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Top News & Analysis Chicago

  • *Third-quarter vacancy posts smallest decline in two years. NEW YORK, Oct 3- The U.S. apartment sector posted its smallest vacancy decline in nearly two years, raising the possibility that the strongest commercial real estate category may be succumbing to the sluggish economy, according to real estate research firm Reis Inc..

  • Oct 2- American Airlines pilots this week are expected to authorize their union to call a strike, but the union says it may decide to keep the vote secret for now.

  • TOKYO, Oct 3- Japan's Nikkei share average is likely to slip on Wednesday amid uncertainty over whether Spain will soon ask for a bailout and concerns about flagging global growth, and as investors await big events later in the week.

  • Oct 2- American Airline pilots this week are expected to authorize their union to call a strike, but the union says it may decide to keep the vote secret for now.

  • The first sign of trouble showed up last Wednesday, when crews noticed loose seats on a plane that had flown from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Vail, Colo. The seats were tightened again that day in Boston. The same plane had to make an emergency landing Monday when seats came loose shortly after takeoff on a New York- to- Miami flight.

  • MINNEAPOLIS-- The Minnesota Orchestra was called the world's greatest not long ago, welcome recognition for musicians outside a top cultural center. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra has already cancelled concerts through Nov. 25 as negotiators argue over a proposal to trim the average musicians' salary by $46,000 a year.

  • Pension Fix to Triple Taxes?

    Laurence Msall, The Civic Federation, and CNBC's Rick Santelli discuss why the city of Chicago could be facing its own mini fiscal cliff.

  • What CFOs are more concerned about is how consumer confidence may be affected by next month's presidential election, according to an annual poll by BDO USA, the assurance, tax and financial consulting firm.

  • CHICAGO-- The University of Illinois-Chicago says it has been awarded a $4.4 million grant to study environmental factors and governmental policies that affect children's nutrition, physical activity and obesity. The university says the money is from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and will be used by the school's ImpacTeen project.

  • DALLAS-- American Airlines says passenger seats on a third flight came loose as the plane was airborne, and it's continuing to inspect other jets with similar seating. Separately an American flight on Tuesday from Chicago to London was diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland after a report of smoke in the cabin.

  • HOBOKEN, N.J.-- Publisher John Wiley& Sons is buying online education provider Deltak.edu for $220 million to diversify its offerings and speed up its digital learning strategy. John Wiley& Sons, based in Hoboken, N.J., said Tuesday that the buyout is expected to close by the end of the month. Shares of John Wiley& Sons rose 5 cents to $45.53 in morning trading.

  • Oct 2- John Wiley& Sons Inc, the publisher of the "For Dummies" books, said it will buy privately held online learning services company Deltak.edu LLC for $220 million to strengthen its business with higher education institutions.

  • BAGHDAD-- Iraq on Tuesday signed a $14 million deal with a U.S. consortium to modernize a major port in the country's southern province of Basra in a move aimed at developing key infrastructure neglected during years of war and sanctions.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 2- Tyson Foods Inc:. *President of humane society of U.S. says to run for Tyson Foods board. *President of humane society of U.S. says to push Tyson for time frame to.

  • CHICAGO-- Mandolin player and composer Chris Thile learned the hard way that when you get a call from the 312 area code this time of year, you should probably answer the phone. Thile is among 23 recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants," which are given in a secrecy-shrouded process.

  • NEW YORK-- Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they're not exactly ready to shop `til they drop like they have been in the past two years.

  • NEW YORK-- Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they're not exactly ready to shop `til they drop like they have been in the past two years.

  • *Debt financing soars among larger medical device makers By Susan Kelly. CHICAGO, Oct 1- Venture capitalists, long the lifeblood of medical technology firms, are growing cautious on the sector after seeing their returns squeezed in a time of growing cost pressures for healthcare, a report by Ernst& Young said.

  • TOKYO, Oct 2- Japan's Nikkei share average was set to rise on Tuesday after data showed U.S. manufacturing expanded in September, beating expectations, while a softer yen should lend support to export-driven stocks.