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  • Oct 4- Tessera Technologies Inc said it will reward Chief Executive Robert Young with stock options that vest only if he completes the spin-off of one of the chip technology developer's business segments by March 31, 2015.

  • Oct 4- Though it's relatively rare, there are ways to break a prenup. Agreements are just agreements, after all, says Paul Talbert, a matrimonial lawyer in New York. " There are no statistics on how many prenuptial agreements are made a year, says Randall M. Kessler, a divorce lawyer in Atlanta, but he estimates that half of high-net-worth marriages have prenups.

  • HARTFORD, Conn.-- A new report is recommending ways to stop the rapid decline of Connecticut's deep water ports in Bridgeport, New Haven and New London. The report commissioned by the Department of Transportation recommends retaining and expanding liquid and dry storage facilities, shipyards, ship repair companies and ferry services.

  • Total Cost: $57,580Tuition: $44,176Room & Board: $12,782Fees: $622Bard College is a liberal arts institution in Duchess County, New York.  it ranked no. 8 on Campus Grotto’s list, but this year Bard has fallen two spots to no. 10, despite increasing its asking price by almost $2,000.The  for 2012-2013 is $57,580 for a returning student. First-year students are subject to an additional $1,490 in fees, including meal charges, security deposit and ID card.

    According to Campus Grotto's just-released report on the 2012-2013 year, the top 10 colleges all have an average total cost of more than $55,000 per year.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- The Connecticut U.S. Senate race is essentially tied one month before the November election as Democratic U.S. Representative Christopher Murphy tries to fend off former wrestling magnate Linda McMahon, a Quinnipiac University poll showed on Thursday.

  • BRISTOL, Conn.-- Bobby Valentine's next move after being fired as Boston Red Sox manager? Spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Thursday that the network is was happy with its current crew of baseball analysts. ESPN is a unit of The Walt Disney Co..

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. Treasuries prices ended lower on Thursday as traders focused on a highly anticipated jobs report on Friday, and after minutes from the Federal Reserve's September policy meeting showed that Fed members were broadly in agreement over the need for additional stimulus.

  • They generated more than $1 million in annual revenue last year at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, the brokerage formed out of the merger of Morgan Stanley's wealth business and Citigroup's Smith Barney in 2009..

  • BUFFALO, N.Y.-- First Niagara Financial Group says it's realigning some staffing and will do away with 180 positions as it recruits for 250 others. The bank says it's hired 2,700 people over the past two years, including 1,200 from its recent purchase of 195 HSBC branches in New York and southwestern Connecticut.

  • *Turkey strikes on Syria raise regional security fears. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices jumped 2 percent Thursday as Turkey's retaliatory strikes on a Syria sparked more concern about potential disruptions to Middle East oil supply, while U.S. gasoline futures rallied after a fire at a refinery in Texas.

  • *Turkey strikes on Syria raise regional security fears. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices rose on Thursday as Turkey's retaliatory strikes on a Syria sparked additional concern about potential disruptions to Middle East oil supply, while U.S. gasoline futures rallied after a fire at a refinery in Texas.

  • NEW BRITAIN, Conn.-- A New Britain Superior Court judge has backed Connecticut's first proposed wind farm. Judge Henry Cohn rejected opponents' claims that the six turbines proposed for Colebrook would unduly hurt the environment or harm neighbors.

  • GREENWICH, Conn.-- Starwood Property Trust says a public offering of 16 million shares raised about $368 million in gross proceeds. Shares of Starwood Property Trust Inc., based in Greenwich, Conn., fell 43 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $23.20 in morning trading Thursday. Its shares hit a 52- week high of $24.56 in mid-September.

  • "A guy like Romney should excite me," said Becker, 30, a Republican who manages real estate investments in Fairfield, a charming shoreline town on Connecticut's affluent "gold coast." That was before the 90- minute head-to-head matchup between Romney and President Barack Obama in Denver, their first of three debates before Election Day.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, according government data on Thursday that suggested a mild improvement in the labor market. IAN LYNGEN, SENIOR GOVERNMENT BOND STRATEGIST AT CRT CAPITAL GROUP IN STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT. SEAN INCREMONA, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- The Connecticut U.S. Senate race is essentially tied one month before the November election, with Republican Linda McMahon leading Democratic U.S. Christopher Murphy by a single percentage point among likely voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday.

  • Motorists in California paid an average of $4.232 per gallon Wednesday. That's 45 cents higher than the national average and exceeded only by Hawaii among the 50 states. Prices in New York, Connecticut and New Hampshire are at or near highs for the year.

  • WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn.-- A Southwest Airlines flight from Tampa, Fla., that suffered a bird strike on its final approach has landed safely in Connecticut.

  • EAST HAMPTON, Conn.-- The 180- year-old New England company that made the little bell that rings every time an angel gets its wings in the Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" has resumed production in time for the holidays, four months after its 19th- century factory burned down.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. "I think we're in a wait and see mode, we are awaiting minutes and then all eyes will be focused on the payroll data," said Sean Simko, senior portfolio manager at SEI Investments in Oaks, Pennsylvania.