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  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON-- Anyone who paid attention to a hearing in Congress this week knew that the administration had been implored to beef up security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya before the deadly terrorist attack there. But in the vice presidential debate Thursday night, Joe Biden seemed unaware.

  • Shares of JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo& Co. both fell after their results, even though JPMorgan posted record profits. Wells Fargo dropped 4 percent to $33.77 while JPMorgan was off 1.8 percent at $41.33.

  • CHICAGO-- Just three weeks after the resolution of Chicago's first teachers' strike in a quarter-century, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's efforts to improve schools face more upheaval with the resignation of the public school system's CEO.

  • *Coming up: Baker Hughes gas drilling rig data Friday. NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. natural gas futures edged lower early on Friday, which traders blamed on some profit taking after the front month rose to a fresh 2012 high in electronic trade. As of 9:22 a.m., front-month November natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • NEW YORK-- Fried chicken, that mainstay of comfort food, is getting the star treatment. Whoopi Goldberg was one of the event's co-hosts. He told The Associated Press on Thursday that he was planning to open a restaurant that would be serving fried chicken and other comfort food in New York City at the end of January 2013.

  • 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.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY-- Oklahoma-based Devon Energy Corp. says it will close its office in Houston and transfer operations to Oklahoma City. The oil and gas company has about 500 employees in its Houston office, which now serves as the operations center for Devon's oil and natural gas fields in south and east Texas and Louisiana.

  • LOS ANGELES-- AEG, the sports and entertainment giant that is up for sale, is making it easier to book concert and sports tickets for friends without having to pay for them all at once. The owner of Staples Center and the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings is rolling out the feature, called AXS Invite, at some of its owned and operated venues starting this month.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. stocks were poised for modest gains at the open on Friday, in the wake of sterling results from JP Morgan and data showing inflation pressure remained in check. Investors remained concerned over the prospects for corporate profit growth, in light of the tepid economies in the U.S. and Europe.

  • NEW YORK-- It's comeuppance time for Anthony Bourdain. And by his tally, he deserves his lickings. "I figured I would actually have the easiest time of anyone," said Food Network star _ and longtime victim of Bourdain's verbal lashings _ Rachael Ray. "

  • BRUSSELS-- Here's how the European Union, which was given the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, and the United States compare:. EU: 4.3 million sq. kilometers. U.S.: 9.8 million sq. kilometers.

  • RADNOR, Pa.-- Oil and gas company Penn Virginia Corp. expects about $38 million in net proceeds from a public offering of $40 million of its common stock. Penn Virginia said that it also expects to net approximately $96 million from its preferred equity offering, after removing underwriting commissions and expenses.

  • Oct 12- Wells Fargo& Co reported a 22 percent increase in its third-quarter profit on Friday on a surge in mortgage lending, but fell short of analysts' revenue estimates. Wells Fargo posted earnings per share of 88 cents, topping the analysts' consensus estimate of 87 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- Longer-dated U.S. Treasuries prices rose on Friday after U.S. producer price data signaled the underlying domestic inflation trend remained muted due to sluggish demand, making long-dated debt attractive to investors.

  • LOS ANGELES-- AEG, the sports and entertainment giant that is up for sale, is making it easier to book concert and sports tickets for friends without having to pay for them all at once.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- Travelzoo Inc:.

  • Investigators will determine if the problem is bad enough for Honda to recall the SUVs. The brakes can come on without drivers stepping on the pedal, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday. Honda says it's cooperating with the investigation and starting its own probe.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Frantic drilling activity across the United States has at last begun to moderate, as the industry responds to the plunge in prices for natural gas and now liquids such as butane and natural gasoline.

  • 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.