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  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- Redbook Research on Tuesday released the following seasonally adjusted weekly data on U.S. chain store sales:.

  • Express cuts 3Q outlook on more discounting Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:54 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Shares of Express declined 17 percent in premarket trading Tuesday after the clothing retailer cut its forecast for the current quarter because of fewer shoppers in September and heavy discounting.

  • Oct 2- Cell Therapeutics Inc said U.S. health regulators granted orphan drug status to its brain cancer drug, sending the company's shares up 26 percent in premarket trading. It is estimated that there will be 10,000-12,000 new cases of GBM diagnosed in the United States this year alone, the company said, citing data from the National Cancer Institute.

  • BRIEF-Illumina shares up 6 percent in premarket Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:52 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 2- Illumina Inc:.

  • Oct 2- U.S. retail sales should rise 4.1 percent this holiday season, slower growth than in the past two years as mixed economic data and political uncertainty weigh on consumers, the world's largest retail trade association said. The forecast released on Tuesday by the National Retail Federation puts sales at $586.1 billion in November and December.

  • Immigrant advocates blast Brown vetoes in Calif. Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:41 AM ET

    Jerry Brown on Monday for last-minute vetoes of bills that could have brought sweeping change to the state's large foreign-born population. They said signing those bills could have further distinguished California as immigrant-friendly compared to states such as Arizona and Alabama, which have been cracking down on illegal immigration.

  • Measure of US home prices rises by most in 6 years Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:41 AM ET

    CoreLogic, a private real estate data provider, also said Tuesday that prices rose 0.3 percent in August from July, the sixth straight monthly gain. Housing prices are rising in most areas, according to CoreLogic.

  • Authorities: Hornets exec faces gun charge in NJ Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:40 AM ET

    NEWARK, N.J.-- Authorities say an executive with the NBA's New Orleans Hornets has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon after a handgun was found in his checked baggage at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport.

  • Citi analyst boosts Liberty Media rating to "Buy" Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:39 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- A Citi analyst on Tuesday raised his rating for Liberty Media Corp. to "Buy" from "Neutral," predicting that the company will soon take control of Sirius XM Radio Inc..

  • 2 theater companies cheer as they open new stages Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:38 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Stage actors always seem to get the attention in New York. The Pearl Theatre had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate moving into its new home near Times Square, while the Atlantic Theater Company reopened its main stage in Chelsea after an $8.3 million renovation.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse have emerged from the financial crisis as the biggest suppliers of brokerage services to the embattled hedge fund industry, a new study showed on Tuesday. Credit Suisse, which counts European hedge fund giant Brevan Howard as a key client, is in second place with $200 billion of assets.

  • Akin claims McCaskill benefited from stimulus Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:37 AM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Republican challenger Todd Akin went on the offensive against Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri's Senate race on Monday, claiming that her husband's businesses profited from a federal stimulus act provision that helped finance low-income housing.

  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2012 'genius grants' Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:36 AM ET

    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.

  • At least 20 injured in California train crash Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:35 AM ET

    HANFORD, Calif.-- Repair crews worked into Tuesday removing two derailed cars and a locomotive and to repair damaged railroad tracks after an Amtrak train carrying about 169 passengers derailed in a collision with a big rig truck in California's Central Valley.

  • SD tribe's lawsuit against beer stores dismissed Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:31 AM ET

    The lawsuit was filed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe, which governs the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where alcohol is banned. Four beer stores named in the suit sold the equivalent of 4.3 million 12- ounce beer cans last year even though they're in Whiteclay, a Nebraska town with about a dozen residents on the reservation's border.

  • Investigators cite wasteful spending at VA events Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Federal investigators estimated Monday that the Department of Veterans Affairs wastefully spent about $762,000 at two employee conferences last year in Orlando, Fla., and that senior leadership failed to provide proper oversight in planning and executing the events.

  • U.S. home prices rise in August -CoreLogic Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 2- U.S. home prices rose in August as the housing market continued to gain traction, but recent gains could start to wane as the summer comes to an end, data analysis firm CoreLogic said on Tuesday. CoreLogic's home price index rose 0.3 percent from July and was up 4.6 percent compared with a year ago.

  • Oct 2- LPL Financial LLC, the largest U.S. independent broker-dealer by revenue, said on Tuesday it landed San Diego- based independent advisory firm Washington Wealth Management LLC with $750 million in client assets.

  • Court: Child porn victims can get restitution Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:29 AM ET

    The decision conflicts with rulings by several other federal circuits, possibly setting the stage for a Supreme Court challenge.

  • Chrysler says September sales best since 2007 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:27 AM ET

    Oct 2- Chrysler Group LLC said Tuesday that September sales were 142,041 vehicles, up 12 percent from 127,336 a year earlier, and the highest for the month since 2007.. All of the company's brands-- Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Truck and Fiat-- posted sales increases in September, said Chrysler, an affiliate of Italy's Fiat SpA.