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  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Fleetmatics jumped in their first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The IPO priced at the high end of the $15 to $17 range Fleetmatics previously projected.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- A surprisingly sharp drop in U.S. unemployment helped President Barack Obama's odds of re-election regain half the ground lost in his debate with challenger Mitt Romney on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- As the calendar page flips to October, we are fully and unquestionably into autumn.

  • DETROIT-- General Motors Co. said Friday that it plans to close its hydrogen fuel-cell research operation near Rochester, N.Y., and move about 220 jobs to Michigan. The Detroit- based automaker said the move will bring together experts on engine and transmission technology.

  • NEW YORK-- Federal officials have cited a company for safety violations in connection to a Manhattan crane crash in April that killed a 30- year-old laborer working on the extension of the No. 7 subway line. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday it had cited Yonkers Contracting Co. Inc. with 10 serious violations.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York taxpayers paid more than $5 million in the last two years to settle more than a dozen sexual harassment cases against state workers, according to records obtained Thursday. The cases include $1.79 million paid to a woman who worked for the state prisons system in western New York.

  • *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 to last before Nov. 6 elections By Lucia Mutikani.

  • Phil Bryant is renewing his focus on promoting energy-related development. He said Mississippi should focus on energy development because it has natural advantages in the area and because the field produces high-paying jobs. "Most energy jobs pay twice the average household income in Mississippi," the governor said.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. stocks extended gains on Friday, and the Dow Jones industrial average hit its highest in almost five years, after government data showed a surprise drop in the unemployment rate. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 82.57 points, or 0.61 percent, to 13,657.93.

  • On Friday, Lehman Brothers Inc. and Lehman Brothers International said that their agreement would allow them to proceed with plans to allocate and distribute assets to customers and creditors. Bankruptcy Judge James M. Peck and an order of the English High Court.

  • Benchmark oil closed down $1.83 to $89.88 per barrel in New York. But those extra commuters might not budge the needle on gas demand, which was down 2.5 percent from a year earlier in the four weeks ended Sept. 28, according to Energy Department figures released Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- A measure of future U.S. economic expansion eased modestly last week though the annualized growth rate continued to climb, a research group said on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. natural gas futures mostly edged up slightly on Friday, backed by cold U.S. weather forecasts for the next week that should stir more demand despite early pressure from Thursday's bearish weekly inventory report and a mild mid-month outlook. I don't see how you get bullish here, "a Texas- based cash trader said.

  • NORFOLK, Va.-- Virginia International Terminals Inc. defended its record as the operator for the Virginia Port Authority on Thursday, saying its past success is irrefutable. The state created Virginia International Terminals in 1983.. VIT promotes Virginia and Virginia only, "said Joseph Ruddy, executive vice president for Virginia International Terminals.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. The U.S. Labor Department said the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September from 8.1 percent in August, compared with economists' expectations for the jobless rate to rise to 8.2 percent. "Treasuries sank after the jobs report," said Cary Leahey, economist and senior advisor to Decision Economics in New York. "

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The Federal Reserve on Friday was selling on the open market U.S. Treasuries maturing February 2013 through February 2014, the New York Fed said on its website. The Fed previously said it intended to sell $7 billion to $8 billion of short-dated Treasuries on Friday.

  • NEW YORK-- The psychological thriller "Rebecca" was a hit for author Daphne du Maurier and filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock.

  • *Zynga shares slide after warning, Facebook slips. *Sprint could counterbid on PCS- sources. NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with the S&P 500 up for a fifth straight day and set to close at its highest since 2007, after government data showed a surprise drop in the unemployment rate.

  • NEW YORK-- Dutch chip maker NXP Semiconductors is narrowing its third-quarter adjusted earnings and revenue forecasts. The company said Friday that it now anticipates adjusted earnings between 53 cents and 59 cents per share. Analysts expect third-quarter earnings of 56 cents per share, according to FactSet, with estimates ranging from 55 cents to 58 cents..

  • Oct 5- The U.S. brokerage unit and a European unit of the former Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc said they settled a dispute over $38 billion in asset claims, a major step toward customers and creditors recovering money.