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  • WASHINGTON-- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is shifting sharply to the political center as he begins to deliver a closing argument aimed at a slice of moderate, undecided voters a month before Election Day.

  • Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, in response to questions from a television anchor casting doubt on the validity of the latest jobless rate figures, said the idea it was manipulated is "ludicrous." "I'm insulted when I hear that, because we have a very professional civil service organization.

  • WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama, reeling from a poor debate performance, won a valuable reprieve Friday with a reduced unemployment number in September that brought the jobless rate down to a level unseen since January 2009 when he took office.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 5- A top White House economic adviser said on Friday that the lower U.S. jobless rate in September showed the economy was continuing to recover but that more steps were needed to dig out of the deep hole created by recession.

  • WASHINGTON-- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says a drop in the nation's unemployment rate to 7.8 percent "is not what a real recovery looks like." The former Massachusetts governor responded to the September jobs report out Friday by arguing that Obama has a failed record on the economy.

  • HOUSTON-- Actress Daryl Hannah of "Splash" fame was arrested in northeast Texas on Thursday, along with a 78- year-old landowner as the pair protested an oil pipeline designed to bring crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

  • The Food and Drug Administration urged physicians not to use any products at all from the Massachusetts pharmacy that supplied the preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate.

  • *Nonfarm payrolls rose 114,000 in September* Unemployment rate falls to 7.8 percent, lowest since 2009* Household survey shows most job gains since 1983* Average hourly earnings gain 7 cents* Report is second last before Nov. 6 elections By Lucia Mutikani.

  • The project tracked more than 9,000 women in St. Louis, many of them poor or uninsured. Jeffrey Peipert of Washington University in St. Louis in a study published Thursday.

  • *Report is second last before Nov. 6 elections. WASHINGTON, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid.

  • Oct 5- U.S. Labor Department seasonally adjusted jobs data. In 1,000 s, Change Sept Aug July in Nonfarm Payrolls 114 142 96 181 141 Jobless Rate 7.8 8.1 8.1 8.3 8.3. Earnings, Hours of All Private, Non-Farm workers:.

  • WASHINGTON-- The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away. The Labor Department said employers added 114,000 jobs in September.

  • WASHINGTON-- Mitt Romney's Medicare plan won't try to control costs by limiting the payments that future retirees would use to buy private health insurance, aides say. Reining in costs is vital to keeping Medicare affordable, and in their plans both President Barack Obama and Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, set limits on the growth of future spending.

  • WASHINGTON-- With President Barack Obama knocked off stride and the election looming, the government is issuing new unemployment data likely to underscore the slow economic recovery and ensure that jobs remain the top issue of the presidential campaign.

  • WASHINGTON-- With a month to go until the presidential election, the government on Friday issues its September jobs report, expected to show an uptick in the U.S. unemployment rate after employers added only a modest number of jobs. The Labor Department issues the jobs report at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 5- Fears of government austerity likely kept U.S. job gains modest and the unemployment rate elevated in September, an outcome that could weigh on President Barack Obama's re-election bid.

  • FAIRFAX, Va.-- President Barack Obama celebrated much-needed good economic news Friday as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. " Republican rival Mitt Romney retorted the president still hasn't done enough to help millions of people who are out of work.

  • *May expand sanctions on Iran central bank transactions. *Aimed at pressuring Iran to rein in nuclear program. WASHINGTON, Oct 5- Key lawmakers in the U.S. Congress are looking at ways to expand economic sanctions on Iran, measures that have helped pushed the country's currency into free fall but have not yet pressured Tehran to abandon its nuclear program.

  • WASHINGTON-- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who helped design Beijing's Olympic Stadium and has since drawn tough scrutiny for his political activism, is opening the first North American retrospective exhibition of his work in Washington.

  • Oct 5- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Issuer Default Ratings of WGL Holdings, Inc.. and Washington Gas Light Company at' A+'. For the latest 12 months period ending June 30, 2012, WG comprised 81.6% of consolidated EBITDA.