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  • 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.

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- The average price of regular gas in California has inched up to $4.671 a gallon, making it the highest in the nation for another day. AAA reported the price was higher than Monday's price of $4.668, which also was an all-time high for the state. California usually converts to the gas on Oct. 31.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Officials at the J. Paul Getty Museum have appointed two leaders to permanent roles at the prominent Los Angeles arts institution. Director Timothy Potts said Monday that Thomas Kren will be associate director of collections for the Getty Museum and Elizabeth Morrison will be senior curator of manuscripts.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- Billionaire insurance executive George Joseph has donated another $8 million to his November ballot initiative in California. The weekend contribution brings his total to $16 million in support of Proposition 33, which would let insurers charge drivers based on their history of maintaining coverage.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- A ballot initiative funded by a billionaire hedge fund manager is asking California voters to do what Gov. Opponents argue that repealing the tax break given three years ago would make California less friendly to multistate corporations and threaten existing jobs.

  • ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates-- Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates on Tuesday ruled out running for office, choosing not to join the parade of rich businessmen who have tried their hand at politics.

  • Oct 9- Wal-Mart Stores Inc is testing same-day delivery of televisions, toys and other general merchandise bought online in a few U.S. markets as it tries to find new ways to keep up with competitors and to attract busy shoppers this holiday season.

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- The rise in California gasoline prices has slowed after recent jarring increases, but nonetheless the cost of a gallon inched up to another record high, even as officials hope their emergency action will help ease the sticker shock.

  • *High investor demands keeps costs down for sponsors* Issuance may hit $7 bln this year By Sarah Mortimer. LONDON, Oct 9- The market for catastrophe bonds has boomed in the past year and is likely to keep growing as investors search for higher returns.

  • --U.S. river cruise operator Viking Cruises Ltd. plans to issue $250 million in senior notes. On Oct. 9, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services assigned Woodland Hills, Calif.- based river cruise operator Viking Cruises Ltd. its' B+' corporate credit rating.

  • The Irvine, Calif. company said Monday after markets closed that its total revenue rose 9 percent to $448 million, well short of its initial forecast for $465 million to $485 million. It said sales of Sapien heart valves totaled about $124 million, including $55 million in U.S. revenue.

  • WASHINGTON-- Nine years after the Supreme Court said colleges and universities can use race in their quest for diverse student bodies, the justices have put this divisive social issue back on their agenda in the middle of a presidential election campaign.

  • NEW YORK-- An analyst on Tuesday cut shares of power provider Edison International to "Hold," saying the stock won't likely grow enough this year to warrant a "Buy" rating. Paul Fremont of Jefferies& Co. cited uncertainty regarding a pending case on power rates, rising costs and a long-shuttered nuclear plant as major factors in the downgrade.

  • A unionized job once meant a secure path to a middle-class life. President Barack Obama has signed a series of executive orders that encourage the use of union labor in federal construction projects, ease union financial reporting requirements and more.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 9- The Asian naphtha price rebounded to a five-session high of $965 a tonne on Tuesday, with the intermonth premium recovering to reach $12.00 a tonne as demand from South Korea returned.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Mitt Romney may want to reconsider his campaign strategy involving the pint-size voters of tomorrow. The Republican presidential candidate skipped the chance to take part in Nickelodeon's "Kids Pick the President" special that includes President Barack Obama, said Linda Ellerbee, the show's host and executive producer.

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- California has set a state record for gasoline prices _ but the hikes may be slowing. The highest average price in the state, at $4.75, is in the San Luis Obispo, Atascadero and Paso Robles area.

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- Exactly one month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are both declaring they will win a race for the White House that remains anything but clear. Their trails are crossing again in Ohio, the state that could decide the election, and signs of urgency are emerging from each campaign.

  • *Says has acquired savage bmw/mini of Ontario, located in Ontario, California. Penske Automotive Group, Inc., an international automotive retailer, today announced that the Company has acquired Savage BMW/MINI of Ontario, located in Ontario, California.

  • *Amazon's Epix deal includes pay-for-performance provision* Amazon pays more than Netflix on per-sub basis-execs* Amazon spends $1 bln/ yr on streaming video content-analyst By Alistair Barr.