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  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity rose to 51.5 from 49.6 in August, topping expectations for 49.7, according to a Reuters poll.

  • TABLE- U.S. Aug construction spending fell 0.6 pct Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    Oct 1- U.S. Commerce Department seasonally adjusted annual rates of construction spending, with comparisons:.

  • Oct 1- U.S. Commerce Department seasonally adjusted annual rates of construction spending, with comparisons:.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- U.S. construction spending in August fell by the most in a year as a rebound in residential projects was offset by weak non-residential structures and public sector project outlays, a government report showed on Monday.

  • Oct 1- The Institute for Supply Management on Monday reported its monthly indexes of manufacturing activity for September. Reuters Terminal users should click. for the text of the Institute for Supply Management's Purchasing Managers Survey.

  • Proposed Curis copper mine gets ADEQ permit Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:59 AM ET

    PHOENIX-- A proposed Curis Resources copper mine near Florence, Ariz. has been granted a permit to inject sulfuric acid deep underground to leach the metal from the surrounding rock. The state Department of Environmental Quality issued the permit on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider an appeal by Bank of America Corp's. Merrill Lynch unit of a ruling that allowed black brokers who accused it of bias to pursue their lawsuit as a class action.

  • Macy's to hire 80,000 temporary holiday staffers Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:53 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Macy's Inc. plans to hire about 80,000 seasonal workers this holiday season, a 2.5 percent increase from last year when the Cincinnati- based operator of Macy's and upscale Bloomingdale's hired 78,000 workers.

  • Rhode Island Assembly continues EDC review Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:51 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A committee of the Rhode Island General Assembly is holding its second meeting to review the state's economic development programs following the state's bad investment in Curt Schilling's failed video game company. The Joint Committee on Economic Development is scheduled to meet Monday afternoon.

  • NY Sen.: Milk prices may double without Farm Bill Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:50 AM ET

    Charles Schumer says milk prices in stores across New York could double if the Farm Bill isn't renewed. The National Milk Producers Federation says government purchases of dairy products under the outdated law could cause milk prices to rise above $6 per gallon.

  • US Supreme Court rejects appeal on airport scanners Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:50 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a Michigan blogger's challenge to the use of full-body scanners and thorough pat-downs of passengers at airport checkpoints.

  • High court rejects challenge to roadless rule Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests.

  • NH business association honoring 3 Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:47 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.-- Two former executives at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and a retiring Executive Council member are receiving lifetime achievement awards at the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association's 99th annual celebration next month.

  • U.S. Silica names CFO Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:39 AM ET

    Oct 1- Commercial silica maker U.S. Silica Holdings Inc named Donald Merril as chief financial officer, replacing William White who will retire on Dec. 31. Merril, who joins Frederick, Maryland- based U.S. Silica as the vice-president of finance effective immediately, served Myers Industries Inc as its CFO from January 2006 to August 2012.

  • *Front month at highest mark since December 2011. NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. natural gas futures rose more than 3 percent early on Monday, lifted to their highest mark this year amid forecasts for cooler weather in the coming days and strong nuclear power plant outages. As of 9:26 a.m. EDT, front-month November natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Akin parses stand on pet projects in Senate bid Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:36 AM ET

    Todd Akin has backed almost $100 million for pet projects in recent years, including money for home-state military programs and local highway work. During his Republican Senate primary this summer, Akin even aired a television ad proudly defending his effort to bring home federal dollars for production of military armor in his district.

  • US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall Street starts Q4 with gains Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday, starting the last quarter of the year with gains despite data that continued to point to a slowdown in global manufacturing. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 50.99 points, or 0.38 percent, at 13,488.12. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 13.76 points, or 0.44 percent, at 3,129.99.

  • Big cases for Supreme Court term starting Monday Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:33 AM ET

    The Supreme Court term that begins Monday holds the prospect for major rulings about affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights. University of Texas, to be argued Oct. 10, the court will weigh Texas' limited use of race to help fill out its incoming classes.

  • UN urges protection for elderly as world grays Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:31 AM ET

    TOKYO-- The fast aging of Japanese society is evident as soon as one lands at Tokyo's Narita airport and sees who is doing the cleaning. Having the world's highest percentage of older people is creating unique challenges for Japan, but a report released Monday by the U.N. Population Fund warns that they will not be unique for long.

  • 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.