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  • Traders pointed to forecasts for lower wind power production in Germany, the Netherlands and France on Monday. Consumption in France is expected to be stable, compared with Friday, before rising further in the next days.

  • FAIRFAX, Virginia, Oct 5- President Barack Obama on Friday hailed the drop in the U.S. jobless rate in September to the lowest level since he took office as a "a reminder this country has come too far to turn back now."

  • TOPEKA, Kan.-- Kansas will continue to limit compensation for pain and suffering to $250,000 in personal injury lawsuits following a state Supreme Court ruling Friday in the case of a woman whose doctor removed the wrong ovary from her in 2002..

  • CHICAGO, Oct 5- Ed Zwirner and his wife, Alison Loeppert, recently bought an historic house in the Chicago suburbs without brokers' fees, tight moving deadlines, undetected defects or other stresses that accompany one of life's biggest purchases. "It was the perfect solution for them and us," said Loeppert's mother, Alice Loeppert. "

  • AMSTERDAM-- A Dutch court has rejected a lawsuit filed by Royal Dutch Shell PLC against Greenpeace International seeking to ban environmentalists from holding protests against the oil company's Arctic drilling program on or near Shell property.

  • *Zynga shares slide after warning, Facebook slips. Labor Department data showed the jobless rate dropped by 0.3 percentage point in September to 7.8 percent, its lowest since January 2009, even as Americans came back into the labor force to resume the hunt for work.

  • AIRING: This ad by the Obama campaign is airing in the closely contested states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. SCRIPT: Republican nominee Mitt Romney said in the first presidential debate that he's "not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. It cuts to an image of NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell citing the Tax Policy Center report.

  • "We should be finishing harvest in record time," South Dakota State University agronomy specialist Mark Rosenberg told the American News. "

  • VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, Congo-- Just a few weeks ago, rangers and militiamen were engaging in gunfights in Africa's oldest national park. Cannons boomed as Congolese army troops shelled rebels.

  • NEW YORK-- The man widely known as "Big" gets even bigger: He's playing J.P. Morgan, one of history's towering business magnates. It was one of Morgan's businesses that funded the Titanic, and Chris Noth appears in a supporting role in "Titanic: Blood and Steel," an epic 12- part miniseries about the building of the great ship.

  • NEW YORK-- A billionaire wine investor waited too long to file a lawsuit that claimed a New York auction house misrepresented a Bordeaux as belonging to Thomas Jefferson. A three-judge federal panel issued the ruling Thursday. It said William Koch missed the deadline when he filed the suit in 2005..

  • RICHMOND, Va.-- Twenty-two projects that will promote Virginia's specialty crops have received federal funding. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the $496,000 in grant money is for crops ranging from wine grapes to Christmas trees. The individual grants range from $5,000 to $30,000.

  • Eight of the 10 industry groups in the S&P 500 rose, led by a 1.1 percent gain for materials stocks. "We're in rally mode, so slightly positive numbers will do nothing to hinder that," said Ralph Fogel, investment strategist and partner at Fogel Neale Partners in New York. The Labor Department also said employers added 114,000 jobs to their payrolls last month.

  • BUFFALO, N.Y.-- The Cuomo administration has announced a $3.3 million project that will enhance public access to a stretch of Buffalo, N.Y.' s Lake Erie shoreline.

  • 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.