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  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- U.S. Treasuries prices extended losses on Thursday after a sale of $13 billion of 30- year bonds. Prices for both 10- and 30- year debt fell shortly after the sale, with 10- year notes down 10/ 32 in price to yield 1.713 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- U.S. seasonally adjusted commercial paper outstanding fell $10.2 billion in the week ended Oct. 10, according to data issued by the Federal Reserve on Thursday.

  • Oshkosh needs proactive shareholders to bring a proactive management team together to weather a volatile economy. " Oshkosh said its board would advise shareholders of its position on the offer within 10 business days, and suggested that shareholders not act on the offer until the board has reviewed it.

  • *To offer medicare prescription drug, health plans at select Walgreens in. *To collaborate with Walgreens during upcoming medicare annual election period. in Florida and Puerto Rico* Source text* Further company coverage.

  • *Cooper Tire shares jump as much as 11 pct. is in the process of acquiring a controlling stake in U.S.-based Cooper Tire& Rubber Co in a deal valued at between $600 million and $800 million, India's Economic Times reported. Shares of Cooper Tire jumped as much as 11 percent to $20.76, valuing the company at $1.3 b illion.

  • Stocks Back in the Green Today

    Discussing whether the rally is set to resume, with the FMHR traders. John Stoltzfus, Oppenheimer, shares his view on the markets and CNBC's Bertha Coombs weighs in on Softbank talks to buy a 75 percent stake in Sprint Nextel.

  • *U.S. to sell $13 billion in 30- year bonds. *Rating cut on Spain cushions bonds' price drop. "This suggests some improvement in the labor market," fueling selling in Treasuries, said David Keeble, global head of interest rate strategy at Credit Agricole Corporate& Investment Bank in New York.

  • *Sprint, Clearwire soar in early trade, MetroPCS sinks. TOKYO/ NEW YORK, Oct 11- Japanese mobile carrier Softbank Corp and U.S. operator Sprint Nextel Corp. are in talks about a deal that could see Softbank assume control of Sprint.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Stillwater Mining Co. tumbled Thursday, after the palladium and platinum producer announced plans to sell $300 million in notes.

  • *Sprint volume surges, shares jump on Softbank deal reports. More than 320 million shares of Sprint Nextel changed hands in U.S. trading by 11:30 a.m. ET, making it the busiest day in the stock's history. Clearwire Corp, in which Sprint holds a majority interest, surged 38 percent to $1.79.

  • NEW YORK-- U.S. airlines closed the summer travel season without any lengthy tarmac delays in August, the government said Thursday, a sharp reversal from a month earlier. On Aug. 15, a Caribbean Airlines flight sat on the tarmac at New York's JFK Airport for four hours and 28 minutes before it took off for its destination, Trinidad and Tobago.

  • FORT WORTH, Texas-- Shares of Range Resources Corp. climbed Thursday after the company gave an upbeat report on third-quarter oil and natural gas production.

  • Sepura gains 3.8 percent after an upbeat first half trading update from the digital communications firm, highlighting new business wins in North America. A healthy order book and robust pipeline of opportunities offers confidence in ongoing progress, " Liberum Capital says in a note repeating its" buy "rating on Sepura.

  • Oct 11- Activist investor Carl Icahn on Thursday offered to buy all outstanding shares of U.S. truckmaker Oshkosh Corp for $32.50, a 21 percent premium to their Wednesday closing price. Oshkosh needs proactive shareholders to bring a proactive management team together to weather a volatile economy. "

  • WASHINGTON-- The watchdog for spending in Afghanistan is warning commanders that a safety system to protect U.S. troops from roadside bombs is incomplete or inadequate. It was sent Wednesday to the top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, and commander for the Middle East, and Gen.

  • Oct 11- Heartland Financial USA Inc:. *To acquire heritage bank, n.a. in Phoenix, Arizona. *Says to acquire heritage in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $16 mln.

  • NEW YORK-- Stocks are higher at midday after an encouraging report from the Labor Department. The Labor Department says applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to 339,000. That's the lowest in more than four years.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Rhode Island officials say a recent sale of state general obligation bonds shows investor confidence in the state. Lincoln Chafee announced Thursday the state sold $81.4 million in bonds at an interest rate below 3 percent. The bond sale comes after the state saved $7 million in April by selling bonds to refinance $122.9 million in debt.

  • CHUQUICAMATA, Chile-- From above, it looks like a colossal amphitheater carved from rock, or the vast crater from a meteorite that crashed into Chile's Atacama desert ages ago.

  • When the stay-at-home mom and her family visited New York from their home in Germantown, Md., they joined the crowd of fans outside the NBC morning show's Rockefeller Center studio.