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  • DEFIANCE, Ohio-- Mitt Romney is trying to close the deal with voters by focusing on their economic concerns, an area where polling shows the Republican nominee has an edge heading into the final days of the campaign.

  • Oct 26- Chemical producer LyondellBasell Industries NV posted a 6 percent drop in quarterly profit on Friday due in part to higher costs in European operations. For the third quarter, the company reported net income fell to $846 million, or $1.46 per share, from $895 million, or $1.33 per share, in the year-ago period.

  • ARCHAR, Bulgaria-- On the banks of the Danube, in the northwest corner of Bulgaria, lie the remnants of an ancient Roman settlement called Ratiaria, host to a priceless cultural heritage.

  • Oct 26- Specialty truckmaker Oshkosh Corp on Friday reported higher fourth-quarter profit and reaffirmed its 2013 outlook and forecast that adjusted earnings would double by fiscal 2015..

  • LONDON, Oct 26- Accused UBS ``rogue trader'' Kweku Adoboli said on Friday he did not believe his behaviour had been fraudulent and it was unfair to suggest that his previous jobs in the UBS back office had given him the knowledge and skills to commit fraud.

  • MANILA, Philippines-- The vice mayor of a southern Philippine city has offered a $121,000 reward for the decapitated head of the alleged leader of a gang of car thieves.

  • MIDVALE, Utah-- Ally Bank, wanting to focus on auto lending and consumer deposits, is trying to take another step away from the mortgage industry.

  • *Hurricane Sandy threatens U.S. after slamming Cuba. LONDON, Oct 26- Oil fell on Friday to around $108 a barrel and was heading for its second weekly drop, pressured by expectations U.S. economic growth will not be strong enough to bolster the demand outlook and by Europe's debt crisis.

  • Oct 26- Asset manager Legg Mason Inc said on Friday that quarterly profit rose 42 percent as it reported the first quarterly net inflow since 2007.. For the second quarter ended Sept. 30, Baltimore- based Legg Mason on Friday reported net income of $80.8 million, or 60 cents per share, compared with 56.7 million, or 39 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.

  • Oct 26- Merck& Co reported mixed third-quarter results, with earnings beating Wall Street forecasts but sales slightly missing the mark amid stiff generic competition that began in August for the company's Singulair asthma medicine.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- Accused UBS ``rogue trader'' Kweku Adoboli said on Friday he did not believe his behaviour had been fraudulent and it was unfair to suggest that his previous jobs in the UBS back office had given him the knowledge and skills to commit fraud.

  • IRVINE, Calif.-- Quality Systems' fiscal second-quarter net income declined 23 percent, weighed down by lower software license sales. Quality Systems earned $15.7 million, or 26 cents per share, compared with $20.5 million, or 35 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • LyondellBasell, which refines oil and makes chemicals and plastics used in manufacturing and construction, said on Friday that its third-quarter net income fell 5.7 percent, as raw material prices rose and volumes in some businesses declined. LyondellBasell said it earned $844 million, or $1.46 per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30.

  • Oct 26- At least three brokerages cut their price targets on Apple Inc by up to $50 a share after the iPhone maker surprised analysts by forecasting lower gross margins for the current quarter. For the December quarter, Apple forecast revenue of $52 billion, below estimates of $55 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

  • A spokesman for Unitil Corp. says the utility is talking to crews as far away as Tennessee and Michigan to make sure they will be available. Alec O' Meara said typically, Unitil talks about reaching to contractors as far as three days in advance of a storm, but the calls are being made sooner than that this time.

  • Oct 26- Interpublic Group of Cos, home to advertising agencies McCann Erickson and Draftfcb, reported a fall in revenue on lower spending by customers and some account losses in 2011..

  • LONDON, Oct 26- European equity markets eased on Friday, on track for their worst week in a month on the back of a raft of gloomy corporate outlooks and a darkening technicals picture.

  • PIERRE, S.D.-- South Dakota officials plan to attend an event in Minnesota next week as part of an effort to attract companies that make medical devices.

  • *BHP's Vanselow, Xstrata's Davis in frame as replacements. LONDON, Oct 26- Anglo American's Chief Executive Cynthia Carroll has quit after more than five years in the job, under pressure from investors over the miner's lagging share price and continued dependence on troubled South Africa.