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  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- Lenders seized fewer U.S. homes in August, in part due to the rising popularity of alternatives to foreclosure, data analysis firm CoreLogic said on Thursday. There were 57,000 foreclosures completed in August, down from 58,000 in July and 75,000 a year ago, according to CoreLogic.

  • MIAMI-- Three female Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees have filed a lawsuit in South Florida claiming the retail giant discriminates against women in areas such as wages and promotion opportunities.

  • Oct 3- American Airlines and its pilots union resumed contract talks Wednesday, but other problems continued to beset the bankrupt carrier. "I will never ride on American Airlines ever again," said Tony Palm, who was stranded when a connecting flight on American from Chicago to New York's LaGuardia airport was canceled last month.

  • *SeaWorld disputes claim injury inflicted by another whale. *In protest, animal rights group calls for SeaWorld boycott. "We are encouraging the public to boycott SeaWorld over their treatment of these killer whales, which results in injuries to the animals and to the trainers," said Matt Bruce, a local spokesman for the animal rights group.

  • EASTPOINT, Fla.-- Florida's oyster industry appears near collapse and needs help to survive, including getting more fresh water into Apalachicola Bay from Georgia, Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday in pledging to try to help.

  • Rick Scott says the state's oyster industry appears near collapse and needs help to survive. He says that includes getting more fresh water coming into Apalachicola Bay from Georgia. Florida has battled for years over the amount of water coming downstream from Georgia.

  • Oct 3- American Airlines and its pilots union resumed contract talks Wednesday, but other problems continued to beset the bankrupt airline. "I will never ride on American Airlines ever again," said Tony Palm, who was stranded when a connecting flight on American from Chicago to New York's LaGuardia airport was cancelled last month.

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

  • Since Fitch's last rating action, Class A has been paid down by an additional $27.6 million primarily due the full payoff or removal at par of four CDO assets. ARMSS 2004-1 is a CRE collateralized debt obligation managed by Arbor Realty Collateral Management, LLC.

  • Oct 3- Fitch Ratings has upgraded the Issuer Default Ratings of CF Industries Holdings, Inc.. and CF Industries Inc. to' BBB' from' BBB-'. A slump in corn production caused by this past season's drought and high temperatures have combined with speculation to push corn prices up to $7.50/ bushel from $5/ bushel last June.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 3- Ads for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign dominated TV airwaves in key states in September, despite Republican challenger Mitt Romney's powerful "Super PAC" backers, according to an academic analysis released on Wednesday.

  • Oct 3- Health insurer Highmark Inc wants a state court to block any possible deal talks with rivals involving Pennsylvania's West Penn Allegheny Health System, which last week ended a planned $475 million alliance with Highmark.

  • VERO BEACH, Fla.-- Shares of Javelin Mortgage Investment Corp. fell slightly in their Wednesday debut on the New York Stock Exchange. It is also selling 250,000 shares to the company's chairman, Daniel Staton, and board member Marc Bell for the same price, raising another $5 million. Shares shed 29 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $19.71 in morning trading.

  • CHICAGO-- A federal judge has sentenced a former Chicago Mercantile Exchange trader to three years in prison for his part in a fraud scheme that cost investors $2.3 million. A Chicago judge sentenced 54- year-old Mark Adrian of Delray Beach, Fla., on Tuesday.

  • Oct 3- American Depository Shares of Luxfer Holdings Plc, a British maker of high-performance materials and gas cylinders, rose 17 percent in their market debut, a day after the company priced its initial public offering below its expected price range.

  • MIAMI-- Soccer will come to the Miami Marlins' new ballpark for the first time Nov. 14 when Venezuela plays Nigeria in an international friendly. The game, announced Tuesday by Marlins officials, is one of many non-baseball events planned at the ballpark, which opened this year.

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida businesses and homeowners doing business with state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will see double-digit premium increases in most cases early next year. The Office of Insurance Regulation on Tuesday approved a 10.8 percent increase on homeowners' policies and an 8.8 percent increase on dwelling fire rates.

  • INDIANAPOLIS-- Campaign cash from outside political groups is flooding into conservative states with close Senate races like Indiana, Arizona and Montana, where residents are more accustomed to local news promos between football games than the relentless, often snarky attack ads.

  • *Companies add 162,000 jobs in September. NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. companies added 162,000 jobs in September, more than economists expected but still pointing to slow improvement in the labor market, data from a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday.