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  • Oct 9- China's leading telecom equipment makers accused in a U.S. congressional report of being a potential security risk may face fresh scrutiny in other markets, while American firms operating in China could be vulnerable to retaliation.

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- State leaders _ and drivers _ hope to see gasoline prices drop soon, now that California officials have approved the release of "winter-blend" fuel that is expected to help bolster the state's supplies. Jerry Brown ordered it to allow so-called "winter-blend" gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to increase supply.

  • SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif.-- Federal regulators have disclosed that the proposed restart of the long-shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant on California's coast could require an amendment to the plant's operating license, leading to an exhaustive review that could last months or even years.

  • *Lawmakers call for stronger FDA role. *Supreme Court may have to settle legal questions. Democratic lawmakers said the new crisis showed it was time for Congress to strengthen the FDA's hand in overseeing this side of the drug industry.

  • NEW YORK-- The price of oil rose more than 3 percent Tuesday on concerns about supplies from the Middle East and the North Sea. Benchmark crude gained $3.06, or 3.4 percent, to finish at $92.39 a barrel in New York. There is also concern that tensions between Turkey and Syria could escalate and disrupt supplies from the Middle East.

  • NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart is testing a same-day delivery service in select markets for customers who buy popular items online during the holiday shopping season. Wal-Mart's tests started this month in northern Virginia and Philadelphia. Wal-Mart plans to test the service in San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., later this month or in early November.

  • Oct 9- Continental Resources Inc, the top oil producer in the Bakken region, said on Tuesday it expects to cut $1 million off the cost of its average well there by the end of 2013, as it takes on one of the biggest challenges in the booming oil basin.

  • *Amazon's Epix deal includes pay-for-performance provision. *Amazon pays more than Netflix on per-sub basis-execs. According to an executive directly involved in the deal, Amazon agreed to an earn-out provision payable to Epix over time if the number of subscribers to Amazon's Prime Instant Video service rises above a certain threshold.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.