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  • TEXT-Fitch rates Northern States Power-Wisconsin Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 5:05 PM ET

    Oct 4- Fitch Ratings has assigned an' A+' rating to Northern States Power- Wisconsin's $100 million issuance of 3.700% senior secured notes, Series due Oct. 1, 2042. A final rate order was issued for the NSP-WI general rate case in December 2011, authorizing electric and gas rate increases of $12.2 million and $2.9 million, respectively, and a 10.4% ROE.

  • *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.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- So far this year, top U.S. brokers managing more than $86 billion in client assets have decamped for a rival firm or decided go it alone- a troubling trend for big brokerages as teams with larger books of client assets depart. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Bank of America's.

  • Debate thrusts Big Bird into presidential campaign Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:19 PM ET

    "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.

  • 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.

  • Kohl's Sept. revenue falls at established stores Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:50 AM ET

    MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.-- Department store operator Kohl's Corp. said Thursday that 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. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters predicted a 0.2 percent decline.

  • Bon-Ton September revenue figure rises Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:14 AM ET

    YORK, Pa.-- Department store operator Bon-Ton Stores said Thursday that a key revenue figure rose 0.6 percent in September as it tightly managed its inventory and marketing efforts. Total revenue for the five weeks ended Sept. 29 rose 0.7 percent to $288.9 million.

  • 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.

  • 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- General Electric Co will recall 62,000 GE Profile front-loading clothes washers after receiving 19 reports of the washer basket breaking loose during the spin cycle, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday.

  • GE recalls 62,000 clothes washers, U.S. CPSC says Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 5:08 PM ET

    Oct 3- General Electric Co will recall 62,000 GE Profile front-loading clothes washers after receiving 19 reports of the washer basket breaking loose during the spin cycle, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday.

  • Unemployment rates for Midwestern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
  • Wis. anchor: Viewer criticizing weight a 'bully' Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE-- Jennifer Livingston has always rebuffed personal attacks, so when the Wisconsin television anchorwoman got an email from a viewer criticizing her weight, she thought nothing of it. Livingston took the airways Tuesday to respond to the email during a 4- minute segment on WKBT-TV in La Crosse, calling the writer a bully.

  • Ryan says more jobs mean more people paying taxes Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:11 AM ET

    CLINTON, Iowa-- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Tuesday that he and running mate Mitt Romney would help more Americans find jobs so that they can pay taxes, offering a defense of Romney's remark that nearly half the country doesn't pay federal income taxes and supports President Barack Obama.

  • Ryan: More jobs yield more taxpayers Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:35 PM ET

    CLINTON, Iowa-- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Tuesday that he and running mate Mitt Romney would help more Americans find jobs so that they can pay taxes. At a rally on the front lawn of a county courthouse, the Wisconsin Republican faced a question from a voter about why so many people don't pay federal income taxes.

  • Home price changes in each state in August Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:37 PM ET
  • DENVER, Oct 1- Relatives of victims of a Colorado movie theater shooting rampage demanded on Monday that President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney address gun violence in their first presidential debate this week in Denver.

  • By Martinne Geller and Jessica Wohl NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, Oct 1- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. A handful of sell-side analysts turned out to hear from Walmart workers nearly a year after a similar meeting was held near Wal-Mart's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

  • NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, Oct 1- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. A handful of sell-side analysts turned out to hear from Walmart workers nearly a year after a similar meeting was held near Wal-Mart's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

  • Pocono return celebrates IndyCar history Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 3:09 PM ET

    With Pocono officially back on the IndyCar schedule after a 23- year absence, Carpenter wanted to pick up as many tips as possible from someone with experience at "The Tricky Triangle." The return to Pocono is being celebrated as a nod to IndyCar's history and tradition.