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  • BRIEF-Clearwire surges 22 percent in premarket trading Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:49 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 11- Clearwire Corp:.

  • US jobless claims fall to 339K, fewest in 4 1/2 years Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:48 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted last week to seasonally adjusted 339,000, the lowest level in more than four years. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell by 30,000 to the fewest since February 2008.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to the lowest level in more than four and a half years, according government data on Thursday that suggested improvement in the labor market. STORY: TABLE COMMENTS: DAVID SLOAN, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK.

  • Management Tip of the Day: Learn about your audience Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:48 AM ET

    BOSTON, Oct 11- Thinking about your audience and what you can do to better connect to them is a key to making persuasive presentations, says Harvard Business Review. The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org. Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

  • Man gets 23 years over California-based scam Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:47 AM ET

    DALLAS-- A federal judge in Texas has sentenced a man to 23 years in prison and ordered him to pay $13 million in restitution over an investment scam he ran out of his home in California. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that 37- year-old Bradley Stark, formerly of Riverside, Calif., was sentenced on seven counts of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud.

  • BRIEF-MetroPCS down 8.1 percent in premarket trading Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:47 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 11- MetroPCS Communications Inc:.

  • New arts commission criticized for not using funds Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.-- Some state lawmakers are criticizing the new Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission for not disbursing funds to local arts groups. Lawmakers authorized $700,000 for the commission, to replace arts funding that had been vetoed earlier by Gov.

  • Challenge to use of mortgage settlement rejected Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    PHOENIX-- A lawyer for housing advocates say they'll probably appeal a judge's rejection of a challenge to Arizona's use $50 million from a multistate foreclosure settlement to help balance the state budget.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 11- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to the lowest level in more than four and a half years, according government data on Thursday that suggested improvement in the labor market.

  • Twinkie maker Hostess files reorganization plan Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:42 AM ET

    Oct 11- Hostess Brands Inc, the bankrupt maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, filed a reorganization plan that includes wage cuts, reduction in health and welfare benefits and a freeze on pensions for at least two years.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to the lowest level in more than four and a half years, according government data on Thursday that suggested improvement in the labor market. PETER CARDILLO, CHIEF MARKET ECONOMIST, ROCKWELL GLOBAL CAPITAL, NEW YORK.

  • TREASURIES-Price drop steepens after U.S. jobless data Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 11- U.S. Treasuries prices extended losses on Thursday after data showed weekly jobless claims fell to its lowest level since February 2008 and soothed some worries about unemployment and overall U.S. economic growth. Benchmark 10- year Treasury note prices were 8/ 32 lower, compared with a 6/ 32 fall before the release of the claims data.

  • Kansas home sales, values forecast higher in 2013 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:37 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.-- Kansas home sales rebounded this year and are forecast to rise another 6.3 percent in 2013 as the economy improves and pent-up demand brings buyers back into the housing market, economic researchers at Wichita State University said Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to the lowest level in more than four and a half years, according government data on Thursday that suggested improvement in the labor market. PETER CARDILLO, CHIEF MARKET ECONOMIST, ROCKWELL GLOBAL CAPITAL, NEW YORK.

  • US trade deficit rose to $44.2 billion in August Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:35 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. trade deficit widened in August from July because exports fell to the lowest level in six months. The deficit grew 4.1 percent to $44.2 billion in August, the biggest gap since May, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Exports dropped 1 percent to $181.3 billion.

  • Fewest Americans since Feb. 2008 seek jobless aid Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:35 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to 339,000 last week, the lowest level in more than four years. The Labor Department says weekly applications fell by 30,000 to the lowest level since February 2008.

  • INSTANT VIEW 1-U.S. jobless claims fell in latest week Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:35 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 11- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to the lowest level in more than four and a half years, according government data on Thursday that suggested improvement in the labor market. JORDAN WAXMAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR AND PARTNER AT HIGHTOWER IN NEW YORK.

  • U.S. jobless claims fall to lowest in 4-1/2 years Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 11- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to the lowest level in more than four and a half years, according government data on Thursday that suggested improvement in the labor market.

  • RPT- TABLE-U.S. Aug trade gap widened to $44.22 bln Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    Oct 11- Commerce Department report of U.S. international trade. Trade in goods and services on balance of payments basis,. Aug July Jan-Aug12 Aug11 Jan-Aug11 Balance -44.22 -42.47 -374.37 -44.78 -369.13 Exports 181.28 183.19 1,459.55 178.38 1,389.53 Imports 225.50 225.65 1,833.92 223.16 1,758.66.

  • RPT- TABLE-U.S. Sept import prices rose 1.1 pct Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    Oct 11- U.S. Labor Department report of U.S. import and export price changes by percent.