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  • Zynga executive overseeing key poker game departs Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 10:53 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 8- Zynga Inc's executive overseeing its key poker game has quit, hitting the gamemaker in a particularly vulnerable spot as it struggles with a steady employee exodus and falling revenue.

  • California settles over end-of-life policies Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:50 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- California officials have reached a $25 million settlement with a company that sells end-of-life policies through funeral planners, state Controller John Chiang announced Monday.

  • Alaska Airlines: Operations returning to normal Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:30 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines said flights were running close to normal late Monday after a fiber-optic outage shut down its ticketing system for more than four hours, causing the airline and its regional carrier to cancel 78 flights, affecting nearly 7,000 customers. The problems were caused by two severed fiber-optic lines in Sprint's network.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 8- About 13,000 people in 23 U.S. states may have received steroid injections linked to a rare fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed eight people, but far fewer are likely to contract the disease, the Centers for Disease Control said on Monday.

  • Oct 8- A union representing engineers and technical workers at Boeing Co accused the airplane maker of videotaping members marching for contract talks, seizing their cameras and deleting photos, and said on Monday it had filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board.

  • Judge suspends hearings into Calif. pipeline blast Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:43 PM ET

    The California Public Utilities Commission has been holding public hearings over the Sept. 9, 2010, blast that killed eight people, injured others and destroyed dozens of homes in the bedroom community of San Bruno. Democratic Assemblyman Jerry Hill of San Mateo and San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane urged the judge to continue open hearings.

  • Lengthy review possible at damaged Cal nuke plant Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 7:52 PM ET

    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif.-- Federal regulators disclosed Monday that the proposed restart of the long-shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in California could lead to an exhaustive review that might last months or even years.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 7- Liam Neeson thriller "Taken 2" captured the No. 1 spot on movie box office charts over the weekend with a brawny $50 million take from theaters in the United States and Canada.

  • NRC: Damaged Calif nuke plant may face long review Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 7:12 PM ET

    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif.-- Federal regulators say the proposed restart of the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California could require a detailed review that might last months or even years.

  • Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.

  • Alaska Airlines operations returning to normal Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:33 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines operations slowly were returning to normal Monday afternoon after a fiber-optic outage shut down its ticketing system for five hours, cancelling flights in Seattle and Los Angeles and causing delays across the airline's 64- airport network.

  • GM to hire thousands of computer professionals Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:30 PM ET

    BIG CHANGE: General Motors is setting up four technology innovation centers in the U.S. and plans to hire 10,000 computer specialists over the next three-to-five years. THE NEWS: GM announced on Monday that one of the centers would be in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Mich., on the site of its Technical Center.

  • A look at GM's technical innovation centers Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:23 PM ET

    The company has announced the sites of the first two centers, in Austin, Texas, and suburban Detroit, but it won't comment on the other two. AUSTIN, Texas: GM picked the home of the University of Texas because of its rich base of high-tech workers.

  • Pipeline hearings suspended for closed talks Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:20 PM ET

    CPUC Administrative Law Judge Mark Wetzell decided Monday to put one set of hearings on hold until Oct. 15 to allow PG&E to more quickly reach a settlement with other parties. Democratic Assemblyman Jerry Hill of San Mateo and San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane had urged the judge to continue open hearings.

  • SpaceX launch good for NASA, not private firm Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:08 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A private rocket successfully sent a capsule full of cargo zipping toward the International Space Station in a first of its kind delivery for NASA, but couldn't deliver on job No. 2: putting a commercial satellite into the correct orbit. It is the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with NASA.

  • Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.

  • GM moves to bring computer technology in-house Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 5:37 PM ET

    General Motors is moving past layoffs and the Motor City's rusty, low-tech image. "The companies that build the software themselves in general are going to have an advantage," says David Kirkpatrick, author of a book about Facebook and CEO of Techonomy Media Inc., a New York firm that specializes in setting up technology conferences. "

  • Edwards Lifesciences slides on weak 3Q outlook Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 5:30 PM ET

    IRVINE, Calif.-- Edwards Lifesciences Corp. shares fell nearly 16 percent in after-hours trading Monday following a disappointing third-quarter revenue forecast Monday, including weak sales of its Sapien heart valve. Edwards said government austerity measures hurt its revenue from Europe while U.S. sales are constrained by Medicare coverage issues.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 8- Some 13,000 people in 23 U.S. states may have received steroid injections linked to a rare fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed eight people, but far fewer are likely to contract the disease, the Centers for Disease Control said on Monday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 8- Two San Francisco-based car-sharing services, including one founded by Zynga Inc. director Sunil Paul, are operating in defiance of California authorities, highlighting how regulators are struggling with a wave of start-ups that encourage people to share everything from cars to their homes.