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LOS ANGELES, Oct 4- Pump prices in California have soared this week and are poised to break a record set in the summer of 2008 due to low inventories and disruptions at key Golden State refineries. The state average for a gallon of regular gasoline jumped to $4.315 on Thursday, 18.2 cents higher than last week and 49 cents higher than a year ago, according to AAA data.
WASHINGTON-- A federal strike force has charged 91 people, including a hospital president, doctors and nurses, with Medicare fraud schemes in seven cities involving $429 million in false billings. The law enforcement effort focused on fraudulent Medicare schemes in Baton Rouge, La.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles and Miami.
*NRC must approve of San Onofre Unit 2 restart. Oct 4- U.S. nuclear regulators said Thursday they would take months to review Southern California Edison's plan to restart a reactor at the long idled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California.
Starbucks is making an app for that. A similar option will also be available on Square, a new payment app that Starbucks customers will be able to use starting in November.
HOUSTON-- Mattress retailer Mattress Firm says a secondary public offering of about 4.7 million shares has priced at $29.85 apiece. Mattress Firm Holding Corp. said Thursday that it is not selling any shares in the offering. Shares of the Houston- based company, which went public in November 2011, gained $1.56, or 5.2 percent, to $31.74 in morning trading.
PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling might have to sell or give up the famed blood-stained sock he wore on the team's way to the 2004 World Series championship to cover millions of dollars in loans he guaranteed to his failed video game company.
Oct 4- Southern California Edison on Thursday released a plan to restart Unit 2 at the San Onofre nuclear power plant and operate the unit at up to 70 percent for about five months before shutting it again for inspections.
Oct 4- Oil and gas company ZaZa Energy Corp. ZaZa Energy Corp's portfolio includes about 72,000 acres in the oil-rich Eagle Ford shale field and 90,000 acres in the Woodbine region, both in Texas. The Houston- based company ended its exploration and development agreements with Hess Corp in the Paris Basin and Eagle Ford shale field in June.
HOUSTON-- Calpine Corp. said Thursday that it will buy a natural gas-fired power plant in Texas for about $432 million to boost its presence in a state where the supply of surplus power is shrinking. Calpine is buying the 800- megawatt plant near Laguna Park in central Texas from Bosque Power Co. LLC.
Oct 4- Calpine Corp, the largest U.S. independent power generator, said it will buy an 800- megawatt power plant from Bosque Power Co LLC for $432 million plus adjustments, boosting its capacity in power-hungry Texas. In April, Calpine said it will add more than 500 megawatts in Texas by the summer of 2014 to help avoid rolling outages.
*Oil India to get 20 pct, Indian Oil Corp 10 pct in Niobrara shale acreage. and Indian Oil Corp have jointly bought a 30 percent stake in Houston- based Carrizo Oil& Gas's Niobrara shale asset in Colorado for $82.5 million, the companies said in a statement.
*Seadrill may move to London, Singapore* CEO Thorkildsen disagreed with move, leaves firm.
NEW DELHI, Oct 4- State explorer Oil India. plans to raise $100 million in foreign loans by December to part-fund its stake buy in Carrizo Oil& Gas's. Earlier, Oil India and Indian Oil Corp said they have jointly bought a 30 percent stake in Houston- based Carrizo's Niobrara shale acreage in Colarado for $82.5 million.
NEW DELHI, Oct 4- Indian state-run firms Oil India Ltd and Indian Oil Corp have jointly bought a 30 percent stake in Houston- based Carrizo Oil& Gas's. Oil India will acquire 20 percent and Indian Oil Corp will get 10 percent in Carrizo's Niobrara basin acreage assets through their respective subsidiaries.
HOUSTON-- Exploration and development company ZaZa Energy Corp. said Thursday it may sell its French assets. ZaZa Energy said it makes no assurances that the sale will be completed. Its shares lost 5 cents to $2.70 in midday trading after dropping as low as $2.65 earlier in the session, their lowest level since August 2011.
*Moscow lab complained some chips were faulty. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York unsealed an indictment charging 11 alleged participants in the network, as well as companies based in Houston, Texas, and Moscow, with illegally exporting high-tech components from the United States to Russian security agencies.
HOUSTON, Oct 3- Chesapeake Energy Corp extended employment contracts with certain executives through the end of the year as its board of directors reviews the oil and gas company's compensation practices, according to a regulatory filing on Wednesday.
HOUSTON-- Crown Castle International Corp. said Wednesday that it is launching an offering of $1.65 billion of senior notes, which are due in 2023..
--U.S.-based offshore drilling company Vantage Drilling Co.. Rating Action On Oct. 3, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services revised its outlook on Houston- based offshore drilling company Vantage Drilling Co. to stable from positive.