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  • WASHINGTON-- Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell to fresh record lows for the second straight week. The declines have led more homeowners to refinance, a trend that could help jumpstart the economy. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30- year loan dropped to 3.36 percent.

  • Oct 4- U.S. Commerce Department seasonally adjusted data on U.S. factory orders, shipments and unfilled orders. Initial orders for August durable goods were issued on Sept. 27. The Commerce Department said that semiconductor shipments are included in the computers and electronic products and other applicable aggregate totals.

  • Oct 4- U.S. Commerce Department seasonally adjusted data on U.S. factory orders, shipments and unfilled orders. Initial orders for August durable goods were issued on Sept. 27. The Commerce Department said that semiconductor shipments are included in the computers and electronic products and other applicable aggregate totals.

  • Oct 4- Rupert Murdoch conceded defeat this week in his battle with Google and the Internet, an adversary even more powerful than the British government. Coincidentally, News Corp, Murdoch's holding company, announced the departure of its chief digital officer, Jonathan Miller.

  • WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth.

  • Initial claims for state unemployment benefits climbed 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, the Labor Department said, below economists' expectations for a rise to 370,000..

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, according government data on Thursday that suggested a mild improvement in the labor market. IAN LYNGEN, SENIOR GOVERNMENT BOND STRATEGIST AT CRT CAPITAL GROUP IN STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT. SEAN INCREMONA, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK.

  • PORTLAND, Ore.-- As marijuana legalization efforts in Colorado and Washington pick up steam, a similar push in Oregon seems to be going up in smoke. More than $4 million has flowed to Washington and close to a million in Colorado.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, according government data on Thursday that suggested a mild improvement in the labor market. SEAN INCREMONA, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK. JOHN CANALLY, ECONOMIST, LPL FINANCIAL, BOSTON.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, according government data on Thursday that suggested a mild improvement in the labor market. JOHN CANALLY, ECONOMIST, LPL FINANCIAL, BOSTON. OMER ESINER, CHIEF STRATEGIST, COMMONWEALTH FOREIGN EXCHANGE, WASHINGTON.

  • Weekly applications increased last week by 4,000 from the previous week's level of 363,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at MFR Inc., said the figures are "consistent with a soft but by no means collapsing labor market."

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, according government data on Thursday that suggested a mild improvement in the labor market. OMER ESINER, CHIEF STRATEGIST, COMMONWEALTH FOREIGN EXCHANGE, WASHINGTON.

  • WASHINGTON-- The White House is going to great lengths to discourage defense contractors from sending layoff warnings to employees in the days before the presidential election, an effort Republicans are denouncing as politically motivated.

  • Claire McCaskill touted a $5.8 million fundraising haul for her re-election campaign Wednesday as Republican challenger Todd Akin sought to raise cash amid new attention to his remarks about abortion.

  • Oct 4- U.S. Labor Department report of initial state jobless benefit claims, seasonally adjusted. Initial Claims: Sept. 22 from 359,000. Mississippi 3,314 Ohio 1,975 Michigan 1,179.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, according government data on Thursday that suggested a mild improvement in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits climbed 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, the Labor Department said.

  • Now, at 25 a veteran anti-abortion campaigner in the semi-autonomous UK province of Northern Ireland, she's committed to a fight to ensure the abortion law in neighbouring Ireland remains one of the world's strictest, preventing terminations in nearly all circumstances.

  • TEHRAN, Iran-- Iran deployed riot police at key Tehran intersections on Thursday, after tensions flared over the nation's plunging currency in the most widespread display of anger linked to the country's sanctions-hit economy.

  • WASHINGTON-- A report is showing that more Americans are keeping up with their credit-card payments. The American Bankers Association says the percentage of bank-issued credit cards that were 30 days or more overdue fell to an 11- year low in the second quarter. That came as consumers keep a tighter grip on their finances amid economic uncertainty.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney agree that the $2.8 trillion U.S. healthcare system is broken, but neither candidate on Wednesday presented voters with a clear idea of how to fix it.