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  • WARREN, N.J.-- Property and casualty insurer Chubb's third-quarter net income more than doubled, benefiting from fewer losses from catastrophes, rate increases and a strong underwriting performance. Chubb reported $17 million in catastrophe losses during the quarter.

  • BOSTON-- Shares of property insurers fell more sharply than the broader market on Friday as investors weighed the potential for heavy damages from Hurricane Sandy, which was heading north from Haiti and Cuba toward the East Coast.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- Most commodity markets posted slight losses on Thursday, led by a 2 percent slide in corn on weak U.S. export sales, though Brent crude oil prices bounced following seven days of losses as gasoline prices surged.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- Brent crude futures edged higher on Thursday after seven straight sessions of losses, as the threat of Hurricane Sandy to East Coast gasoline and heating oil supplies lifted markets.

  • LoBue again used sales and expense information to purchase 11,680 shares ahead of J.Crew' s August 2009 earnings announcement, the SEC said. Through the trades, LoBue received around $60,000 in illicit profits, the SEC said.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- Brent crude futures edged higher on Thursday after seven straight sessions of losses, as the threat of Hurricane Sandy to East Coast gasoline and heating oil supplies lifted markets.

  • *Dow up 0.1 pct, S&P 500 up 0.2 pct, Nasdaq up 0.1 pct. NEW YORK, Oct 25- Wall Street edged up on Thursday, retreating from session highs as investors were wary of betting aggressively after the S&P 500' s worst five-day stretch since May and the data sent more tepid signals on the economy.

  • *Landfall anywhere from mid-Atlantic to Canada. Oct 25- As Hurricane Sandy makes its way toward the eastern seaboard of the United States, disaster experts and meteorologists warn that the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states face dangerous winds and heavy rains that could trigger flooding in the coming days.

  • WASHINGTON-- All the spare parts appear to be coming together to create what forecasters are calling "Frankenstorm," a monster combination of high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow that could cause havoc along the East Coast just before Halloween next week. Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba on Thursday, continues to barrel north.

  • John Wiley& Sons has completed its $220 million acquisition of online education provider Deltak.edu, the publisher disclosed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. Deltak.edu LLC is based outside of Chicago and had $54 million in revenue for the year ended Sept. 30. Shares of John Wiley& Sons rose 21 cents to $43.09 Thursday.

  • People were arrested in five states Wednesday as part of a sweeping investigation aimed at bookmakers and money couriers connected to Internet and phone gambling, including men who prosecutors identified as owners of the online gambling site Pinnacle Sports.

  • HARTFORD, Conn.-- Utilities and governments along the East Coast are working to head off long-term power failures as forecasters predict a major storm to hit a region already skittish after foul weather in recent months that plunged residents into darkness for weeks.

  • NEW YORK-- Stressing that there's no need to panic, New York officials are bracing for a gale-force storm expected to hit most of the U.S. East Coast next week. While it's too early for precise forecasts, New York City and New Jersey could get the worst of it. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday noted the uncertainty in the forecasts.

  • LoBue again used sales and expense information to purchase 11,680 shares ahead of J.Crew' s August 2009 earnings announcement, the SEC said. Through the trades, LoBue received around $60,000 in illicit profits, the SEC said. The SEC said LoBue's employment at J.Crew was terminated in February 2010.

  • SUMMIT, N.J.-- Biotech drugmaker Celgene Corp. on Thursday reported a 13.7 percent jump in third-quarter profit as higher sales of its key drug offset declines for a couple other medicines and increased spending on research and marketing.

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.-- Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., the Las Vegas casino company that bought and blew up the former Sands Casino Hotel to make way for a $2 billion casino that never got built, says it's close to selling the prime Boardwalk site where the project would have gone.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- Money managers across the United States are avidly watching the Nov. 6 presidential election, gaming out investing strategies in the event of a second term for Barack Obama or a first one for Mitt Romney.

  • Emergency authorities in Texas City lifted the shelter-in-place order shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday in a storage tank spill involving hydrochloric acid. Diane Tracy with New Jersey- based Dallas Group of America Inc. says company officials are investigating Wednesday night's accident.

  • California: Up 26,935, due to layoffs in all sectors, particularly the service industry. Florida: Up 3,947, due to layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, retail and services. Ohio: Up 1,936, due to layoffs in transportation and manufacturing.

  • TRENTON, N.J.-- The Christie administration believes it has made it easier for New Jersey homeowners facing foreclosure to qualify for federal aid, but those on the front lines say problems remain.