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Regulators shut banks in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa

NEW YORK - Regulators shut down Friday banks in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa, pushing to 87 the number of banks that have failed this year under the weight of the soured economy and rising loan defaults. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over: First Bank of Kansas City, based in Kansas City, Mo., with $16 million in assets and $15 million in deposits; Oak Forest, Ill.-based InBank, with $212 million in assets and $199 million in deposits; and Sioux City, Iowa-based Vantus Bank with $458 million in assets and $368 million in deposits. The FDIC said First Bank's deposits will be assumed by Great American Bank of De Soto, Kan. Nearly all of InBank's deposits will be assumed by MB Financial Bank in Chicago. Vantus' deposits will be assumed by Great Southern Bank in Springfield Mo.

- Associated Press

FDA: Gardasil vaccine stops boys' genital warts

WASHINGTON - Merck's blockbuster vaccine Gardasil, used to prevent cervical cancer in women, also stops viruses that cause genital warts in men, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. In documents posted online, the FDA said the vaccine prevented genital warts in males 90 percent of the time. The vaccine works by blocking the two strains of the human papilloma virus, or HPV, which causes irregular growths and rare types of cancer in male genitals. Merck has asked the FDA to approve Gardasil for boys and men ages 9 to 26. A panel of advisers will weigh in on the new use next week. The FDA is not required to follow the advice, though it usually does.

- Associated Press

Amazon offers to replace deleted e-books

SAN FRANCISCO - Inc. is offering free books or $30 to Kindle customers whose copies of the George Orwell novels "1984" and "Animal Farm" were deleted from their electronic reading devices in July. When Amazon erased the books, itissued refunds to the buyers. But the episode startled many Kindle customers, who didn't know Amazon could erase content that had been purchased and downloaded to their devices. In an e-mail Thursday to Kindle owners whose books were erased, Amazon offered to redeliver the titles to their e-readers for free, along with any annotations users had made. Or the customers can get a $30 gift certificate or a $30 check.

- Associated Press

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