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  • LONDON, Oct 9- European shares fell in thin trade on Tuesday as gloomy economic data and corporate reports set the backdrop for a tough start to the third-quarter reporting season in the United States.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 9- Twitter founder and Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey said on Tuesday that he trimmed his role at the microblogging service months ago as he devoted the majority of his time to Square, the payment start-up where he is chief executive.

  • CHICAGO-- Grain prices mostly rose Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery rose 11.75 cents to $8.7275 a bushel; December corn rose 4 cents to $7.46 a bushel; December oats were unchanged at $3.7050 a bushel; while November soybeans jumped 14 cents to $15.65 a bushel.

  • *Growth, Greece worries stoke safety bids for bonds. NEW YORK, Oct 9- U.S. Treasuries prices rose on Tuesday in advance of a three-year debt sale as safe-haven bids for bonds emerged on anxiety about weak global growth and Greece's ability to meet the terms of a bailout.

  • NEW YORK-- Penn Virginia's stock declined more than 14 percent Tuesday after the oil and gas company announced a public stock offering and preferred equity offering. THE SPARK: Penn Virginia said Monday that it is offering 12 million shares of its common stock and $50 million in depositary shares.

  • Oct 9- New York's cash-hungry Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering four different plans for bus and subway fare increases that would all raise $232 million a year, a local newspaper said on Tuesday.

  • BEIRUT-- An official said Tuesday that an employee of Lebanon's national airline MEA was fired after a passenger complained in a social media campaign that the worker humiliated travelers from the Philippines at the Beirut airport and told them over the loudspeaker, "Filipino people, stop talking."

  • NEW YORK-- A Citi analyst on Tuesday upgraded Interpublic Group of Cos. to "Buy" from "Neutral," saying that the company is poised to rebound next year after a tough 2012.. THE BACKGROUND: Interpublic, along with other advertising companies, had a rough time this year.

  • Oct 9- Fitch Ratings has maintained 26 tranches of 11 TDA CAM transactions, a series of Spanish RMBS transactions on Rating Watch Negative. The notes were initially placed on RWN on 3 April 2012 following the downgrade of Confederacion Espanola de Cajas de Ahorros, which acts as the account bank, basis swap provider and agent in all 11 transactions.

  • BOSTON-- Gasoline prices in Massachusetts have risen four cents in the past week. AAA Southern New England reports Tuesday that a gallon of self-serve, regular is selling for an average of $3.88. The cost in Massachusetts is seven cents above the national average, eight cents higher than a month ago and 47 cents higher than at the same time last year.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- A lawsuit over Cobalt Coal Co.' s alleged failure to pay mining royalties may soon be dismissed. Cobalt operates the mine featured on Spike TV's one-season reality show "Coal." In August, Encoal Energy and Gopher Land Services sued Cobalt in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

  • NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart is testing a same-day delivery service in select markets for customers who buy popular items online during the holiday shopping season. The tests, which started this month, are taking place in northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and San Francisco and San Jose, Calif. About 5,000 items will be available for the same-day service.

  • LAS VEGAS-- Home prices in the Las Vegas area are up for the eighth month in a row, while the number of homes sold in September is down from a year ago. The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors reports Tuesday that the median price of a single-family home sold in September was $140,000, up 1.4 percent from August and nearly 14 percent from last September.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine-- The state of Maine is accepting letters of Intent for the possible use of state-owned Interstate 95 and I-295 as corridors for transmitting electricity. State energy Director Ken Fletcher says Maine's Energy Infrastructure Interagency Review Panel is accepting the proposals.

  • TUCSON, Ariz.-- Researchers at the University of Arizona have won a $1.4 million grant to study the occupational and environmental health effects of underground mining equipment that runs on biodiesel-blend fuels. The university says mining operators are shifting from diesel to biodiesel-blend fuels in a bid to lower exposure to pollutants.

  • LANSING, Mich.-- The state's Pure Michigan tourism campaign is highlighting hunting and fishing opportunities in the state with a new digital media campaign. The focus will be on fishing through Oct. 22. Hunting ads will then start running until Dec. 5.

  • *France's first major retrospective of Edward Hopper opens in Paris. PARIS, Oct 9- A major retrospective of Edward Hopper opening in Paris overturns some of the cliches about the 20th- century artist, uncovering the French and broader European influences that lie behind his label as the consummate "American" scene-painter.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- UnitedHealth Group Inc. and the Louisiana Alliance of Boys& Girls Clubs are bringing a 12- month program to help obese and overweight children lose weight. The classes are only for families on the company's Medicaid plan in the New Orleans area. Ann K. Logarbo, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to consider a challenge to a 2008 federal law granting immunity to AT&T Inc and other telecommunications companies for helping the government eavesdrop on customers' private phone conversations.

  • CHICAGO-- ComEd has started an energy efficiency program that is taught by people with developmental disabilities for those with similar issues. ComEd is partnering with eight nonprofit organizations in Chicago and the suburbs that work with the developmentally disabled. ComEd is part of Chicago- based Exelon Corp..