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  • Advocates: Cities passing rules targeting homeless Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:40 AM ET

    COSTA MESA, Calif.-- Army veteran Don Matyja was getting by alright on the streets of this city tucked in Southern California suburbia until he got ticketed for smoking in the park. Matyja, who has been homeless since he was evicted nearly two years ago, had trouble paying the fine and getting to court _ and now a $25 penalty has ballooned to $600.

  • Nobel prize to Briton, Japanese for stem cell work Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:37 AM ET

    STOCKHOLM-- British researcher John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan won this year's Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday for discovering that mature, specialized cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells _ a discovery that scientists hope to turn into new treatments.

  • Presidential race rumbles into final 4 weeks Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Rumbling into its final four weeks, the presidential campaign is playing out on both coasts and multiple fronts, with Republican Mitt Romney seeking stature on foreign affairs and President Barack Obama raising political cash by the millions.

  • Affymetrix expects 3Q revenue below Street's view Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 7:46 AM ET

    SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Life science instrument company Affymetrix anticipates that its third-quarter revenue will come in below Wall Street's expectations, as its results were hurt by tighter academic funding conditions globally.

  • Oct 8- Gannett Co Inc and Dish Network Corp have agreed to extend by several hours their deadline to reach a deal over the satellite TV provider's commercial-skipping digital video recorder. Gannett had earlier set a midnight, Oct. 7 deadline for negotiations with Dish and said that an agreement was possible.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 8- At 68, Barbara Miller Elegbede is living proof that flower children need not grow up. A self-described hippie, she attended a San Francisco college at psychedelia's height and remembers friends constantly crashing on the couch of her apartment, just a block away from Janis Joplin's pad in the hip Castro neighborhood.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 8- Zynga Inc's inexorable decline over the past six months, capped by a sharp reduction in its 2012 outlook on Thursday, has sharpened interest in what Chief Executive Mark Pincus will do next. Zynga did launch several such games this year, including "The Ville" and "ChefVille," and is working on several more.

  • Calif. gov takes action as gas prices keep rising Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:52 AM ET

    Jerry Brown is taking action in an effort to drive down the cost of gasoline as California drivers cope with record-breaking prices at the pump. Due to a temporary reduction in supply, California gas prices in recent days have surpassed those in Hawaii to become the highest in the nation.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 8- The Asian naphtha price was at a two-session low of $957.50 a tonne on Monday on lower Brent crude, while the intermonth premium fell to a two-week low of $11.50 a tonne on muted spot purchases from petrochemical makers.

  • Calif. gov. takes action as gas prices keep rising Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:41 AM ET

    Jerry Brown is taking action in an effort to drive down the cost of gasoline as California drivers cope with record-breaking prices at the pump. Due to a temporary reduction in supply, California gas prices in recent days have surpassed those in Hawaii to become the highest in the nation.

  • Gannett extends negotiation deadline with Dish Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:38 AM ET

    Oct 8- Gannett Co Inc and Dish Network Corp have agreed to extend their negotiation deadline by several hours to reach a deal over fees that involve the satellite TV provider's controversial digital video recorder. "In order to provide additional time to reach a deal, both sides have agreed to extend the deadline by several hours," Gannett said in a statement.

  • PRESS DIGEST-New York Times business news - Oct 8 Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:22 AM ET

    Oct 8- The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages on Monday. *The recall of 268,000 CR-V crossovers in the United States announced on Saturday was Honda Motor's third recall for the week.

  • More pain at pump as Calif. gas prices rise again Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:49 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- The statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in California rose to an all-time high Monday, the third record-setting day in a row that is prompting calls for a federal investigation into the price spike.

  • Oct 8- Two veteran broker teams from Bank of America's Merrill Lynch have departed for rival firms Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Wells Fargo Advisors, according to sources with knowledge of the moves.

  • BANGALORE, Oct 8- Shopping in a U.S. department store? It's called Big Data, and although much of the work is done in the United States, India is getting an increasing slice of the action, re-energising an IT sector whose growth has begun to falter. "There are hundreds of boutiques in India right now.

  • UPDATE 1-SpaceX rocket blasts off for space station Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 10:55 PM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 7- An unmanned, privately owned Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral on Sunday on a mission to restore a U.S. supply line to the International Space Station after the retirement of the space shuttle.

  • SpaceX rocket blasts off for space station Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 9:33 PM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Oct. 7- An unmanned, privately owned Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral on Sunday on a mission to restore a U.S. supply line to the International Space Station after the retirement of the space shuttle.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 8- Hong Kong shares are set to extend a five-session gaining streak on Monday helped by a higher open in Chinese markets that resume trading after a week-long holiday.

  • PRESS DIGEST - British business - Oct 8 Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 8:42 PM ET

    Seven global electricity and nuclear technology companies are threatening on Monday to withdraw plans for hundreds of millions of pounds of future investment in Britain because of attempts by George Osborne to water down the government's green commitments.

  • *Most news cases in Michigan. The widening outbreak has alarmed U.S. health officials and focused attention on regulations of pharmaceutical compounding companies like the one that produced the drugs, the New England Compounding Center Inc in Framingham, Massachusetts.