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  • ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo began a statewide tour Tuesday to cheer on business projects that have gotten under way with the help of tax breaks, as New York's unemployment rate remains stubbornly higher than the national average. We have cranes in the sky, "said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney in Syracuse.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. stocks rose slightly at the open on Wednesday after data showed more jobs were created in the U.S. private sector last month than analysts had expected. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 14.55 points, or 0.11 percent, to 13,496.91. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 11.63 points, or 0.37 percent, to 3,131.67.

  • RANDOLPH, Vt.-- The students, faculty and staff at the Vermont Technical College are embarking on a new adventure as they implement a federal grant designed to make people ready to work in unique agricultural businesses, a new training system that could be copied by other schools across the country, U.S.

  • BOISE, Idaho-- Federal regulators signed documents on Tuesday outlining an interim cleanup plan for a polluted southeastern Idaho Superfund site they say will cost $57 million and take up to five years to complete.

  • *Companies add 162,000 jobs in September. NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. companies added 162,000 jobs in September, more than economists expected but still pointing to slow improvement in the labor market, data from a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. natural gas futures slid n early 3 pe rcent early W ednesday a mid p rofit-taking a fter gaining more than 24 percent ov er s ix straight wi nning se ssions. But many traders remained concerned that gas priced at well above $3 per million British thermal units will continue to lose market share to coal for power generation.

  • NEW YORK-- Marriott International Inc. will give investors a first look at how the hotel industry weathered a tough summer when it reports earnings for the third quarter after the market closes. Still, observers think Marriott will be able to keep its vow to improve earnings, because it's still been able to raise prices.

  • Oct 3- Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc:. *Says expects to save about $100 million in operating costs and $8- $9. *Its langeloth roasting facility in Pennsylvania to continue to treat material.

  • *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. LONDON, Oct 3- Crude oil prices fell sharply on Wednesday as weak economic data from Europe and China dimmed the outlook for demand, adding to concerns arising from Europe's festering debt crisis. Brent November crude futures had fallen $2.11 to $109.46 a barrel by 1257 GMT.

  • **SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, Tuesday close $14.99, up 135 pct premarket. **HEWLETT-PACKARD CO, Tuesday close $17.13, up 0.4 pct premarket. **GOOGLE INC, Tuesday close $756.99, up 0.13 pct premarket.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Tennessee and federal health experts are investigating an outbreak of meningitis that infected 14 people who received steroid injections, killing two of them, the state's chief medical officer said Tuesday. David Reagan, chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, said the latest two cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours.

  • NEW YORK-- U.S. stock futures are up slightly after a private survey found businesses hired fewer workers in September than in August. In the last half-hour before trading, Dow Jones industrial average futures are up 13 points at 13,424. Standard& Poor's 500 index futures are up two at 1,442. Nasdaq futures are up six.

  • SAN DIEGO-- The U.S. government began flying Mexican deportees home on Tuesday in a two-month experiment aimed at relieving Mexican border cities overwhelmed by large numbers of people ordered to leave the United States, some who fall prey to criminal gangs.

  • CLINTON, Iowa-- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Tuesday that he and running mate Mitt Romney would help more Americans find jobs so that they can pay taxes, offering a defense of Romney's remark that nearly half the country doesn't pay federal income taxes and supports President Barack Obama.

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand-- New Zealand canceled a visa for Mike Tyson on Wednesday because of his rape conviction, saying it reversed its earlier approval because a charity that would have benefited from his appearance says it wants nothing to do with the former heavyweight boxing champion.

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the middle class has been "buried" during the past four years, a statement that Republicans immediately seized upon as an unwitting indictment of the Obama administration.

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 3- Deutsche Telekom and MetroPCS agreed to merge their operations in the United States, leading to an impairment charge of at least 7 billion euros for Telekom in a move that might allow the company to exit the U.S. wireless market.

  • BERLIN-- The parent company of T-Mobile USA says it is merging its cell phone business with MetroPCS Communications. MetroPCS's shareholders will have the remaining stake and receive a payment of about $1.5 billion.

  • NEW YORK-- U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children. But there may be a silver lining: The decline in 2011 was just 1 percent _ not as sharp a fall-off as the 2 to 3 percent drop seen in other recent years.

  • *Carlyle bought 55 percent stake in Vermillion* Paid with cash and shares in itself* Deal represents major expansion within alternative assets By Greg Roumeliotis and Josephine Mason.