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  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, according government data on Thursday that suggested a mild improvement in the labor market. SEAN INCREMONA, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK. JOHN CANALLY, ECONOMIST, LPL FINANCIAL, BOSTON.

  • Rare US meningitis outbreak grows; 4 dead, 22 sick Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:40 AM ET

    Eighteen of the cases are in Tennessee, where a Nashville clinic received the largest shipment of the steroid.. Three cases have been reported in Virginia, two in Maryland, two in Florida and one in North Carolina. Two of the deaths were in Tennessee, and Virginia and Maryland had one each, said officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, according government data on Thursday that suggested a mild improvement in the labor market. JOHN CANALLY, ECONOMIST, LPL FINANCIAL, BOSTON. OMER ESINER, CHIEF STRATEGIST, COMMONWEALTH FOREIGN EXCHANGE, WASHINGTON.

  • Romney would end Obama immigration policy Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:38 AM ET

    DENVER-- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would end an Obama administration policy allowing some young illegal immigrants to stay in the country and work, though anyone already granted a reprieve from possible deportation wouldn't see that permission revoked.

  • BOSTON, Oct 4- Understanding the real problem- in business or elsewhere- is a prerequisite to coming up with the right solution, says Harvard Business Review. The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org. Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney agree that the $2.8 trillion U.S. healthcare system is broken, but neither candidate on Wednesday presented voters with a clear idea of how to fix it.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- Republican Mitt Romney, seeking to counter his image as a billionaire friend of finance, stressed he wanted regulation of banks but blasted President Barack Obama for pursuing excessive reforms that he said were stifling the economy. You can't have a free market work without regulation, "said Romney, a former Massachusetts governor.

  • Oct 3- American Airlines and its pilots union resumed contract talks Wednesday, but other problems continued to beset the bankrupt carrier. "I will never ride on American Airlines ever again," said Tony Palm, who was stranded when a connecting flight on American from Chicago to New York's LaGuardia airport was canceled last month.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 3- The U.S. Treasury Department is examining individual retirement accounts as vehicles for potential tax avoidance, a top tax official said in a letter to Democratic lawmakers released on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 3- The U.S. Treasury Department is examining individual retirement accounts as vehicles for potential tax avoidance, a top tax official said in a letter to Democratic lawmakers released on Wednesday.

  • Oct 3- American Airlines and its pilots union resumed contract talks Wednesday, but other problems continued to beset the bankrupt airline. "I will never ride on American Airlines ever again," said Tony Palm, who was stranded when a connecting flight on American from Chicago to New York's LaGuardia airport was cancelled last month.

  • *Republican challenger broaches possible $17,000 limit. Oct 3- Mitt Romney's talk of putting a cap on income tax deductions aligns him with others, including President Barack Obama, behind a tax code change that could gain traction in Washington.

  • "This matter requires more attention," Jeremie Waterman, head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's China division, told a U.S. government panel hosted by the U.S.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. "I think we're in a wait and see mode, we are awaiting minutes and then all eyes will be focused on the payroll data," said Sean Simko, senior portfolio manager at SEI Investments in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

  • Unemployment rates for Northeastern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:13 PM ET
  • *Low-Priced Stock Fund uses cash as shock absorber. Tillinghast, manager of Fidelity's $33 billion Low-Priced Stock Fund, has cut his cash position by more than half in the past year to $1.9 billion, or 6 percent of assets.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- Nasdaq canceled some trades in shares of Kraft Foods Group that had pushed the stock up about 29 percent in just one minute, the latest in a string of trading glitches that have rattled market confidence. During the one-minute period, Kraft shares surged as high as $58.54 after opening at $45.44.

  • The Best States for Entrepreneurs Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:46 PM ET
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    For the second year in a row, the Bay State topped an annual state index, which offers a comprehensive look at entrepreneurship. Did you say Minnesota?

  • *SEC says eBX gave outside firm customer order data. *eBX to pay $800,000 to settle SEC charges. The SEC alleged that eBX erroneously told its users that their buy and sell orders would not be shared outside the company, but an outside technology firm was allowed to use the data for its own business interests.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 3- Boston- based dark pool operator eBX LLC on Wednesday agreed to pay an $800,000 penalty to settle civil charges that it had failed to protect its subscribers' confidential trading information.