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  • 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.

  • Javelin shares slip in trading debut Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:06 AM ET

    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.

  • Former Chicago trader gets 3 years in fraud scheme Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    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.

  • Luxfer Holdings rises in market debut Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    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.

  • Venezuela to play Nigeria in Miami soccer friendly Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    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.

  • Fla. regulators Citizens' rate increases Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    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.

  • Outside money fills airwaves in tight Senate races Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    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.

  • WRAPUP 1-U.S. companies add 162,000 jobs in Sept Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:31 AM ET

    *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.

  • *Best Buy founder, private equity firms, examine books. Automatic Data Processing said 162,000 private jobs were created in September in the United States, more than the 143,000 expected by analysts, and down from a revised 189,000 in August.

  • Labor standoffs silence orchestras in Minn., Ind. Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- The Minnesota Orchestra was called the world's greatest not long ago, welcome recognition for musicians based outside a top cultural center. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra has already cancelled concerts through Nov. 25 as negotiators argue over a proposal to trim the performers' average salary by $46,000 a year.

  • Illegal immigrant in Fla. fights for law license Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:53 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- A Florida man's bid to become the first illegal immigrant to obtain a law license in the United States met skepticism Tuesday from most of the state's Supreme Court justices. He graduated from New College in Florida, earned a law degree from Florida State University and passed the state bar exam last year.

  • 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. The report is jointly developed with Macroeconomic Advisers LLC.

  • Candidates Ready to Debate in Colorado     Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:32 AM ET

    NBC's Chuck Todd discusses why the battleground states are so important to the presidential candidates as they get ready to face each other in tonight's debate.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. private employers added 162,000 jobs in September, topping economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. TOM DI GALOMA, MANAGING DIRECTOR, NAVIGATE ADVISORS LLC, STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT. DAVID RESLER, CHIEF ECONOMIST, NOMURA SECURITIES, NEW YORK.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. private employers added 162,000 jobs in September, topping economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. STORY: COMMENTS: DAVID RESLER, CHIEF ECONOMIST, NOMURA SECURITIES, NEW YORK. "It's hard to tell what it means for the BLS report because there's not a consistent correlation between the two.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. private employers added 162,000 jobs in September, topping economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. SCOTT BROWN, CHIEF ECONOMIST, RAYMOND JAMES, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA. FRED DICKSON, CHIEF MARKET STRATEGIST, D.A. DAVIDSON& CO.

  • Online schools face backlash as states question results Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:54 AM ET

    In Maine, New Jersey and North Carolina, officials have refused to allow new cyber-schools to open this year, citing concerns about poor academic performance, high rates of student turnover and funding models that appear to put private-sector profits ahead of student achievement.

  • Romney Pulls Even With Obama in Florida: Poll Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 5:00 AM ET
    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    Republican challenger Mitt Romney has pulled even with President Obama in the critical swing state of Florida, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll has found.

  • Benefits seen in hormone use early in menopause Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:02 AM ET

    A new study may reassure some women considering short-term use of hormones to relieve hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. JoAnn Manson, preventive medicine chief at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She was a study leader and will discuss results Wednesday at a conference of the North American Menopause Society in Orlando, Fla..

  • Cash-strapped states weigh tax policy on drilling Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio-- For decades, one tiny county in the rolling hills of Ohio's rural reaches was a depressed farm community saddled with double-digit unemployment. Now, Carroll County boasts more active oil and gas wells than any other in the state, and the tax dollars are flowing right along with the crude and natural gas.