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Stocks strike a weak note…Oil prices down… Experian: Hackers access information of wireless customers

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are getting the fourth quarter off to a weak start as investors wait for the government’s monthly jobs report which is due out tomorrow. The Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 13 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,271 today. The S&P 500 rose nearly four points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,923. The Nasdaq composite gained nearly seven points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,627.

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil is down on weakness in U.S. manufacturing, which could lead to lower demand for crude. The price of benchmark U. S. crude fell 35 cents today to close at $44.74 a barrel in New York. Brent Crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, fell 68 cents to close at $47.69 in London.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says the new deadline for Congress to increase the government’s borrowing cap has been moved up to about Nov. 5. That’s earlier than previous Treasury estimates and likely means the matter must be resolved before House Speaker John Boehner leaves Congress at the end of October.

UNDATED (AP) — Credit reporting agency Experian says hackers accessed the social security numbers, birthdates and other personal information belonging to about 15 million T-Mobile wireless customers. Experian says T-Mobile customers who applied for wireless service between Sept. 1, 2013 and Sept. 16, 2015 may have had their information stolen.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal regulators say they have no problem with General Electric dismantling a Hudson River PCB cleanup plant as dredging wraps up, despite government advisers asking to keep it in place while they assess results of the $2 billion cleanup. The Environmental Protection Agency says the company could use a new, temporary facility if more dredging is required.

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