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  • *Air Canada load factor a record 84.9 pct, traffic up. Oct 3- Canada's two largest airlines, Air Canada. The load factor on Air Canada's flights to Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America made the biggest jump, to 82.9 percent from 79.4 percent in the same period last year.

  • Oct 3- Fitch Ratings has assigned a' BBB+' rating to the $350 million aggregate principal amount 2.00% coupon senior unsecured notes due 2018 and $450 million aggregate principal amount 3.25% coupon senior unsecured notes due 2022 issued by Realty Income Corporation. Fitch currently rates Realty Income as follows:.

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica-- Jamaica has agreed to waive a bauxite levy at Russian aluminum giant UC Rusal's last operational plant on the island. As part of the one-year concessionary pact, Rusal will maintain its workforce of 600 workers at its Ewarton Alumina Refinery. Jamaican Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell says this will be a $100 million investment.

  • WASHINGTON-- A new book says President Barack Obama hoped to put Osama bin Laden on trial, showing the U.S. commitment to due process under law, if the al-Qaida leader had surrendered during a U.S. raid in Pakistan last year. A team of Navy SEALs raided bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011 and killed bin Laden.

  • Bolt grabbed the camera from Jimmy Wixtrom, of Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, and snapped shots of the crowd and teammate Yohan Blake, who finished second. Wixtrom put the camera up for sale this week on e-Bay, saying the proceeds will go to the Swedish Cancer Society and Bolt's own foundation for children in Jamaica. eBay is owned by eBay Inc..

  • NEW YORK-- In a marketing gimmick that piggybacks on next month's presidential election, JetBlue is offering a way for Americans to make good on threats to leave the country if "the other guy" wins.

  • DAKAR, Oct 3- French airline Corsair International will start direct flights between Paris and Senegal's capital Dakar in December, ending Air France's.

  • *Bristol to return rights to Plavix, Avapro to Sanofi. *Sanofi to make $200 mln terminal payment to Bristol in 2018. *Sanofi shares down 0.8 pct By James Regan.

  • This will give Sanofi sole commercial control of the two treatments, although Bristol-Myers will keep rights to Plavix in the United States and Puerto Rico. In return, Sanofi will pay Bristol-Myers royalty payments through 2018 on its sales of branded and unbranded Plavix worldwide, excluding the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and on sales of Avapro/Avalide.

  • "Our new leisure group will benefit from combining the low cost carrier with the strong brand reputation of Air Canada Vacations and leveraging the established marketing and distribution channels of both Air Canada Vacations and Air Canada," Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said in a statement.

  • Oct 2- Air Canada, Canada's biggest airline, said it would form an integrated leisure group by combining its tour operator business with its planned low-cost airline. The airline named Michael Friisdahl chief executive officer of the leisure group, which will include tour operator business Air Canada Vacations.

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Republican challenger Todd Akin went on the offensive against Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri's Senate race on Monday, claiming that her husband's businesses profited from a federal stimulus act provision that helped finance low-income housing.

  • The lawsuit was filed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe, which governs the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where alcohol is banned. Four beer stores named in the suit sold the equivalent of 4.3 million 12- ounce beer cans last year even though they're in Whiteclay, a Nebraska town with about a dozen residents on the reservation's border.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Aruba Networks fell more than 7 percent on Tuesday after the company delayed the filing its full-year results because of internal control issues.

  • Oct 2- Fitch Ratings has assigned Qatar Islamic Bank's. USD1.5bn trust certificate issuance programme a final rating of' A'. The issuing entity under the programme is QIB Sukuk Ltd.

  • Oct 1- Zimmer Holdings Inc said it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration citing problems with manufacturing and testing processes for artificial hip devices made at the company's Ponce, Puerto Rico, plant.

  • Oct 1- Zimmer Holdings Inc said it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration citing problems with manufacturing and testing processes for artificial hip devices made at the company's Ponce, Puerto Rico, plant.

  • BERLIN, Oct 1- A German insurance giant revealed employees put a trip to a swingers' hotel in Jamaica on company expenses when it published the results of an internal audit on a public website.

  • TORONTO, Oct 1- Air Canada, the country's largest airline, said on Monday it would transfer its fleet of 15 73- seat Embraer 175 aircraft to privately-held Sky Regional Airlines Inc next year, part of its cost-cutting push.

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica-- Curacao's former leader was holed up Sunday inside what used to be his official offices, accusing the acting governor of overstepping her constitutional powers by forming an interim government three weeks before general elections on the Dutch Caribbean island.