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  • --Northfield, Ill.- based Kraft Foods Inc. completed the pending spin-off transaction of its North American grocery business, Kraft Foods Group Inc.. Rating Action On Oct. 2, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its ratings on Mondelez International Inc..

  • John Wiley & Sons buying Deltak.edu for $220M Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:49 AM ET

    HOBOKEN, N.J.-- Publisher John Wiley& Sons is buying online education provider Deltak.edu for $220 million to diversify its offerings and speed up its digital learning strategy. John Wiley& Sons, based in Hoboken, N.J., said Tuesday that the buyout is expected to close by the end of the month. Shares of John Wiley& Sons rose 5 cents to $45.53 in morning trading.

  • Oct 2- John Wiley& Sons Inc, the publisher of the "For Dummies" books, said it will buy privately held online learning services company Deltak.edu LLC for $220 million to strengthen its business with higher education institutions.

  • Iraq signs deal to modernize major port in Basra Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 9:24 AM ET

    BAGHDAD-- Iraq on Tuesday signed a $14 million deal with a U.S. consortium to modernize a major port in the country's southern province of Basra in a move aimed at developing key infrastructure neglected during years of war and sanctions.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 2- Tyson Foods Inc:. *President of humane society of U.S. says to run for Tyson Foods board. *President of humane society of U.S. says to push Tyson for time frame to.

  • Dynegy emerges from Chap. 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    HOUSTON-- The electric power producer Dynegy Inc. has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Dynegy filed for Chapter 11 in July after years of falling electricity prices and debt that surpassed $5 billion last year. As part of the restructuring, Dynegy Holdings and Dynegy Inc. were combined on Sept. 30.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gambling exec: US needs Internet poker regulations Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:56 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS-- Brick-and-mortar casinos are opening in Ohio and Illinois. Voters in Oregon, Rhode Island and Maryland will vote on gambling initiatives Nov. 6.

  • Holiday sales seen rising 4.1 percent in 2012 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:08 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they're not exactly ready to shop `til they drop like they have been in the past two years.

  • NRF: Holiday sales to rise 4.1 percent in 2012 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they're not exactly ready to shop `til they drop like they have been in the past two years.

  • *Debt financing soars among larger medical device makers By Susan Kelly. CHICAGO, Oct 1- Venture capitalists, long the lifeblood of medical technology firms, are growing cautious on the sector after seeing their returns squeezed in a time of growing cost pressures for healthcare, a report by Ernst& Young said.

  • TOKYO, Oct 2- Japan's Nikkei share average was set to rise on Tuesday after data showed U.S. manufacturing expanded in September, beating expectations, while a softer yen should lend support to export-driven stocks.

  • *Wal-Mart, Target already among MCX members. Oct 1- Retailers including Gap Inc and Bed Bath& Beyond Inc have joined a mobile payments network that intends to battle similar services from Google Inc.

  • By Martinne Geller and Jessica Wohl NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, Oct 1- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. A handful of sell-side analysts turned out to hear from Walmart workers nearly a year after a similar meeting was held near Wal-Mart's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

  • Oct 1- Zimmer Holdings Inc said it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration citing problems with manufacturing and testing processes for artificial hip devices made at the company's Ponce, Puerto Rico, plant.

  • FDA warns Zimmer over manufacturing of hip devices Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:36 PM ET

    Oct 1- Zimmer Holdings Inc said it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration citing problems with manufacturing and testing processes for artificial hip devices made at the company's Ponce, Puerto Rico, plant.

  • Caterpillar plans late-year shutdown in Decatur Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:49 PM ET

    DECATUR, Ill.-- Days after saying it is worried about the slow pace of the global economy Caterpillar Inc. says it will shut down parts of its operations in Decatur for a week in November and all of December as demand for some products drops.

  • NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, Oct 1- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. A handful of sell-side analysts turned out to hear from Walmart workers nearly a year after a similar meeting was held near Wal-Mart's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.