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  • TEXT-S&P rates NorthStar Student Loan Trust I 2012-1 notes Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:08 AM ET

    --NorthStar Student Loan Trust I's issuance is an ABS securitization backed by student loans that are at least 97% reinsured by the U.S. federal government. NEW YORK Oct. 10, 2012-- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services today assigned its preliminary' AA+' rating to NorthStar Student Loan Trust I's $674.6 million class A student loan asset-backed notes series 2012-1.

  • Willie Geist joins 'Today' show Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Willie Geist will no longer have to be at work way too early. The MSNBC personality will join Al Roker and Natalie Morales as a host of the 9 a.m. hour of the "Today" show, and contribute to the program during its first two hours, NBC News said Wednesday. "There is a sense of just loosening up the show a bit," said Geist, son of CBS News reporter Bill Geist. "

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- Elevated general collateral repo rates indicated the Treasury's $40 billion four-week bill auction Wednesday is likely to be dominated by dealers.

  • Sudan, South Sudan pledge peace, seek investment Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:06 AM ET

    *Rare chance for Sudan to meet Western firms. *Sudan and South came close to war in April. VIENNA, Oct 10- Sudan and South Sudan pledged to work together to rebuild their shattered economies and not to return to war in a joint plea for foreign investment after signing a critical trade and border agreement last month.

  • RPT-Buyout firms, Discovery eye ProSieben units-sources Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    *BC Partners, EQT, Providence, Discovery showed interest* Price tag seen at up to 1.4 bln euros* Final bids due later this months By Sven Nordenstam and Arno Schuetze STOCKHOLM/ FRANKFURT, Oct 10- ProSiebenSat1.

  • Brent crude futures up more than $1 Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    Brent November crude was up 89 cents at $115.39 a barrel at 11:02 a.m. EDT, having traded from $113.77 to $115.59.

  • Beatles romp at latest Woodstock Film Festival Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    Also highlighted at the film festival this year will be "Vamps," director Amy Heckerling's comedic take on the travails of club-hopping vampires, which reunites her with "Clueless" star Alicia Silverstone.

  • Investors increase Treasuries holdings in week - survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

    Treasury debt prices in the latest week as worries over the outcome of Europe's debt crisis supported safe-haven buying of U.S. government debt, a survey released on Wednesday showed. The share of investors who were "short", or holding fewer Treasuries than their benchmarks, was unchanged on the week at 15 percent, according to the latest J.P. Morgan survey.

  • SpaceX Dragon capsule arrives at space station Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-- A private company successfully delivered a half-ton of supplies to the International Space Station early Wednesday, the first official shipment under a billion-dollar contract with NASA. Williams thanked SpaceX and NASA for the delivery, especially the chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream stashed in a freezer.

  • TEXT-S&P rates Quintiles Transnational loan 'BB-' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    --Research Triangle Park, N.C.- based contract services provider Quintiles Transnational Corp. is issuing $175 million in incremental term debt to fund a shareholder distribution.

  • --We are assigning' B' issue-level ratings to its $30 million first-lien revolving credit facility due 2016 and $260 million first-lien term loan due 2018, with recovery ratings of' 3'.

  • Burton's 'Frankenweenie' opens London Film Fest Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:56 AM ET

    LONDON-- This year's London Film Festival has Ben Affleck, Dustin Hoffman and the Rolling Stones _ and it's bookended by one of the city's premiere cinematic couples. Britain's biggest film showcase opens Wednesday with the European premiere of London- based American director Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie," the animated tale of a boy and his beloved _ but dead _ dog.

  • Oct 10- U.S. tax preparer H&R Block Inc said it was exploring strategic alternatives for its banking unit to avoid heavy costs associated with stricter supervision under the Dodd-Frank Act. H&R Block, like other companies with small banking units, is under pressure to get out of the business to escape costly oversight by the U.S.

  • Alcoa's shares fall after posting $143M loss in 3Q Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:55 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Alcoa Inc. fell Wednesday after the aluminum manufacturer reported a third-quarter loss and lowered its 2012 forecast for growth in aluminum demand. THE SPARK: Alcoa said Tuesday that it lost $143 million, or 13 cents a share, in the July-September quarter, largely due to one-time charges.

  • UPDATE 4-Jeans maker True Religion says exploring sale Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:55 AM ET

    By Juhi Arora and Siddharth Cavale. Oct 10- Premium jeans maker True Religion Apparel Inc, which has been hit by falling sales after a series of fashion missteps, said it may sell itself after receiving interest from potential buyers. Shares of the company jumped as much as 25 percent to $26.25 in early trading on Wednesday, valuing it at about $680 million.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- The shale boom has left some of the most sophisticated refineries in the United States hunting across Europe and Africa for more of the heavy residue left over from other refiners' crude distillation units, as they try to find a use for all the expensive coking units built in the last decade.

  • UPDATE 2-Rabobank weighs bids for asset manager Robeco Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    *AMG/Permira plan to split up Robeco- sources. *Robeco could fetch more than 2 bln euros- sources. is weighing three offers for its asset management arm Robeco, facing a choice between bids to split the 2 billion euro- plus business or sell it in one piece, people familiar with the situation said.

  • Oil prices rise on wholesale stockpiles and sales Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The price of oil is rising Wednesday after the government reported U.S. wholesalers' sales rose for the first time in four months. Benchmark crude is up 74 cents to $93.13 per barrel in New York morning trading. The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline stayed at $3.81.

  • Luke Bryan leads American Country Awards nominees Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:51 AM ET

    Lady A and Zac Brown Band are next with six nominations apiece, while Swift and Eric Church took five nods each for the third annual fan-voted awards. Bryan, Swift, Lady A, Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean are up for the night's top honor, artist of the year.

  • Russian Railways adds 12.5 bln rbls to seven-year Eurobond Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:50 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 10- Russian Railways continued its drive to raise 100 billion roubles of investment capital this year by adding 12.5 billion roubles to its outstanding seven-year Eurobond issue, one of the deal's arrangers told Reuters on Wednesday. Alongside VTB Capital, J.P. Morgan and Royal Bank of Scotland arranged both deals.