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U.S. jobs growth quickens, giving Obama some relief

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October and a small increase in the jobless rate was due to more workers restarting their job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lackluster economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's re-election bid (USA-ECONOMY/JOBS (WRAPUP 5), moved, 900 words)

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- MANPOWER-JOBS/ (INTERVIEW), moved, by Nick Zieminski, 570 words

NY area fuel lines grow even as pipeline, ports reopen

NEW YORK - The lines of New York area motorists scrambling for gasoline lengthen, as a third day of ``panic buying'' intensifieS and tempers flare even as pipelines and oil tankers resume limited shipments (STORM-SANDY/GASOLINE (UPDATE 3, PIX), moving shortly, by David Sheppard and Jonathan Spicer, 950 words)

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Chevron profit down on reduced output, weak refining

Chevron Corp posts earnings that were much lower than expected as maintenance exacerbates a decline this year in oil and natural gas production, and shares of the second-largest U.S. oil company slide (CHE VRON-RESULTS/(UPDATE 3), m oved, by Bradne Reddall, 610 words)

Apple's iPad mini draws New Yorkers, crowds thin elsewhere

Apple Inc's new iPad mini debute s worldwide to sparser crowds than previous device launches, but dra w s hundreds of people in New York days after one of the most devastating st orms to ever hit the U.S . northeast (A PPLE-IPAD/MINI (UPDATE 4, TV, PIX), moved, by Liana B. Baker and Noel Randewich, 860 words)

Microsoft vs Google trial raises concerns over secrecy

SAN FRANCISCO - Two weeks before a high-stakes trial pitting Google's Motorola Mobility unit against Microsoft, Google makes what has become a common request for a technology company fighting for billions of dollars: A public court proceeding, conducted largely in secret (MI CROSOFT-GOOGLE/SECRECY (UPDATE 1), moved, by Dan Levine, 1,120 words)


Shares, crude oil dip despite stronger US jobs

NEW YORK - Global stocks and crude oil slip even after a U.S. employment report for October surpassed expectations, as investors look beyond next week's presidential election to the looming ``fiscal cliff.'' (MARKETS-GLOBAL/ (WRAPUP 9), expect by 1900 GMT/3 PM ET, by Herbert Lash, 640 words)

+ See also:

- MARKETS-OIL/ (UPDATE 9), moved, 380 words)

- MARKETS-FOREX (UPDATE 6), moved, by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfus, 540 words


Hedge fund masters flunk money-making test

LONDON - Generating strong returns is getting so tough for hedge fund managers, supposedly the high-earning masters of any market, that some are shutting up shop and more look poised to follow (HEDGEFUNDS/EXIT, moved, by Tommy Wilkes and Dasha Afanasieva, 710 words)

Europe's shrinking banks still critical on global stage

LONDON/FRANKFURT - European banks will dominate the group of lenders required to hold extra capital to protect the global financial system, despite moves to shrink their businesses in response to the region's debt crisis (GLOBALBANKS-CAPITAL/ (UPDATE 1), moved, by Huw Jones and Edward Taylor, 400 words)

Peru court to clean up billions in land bonds

LIMA - Peru's constitutional court plans to require the government to finally honor land reform bonds it issued 40 years ago but in most cases never paid, a ruling that could be worth billions of dollars to bondholders in Peru and abroad (PE R U-COURT/BONDS, moved, pix, by Terry Wade and Marco Aquino, 950 words)


Thomson Reuters operating profit down, trading pressured

Thomson Reuters Corp reports a 15 percent fall in operating profit because of declining revenue and higher costs at its division that serves the financial industry. (THOMSONREUTERS-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Jennifer Saba, 850 words)

RBS braced for fines to settle Libor probe

LONDON - Royal Bank of Scotland faces fines for its part in a global interest rate rigging scandal and wants to reach a settlement as soon as possible. (RBS-EARNINGS/(UPDATE 4), moved, by Matt Scuffham and Steve Slater, 740 words)

Ralph Lauren profit beats as sales hold up

Clothing company Ralph Lauren Corp reports higher-than-expected quarterly earnings as revenue held up despite growing anxiety about luxury sales. (RALPHLAUREN-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, 490 words)

Chesapeake: debt-paring target may be pushed into 2013

Chesapeake Energy Corp's target to pare debt to $9.5 billion or less by the end of the year may be pushed into 2013, along with some deal closings, the company's chief financial officer says (CHESAPEAKE-DEADLINE/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Anna Driver, 540 words)

Europe's new car market slumps toward 1993 lows

FRANKFURT/PARIS - The western European auto market maintained its sharp descent towards levels last seen nearly 20 years ago as consumers worried about unemployment and euro zone austerity shunned car dealerships in October (EUROPE-AUTOS/ (WRAPUP) (UPDATE 1), moved, by 690 words)

Rothschild in talks to counter Bakrie break-up plan

JAKARTA/LONDON - Financier Nat Rothschild is in talks with Indonesian investors, including a contender for the country's presidency, on a plan to counter a $1.4 billion proposal by the influential Bakrie family to dismantle coal mining group Bumi Plc (BUMI-INDONESIA/BERAU (UPDATE 1), moved, by Janeman Latul and Clara Ferreira-Marques

Hyundai, Kia overstated mileage on more than 1 mln cars

Hyundai Motor Co and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp concede that they overstated the fuel economy by at least a mile per gallon on more than 1 million recently sold vehicles, and agreed to compensate owners for the additional fuel costs (USEPA-KOREANAUTOMAKRES/ (UPDATE 3), moved, by Ben Klayman and Deepa Seetharaman, 810 words)

Auto lender Ally posts profit on strong demand

Ally Financial Inc, the auto lender 74 percent-owned by the U.S. government, posts a third-quarter profit compared with a year-ago loss, helped by its car-loan and mortgage businesses. (ALLY-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Rick Rothacker and Jochelle Mendonca, 510 words)

Beam tops Wall Street view, keeps 2012 profit target

Beam Inc posts a bigger-than-expected third-quarter profit, helped by strong demand for its bourbon, and said it still expected earnings to grow at a low double-digit percentage rate this year (BEAM-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, 630 words)

Colombia regulator takes control over brokerage firm

BOGOTA - Colombia's markets regulator says it is taking administrative control of the country's biggest stock brokerage when it failed to make a bank payment, while policymakers reassured investors their money was safe. (COLOMBIA-INTERBOLSA/ (UPDATE 3), moved, by Nelson Bocanegra, 400 words)

India revokes Roche patent in new blow for Big Pharma

MUMBAI/LONDON - India deals a fresh blow to the international pharmaceutical industry as its patents appeal board revoked a patent granted six years ago on Roche's hepatitis C drug Pegasys. (INDIA-ROCHE/PATENT (UPDATE 1), moved, by Kustubh Kulkarni and Ben Hirschler, 570 words)