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  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-- A private company successfully delivered a half-ton of supplies to the International Space Station early Wednesday, the first official shipment under a billion-dollar contract with NASA. Williams thanked SpaceX and NASA for the delivery, especially the chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream stashed in a freezer.

  • --Research Triangle Park, N.C.- based contract services provider Quintiles Transnational Corp. is issuing $175 million in incremental term debt to fund a shareholder distribution.

  • --We are assigning' B' issue-level ratings to its $30 million first-lien revolving credit facility due 2016 and $260 million first-lien term loan due 2018, with recovery ratings of' 3'.

  • LONDON-- This year's London Film Festival has Ben Affleck, Dustin Hoffman and the Rolling Stones _ and it's bookended by one of the city's premiere cinematic couples. Britain's biggest film showcase opens Wednesday with the European premiere of London- based American director Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie," the animated tale of a boy and his beloved _ but dead _ dog.

  • Oct 10- U.S. tax preparer H&R Block Inc said it was exploring strategic alternatives for its banking unit to avoid heavy costs associated with stricter supervision under the Dodd-Frank Act. H&R Block, like other companies with small banking units, is under pressure to get out of the business to escape costly oversight by the U.S.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Alcoa Inc. fell Wednesday after the aluminum manufacturer reported a third-quarter loss and lowered its 2012 forecast for growth in aluminum demand. THE SPARK: Alcoa said Tuesday that it lost $143 million, or 13 cents a share, in the July-September quarter, largely due to one-time charges.

  • By Juhi Arora and Siddharth Cavale. Oct 10- Premium jeans maker True Religion Apparel Inc, which has been hit by falling sales after a series of fashion missteps, said it may sell itself after receiving interest from potential buyers. Shares of the company jumped as much as 25 percent to $26.25 in early trading on Wednesday, valuing it at about $680 million.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- The shale boom has left some of the most sophisticated refineries in the United States hunting across Europe and Africa for more of the heavy residue left over from other refiners' crude distillation units, as they try to find a use for all the expensive coking units built in the last decade.

  • NEW YORK-- The price of oil is rising Wednesday after the government reported U.S. wholesalers' sales rose for the first time in four months. Benchmark crude is up 74 cents to $93.13 per barrel in New York morning trading. The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline stayed at $3.81.

  • *AMG/Permira plan to split up Robeco- sources. *Robeco could fetch more than 2 bln euros- sources. is weighing three offers for its asset management arm Robeco, facing a choice between bids to split the 2 billion euro- plus business or sell it in one piece, people familiar with the situation said.

  • Lady A and Zac Brown Band are next with six nominations apiece, while Swift and Eric Church took five nods each for the third annual fan-voted awards. Bryan, Swift, Lady A, Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean are up for the night's top honor, artist of the year.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 10- Russian Railways continued its drive to raise 100 billion roubles of investment capital this year by adding 12.5 billion roubles to its outstanding seven-year Eurobond issue, one of the deal's arrangers told Reuters on Wednesday. Alongside VTB Capital, J.P. Morgan and Royal Bank of Scotland arranged both deals.

  • *Alcoa beats expectations but cautions of slowdown. *Yum Brands defies China sluggish growth, raises outlook. NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. stocks dipped on Wednesday as earnings season began with Alcoa forecasting slower demand for aluminum, while a profit warning from Chevron weighed on the energy sector.

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 10- Astronauts plucked a commercial cargo ship from orbit on Wednesday and attached it to the International Space Station, marking the reopening of a U.S. supply line to the orbital outpost following the space shuttles' retirement last year.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. crude futures extended gains to more than $1 on Wednesday, testing resistance at highs from late September and earlier this month just above $93.30, as Middle East tensions continued to support oil prices. November crude was up 80 cents at $93.19 a barrel at 10:41 a.m. EDT.

  • TOKYO-- There was nothing unusual about a man who boarded a flight in Osaka and was arrested after landing in Los Angeles wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying handcuffs, knives and a smoke grenade in his checked-in baggage, a Japanese official said Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. natural gas futures traded nearly flat early on Wednesday, with some follow-through buying after the previous day's modest rally underpinning prices despite milder Northeast and Midwest weather forecasts for next week that should slow demand.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska-- Inupiat Eskimo villagers in a small Alaska community are facing six long months of melting ice and snow nearly every time they want to cook a meal or bathe, after freezing temperatures hit before workers could fill the village's two large storage tanks with water.

  • *Dufry CEO says has contingency if Greece exits euro. ATHENS, Oct 10- Swiss retailer Dufry is to buy the duty-free operations of Greek rival Folli Follie, a rare vote of confidence in an economy deserted by other foreign companies concerned over its future in the euro.

  • Oct 10- Experimental drugs from Roche Holding AG. and Eli Lilly& Co have been selected for a global Alzheimer's disease prevention trial, and a second Lilly drug is being considered for inclusion in the study, Washington University said on Wednesday.