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NEW YORK-- A new report is highly critical of the Long Island Rail Road's work crew productivity. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Inspector General Barry Kluger reviewed several recent construction projects and found that LIRR crews reported to work late, knocked off early and that a lack of oversight was widespread.
The USS Michael Murphy, a 510- foot destroyer, is being commissioned this weekend in New York City for a Long Island native and Navy lieutenant who became the first American awarded the Medal of Honor during the Afghanistan War when he was killed along with two fellow SEALs during an ambush in 2005. He was 29..
WASHINGTON, Oct 4- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose only slightly last week after a big drop the week before, keeping in place a trend that suggested a mild improvement in the labor market.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. "Some accounts believe the payrolls data will be better than the consensus forecast," said Tom di Galoma, managing director at Navigate Advisors LLC. Though yields on Spanish debt have recently risen, Spain found buyers for its debt at auction, which also damped demand for safe-haven assets like U.S. government debt.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- Light Louisiana Sweet, the U.S. Gulf Coast cash crude benchmark, rose $1.20 a barrel on Thursday to trade at $19.95 over the futures benchmark West Texas Intermediate after a fire at Exxon's Baytown, Texas refinery, trade sources said.
LONDON-- Financial markets remained subdued Thursday as investors were reluctant to stake out positions ahead of key U.S. jobs data. The monthly U.S. nonfarm payrolls report, due Friday, is the week's main event in the markets following Thursday's monthly policy meeting of the European Central Bank.
Oct 4- Southern California Edison on Thursday released a plan to restart Unit 2 at the San Onofre nuclear power plant and operate the unit at up to 70 percent for about five months before shutting it again for inspections.
*Facebook adds 45 million users since June. Oct 4- Social media company Facebook Inc reported on Thursday it reached the 1 billion user mark last month, while Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said it would keep pursuing growth through mobile devices.
NEW YORK-- An encouraging report on the labor market and better sales from Costco and other retail stores helped push the stock market higher Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 65 points to 13,559 shortly after 11:30 a.m. Bank of America led the 30 stocks in the Dow with a 3 surge, rising 26 cents to $9.37.
The boozy reality TV series about a group of self-proclaimed "guidos" and "guidettes" cohabiting in a run-down Seaside Heights, N.J., party house is winding down as its sixth _ and MTV promises final _ season gets under way almost three years after it debuted and became a pop-cultural situation spawning catchphrases, punch lines, hairdos and tabloid fodder.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. natural gas futures edged higher early on Thursday ahead of weekly storage data, resuming a run up that earlier in the week brought the nearby contract to its highest mark this year. As of 9:49 a.m. EDT, front-month November natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange. were at $3.416 per mmBtu, up 2.1 cents.
NEW YORK-- "There is an inherent evil to the wondrous technology that we embrace blindly," says J.J. Abrams. It's a loaded observation that seems simultaneously quizzical, thrilled and circumspect. And it hints at the world view of Abrams, the alliteratively initialed writer-director-producer whose latest series, "Revolution," airs Mondays at 10 p.m. EDT on NBC.
Oct 4- Fortune Brands Home& Security Inc. said on Thursday that it let its poison pill, adopted in advance of last year's spin-off from Fortune Brands Inc, expire. The company's stock was off 1 cent at $27.75 in morning New York Stock Exchange trading.
NEW ORLEANS-- Some New Orleans residents and city officials are pushing back against tour operators who bus out-of-towners into the city's Lower 9th Ward, where Hurricane Katrina unleashed a wall of water that pushed homes off foundations and stranded residents on rooftops when the levees failed.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- The amount of seasonally adjusted U.S. commercial paper contracted for a fifth consecutive week in the week ended Oct. 3, Federal Reserve data showed on Thursday. U.S. seasonally adjusted commercial paper outstanding fell $15 billion to $975.1 billion in the latest week.
*Murphy Oil says in "ongoing dialogue" with shareholders. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Murphy Oil Corp said on Thursday it has been talking with its shareholders, including Third Point LLC, whose fund manager Daniel Loeb has suggested Murphy shares could be higher.
NEW YORK-- Stocks are opening mostly higher on Wall Street following an encouraging report on the labor market and better sales from retail chains. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 35 points to 13,530 shortly after the opening bell Thursday.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- Exchange-traded funds are waging a price war that may save investors money on fees, but cheaper fund choices pose a greater risk because they may rely on new, more-opaque indexes.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. natural gas futures edged higher early on Thursday, resuming a recent run up that brought the nearby contract to its highest mark this year. As of 9:26 a.m. EDT, front-month November natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange. were at $3.426 per mmBtu, up 3.1 cents, or about 1 percent.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. stocks rose at the open on Thursday after labor market data came in within expectations and following encouraging comments by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on tools to tackle the region's debt crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 40.66 points, or 0.30 percent, to 13,535.27.