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*Facebook confirms billion-user mark, growth slows. NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Facebook Inc.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- The Federal Reserve bought $19.3 billion in agency mortgage-backed securities from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, less than the $21.9 billion it bought in the prior week, the New York Fed said on Thursday.
Oct 4- Boeing Co said on Thursday it doubled deliveries of its fuel-efficient 787 jets in the third quarter to 12, compared with six in the second quarter. Boeing is years behind its initial delivery schedule on the new light-weight, carbon-composite 787 aircraft after extensive development delays.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- British buyout mogul Guy Hands heard a panel of U.S. judges pick away at his lawyer's arguments in an appeal of the fraud case he lost to Citibank over his takeover of music group EMI.
The announcement was made in a two-paragraph statement from the NHL. Unable to work out how to split up $3 billion in hockey-related revenues with the players' association, the NHL wiped out 82 games from Oct. 11 through Oct. 24 _ beginning with four next Thursday, which would have been the league's opening night.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- A billionaire's lawsuit over wine said to be owned by Thomas Jefferson has died on the vine. A federal appeals court in New York ruled on Thursday that William Koch, the founder of Oxbow Group energy company, had waited too long to file a lawsuit against Christie's auction house.
Oct 4- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has cracked down on thousands of online pharmacies for selling potentially unsafe, unapproved or fake medicines, including the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra and antiviral Tamiflu.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Given Imaging Ltd. rose Thursday, after the Israeli maker of pill-sized diagnostic cameras said it acquired a U.S.-based gastrointestinal diagnostics company.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. crude futures rose 4 percent on Thursday as inflamed tensions between Turkey and Syria, a weaker dollar and refinery fires pulled crude oil prices higher.
Oct 4- Li& Fung Ltd, a global supplier of apparel, is in advanced talks to buy Synergies Worldwide, a small, New York- based supplier, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The move would help Hong Kong- based Li& Fung gain a better foothold in the fast fashion and discount clothing space.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- The heyday of Beatlemania may have been nearly 50 years ago, but the Beatles and their music remain loved, scrutinized and relevant to an adoring public forever clamoring for more details of the Fab Four. Editors of Life magazine compiled the photos into the book recently released by Time Home Entertainment Inc..
Brent November crude was up $4.01 at $112.18 a barrel at 2:22 p.m. EDT, having traded from $108.02 to $112.36.
HMS Holdings Corp.' s shares plunged Thursday after the healthcare benefits coordinator lowered its guidance. The company now expects to earn 55 to 60 cents per share for the year, down from its prior forecast of 58 to 64 cents per share. It dropped its annual revenue forecast to $480 million to $490 million, from a prior range of $500 million to $515 million.
"Saturday Night Live," Jimmy Fallon, Piers Morgan, the "Today" show and "Good Morning America" all asked for appearances from the "Sesame Street" character on Thursday after he was unexpectedly thrust into the presidential campaign by Mitt Romney.
Federal Reserve policy meeting, after inflamed Middle East tensions had helped push prices up more than $3. Brent crude was up $3.50 at $111.67 a barrel at 2:11 p.m. EDT, having reached $112. U.S. crude was up $3.22 at $91.36, having reached $91.76.
NEW YORK-- Shares of NuVasive Inc. lost about a third of their value Thursday after the spinal device maker said its third-quarter revenue will come up short of its previous estimates. THE SPARK: After the market closed Wednesday, NuVasive said it expects about $147 million in revenue in the third quarter.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- Thirty-year Treasuries bonds fell a full point in price on Thursday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's September policy meeting showed that Fed members were broadly in agreement that additional stimulus was needed to boost the fragile economic recovery.
*Publisher can choose not to participate in Google's Library Project. Google and the Association of American Publishers said on Thursday that U.S. publishers can choose to make available or choose to remove their books and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- Wells Fargo& Co has transferred Jim Hays, a veteran wealth management executive who had run its large brokerage network, to oversee a smaller group of brokers at the bank's branches.
Macy's revenue at stores open at least a year rose 2.5 percent in September, while analysts expected a gain of 3.3 percent. Shares of Macy's rose 34 cents to $39.83. Kohl's Corp.' s revenue at stores open at least a year fell 2.7 percent in September, a bigger drop than Wall Street expected, hurt by lower demand for accessories and women's clothing.