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  • *To offer medicare prescription drug, health plans at select Walgreens in. *To collaborate with Walgreens during upcoming medicare annual election period. in Florida and Puerto Rico* Source text* Further company coverage.

  • *Cooper Tire shares jump as much as 11 pct. is in the process of acquiring a controlling stake in U.S.-based Cooper Tire& Rubber Co in a deal valued at between $600 million and $800 million, India's Economic Times reported. Shares of Cooper Tire jumped as much as 11 percent to $20.76, valuing the company at $1.3 b illion.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Stillwater Mining Co. tumbled Thursday, after the palladium and platinum producer announced plans to sell $300 million in notes.

  • *U.S. to sell $13 billion in 30- year bonds. *Rating cut on Spain cushions bonds' price drop. "This suggests some improvement in the labor market," fueling selling in Treasuries, said David Keeble, global head of interest rate strategy at Credit Agricole Corporate& Investment Bank in New York.

  • *Sprint, Clearwire soar in early trade, MetroPCS sinks. TOKYO/ NEW YORK, Oct 11- Japanese mobile carrier Softbank Corp and U.S. operator Sprint Nextel Corp. are in talks about a deal that could see Softbank assume control of Sprint.

  • *Sprint volume surges, shares jump on Softbank deal reports. More than 320 million shares of Sprint Nextel changed hands in U.S. trading by 11:30 a.m. ET, making it the busiest day in the stock's history. Clearwire Corp, in which Sprint holds a majority interest, surged 38 percent to $1.79.

  • 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.

  • FORT WORTH, Texas-- Shares of Range Resources Corp. climbed Thursday after the company gave an upbeat report on third-quarter oil and natural gas production.

  • Oct 11- Activist investor Carl Icahn on Thursday offered to buy all outstanding shares of U.S. truckmaker Oshkosh Corp for $32.50, a 21 percent premium to their Wednesday closing price. Oshkosh needs proactive shareholders to bring a proactive management team together to weather a volatile economy. "

  • WASHINGTON-- The watchdog for spending in Afghanistan is warning commanders that a safety system to protect U.S. troops from roadside bombs is incomplete or inadequate. It was sent Wednesday to the top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, and commander for the Middle East, and Gen.

  • Oct 11- Heartland Financial USA Inc:. *To acquire heritage bank, n.a. in Phoenix, Arizona. *Says to acquire heritage in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $16 mln.

  • NEW YORK-- Stocks are higher at midday after an encouraging report from the Labor Department. The Labor Department says applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to 339,000. That's the lowest in more than four years.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Rhode Island officials say a recent sale of state general obligation bonds shows investor confidence in the state. Lincoln Chafee announced Thursday the state sold $81.4 million in bonds at an interest rate below 3 percent. The bond sale comes after the state saved $7 million in April by selling bonds to refinance $122.9 million in debt.

  • CHUQUICAMATA, Chile-- From above, it looks like a colossal amphitheater carved from rock, or the vast crater from a meteorite that crashed into Chile's Atacama desert ages ago.

  • When the stay-at-home mom and her family visited New York from their home in Germantown, Md., they joined the crowd of fans outside the NBC morning show's Rockefeller Center studio.

  • By Catherine Bosley and Steve Slater. ZURICH/ LONDON, Oct 11- Nationally important banks will need to hold extra capital from 2016 to cushion the impact on their domestic economies if they hit trouble, but the global banking watchdog will leave it up to national regulators to say how much more.

  • *Canada blames Europe, U.S. economies for falling revenues. *Few see Q3 economic growth meeting Bank of Canada forecast. OTTAWA, Oct 11- Canada's imports in August dropped by a surprising 3.1 percent from July, suggesting the Canadian economy is struggling to cope with weak international markets and slowing domestic demand.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 11- The European Commission said on Thursday it has asked the World Trade Organisation to set up a panel to look into what Brussels sees as the United States' refusal to stop subsidies to planemaker Boeing in the world's largest trade dispute.

  • Kythera Biopharmaceuticals shares are trading above their offering price in their first day listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The stock jumped 81 cents, or 4.4 percent, to $19.30 in late morning trading, and earlier traded as high as $20.59.

  • BOSTON, Oct 11- Activist investor Carl Icahn on Thursday offered to buy all outstanding shares of U.S. truckmaker Oshkosh Corp for $32.50, a 21 percent premium to their Wednesday closing price.