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  • *Next report, for October, just before Election Day. WASHINGTON, Oct 4- President Barack Obama has survived months of lackluster reports on the nation's unemployment with little effect on his approval ratings or his poll lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney, but that could change on Friday.

  • RPM raises dividend by 1 cent to 22.5 cents Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:08 PM ET

    MEDINA, Ohio-- RPM International Inc. said Thursday that its board raised the company's regular quarterly cash dividend by 1 cent, to 22.5 cents. The new dividend, which represents a 4.7 percent increase, will be paid on Oct. 31 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 15. Shares of the Medina, Ohio- based rose 19 cents to $27.21 in afternoon trading.

  • AFL-CIO registers 450,000 voters from union homes Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The AFL-CIO says it has registered more than 450,000 new voters from union households over the past 18 months, part of an ambitious push to swell the ranks of Democratic-leaning voters and help President Barack Obama win reelection.

  • Judge halts order allowing some Ky. liquor sales Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- A federal judge has stopped enforcement of a ruling that would allow Kentucky grocery stores and other outlets to sell booze. District Judge John G. Heyburn II on Wednesday ruled that an appeal by state officials and package liquor stores is unlikely to succeed.

  • Many watch debate; some are pleased, few are moved Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:29 AM ET

    "A guy like Romney should excite me," said Becker, 30, a Republican who manages real estate investments in Fairfield, a charming shoreline town on Connecticut's affluent "gold coast." That was before the 90- minute head-to-head matchup between Romney and President Barack Obama in Denver, their first of three debates before Election Day.

  • Macy's September revenue up 2.5 percent Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:38 AM ET

    CINCINNATI-- Macy's said Thursday that a key measure of revenue rose 2.5 percent in September, coming in short of analysts' predictions for a gain of 3.3 percent, according to Thomson Reuters.

  • TABLE - U.S. jobless claims rose in latest week Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    Oct 4- U.S. Labor Department report of initial state jobless benefit claims, seasonally adjusted. Initial Claims: Sept. 22 from 359,000. Mississippi 3,314 Ohio 1,975 Michigan 1,179.

  • CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open higher, euro zone in focus Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:26 AM ET

    Oct 4- Canada's main stock index looked set to open higher on Thursday after the European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged at its policy meeting and as upbeat U.S. economic data in the previous session helped alleviate fears of global slowdown.

  • BRIEF-Suncoke Energy U.S. coke production update Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:59 AM ET

    Oct 4- SunCoke Energy Inc:. *U.S. coke production estimated to be nearly 1.1 million tons in third quarter. *Middletown, Ohio facility, which began operations in late October 2011,.

  • California wades into national labor debate Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:59 PM ET

    The battle over Proposition 32 on the November ballot follows conflicts in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and elsewhere where efforts to dilute the strength of organized labor have produced political tumult, a flood of TV ads and widespread demonstrations.

  • Oct 3- EV Energy Partners LP:. *Amendment for investment in cardinal gas services, utica east Ohio. midstream, related jv entities, not to exceed $350 million.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 3- Ads for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign dominated TV airwaves in key states in September, despite Republican challenger Mitt Romney's powerful "Super PAC" backers, according to an academic analysis released on Wednesday.

  • Unemployment rates for Midwestern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
  • Unemployment rates for Southern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET
  • Oct 3- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services today said its issue-level rating on Loveland, Ohio- based integrated packaging solutions company Pro Mach Inc.' s credit facility is unchanged. The company is proposing to add $40 million to its existing $255 million credit facility, for an aggregate of $295 million.

  • 5 tips for dealing with looming cap gains tax hike Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:09 PM ET

    Less than three months remain until the maximum rate of 15 percent on long-term gains rises to 20 percent unless Congress extends the Bush-era tax cuts. On top of that, the health care reform package imposes a new 3.8 percent Medicare tax on the investment income of high-income earners.

  • TEXT-S&P raises Cannery Casino Resorts rating to 'B' Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:02 PM ET

    --U.S. gaming operator Cannery Casino Resorts closed on $590 million in new senior secured credit facilities to refinance its existing debt.

  • Wide-eyed Chipotle worker, Romney photo goes viral Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:51 PM ET

    DENVER-- The manager of a Denver Chipotle restaurant has become an Internet celebrity thanks to the wide-eyed pose he struck alongside Mitt Romney when the Republican presidential candidate stopped by for lunch. Marty Arps, 20, posed for a group photo with Romney and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. employees Tuesday afternoon.

  • TransDigm asks lenders to allow possible dividend Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:21 PM ET

    CLEVELAND-- TransDigm Group Inc. said Wednesday it has asked lenders to increase its credit facility so that it can pay its shareholders a special dividend. The Cleveland- based aircraft parts maker said it is considering paying between $400 and $850 million to shareholders before the end of the year, using funds from the possible new debt financing.

  • Oct 3- Coatings and sealants maker RPM International Inc raised its profit and sales growth forecast for 2013 on recent acquisitions and growth expectations in North America. The company, which has manufacturing facilities in 20 countries outside the United States, acquired three companies during the first four months of the year, it said.