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  • JOPLIN, Mo.-- Joplin will receive $2.4 million in federal funding to deal with soil contamination stirred up by the May 2011 tornado, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- Hiring by U.S. small businesses weakened in September for a third straight month, weighed down by economic uncertainty, suggesting lackluster job gains in the overall economy. The National Federation of Independent Business said the net change in employment per firm slipped 0.23 last month after declining 0.05 in August.

  • "Saturday Night Live," Jimmy Fallon, Piers Morgan, the "Today" show and "Good Morning America" all asked for appearances from the "Sesame Street" character on Thursday after he was unexpectedly thrust into the presidential campaign by Mitt Romney.

  • Federal Reserve policy meeting, after inflamed Middle East tensions had helped push prices up more than $3. Brent crude was up $3.50 at $111.67 a barrel at 2:11 p.m. EDT, having reached $112. U.S. crude was up $3.22 at $91.36, having reached $91.76.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of NuVasive Inc. lost about a third of their value Thursday after the spinal device maker said its third-quarter revenue will come up short of its previous estimates. THE SPARK: After the market closed Wednesday, NuVasive said it expects about $147 million in revenue in the third quarter.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- Thirty-year Treasuries bonds fell a full point in price on Thursday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's September policy meeting showed that Fed members were broadly in agreement that additional stimulus was needed to boost the fragile economic recovery.

  • CHICAGO-- A growing number of retirees are looking to pass along more to the next generation than money and possessions. "There's an element regarding money, but it is really more about affirming your life as a legacy," says Neal Van Zutphen, a certified financial planner in Mesa, Ariz..

  • *Publisher can choose not to participate in Google's Library Project. Google and the Association of American Publishers said on Thursday that U.S. publishers can choose to make available or choose to remove their books and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- Wells Fargo& Co has transferred Jim Hays, a veteran wealth management executive who had run its large brokerage network, to oversee a smaller group of brokers at the bank's branches.

  • DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.-- International Speedway Corp. said Thursday it posted a $1 million third-quarter loss, hurt by a double-digit drop in revenue stemming from the shifting of race dates and a continued drop in ticket sales stemming from the sluggish economy.

  • Macy's revenue at stores open at least a year rose 2.5 percent in September, while analysts expected a gain of 3.3 percent. Shares of Macy's rose 34 cents to $39.83. Kohl's Corp.' s revenue at stores open at least a year fell 2.7 percent in September, a bigger drop than Wall Street expected, hurt by lower demand for accessories and women's clothing.

  • WASHINGTON-- The Federal Reserve structured its latest stimulus program around the purchase of mortgage bonds after members agreed that helping a nascent housing recovery was a good way to lift the broader economy. The Fed has already purchased more than $2 trillion in bonds since the 2008 financial crisis.

  • --LCM XII L.P./ LCM XII LLC's note issuance is a cash flow CLO securitization of a revolving pool consisting primarily of broadly syndicated senior secured loans. --We assigned our ratings to class X and class A through E notes.

  • By Chris Reese and Kirsten Donovan. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 4- The amount of seasonally adjusted U.S. commercial paper contracted for a fifth consecutive week in the week ended Oct. 3, Federal Reserve data showed on Thursday. U.S. seasonally adjusted commercial paper outstanding fell $15 billion to $975.1 billion in the latest week.

  • The figures released Thursday by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities highlight some of the complexities within an overall trend of rising college costs. The list price at private colleges remains substantially higher than at publics _ $29,230 this fall compared to a bit over $8,000 last year at public institutions.

  • WASHINGTON-- A federal strike force has charged 91 people, including a hospital president, doctors and nurses, with Medicare fraud schemes in seven cities involving $429 million in false billings. The law enforcement effort focused on fraudulent Medicare schemes in Baton Rouge, La.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles and Miami.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- Ninety-one people including doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have been charged with committing $430 million in Medicare fraud in seven U.S. cities, authorities said on Thursday. The announcement marks the latest case in a concerted crackdown against Medicare fraud by an interagency Medicare fraud strike force.

  • Tensions between Syria and Turkey gave oil prices their biggest jump in two months Thursday, while refinery outages boosted wholesale gasoline prices. Oil settled at $91.71 per barrel, up by $3.57, or 4 percent, on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil prices rose after Turkey's military fired on targets in Syria for the second day.

  • NEW YORK-- The Public Theater unveiled its four-year, $40 million face-lift on Monday with some Shakespeare, some hippies and some veteran stage stars including Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber and Mandy Patinkin.

  • WASHINGTON-- The AFL-CIO says it has registered more than 450,000 new voters from union households over the past 18 months, part of an ambitious push to swell the ranks of Democratic-leaning voters and help President Barack Obama win reelection.