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  • CHICAGO-- A leading venture capital firm is opening an office in Chicago, giving a boost to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's efforts to attract high-tech businesses and entrepreneurs to the city.

  • ATLANTA-- Georgia labor officials say the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent in September, which is down from 9.2 percent in August. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the figures early Thursday morning.

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Missouri's Insurance Department says it has recovered $7.7 million so far this year for consumers with complaints about their insurance companies or coverage.

  • NEW YORK-- A new exhibition is hailing the fashion sense of Katharine Hepburn, whose trademark khakis and open-collar shirts were decidedly unconventional in the 1930 s and 40 s, when girdles and stockings were the order of the day.

  • WASHINGTON-- Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region expanded in October following five months of declines, a positive sign for a U.S. manufacturing sector which had been weakening for much of the year. The better-than-expected reading from the Philadelphia survey followed a positive report on national manufacturing conditions.

  • GRAND ISLAND, Neb.-- North Dakota- based Titan Machinery Inc. says it's buying three CaseIH agriculture equipment dealerships in Nebraska. Titan, of West Fargo, N.D., says it is acquiring Toner's Inc., which operates Toner's in Grand Island, Red Line Equipment in Broken Bow and Ord Equipment in Ord.

  • BRUNSWICK, Ga.-- Business jet manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. says it plans to add about 35 employees to its operations in Brunswick, Ga. to keep up with an expanding workload finishing aircraft. Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Product Support, says the move will increase the company's workforce in Brunswick by about 20 percent.

  • ENFIELD, Conn.-- Northeast Utilities says it is helping to preserve a large chunk of land in northern Connecticut in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

  • WASHINGTON-- Medical device maker Boston Scientific said Thursday it swung to a third-quarter loss, as legal fees and restructuring expenses weighed down already-sluggish sales of the company's implants.

  • NEW YORK-- The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of " Clybourne Park" says he recently withdrew permission for a Berlin theater company to produce the play after learning that one of the actors would perform the roles in blackface.

  • JACKSON, Miss.-- A line of severe storms packing strong winds and possible tornadoes swept across the Southeast overnight, injuring four people in Mississippi, downing power lines and trees and damaging homes around the region, authorities said early Thursday. At least six northern counties in Mississippi reported damage, Rent said.

  • OLYMPIA, Wash.-- Washington state is still adding jobs, but the growth in employment isn't as robust as it was a few months ago, officials said Wednesday. The state Employment Security Department said the unemployment rate dipped down to 8.5 percent in September from 8.6 percent in August.

  • HONOLULU-- A state appeals court is upholding Honolulu's handling of a half-billion dollar contract for the construction of a commuter rail line. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation said Wednesday the Intermediate Court of Appeals affirmed the city's decision to disqualify one of the bidders, Bombadier Transportation USA, Inc..

  • JACKSON, Miss.-- The College Board stalled discussion of a $50- a-semester building fee on full-time students at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University, with members saying they want a committee to consider it.

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.-- A new state tax incentive designed to encourage companies to hire in Pennsylvania passed both chambers of the Legislature on Wednesday and was sent to Gov. "The beauty of this approach is that this is not revenue that is in the state currently," Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman, R- Centre, told colleagues. "

  • ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- A South Korean company and five of its employees are accused in an indictment of stealing the recipe from the DuPont Co. to the high-tech fiber used to make Kevlar body armor, prosecutors announced Thursday.

  • Catholic Health East of Newtown Square, and Trinity Health of Novi, Mich., announced Wednesday that they have signed a non-binding letter of intent to consolidate.

  • BOSTON-- Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump is urging the state to tighten up oversight of its MassHealth program.

  • CARRINGTON, N.D.-- The U.S. Treasury Department has provided $3.4 million to a group of 36 North Dakota cities to support loans to small businesses. Every $1 in federal money must be matched with $10 in private sector investment, which will lead to $34 million in private sector funding.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- The U.S. Department of Energy says it needs more time to consider an environmental group's objections to a Texas company's plans to build an export terminal for liquefied natural gas in southwest Louisiana.