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  • Barclays announced a shake up at its investment banking business aimed at streamlining the business in the face of a more challenging outlook for the industry. Wells Fargo's international group named Christopher Lewis as executive vice-president and head of global trade services.

  • *Turkey strikes on Syria raise regional security fears. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices jumped 2 percent Thursday as Turkey's retaliatory strikes on a Syria sparked more concern about potential disruptions to Middle East oil supply, while U.S. gasoline futures rallied after a fire at a refinery in Texas.

  • NEW YORK-- Marriott International Inc. is offering a mixed forecast for travel demand around the globe. Marriott expects revenue per room, a key performance measure for hotel companies, to rise 5 to 7 percent in North America in the current quarter, but only 3 percent elsewhere.

  • *Barclays investment bank boss Ricci unveils management shake-up- memo. LONDON, Oct 4- Barclays announced a shake up at its investment bank on Thursday as the group tries to cut costs in a tough market and reduce risks to its reputation following the Libor scandal.

  • *NRC must approve of San Onofre Unit 2 restart. Oct 4- U.S. nuclear regulators said Thursday they would take months to review Southern California Edison's plan to restart a reactor at the long idled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. Although yields on Spanish debt have recently risen, Spain found buyers for its debt at auction, which also damped demand for safe-haven assets like U.S. government debt. "The Spanish bond auction was positive for risk assets, so that very much set the stage for Treasuries to sell off," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial.

  • The world's most luxurious designer brands are abandoning Argentina rather than comply with tight new government economic restrictions, leaving empty shelves and storefronts along the capital's elegant Alvear Avenue, where tourists once flocked to see the latest in fashion.

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Amazon.com Inc. Take Apple Inc, for example. Now Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Amazon, Microsoft Corp and other tablet and smartphone makers are stepping up with big spending on TV spots, print ads, guerilla marketing stunts and over-the-top launch events.

  • Oct 4- Fitch Ratings expects to assign a rating of' BBB' to Ares Capital Corporation's. $200 million issuance of 4.75% unsecured convertible notes. Headquartered in New York, NY, Ares is an externally managed business development company, organized on April 16, 2004.

  • Starbucks is making an app for that. A similar option will also be available on Square, a new payment app that Starbucks customers will be able to use starting in November.

  • *Publisher can choose to participate in Google's Library Project. Oct 4- Google Inc and a group of publishers have agreed to a settlement, capping seven years of litigation over the rights of publishers and Google's mission to become the world's digital library.

  • *Turkey strikes on Syria raise regional security fears. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices rose on Thursday as Turkey's retaliatory strikes on a Syria sparked additional concern about potential disruptions to Middle East oil supply, while U.S. gasoline futures rallied after a fire at a refinery in Texas.

  • NEW YORK-- More than a billion people now log into Facebook each month to check up on old friends, tag photos of new ones and post about politics, religion, cats or what their kids are doing. The latest milestone also amounts to nearly half of the world's roughly 2.5 billion Internet users, as measured by the International Telecommunications Union.

  • The price of oil is rising the most in two months after tensions rose between Syria and Turkey. Oil rose to $91.63, a jump of $3.49, or 4 percent, in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The increase came as Turkey's military fired on targets in Syria for the second day.

  • NORFOLK, Va.-- Virginia Port Authority officials are holding a public hearing on proposals to privatize some of the Port of Virginia's operations. The Port of Virginia is the third-largest port on the East Coast. But state officials have been frustrated that it hasn't rebounded from the recession as quickly as its competitors in New York and Savannah, Ga., have.

  • NEW YORK-- A new report is highly critical of the Long Island Rail Road's work crew productivity. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Inspector General Barry Kluger reviewed several recent construction projects and found that LIRR crews reported to work late, knocked off early and that a lack of oversight was widespread.

  • The USS Michael Murphy, a 510- foot destroyer, is being commissioned this weekend in New York City for a Long Island native and Navy lieutenant who became the first American awarded the Medal of Honor during the Afghanistan War when he was killed along with two fellow SEALs during an ambush in 2005. He was 29..

  • ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York is being recognized for being an energy-efficient state. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy rated New York No. 3 behind Massachusetts and California in its state-by-state scorecard for energy efficiency released Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose only slightly last week after a big drop the week before, keeping in place a trend that suggested a mild improvement in the labor market.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. "Some accounts believe the payrolls data will be better than the consensus forecast," said Tom di Galoma, managing director at Navigate Advisors LLC. Though yields on Spanish debt have recently risen, Spain found buyers for its debt at auction, which also damped demand for safe-haven assets like U.S. government debt.