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  • DENVER-- Colorado's governor is hinting that he'll announce hundreds of new jobs in an economic development announcement Friday. John Hickenlooper planned a Denver event for the announcement.

  • PLYMOUTH, N.H.-- A utility that provides electricity to 83,000 customers in 115 New Hampshire communities is bracing for a possible strike by the union representing lineworkers and other jobs. The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local have been bargaining since April.

  • The BPU says the typical Public Service Electric and Gas customer will save $38 a year. The savings for Elizabethtown Gas customers will be $26. New Jersey Natural Gas customers can expect a nearly $15 savings and rates for South Jersey Gas customers will be nearly $7 lower.

  • ATLANTA-- Atlanta's public transit system has named a Texas transportation official as its new chief executive officer and general manager. Before that, he was the CEO of the Charlotte Area Transit System in North Carolina. Parker was selected after a nationwide search for a new CEO and general manager of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

  • CHICAGO-- Grain prices traded mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery fell 1.75 cent to $8.6750 a bushel; December corn fell 7 cents to $7.50 a bushel; December oats were unchanged at $3.7075 a bushel; while November soybeans rose 4.50 cents to $15.56 a bushel.

  • Two workers ride bicycles to deliver fast food in Beijing on April 12, 2012. A new World Bank report projects GDP growth in China will be 8.2 percent in 2012 and 8.6 percent in 2013. The China Quarterly Update, released April 12, says that the prospects for a gradual adjustment of growth remain high.

    The campaign attacks on China only scratch the surface of a far greater concern: our economy isn’t creating enough good-paying jobs, and the imbalance we have with China is growing, not shrinking.

  • SEATTLE-- Cell Therapeutics Inc. said Friday it plans to sell $60 million in preferred stock to raise money for the launch of its lymphoma drug Pixuvri and to fund studies of its drug pacritinib as a treatment for myelofibrosis. Cell Therapeutics said that it will sell preferred stock for $1,000 per share.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Investors staring squarely at the U.S. fiscal cliff may well be ignoring a bigger monetary policy pitfall. But with such an agreement as dependent on the makeup of the House and Senate as the occupier of the White House, this budgetary uncertainty has been parked in "watch, wait and see" mode "until the election outcome becomes clearer.

  • TORONTO, Oct 5- Toronto's main stock index rose to a two-week high on Friday as unexpectedly strong North American jobs data supported demand for riskier assets. In Canada, the economy added 52,100 jobs in September, more than five times the consensus figure analysts had expected, and bolstering the Bank of Canada's case for an eventual interest rate rise.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Fleetmatics jumped in their first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The IPO priced at the high end of the $15 to $17 range Fleetmatics previously projected.

  • SAN DIEGO-- PriceSmart Inc. said Monday that a key revenue measurement grew 10 percent in September. The company has five warehouse clubs in Costa Rica, four in Panama, four in Trinidad, and others in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Aruba, Barbados, Colombia, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • The Parasail Safety Council, which tracks injuries and deaths nationwide, reports more than 70 people have been killed and at least 1,600 injured between 1982 and 2012, out of an estimated 150 million parasail rides during those 30 years.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- A surprisingly sharp drop in U.S. unemployment helped President Barack Obama's odds of re-election regain half the ground lost in his debate with challenger Mitt Romney on Wednesday.

  • Oct 5- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Germany- based pharmaceuticals wholesaler Phoenix Pharmahandel GmbH& Co. KG's Long-term Issuer Default Rating and senior unsecured rating at' BB'.

  • Jan Hatzius, chief US economist for Goldman Sachs

    Although the September jobs report was encouraging, job growth remains “lackluster” and is unlikely to change the Federal Reserve’s thinking on interest rates, Jan Hatzius, Goldman Sachs’ chief U.S. economist, told CNBC Friday.

  • JOPLIN, Mo.-- A southwestern Missouri architectural firm has received a $351,000 low-interest loan to help with an expansion. The Joplin firm expects to save about $26,000 over five years. The Missouri treasurer's office says the loan comes through the state's linked deposit program.

  • DALLAS-- Energy Transfer Partners LP said Friday that it completed its acquisition of Sunoco Inc. for about $5.5 billion, creating one of the more diverse pipeline companies in the country.

  • Dannel P. Malloy is unveiling his new energy strategy for Connecticut. Malloy is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association's 2012 Business Energy Conference on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- As the calendar page flips to October, we are fully and unquestionably into autumn.

  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- If American agriculture is going to meet the challenges of the next 40 years, it's going to need more schools like West Virginia University producing people who see careers in the field and have a passion for science. Rexroad is an associate administrator of the Agricultural Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.