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  • The two advisers, who started at the same Prudential Securities office in Washington, D.C. in 1997, moved to Wells Fargo& Co's independent broker-dealer on Tuesday. Luts and Greenleigh moved to Citigroup's Smith Barney in 2004 after their old firm, Prudential Securities, was bought by Wachovia.

  • Rdio to pay artists $10 per new subscriber Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:03 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Music subscription service Rdio is looking to dispel the notion that streaming services underpay artists for their work. Starting Tuesday, it will start paying musicians $10 for every person they convince through social media to sign up for an Rdio plan. For $10 a month, they allow users to stream an unlimited number of songs on mobile devices.

  • U.S. office market barely gains in third quarter Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    *U.S. office rents inch up 0.3 percent- Reis report. NEW YORK, Oct 2- The U.S. office market recovery remained stalled in the third quarter as uncertainty over the upcoming federal elections, U.S. tax policy and Europe's fiscal problems crimped job growth, keeping demand for office space limp and rent growth anemic.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 1- Some 30 people were injured on Monday when a tractor-trailer truck crashed through a rail crossing signal and collided with an Amtrak passenger train in central California, causing the train to derail, authorities said.

  • *SEC can't impose limits on HFT without consensus-official. *Retail investors looking for SEC to lead on HFT reform.

  • American Airlines inspecting jets for loose seats Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:39 PM ET

    DALLAS-- The federal government is examining two separate incidents in which passenger seats came loose midflight on American Airlines planes in the last three days. On Saturday, a flight from Boston to Miami made an emergency landing in New York after three passenger seats came loose shortly after takeoff.

  • Fewer than 1 percent of in-store sales tied to brand advertising campaigns on Facebook come from people who clicked on an ad, according to a new study that Facebook has conducted through a partnership with Datalogix, a data mining firm that tracks real-world retail sales.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 1- California's debt service costs will rise as the state plans to issue a combined $12.79 billon in new-money general obligation and lease revenue bonds in its current and next fiscal years, the state treasurer's office said in a report on Monday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 1- Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Marissa Mayer, three months into a nascent effort to revamp the struggling Web company, could be back in the office in one week, following the birth of her first child on Sunday.

  • McKesson will buy Med3000; terms not disclosed Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:51 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Prescription drug distributor McKesson Corp. said Monday that it agreed to buy Med3000, a health care management and technology service company. McKesson said the deal will expand its revenue management division. Shares of McKesson rose 34 cents to $86.37 in midday trading.

  • Autodesk buys software technology from HSMWorks Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:12 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Autodesk Inc. said Monday that it has bought certain assets of HSMWorks so it can add software to control machinery to its portfolio of software used in computer-aided manufacturing.

  • Calif. gov. OKs bill on illegal immigrant licenses Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:30 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- Some illegal immigrants could get California drivers licenses under a bill that Gov. AB2189 by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D- Los Angeles, will let the Department of Motor Vehicles issue licenses to illegal immigrants eligible for work permits under a new Obama administration policy.

  • Officials mull seismic tests near Calif nuke plant Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    Pacific Gas& Electric Co. wants to use big air guns to emit strong sound waves into a large, near-shore area that includes parts of marine reserves to make three-dimensional maps of fault zones, some of which were discovered in 2008, near its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

  • Fewer than 1 percent of in-store sales tied to brand advertising campaigns on Facebook come from people who clicked on an ad, according to a new study that Facebook has conducted through a partnership with Datalogix, a data mining firm that tracks real world retail sales.

  • *Chicago Fed warned of need for "kill switch" in 2010* SEC can't impose limits on HFT without consensus-official* Some traders are trying to build HFT-free trading zone* Retail investors looking for SEC to lead on HFT reform By Emily Flitter and Sarah N. Lynch. Only now is the SEC getting around to taking a closer look at some of those issues.

  • UPDATE 1-Nokia, Oracle to announce mapping deal Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:29 AM ET

    HELSINKI, Sept 30- Phone maker Nokia Oyj. will announce on Monday a deal that will give Oracle Corp's customers access to its mapping services, Nokia said on Monday. In stark contrast with Nokia's troubled phone business, sales at Nokia's location business grew last quarter, although it still generates only 4 percent of group revenue.

  • Human rights in focus at U.S. Supreme Court Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 1:00 AM ET

    Oct 1- The U.S. Supreme Court, back in session today after its summer recess, is expected to take up a closely watched case that could help it decide whether American judges are empowered to hear lawsuits over human rights atrocities abroad.

  • Brown vetoes Calif. domestic workers rights bill Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 12:11 AM ET

    Jerry Brown on Sunday announced that he had vetoed legislation that would have provided overtime pay, meal breaks and other labor protections to an estimated 200,000 caregivers, nannies and house cleaners in California.

  • Apple's iPhone 5 Launches Across the World Monday, 24 Sep 2012 | 10:27 AM ET
    At the Apple store in Covent Garden, London, Ryan Williams 22, of Kent, was first in line and is cheered by Apple employees as he is the first to purchase the iPhone 5. Mr Williams hopes to raise money for Cancer Research UK by auctioning the phone, and has been waiting in line for nearly a week.

    Apple fans wasted no time getting their hand on the new iPhone 5 Friday. Click for scenes from the craze surrounding the launch of Apple's newest iPhone.

  • Foodie Fad to Bona Fide Business Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 11:14 AM ET
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    Once relegated to non-profit, community-based endeavors, urban farming is gaining traction with small companies seeking profits. See where rooftop-garden businesses are sprouting up across the U.S.