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  • CHICAGO, Oct 8- Exchange-traded index funds are a bit like mobile phones-- models offer an increasing array of features over time, while prices on even the plain-vanilla models keep falling.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 8- Hong Kong shares are set to extend a five-session gaining streak on Monday helped by a higher open in Chinese markets that resume trading after a week-long holiday.

  • *Most news cases in Michigan. The widening outbreak has alarmed U.S. health officials and focused attention on regulations of pharmaceutical compounding companies like the one that produced the drugs, the New England Compounding Center Inc in Framingham, Massachusetts.

  • *Most news cases in Michigan. The widening outbreak has alarmed U.S. health officials and focused attention on regulations of pharmaceutical compounding companies like the one that produced the drugs, the New England Compounding Center Inc in Framingham, Massachusetts.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • Jerry Brown last month signed legislation expected to save billions of dollars in coming years by increasing the retirement age for new employees, limiting annual pension payouts to $132,120 and requiring workers who are not contributing half of their retirement costs to pay more.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • *Ohio and Minnesota latest to report cases. The latest two deaths were reported on Saturday in Michigan, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other states with reported cases of people who fell ill after receiving the injections- primarily for back pain- are Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 6- A widening outbreak of fungal meningitis has spread to Minnesota, which reported two cases to become the eighth U.S. state affected, officials said on Saturday.

  • The staffers who compute the U.S. unemployment rate work in an agency of the Labor Department. Officials who have overseen the work say it's prepared under tight security with no White House input or supervision. The only BLS employee appointed by the White House is the commissioner, who operates independently of the White House.

  • Other states with cases are Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported 47 cases of meningitis on Friday, while Michigan reported an additional two cases and North Carolina one not included in the CDC count.

  • *White House slams Welch tweet as "ludicrous". BOSTON/ WASHINGTON, Oct 5- BOSTON/ WASHINGTON, Oct 5- Jack Welch, the former chairman of General Electric Co, provoked cries of outrage in Washington on Friday when he suggested that the White House manipulated September job figures for political gains.

  • Other states with cases are Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana. Tennessee accounts for most of those, and state officials said on Friday the number there had risen to 29 cases, up four from Thursday. Three of the deaths so far have been in Tennessee, where the outbreak began, and one each in Virginia and Maryland.

  • WASHINGTON-- Sasquatch might as well have traipsed across the White House lawn Friday with a lost Warren Commission file on his way to the studio where NASA staged the moon landing. Officials at the Labor Department said the jobs figures are calculated by highly trained government employees without any political interference.

  • Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch set off a wave of conspiracy theories Friday by tweeting, "Unbelievable jobs numbers.. these Chicago guys will do anything.. can't debate so change numbers." "Chicago" refers to President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters. " _ "If there's anyone who knows about slashing American jobs, it's Jack Welsh.

  • *Supportive U.S. data offset by weak China, Europe reports. NEW YORK, Oct 5- Oil prices fell in volatile trading on Friday and posted weekly losses as a fragile global economy and uncertainty about Europe's debt crisis offset support from a better-than-expected U.S. employment report.

  • WASHINGTON-- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time since the month President Barack Obama took office, a surprising lift for both the economy and his re-election hopes in the final weeks of the campaign. It fell because a government survey of households found that 873,000 more people had jobs, the biggest jump since January 2003.

  • *Nonfarm payrolls rose 114,000 in September* Unemployment rate falls to 7.8 percent, lowest since 2009* Household survey shows most job gains since 1983* Average hourly earnings gain 7 cents* Report is second to last before Nov. 6 elections By Lucia Mutikani.

  • *Fred Hassan to become non-executive chairman in January. Oct 5- Avon Products Inc will close the book on the Andrea Jung era at the end of the year, clearing the way for new Chief Executive Sheri McCoy to try to fix the iconic but struggling beauty products company.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 5- Canadian cash crude prices weakened for the fourth straight session on Friday as production from the Alberta oil sands looked set to increase for next month.