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  • SAN FRANCISCO-- CollabRx, which develops technology that is used in genetic-based medicine, is teaming up with Life Technologies Corp. in a molecular diagnostics collaboration focused on cancer patients.

  • *Sprint may wait until after T-Mobile/ MetroPCS deal-source. *Sprint came close to buying MetroPCS in February-sources. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Sprint Nextel Corp is considering making a rival bid for MetroPCS Communications Inc, which agreed on Wednesday to a merger with Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA, according to sources familiar with the situation.

  • CHICAGO-- Several environmental groups want the Illinois Pollution Control Board to order Midwest Generation to clean up groundwater pollution that allegedly leached from coal-ash ponds at four of the company's power plants.

  • *Canada studying whether to approve CNOOC bid for Nexen. *Some in Canada's ruling party uneasy about CNOOC bid. OTTAWA, Oct 4- CNOOC Ltd's $15.1 billion bid for oil firm Nexen Inc raises a series of difficult policy questions, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.

  • Brent November crude rose $4.41, or 4.08 percent, to settle at $112.58 a barrel, having traded from $108.02 to $112.69.

  • --U.S.-based Apria Healthcare Group reported negative $64 million of discretionary cash flow for the first half of 2012.. --The magnitude of the cash flow deficit raises doubt that the company will reduce its cash flow to our estimate of less than negative $20 million by the end of 2012 and return to positive free operating cash flow in 2013..

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. Treasuries prices ended lower on Thursday as traders focused on a highly anticipated jobs report on Friday, and after minutes from the Federal Reserve's September policy meeting showed that Fed members were broadly in agreement over the need for additional stimulus.

  • They generated more than $1 million in annual revenue last year at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, the brokerage formed out of the merger of Morgan Stanley's wealth business and Citigroup's Smith Barney in 2009..

  • CEMEX Finance LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CEMEX S.A.B. de C.V. and is incorporated for an unlimited period of time as a private limited liability company under the laws of Delaware.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- The mother of a slain Little Rock TV anchor can proceed with a lawsuit claiming outrageous behavior by a hospital and three workers who illegally looked at her daughter's medical files, but an invasion of privacy claim must be dropped, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

  • *Facebook confirms billion-user mark, growth slows. NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Facebook Inc.

  • New Jersey residents receiving Medicaid benefits may find it easier to get care at home rather than move into a nursing home, under changes state officials are planning since getting federal approval to make them. The state will receive the same amount of money from the federal Medicaid program _ more than $5 billion per year.

  • MEDINA, Ohio-- RPM International Inc. said Thursday that its board raised the company's regular quarterly cash dividend by 1 cent, to 22.5 cents. The new dividend, which represents a 4.7 percent increase, will be paid on Oct. 31 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 15. Shares of the Medina, Ohio- based rose 19 cents to $27.21 in afternoon trading.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- The Federal Reserve bought $19.3 billion in agency mortgage-backed securities from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, less than the $21.9 billion it bought in the prior week, the New York Fed said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- State Street Corp and Bank of New York Mellon Corp have submitted their living wills to banking regulators, the Federal Reserve announced on Thursday. Nine of the largest U.S. banks submitted their plans by a July deadline, including Bank of America Corp and Citigroup Inc.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday said a net $1.069 billion of government securities were stripped in September. The Treasury said $9.07 trillion in securities were eligible for stripping in September. Of the total, $191.748 billion were held in stripped form on Sept. 30, compared with $190.679 billion at the end of the prior month.

  • Oct 4- Boeing Co said on Thursday it doubled deliveries of its fuel-efficient 787 jets in the third quarter to 12, compared with six in the second quarter. Boeing is years behind its initial delivery schedule on the new light-weight, carbon-composite 787 aircraft after extensive development delays.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- British buyout mogul Guy Hands heard a panel of U.S. judges pick away at his lawyer's arguments in an appeal of the fraud case he lost to Citibank over his takeover of music group EMI.

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin on Thursday released a decade's worth of federal financial reports he has updated with nearly $130,000 in state pension income that he received, but failed to disclose, over that time.

  • DETROIT-- A fundraiser for Kwame Kilpatrick told jurors Thursday that she regularly pulled money from her bra to pay kickbacks to the then- Detroit mayor, whom she considered like her own son. Emma Bell at times struggled as she explained her dealings with Kilpatrick.