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  • Rating Action On Sept. 21, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' Api' counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Gerber Life Insurance Co.. GLIC is licensed in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and Canada.

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico-- The government of Puerto Rico has formally withdrawn plans to build a natural gas pipeline after investing more than $50 million in a project that provoked strong opposition from islanders and environmentalists.

  • 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.

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica-- Jamaica is stepping up mosquito eradication across the island and urging school children to stamp out breeding grounds to combat an epidemic of dengue fever, the Caribbean country's health minister said Thursday.

  • NEW YORK-- The Coca-Cola Co. should give investors a snapshot of the ever-shifting geographic and product mixes that are fueling growth for the world's biggest beverage maker when it reports its third quarter results Tuesday. WHY IT MATTERS: Coca-Cola sells its products in nearly every corner of the globe _ Cuba and North Korea are the exceptions.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- Louisiana- made films are being shown alongside the work of filmmakers from across the world at the New Orleans Film Festival, which opened Thursday night with a red-carpet showing of the Louisiana- shot thriller "The Paperboy."

  • Rating Action On Oct. 11, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' B-' long-term corporate credit rating on Trilogy International Partners LLC.

  • CARACAS, Venezuela-- A mustachioed former bus driver who rose to become his country's top diplomat has emerged as the vice presidential pick of President Hugo Chavez as the Venezuelan leader prepares to launch a six-year term following two cancer operations.

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  • NEW YORK-- U.S. airlines closed the summer travel season without any lengthy tarmac delays in August, the government said Thursday, a sharp reversal from a month earlier. On Aug. 15, a Caribbean Airlines flight sat on the tarmac at New York's JFK Airport for four hours and 28 minutes before it took off for its destination, Trinidad and Tobago.

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- The CEO of a bankrupt southern Kentucky oil company was indicted Wednesday on federal charges that he failed to pay more than $1.6 million in taxes over two years and with making false statements to a licensed gun dealer.

  • 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.

  • HAVANA-- Cuba shuttered hundreds of medical facilities last year, including 54 hospitals, as the country reorganizes its health care sector. Cuba is proud of the universal, free health system installed after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, but his younger brother and successor Raul Castro has stressed that medical care must be more efficient and less wasteful.

  • PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad-- Former world soccer vice president Jack Warner has forbidden the release of crime reports and statistics in his capacity as Trinidad's national security minister, saying that publicizing such information encourages people to commit more crime.

  • ISSAQUAH, Wash.-- Costco is drawing more shoppers and signing up more new members, helping the wholesale club operator's fiscal fourth-quarter net income and revenue climb. Consumers have been drawn to stores like Costco, BJ's Wholesale Club and Sam's Club because they feel like they are getting bargains by purchasing items in bulk.

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica-- The two houses of Jamaica's Parliament held a special joint sitting Tuesday to honor former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, a major player in national politics for decades and the only survivor of the leaders who drafted the constitution when the Caribbean island gained independence from Britain in 1962..

  • RIO DE JANEIRO-- The one-time right-hand-man of popular former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was found guilty on a corruption charge by a majority of 10 Supreme Court justices Tuesday, who ruled he orchestrated a widespread cash-for-votes scheme that came to light seven years ago.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 10- The European Union said on Wednesday it had reduced the duties imposed on screws and bolts from China after the World Trade Organisation found flaws in the way they were initially calculated. China is a subject in 21 of the European Commission's 41 ongoing investigations into subsidies and dumping.

  • ISSAQUAH, Wash.-- Shoppers continue to head to Costco in search of deals, helping the wholesale club operator's fiscal fourth-quarter net income and revenue climb. Consumers have been drawn to stores like Costco, BJ's Wholesale Club and Sam's Club because they feel like they are getting bargains by purchasing items in bulk.

  • FALMOUTH, Jamaica-- Tourists emerge by the hundreds from a towering, 16- deck megaship docked at the Caribbean's newest cruise port. That's not the way townspeople in the old Jamaican sugar port of Falmouth were told it would be.