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May 09, 1998

* The maker of EpiPens, a device used to ward off life-threatening allergy attacks, recalled 1 million of the injectors because they might not contain enough of the drug epinephrine to work. The government urged consumers to return the devices, made by Meridian Medical Technologies Inc., to the pharmacy for replacement if they are defective.

* Aluminum Co. of America said its president, Alain Belda, will become chief executive in May 1999 and chairman in 2000, when Paul O'Neill retires. O'Neill, 62, has held the two positions since 1987.

* Tyson Foods Inc. agreed to pay $6 million to settle Justice Department claims that a chicken plant it bought from Hudson Foods in January 1998 had polluted Maryland waters flowing into Chincoteague Bay. Tyson said the alleged violations occurred between 1993 and 1997, before the company bought Hudson Foods.

* Baker Hughes Inc. is close to buying Western Atlas Inc. for more than $5.7 billion in stock and assumed debt in a bid to compete with the largest companies that help find and produce oil.

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