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Delta-NWA opponents want to grill rival CEOs; also: injured parachutist gets St. Jude pain device, and Cheerios sales can’t offset commodities

Airline passengers trying to block the Delta-Northwest merger want to question four other airlines’ CEOs in court, the Associated Press reports. A passengers group in California is suing to stop the airlines from combining. A trial is scheduled to begin in San Francisco on Nov. 5. The judge hadn’t ruled yet on the plaintiffs’ request to subpoena other airlines’ top executives. Lawyers for Delta and Northwest say the depositions would amount to an “immaterial sideshow.”

A former U.S. Army parachutist is the first patient implanted with St. Jude Medical’s Eon Mini pain-treatment device. The silver-dollar-sized neurostimulator sends mild electrical pulse to the spine, which disrupts the transmission of pain signals to the brain. The patient was badly injured in 2006, when his parachute didn’t deploy correctly and he hit the ground at 45 mph.

Cheerios, Betty Crocker mixes and Green Giant vegetables are being grabbed off store shelves, as consumers cut back on eating out and spend more at the grocery store. But strong sales weren’t enough to offset surging commodity costs for General Mills. First-quarter revenue was up 14 percent, but profits were down 4 percent. That’s better than analysts expected the company to do, Associated Press notes.

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