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  • Baby bust continues: US births down for 4th year Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children. But there may be a silver lining: The decline in 2011 was just 1 percent _ not as sharp a fall-off as the 2 to 3 percent drop seen in other recent years.

  • *Carlyle bought 55 percent stake in Vermillion* Paid with cash and shares in itself* Deal represents major expansion within alternative assets By Greg Roumeliotis and Josephine Mason.

  • Day: 'Twilight' fans migrating to erotic romance Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Best-selling novelist Sylvia Day says sales of her "Crossfire" series and other erotic romance novels are on the rise in part because of maturing fans of the "Twilight Saga" young adult romance books.

  • *Best Buy founder, private equity firms, examine books. Automatic Data Processing said 162,000 private jobs were created in September in the United States, more than the 143,000 expected by analysts, and down from a revised 189,000 in August.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 3- Singapore will allow companies to issue different classes of shares to help its stock exchange to compete for new listings and the country to maintain its competitiveness as a financial centre.

  • Carlyle Group acquires 55 pct stake in Vermillion Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:54 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Carlyle Group said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy a 55 percent stake in Vermillion Asset Management. The units will be exchangeable one-for-one on a private placement basis for Carlyle Group common units, the company said. Carlyle Group shares closed at $25.64 per share on Tuesday.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Best Buy rises Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Best Buy Co.' s shares ticked higher in premarket trading after a report said its founder and former chairman Richard Schulze is making some headway with his potential buyout offer of the electronics retailer.

  • 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.

  • TREASURIES-U.S. bonds erase most of a modest gain Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. Treasuries erased most of a small gain on Wednesday after the release of the ADP report showing stronger-than-expected hiring by U.S. companies.

  • 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.

  • BRIEF-MetroPCS shares erase early gains Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 3- MetroPCS Communications Inc:.

  • 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.

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 3- The board of MetroPCS has approved a merger with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA unit, German newspaper Financial Times Deutschland said on Wednesday, citing unidentified people familiar with the process.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday after a report showed the private sector added more jobs than expected last month, boosting confidence in the labor market ahead of the closely watched monthly payrolls report at the end of the week.

  • 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. OMER ESINER, CHIEF STRATEGIST, COMMONWEALTH FOREIGN EXCHANGE, WASHINGTON. JOHN BRIGGS, DIRECTOR, MARKETS, RBS, STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- ADP national employment report shows U.S. employment increased by 162,000 private sector jobs in September. Reuters consensus forecast for ADP payroll change for September was for an increase of 143,000 jobs. STORY: COMMENTS: JOHN BRIGGS, DIRECTOR, MARKETS, RBS, STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT.

  • U.S. private sector adds 162,000 jobs in Sept-ADP Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:19 AM ET

    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. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 143,000 jobs. The report is jointly developed with Macroeconomic Advisers LLC.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Titan Machinery Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:16 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- A Baird analyst on Wednesday reaffirmed his "Buy" rating for Titan Machinery Inc., saying that while the third quarter could prove to be tough, he's confident that the company is on track to meet its long-term profit expectations.