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  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. natural gas futures were trading near flat early on Wednesday, with some follow-through buying after Tuesday's modest rally underpinning prices despite milder Northeast and Midwest weather forecasts for next week that should slow demand.

  • Chavez foes make gains in vote but face struggles Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:11 AM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela-- A veteran of Venezuela's long-suffering political opposition compared Sunday's presidential election to a soccer game played on a hill. Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles defended a parking lot-sized goal on the downhill half while President Hugo Chavez's team manned a pixie goal on the uphill side, said Ramon Guillermo Aveledo.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 10- Wal-Mart Stores Inc:. *CEO says gaining share in almost every country Wal Mart- operates in. *CEO says international business will continue to be a growth engine.

  • Group promotes vehicles that use alternative fuel Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:10 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C.-- A group that promotes the use of alternative fuels is taking part in an event at the University of South Carolina. National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey was created by a program of West Virginia University in 2002 and has been held every two years since.

  • RI lottery paid $377M to state in last fiscal year Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:09 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- The Rhode Island Lottery contributed more than $377 million to the state in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The amount is $22.8 million more than the previous year. The lottery's operating expenses for the last fiscal year were $6.2 million.

  • Oct 10- Sutter Gold Mining Inc:. *Provides update on mining, construction activities at the Lincoln project,. *Lincoln project is on track for production in Q4 of this year, ramping up to.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Goldman lauds UnitedHealth deal Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:09 AM ET

    UnitedHealth's plan to buy a majority stake in a Brazilian health benefits and care provider makes sense for the U.S. health insurer, says a Goldman Sachs analyst, but the deal doesn't resolve uncertainty about the health care overhaul that is keeping investors away from the stock.

  • Miami Beach hosts tourism to Africa summit Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:07 AM ET

    The Foundation for Democracy in Africa has collaborated with Miami International Airport for Wednesday's event in Miami Beach. The program includes an analysis of who is traveling to Africa, the role of African governments in tourism promotion as well as highlight travel agents and tour operators.

  • SpaceX cargo ship reaches International Space Station Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:07 AM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 10- Astronauts aboard the International Space Station plucked a commercial cargo ship from orbit on Wednesday, a key maneuver in the first U.S. supply run to the orbital outpost since the retirement of the cargo-hauling space shuttles last year.

  • NY medical schools report 2,230 new enrollees Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:06 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York's 16 medical schools say they have enrolled 2,230 new students this fall, including the second class at Hofstra North Shore's program with 60 students culled from more than 5,000 applicants. Associated Medical Schools of New York, representing all 16 schools, says graduation rates in many of the four-year programs stand at 98 or 99 percent.

  • W.Va. pump prices rise 7.6 cents in a week Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:04 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The average price at the pump took a big jump in West Virginia this week to $3.90 a gallon. It makes the price of gas in West Virginia almost a dime higher than the national average. While lagging California's $4.67 a gallon average, some pumps in West Virginia are inching up to the $4- a-gallon mark.

  • Feds: Civil settlement with W.Va. health provider Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Federal prosecutors say an undisclosed settlement has been reached with an in-home health care provider and its owner who was accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $2 million from Medicaid.

  • Earnings Preview: Safeway reports 3Q Friday Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Safeway Inc. may give investors a glimpse of how the supermarket chain's new loyalty program for shoppers is impacting sales when it reports its third-quarter results Friday.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- Brent crude oil held above $114 a barrel and close to a three-week high on Wednesday as worries over the security of Middle East supplies outweighed increasing evidence of slowing global economic growth.

  • Spirit Airlines opening crew base at DFW airport Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    GRAPEVINE, Texas-- Spirit Airlines Inc. on Dec. 1 will open a flight attendant and pilot crew base at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as it expands operations in Texas. The low cost carrier also plans an open house in Dallas for potential flight attendants.

  • Toys R Us to open toy departments in 24 Macy's stores Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:56 AM ET

    Oct 10- Toys R Us Inc said it will open toy departments in 24 Macy's Inc stores this holiday season as the world's largest specialty toy retailer looks to reach more shoppers in the biggest selling season of the year.

  • BOSTON, Oct 10- Next time you answer an email at midnight it might be time to think about breaking the cycle of responsiveness you are wrapped up in, says Harvard Business Review. The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org. Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

  • Homeland security probes unscreened bags in Hawaii Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:53 AM ET

    HONOLULU-- An investigation into why Honolulu International Airport security officers failed to screen some checked bags for explosives says the slip-up might not have happened if Transportation Security Administration supervisors did a better job of overseeing the officers.

  • Oct 10- U.S. safety regulators warned consumers Wednesday that their repaired vehicles may contain air bags that fail to inflate during an accident. Only vehicles that had an air bag replaced over the past three years- by repair shops that are not part of new-car dealerships- may be at risk, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

  • BRIEF-OCZ Technology plummets 44 percent in premarket Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 10- OCZ Technology Group Inc:.