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  • A new report released on Monday by Soros' Open Society Foundations and the New York- based Foundation Center said that black men and boys in the United States do not have access to the structural supports and opportunities needed to thrive.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Healthcare Services Group Inc. rose Monday after a UBS analyst said the company, which provides housekeeping and food services to hospitals and nursing homes, should be able to sustain its strong growth. THE SPARK: Analyst A.J. Rice began covering Healthcare Services with a "Buy" rating and a price target of $27 per share.

  • Wilbur Anthony Huff, 51, who has addresses in both Caneyville and Louisville, was released on $100,000 unsecured bond after a brief court appearance in federal court in Louisville in which prosecutors portrayed him as a flight risk. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan called the case "Part Two" of his office's investigation of the taxpayer-funded TARP.

  • NAIROBI, Oct 1- The United States on Monday called on Rwanda to publicly denounce rebels who have seized swathes of eastern Congo in an appeal that highlighted its frustration over Kigali's alleged role in its neighbour's conflict.

  • Oct 1- Fitch Ratings has assigned a' BBB' rating to Darden Restaurants, Inc.' s. proposed $300 million senior unsecured notes due 2022. At Aug. 26, 2012, Darden had approximately $2.1 billion of total debt.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. continued to rise Monday as Wall Street evaluated a report that the electronic health records company may sell itself to a private buyer. THE SPARK: Bloomberg News reported Friday that Allscripts is considering a sale and had engaged Citigroup Inc. as it considered its options.

  • *China's factory activity shrinks for 2nd month in Sept. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Brent crude slipped on Monday in light, choppy trading as oil markets balanced better-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data against signs of economic weakness in Asia and evidence of a new recession in the debt-saddled euro zone.

  • Gold 1787.00 Silver 34.350 Gold 1770.69 Light Crude 92.48---------------------------------------------------------------- vernight market action with latest New York figures. NEW YORK- U.S. stocks pared gains, with the Nasdaq turning negative on Monday as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a broad defense of the central bank's controversial bond-buying stimulus plan.

  • *Lobo succeeds interim CEO Curt Hartman* Hartman to leave company* CEO search had been underway since February* Stock falls 0.4 pct in midday trading By Toni Clarke. Oct 1- Medical device maker Stryker Corp on Monday named Kevin Lobo, head of its orthopedics unit, as president and chief executive following an eight-month search.

  • NEW YORK-- Marriott International Inc. should shed some light on the health of the hotel sector when it reports earnings for the third quarter after the market closes on Wednesday. Three months ago, Marriott said it could boost earnings this year through higher bookings and rates despite slowing growth overseas.

  • *Irene Tse ran North America unit of troubled unit. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Another top executive at the JPMorgan Chase& Co unit that lost $5.8 billion on derivatives trades this year is leaving the company.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Goldman Sachs Monday after an article posted on the website of Barron's magazine predicted that the investment bank's stock could climb at least 25 percent over the next year. Barron's said that Goldman Sachs Group Inc. came away from the 2008 financial crisis better than any of its rivals.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- General Electric launched a $7 billion sale of notes on Monday, taking advantage of prevailing low rates in what will be the third-largest sale of corporate debt in the US so far this year. Barclays, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley are the joint bookrunners.

  • Oct 1- Washington Post Co said it would acquire a majority stake in privately held Celtic Healthcare Inc, branching even further away from its newspaper roots.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. manufacturing unexpectedly expanded in September for the first time since May as new orders and employment picked up, but the pace of growth showed the economy was still stuck in a slow recovery. The Institute for Supply Management said on Monday its index of national factory activity rose to 51.5 from 49.6 in August.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. stocks pared gains, with the Nasdaq turning negative on Monday as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a broad defense of the central bank's controversial bond-buying stimulus plan. The Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 3.46 points, or 0.11 percent, to 3,112.77.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. natural gas futures were higher on Monday for the fifth straight day, with Northeast and Midwest forecasts calling for cool weather for later this week and next week driving the front contract to a new high for the year.

  • Manufacturing grew in September for the first time in four months, according to the Institute for Supply Management. The Commerce Department said Monday that builders spent more money to construct homes in August. The dollar fell to 0.9383 Swiss franc from 0.9404 Swiss franc and to 98.22 Canadian cents from 98.34 Canadian cents.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. manufacturing unexpectedly grew last month for the first time since May but euro zone factories suffered their worst quarter since early 2009 and China lost steam, suggesting the global economy faces hurdles as it tries to outrun recession.

  • NEW YORK-- Workday Inc. said Monday it expects shares of its planned initial public stock offering to price at $21 to $24 each, valuing the company at about $3.61 billion.