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  • Benchmark oil lost more than 3 percent Wednesday on more evidence of slower growth in China, the world's second-largest oil consumer behind the U.S. Airline stocks tend to trade inversely to the price of oil because fuel is one of the airlines' largest expenses. Shares of US Airways Group Inc. led the sector's gains Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. natural gas futures ended lower on Wednesday for the first time in seven sessions, hit by a slightly milder turn in the extended weather forecast and profit-taking ahead of Thursday's inventory report despite the still-cool outlook for next week.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 3- Ads for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign dominated TV airwaves in key states in September, despite Republican challenger Mitt Romney's powerful "Super PAC" backers, according to an academic analysis released on Wednesday.

  • WHERE THE GRASS IS GREENER: Ranchers from Missouri to New Mexico have started cutting neighbors' fences, leaving gates open so their cattle can graze on greener pastures or even stealing hay as they contend with the worst drought in decades. IN THE WEEDS: It's not clear just how many grass thefts have happened since most aren't reported.

  • Oct 3- RBC Wealth Management, a division of the Royal Bank of Canada, has expanded its broker force in Colorado with a veteran team of advisers from Bank of America's Merrill Lynch.

  • NEW YORK-- Prices for energy and copper fell Wednesday following the latest signs that China's economy is slowing down. Copper, another commodity that is highly sensitive to changes in China's economy, fell 1.7 cents to $3.7840 a pound.

  • WILMINGTON, Del.-- A woman who gave birth to boxing promoter Butch Lewis' daughter after his death is seeking money from his estate. Louise Cummings had the baby in April, nine months after Lewis died at age 65. She wants the child declared a beneficiary of the estate and requested interim payments of $3,250 a month until the case is resolved.

  • WASHINGTON-- Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is sharply criticizing both U.S. presidential candidates for appealing to American suspicions of China in their campaigns. Kissinger said Wednesday the candidates have used "extremely deplorable" language, labeling China a cheat.

  • Oct 3- Emerald Bay Energy Inc:. *To offer up to a maximum of 24.0 million units at a subscription price of. *Net proceeds will be used for exploration and expansion of the corporation's.

  • Here's a low-overhead business: Selling New York City tap water! Yep, you wish you'd thought of it yourself, amiright?!

  • WASHINGTON-- A new book says President Barack Obama hoped to put Osama bin Laden on trial, showing the U.S. commitment to due process under law, if the al-Qaida leader had surrendered during a U.S. raid in Pakistan last year. A team of Navy SEALs raided bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011 and killed bin Laden.

  • NEW YORK-- Best Buy on Wednesday named an Expedia executive as head of its e-commerce operations. Scott Durchslag, 46, will be senior vice president of Best Buy and president online and global e-commerce, effective Monday. He will be responsible for all of Best Buy's global e-commerce channels, including BestBuy.com and mobile commerce.

  • The market's gains were held in check by a slump in energy stocks and Hewlett-Packard' s 11 percent drop. "The price action today seems boring, but the economic data is pretty strong," said Ryan Detrick, senior technical strategist at Schaeffer's Investment Research.

  • RALEIGH, N.C.-- Insurance companies want to increase North Carolina homeowner's policies by an average of nearly 18 percent next year. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said Wednesday that consumers have until Oct. 19 to offer their views on the request by the North Carolina Rate Bureau, which represents insurance companies.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 3- Facebook Inc is letting users in the United States pay a fee to boost the visibility of their postings on the social network, the company's latest effort to look beyond advertisers for revenue.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Biolase Inc. soared Wednesday after the maker of medical lasers said that U.S. and European Union regulators have approved its newest dental laser.

  • NEW DEAL: Bristol-Myers Squibb and France's Sanofi are revamping their longtime partnership marketing some of their best-selling medications, blood thinner Plavix and blood pressure drugs Avapro and Avalide. THE TERMS: Bristol-Myers will keep selling Plavix in the U.S. through December 2019.