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  • 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.

  • Recent oil and gas tax proposals in the states Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    _ ALASKA: Governor's proposed oil tax cuts failed to gain approval. _ FLORIDA: Oil production taxes reduced to offset technological costs of extraction. _ IDAHO: Replaced an existing oil tax with a 2.5 percent conservation tax on the market value of all oil and gas produced.

  • Oct 2- Real estate investment trust Javelin Mortgage Investment Corp priced its initial public offering at $20 per share but increased its size to 7.25 million shares, raising $145 million, an underwriter told Reuters. The Florida- based company plans to list its stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "JMI."

  • NEW YORK, October 02 Fitch Ratings affirms the following credit ratings of Highwoods Properties, Inc. and its operating partnership, Highwoods Realty Limited Partnership,: Highwoods Properties, Inc.-- Long-term IDR at' BBB-';-- Preferred stock at' BB'.

  • American says installation job caused seat snafu Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 5:07 PM ET

    The first sign of trouble showed up last Wednesday, when crews noticed loose seats on a plane that had flown from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Vail, Colo. The seats were tightened again that day in Boston. The same plane had to make an emergency landing Monday when seats came loose shortly after takeoff on a New York- to- Miami flight.

  • TEXT-Fitch cuts Tenet Healthcare notes to 'B-/RR5' Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 5:03 PM ET

    Oct 2- Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings for Tenet Healthcare Corp.' s. The ratings apply to approximately $4.9 billion of debt at June 30, 2012.

  • *Orkin acquires portions of hulett environmental services. *Orkin says the transaction was for an undisclosed sum. *Orkin LLC- other Hulett branches in south Florida will remain with the Hulett.

  • US auto sales stay strong in September Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:48 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Americans found plenty of reasons to buy new cars in September, making auto sales a bright spot in the economy for yet another month. Sales rose for most carmakers, led by big gains at Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen. Gas prices have jumped 14 percent since July 1, and hit $3.79 per gallon at the end of September, a record for that time of year.

  • Labor standoffs silence orchestras in Minn., Indy Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:24 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- The Minnesota Orchestra was called the world's greatest not long ago, welcome recognition for musicians 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 average musicians' salary by $46,000 a year.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- A Florida fund manager admitted on Tuesday to tricking investors out of $13 million by falsely telling them he had put their money in coveted shares of Facebook Inc and Groupon Inc before the Internet companies went public.

  • Wade: No longer wearing Jordan Brand shoes Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:39 PM ET

    MIAMI-- Dwyane Wade will not be wearing Jordan Brand sneakers and apparel. Wade said his time with Converse and Jordan has been an "unbelievable nine years." Wade made the switch from Converse to Jordan Brand in 2009. Both are owned by Nike Inc..