filing submitted by the National Council on Compensation Insurance due to technical issues.

  • WASHINGTON-- A storm of heavy rain and wind may knock out electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers in the Washington D.C. region. Officials at Pepco Holdings Inc., the utility that serves D.C. and parts of Maryland, say customers may be without power for days because sustained winds may prevent crews from doing immediate repair work.

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