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  • FRAMINGHAM, Mass.-- The owner of the TJ Maxx and Marshalls clothing store chains said Thursday that revenue in shops open at least a year rose 6 percent in September, beating Wall Street predictions. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected an increase of 4.5 percent for TJX Cos.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. stocks rose at the open on Thursday after labor market data came in within expectations and following encouraging comments by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on tools to tackle the region's debt crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 40.66 points, or 0.30 percent, to 13,535.27.

  • CHICAGO-- The final case to stem from the corruption investigation into imprisoned former Illinois Gov. William Cellini, 77, was convicted last year for his role in trying to get a $1.5 million campaign contribution for Blagojevich from the Oscar-winning producer of "Million Dollar Baby" in exchange for state business.

  • Oct 4- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it has cracked down on thousands of online pharmacies for selling potentially unsafe, unapproved or fake pharmaceuticals, including the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra and antiviral Tamiflu.

  • "A guy like Romney should excite me," said Becker, 30, a Republican who manages real estate investments in Fairfield, a charming shoreline town on Connecticut's affluent "gold coast." That was before the 90- minute head-to-head matchup between Romney and President Barack Obama in Denver, their first of three debates before Election Day.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Clothing maker American Apparel Inc. said Thursday a key sales figure rose 15 percent in September, helped by online sales and fewer discounts.

  • Oct 4- Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk dismissed fears the electric carmaker was in financial trouble and said it was making an advance payment on the federal loan used to make its Model S sedan.

  • CHICAGO-- Members of the Chicago Teachers Union overwhelmingly have approved a new three-year contract that includes pay increases and a new evaluation system, union officials announced late Wednesday.

  • U.S. stock index futures added to gains after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said growth risks are on the downside and should be contained by effective policymaker action. Brokerages Canaccord Genuity, Robert W. Baird& Co, Mizuho Securities USA, BMO Capital Markets and ThinkEquity Llc cut their price targets on the stock.

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Cato Corp., a women's clothing store, said on Thursday that a key measure of September revenue fell 4 percent, and it said its third-quarter earnings will be at the low end of its guidance.

  • WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth.

  • *Sales at Costco and Gap top expectations. *Macy's, Target, Kohl's sales miss analysts' forecasts. "I think September overall is going to be OK; I don't think it's going to be great," said John Rooney, national retail& distribution sector lead for Deloitte Consulting.

  • NEW YORK-- "American Idol" season 12 tapings are just getting under way and Keith Urban has already become more than just a judge: he's also the pacifier on the newly-minted panel. "We're all passionate people and we're learning a new dance and we're all a work in progress," said Urban Wednesday at the New York Film Festival gala honoring his wife, Nicole Kidman.

  • ANNAPOLIS, Md.-- A Maryland task force's recommendations to reduce prolonged power outages after powerful storms includes the possibility of adding $1 or $2 to residents' monthly electric bills to improve the state's electricity distribution system, Gov.

  • Wells Fargo's International Group, named Christopher Lewis as executive vice president and head of global trade services. Most recently, he was head of trade and supply chain for North America at HSBC.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. stocks were set to rise at the open on Thursday after labor market data came in within expectations and following encouraging comments by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on tools to tackle the region's debt crisis.

  • YORK, Pa.-- Department store operator Bon-Ton Stores said Thursday that a key revenue figure rose 0.6 percent in September as it tightly managed its inventory and marketing efforts. Total revenue for the five weeks ended Sept. 29 rose 0.7 percent to $288.9 million.

  • Tandy Leather Factory Inc. said Thursday fiscal third-quarter sales topped second-quarter sales for the first time in more than 10 years. All were counted in the closely watched figure for sales at locations open at least a year, and their revenue rose to $3.2 million, up from $2.8 million a year earlier.

  • The ECB's decision was widely expected and the market was more focused on what ECB president Mario Draghi will say in his post-meeting news conference about Spain and the prospect that it will trigger the bank's new bond buying programme. "What is key for euro/dollar going forward is going to be Spain," said Michael Sneyd, FX strategist at BNP Paribas.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Eight months ago Southern California had a nuclear power plant that could generate enough electricity for 1.4 million homes. Southern California Edison sketched out a proposal Thursday under which its long-shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant might be stuck, perhaps permanently, in a sort of middle gear.