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  • For small business, hiring depends on the industry Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:55 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- If you are trying to figure out if small businesses are hiring, it depends on where you look. Just last Friday when the government was raising suspicious eyebrows with its report of a sudden drop in the unemployment rate so close to a presidential election, Andy Asbury was hiring a full-time employee to work at his Minneapolis real estate brokerage.

  • Oct 10- Arthur J. Gallagher& Co:. Arthur J. Gallagher& Co. today announced the acquisition of Coyle Insurance Agency, Inc., in Peoria, Illinois.

  • News Summary: Smashing pumpkin harvest Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:36 PM ET

    SMASHING SUCCESS: Farmers in a stretch of Illinois where most of the nation's pumpkins are grown say their crop is likely to be one of the few successes in a year when severe drought baked most of the nation's heartland.

  • Fed: Housing lifts growth in most US regions Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Stronger housing markets helped boost economic growth at the end of the summer in nearly every region of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The Fed said growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts from mid-August through September, while leveling off in one region and slowing in another.

  • 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.

  • Testing nonprofit waters with Chicago Ideas Week Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    The weeklong program of panel discussions, speakers and demonstrations, which opened Monday, was the brainchild of Groupon co-founder Brad Keywell, who regards Chicago Ideas Week as a startup, albeit one that will never be publicly traded on Wall Street. The Chicago- based entrepreneur was briefly a billionaire after Groupon Inc.' s IPO last year.

  • Alcoa and Chevron lead Dow Jones average down Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Downbeat reports from Alcoa and Chevron at the start of a critical corporate earnings season pulled stock indexes lower for a third straight day Wednesday. Alcoa, the aluminum producer, beat Wall Street earnings estimates on Tuesday night but said it expects a slowdown in China to weaken demand for aluminum.

  • *Seller Rabobank evaluating the offers for Robeco- sources. *AMG/Permira plan to split up Robeco- sources. *Robeco could fetch more than 2 billion euros- sources.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 10- Wal-Mart Stores Inc:. *CEO says gaining share in almost every country Wal Mart- operates in. *CEO says international business will continue to be a growth engine.

  • Toys R Us to open toy departments in 24 Macy's stores Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:56 AM ET

    Oct 10- Toys R Us Inc said it will open toy departments in 24 Macy's Inc stores this holiday season as the world's largest specialty toy retailer looks to reach more shoppers in the biggest selling season of the year.

  • Idaho dairy workers charged with animal cruelty Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:49 AM ET

    The video was shot using a hidden camera by a member of Mercy for Animals who got a job at Bettencourt Dairies' Dry Creek Dairy in Hansen for a few weeks this summer.

  • Pumpkin farmers have smashing crop despite drought Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:13 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS-- Farmers in a stretch of Illinois where most of the nation's pumpkins are grown say their crop looks relatively smashing and is likely to be one of the few successes in a year when severe drought baked most of the nation's heartland. But John Ackerman said most of the pumpkins he planted fared "fantastic" for a simple, single reason: Pumpkins dig dry weather.

  • Grains futures, livestock prices mixed Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET
  • TOKYO, Oct 10- Japan's Nikkei share average is expected to open down on Wednesday and test a one-month low on concerns over companies' latest quarterly earnings results as global growth slows. "The Alcoa results were above market forecast but they were still in the red," said Takashi Hiroki, chief strategist at Monex Inc..

  • Video gambling goes live at 65 Ill. bars, eateries Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:38 PM ET

    "The IGB's staff has done a tremendous job to... bring this new industry to Illinois," board Chairman Aaron Jaffe said in a written statement. Jeff Glover, manager of Chino's Pizzeria in the Chicago suburb of Justice, said he'd just finished mopping when he saw the restaurant's three terminals activated around 11:30 a.m..

  • Oct 9- Jack Welch, the former chairman of General Electric who sparked an outcry with a tweet last week suggesting the White House manipulated job numbers for political gain, is no longer writing for Reuters or Fortune. "Unbelievable jobs numbers... these Chicago guys will do anything... can't debate so change numbers," Welch tweeted.

  • Jack Welch terminates column with Reuters, Fortune Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 4:41 PM ET

    Oct 9- Jack Welch, the former chairman of General Electric who sparked an outcry with a tweet last week suggesting the White House manipulated job numbers for political gain, is no longer writing for Reuters or Fortune. "Unbelievable jobs numbersï¿ ½th ese Chicago guys will do anythingï¿ ½ can't debate so change numbers," Welch tweeted.

  • Grains futures mixed, beef prices rise Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:34 PM ET
  • Vasco lowers full-year revenue forecast Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:02 PM ET

    OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill.-- Vasco Data Security lowered its full-year revenue forecast Monday due to lower orders from the banking industry. Vasco said that it expects revenue in the range of $150 million to $157 million for 2012. That's down from its forecast of revenue of $175 million or more that it issued in July.

  • Grains futures, livestock prices rise Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:32 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- Grain prices mostly rose Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery rose 11.75 cents to $8.7275 a bushel; December corn rose 4 cents to $7.46 a bushel; December oats were unchanged at $3.7050 a bushel; while November soybeans jumped 14 cents to $15.65 a bushel.