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  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- U.S. natural gas futures edged lower early on Tuesday, as weather forecasts continued to moderate after a chilly weekend in consuming regions. The National Weather Service six- to 10- day outlook issued on Monday called for above-normal temperatures for nearly the entire nation, limiting heating demand.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- Metlife Inc said Tuesday it will build an asset-management business for outside investors focusing on investments in real estate equity, commercial mortgages and debt private placement.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- U.S. stocks edged lower after the open on Tuesday with investors having little reason to buy equities after the recent rally as they waited for the start later on Tuesday of the U.S. quarterly earnings season. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 22.73 points, or 0.17 percent, at 13,560.92.

  • NEW YORK-- A year ago, not many people had heard of Lena Dunham. Dunham, 26, whose appearance sold out in the first 20 minutes that tickets went on sale this year, was interviewed by New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum on Sunday, just as word of her seven-figure book deal was emerging, an essay collection to be published by Random House. "I dressed as you for Halloween!"

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- Make way for open enrollment season, the time of year when those wordy benefits packages stuff your inboxes. Tracy Watts, a partner with benefits giant Mercer, explains what's new for employees in 2013, including the impact of healthcare reform.

  • NEW YORK-- President Barack Obama deployed Big Bird in a new campaign ad Tuesday mocking Mitt Romney's vow to end federal funding for public broadcasting.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- U.S. natural gas futures edged lower early on Tuesday, as weather forecasts continued to moderate after a chilly weekend in consuming regions. The National Weather Service six- to 10- day outlook issued on Monday called for above-normal temperatures for nearly the entire nation, limiting heating demand.

  • The company is one of the largest leaseholders in the Bakken shale region in North Dakota and Montana. Analyst Subash Chandra of Jefferies& Co. said that Continental's plan implies a cost of more than $11,000 per well. Shares of Continental Resources Inc. fell $1.01 to $75.50 in premarket trading.

  • *Fed to buy $1.75 bln to $2.25 bln in long-dated debt. Treasuries prices rose on Tuesday in advance of a three-year debt sale as safe-haven bids for bonds emerged on anxiety about weak global growth and Greece's ability to meet the terms of a bailout.

  • NEW YORK-- An analyst on Tuesday cut shares of power provider Edison International to "Hold," saying the stock won't likely grow enough this year to warrant a "Buy" rating. Paul Fremont of Jefferies& Co. cited uncertainty regarding a pending case on power rates, rising costs and a long-shuttered nuclear plant as major factors in the downgrade.

  • A unionized job once meant a secure path to a middle-class life. President Barack Obama has signed a series of executive orders that encourage the use of union labor in federal construction projects, ease union financial reporting requirements and more.

  • WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.-- The drugmaker Merck& Co. announced Tuesday that it will move its global headquarters within New Jersey as it looks to lower operating expenses and consolidate its properties. The company's headquarters are moving about 25 miles east from Whitehouse Station to another Merck site in Summit, which is about 12 miles west of New York City.

  • NEW YORK-- As many as 13,000 people received steroid shots suspected in a national meningitis outbreak, health officials said Monday. Those injected in joints are not believed to be at risk for fungal meningitis, said Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- Redbook Research on Tuesday released the following seasonally adjusted weekly data on U.S. chain store sales:.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- Intel Corp:.

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- Exactly one month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are both declaring they will win a race for the White House that remains anything but clear. Their trails are crossing again in Ohio, the state that could decide the election, and signs of urgency are emerging from each campaign.

  • LONDON-- British police on Monday arrested the man who told journalists he was responsible for scrawling graffiti on a mural by modern American master Mark Rothko at London's Tate Modern museum.

  • NEW YORK-- Jim Lehrer said Monday that he accomplished precisely what he wanted to while moderating the first presidential debate: get Mitt Romney and Barack Obama talking to each other.

  • *Alcoa to start earnings season after the close. The IMF warnings come on the heels of a lowered forecast for growth in the East Asia-Pacific region by the World Bank on concerns China's slowdown could last longer than expected.

  • *DJ profits key as News Corp splits publishing from entertainment. Lex Fenwick, a long-time Bloomberg LP executive, is making his mark on Dow Jones, the News Corp. He works from a desk in a corner of the seventh floor of News Corp's headquarters in midtown Manhattan, and his conversations- often expletive-laced- can be widely heard.