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  • WASHINGTON-- The September jobs report that arrives Friday, a month before the presidential election, will likely sketch a dual picture: The job market continues to heal. No incumbent since Franklin Roosevelt has faced re-election with unemployment so high.

  • *Facebook confirms billion user mark, growth slows. NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Facebook Inc.

  • *Contec- says obtained an incremental $25 million in financing.

  • LOS ANGELES/ CHICAGO, Oct 4- Walmart employees affiliated with a union-backed group walked off the job in Los Angeles on Thursday, protesting conditions at the world's largest retailer, which promptly defended itself, saying the "publicity stunt" was not having an impact on its business. unfair labor practices by Wal-Mart Stores Inc, sponsors of the action said.

  • Oct 4- Macusani Yellowcake Inc:.

  • INDEX SWITCH: Vanguard has negotiated lower cost index-licensing deals that will result in 22 of its index mutual funds tracking new market benchmarks. Those funds will switch from their current MSCI indexes to benchmarks from the University of Chicago's Center for Research in Security Prices and FTSE.

  • DALLAS-- Sunoco Inc.' s shareholders on Thursday approved Energy Transfer Partners L.P. plans to buy the company for $5.3 billion, creating one of the more diverse pipeline companies in the country.

  • BOSTON-- Index mutual fund investors are a cost-conscious bunch. Rather than seek out managers with a good shot at beating the market, they parse tiny differences in fund expenses. Companies such as S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI have created well-known market indexes.

  • TORONTO, Oct 4- Canada's main stock index notched its highest closing level in nearly three weeks on Thursday after reassuring comments from the European Central Bank chief and signs of improvement in the U.S. labor market supported demand for riskier assets.

  • By Pedro Nicolaci da Costa. WASHINGTON, Oct 4- The U.S. The Fed last month launched a third round of large-scale bonds buys, announcing an open-ended program that kicks off with $40 billion per month of new mortgage debt purchases.

  • WELLINGTON/ SYDNEY, Oct 5- The Australian and New Zealand dollars were supported above recent lows on Friday helped by firmer equities and strong talk about bond buying from the head of the European Central Bank, while investors awaited key U.S. jobs data. *The Aussie dollar at around $1.240 from Thursday's late local level around $1.0226.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- Credit Suisse Group will lay off another 78 employees in the New York region by year-end, its fourth round of cuts for the area this year. A Credit Suisse spokesman declined to expand on the notice. Credit Suisse employed about 11,700 people in the Americas at the end of 2011..

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- Zynga Inc:.

  • Oct 4- Fitch Ratings has assigned an' A+' rating to Northern States Power- Wisconsin's $100 million issuance of 3.700% senior secured notes, Series due Oct. 1, 2042. A final rate order was issued for the NSP-WI general rate case in December 2011, authorizing electric and gas rate increases of $12.2 million and $2.9 million, respectively, and a 10.4% ROE.

  • Oct 4- Though it's relatively rare, there are ways to break a prenup. Agreements are just agreements, after all, says Paul Talbert, a matrimonial lawyer in New York. " There are no statistics on how many prenuptial agreements are made a year, says Randall M. Kessler, a divorce lawyer in Atlanta, but he estimates that half of high-net-worth marriages have prenups.

  • *Says established a new $1 billion five-year senior unsecured revolving credit. *Says new credit facility replaces harris' prior $750 million five-year senior. syndicate of lenders- SEC filing.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. crude futures rose 4 percent on Thursday as tensions between Turkey and Syria, a weaker dollar and strong gasoline and heating oil futures lifted by refinery fires pulled crude oil prices higher. For a complete report on oil markets, double click on.

  • The company appointed Anne Donahue to New York market leader for the private client reserve of US Bank. The bank also appointed Lynn Maaske as vice president and wealth management adviser for the private client reserve in St. Paul. The firm added Al Weaver and John Worcester to its advisor force in Massachusetts.

  • SEOUL, Oct 5- Foreigners' net investment in South Korean bonds in September rose by the most since March due to a series of sovereign credit rating upgrades and expectations for additional monetary easing by the Bank of Korea, government data showed on Friday.