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  • Oct 12- One year after anti- Wall Street protests began rocking the streets of Oakland, police said on Friday they had fired or suspended 17 officers after the demonstrations led to a record number of complaints against the department.

  • US runs a 4th straight $1 trillion-plus budget gap Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:42 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The United States has now spent $1 trillion more than it's taken in for four straight years. The Treasury Department confirmed Friday what was widely expected: The deficit for the just-ended 2012 budget year _ the gap between the government's tax revenue and its spending _ totaled $1.1 trillion.

  • CANADA STOCKS-TSX posts worst week in 4 months Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:34 PM ET

    TORONTO, Oct 12- Toronto's main stock index pulled back on Friday and marked its worst weekly performance in four months as worries about the euro zone's crisis strategy, the upcoming U.S. election and slowing global economic growth limited the appeal of riskier assets. 0.5 percent at C $53.22, and Bank of Montreal.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- The United States government reported a budget surplus for the final month of the 2012 fiscal year, but the tiny bump in revenues did not prevent the country's deficit from exceeding $1 trillion for the fourth year in a row.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- The United States reported a budget surplus for the final month of the 2012 fiscal year, but the tiny bump in revenues did not prevent the country's deficit from exceeding $1 trillion for the fourth year in a row.

  • Federal deficit tops $1 trillion for fourth year Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:06 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The federal budget deficit has topped $1 trillion for a fourth straight year. The Treasury Department said Friday that the deficit for the 2012 budget year totaled $1.1 trillion.

  • Shares of JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo& Co. both fell after they released their results, even though JPMorgan posted record profits, prompting Canadian financials to follow suit, dropping 0.2 percent. Bank of Nova Scotia was down 0.3 percent at C $53.31, and Toronto-Dominion Bank was 0.2 percent lower at C $80.85.

  • Iraq to buy Czech military planes for $1 billion Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    PRAGUE-- Iraq has agreed to buy 28 Czech-made military airplanes in a deal worth $1 billion (775 million), part of a broader effort by Baghdad to rebuild military capabilities destroyed during the U.S.-led invasion of the country, officials said Friday. Iraq only has a few planes and is unable to defend its air space.

  • UPDATE 6-Oil falls to $115 on weaker demand forecast Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Oil fell towards $115 a barrel on Friday, as a prediction of a further decline in oil consumption and higher supplies offset concerns about potential output disruptions in the Middle East.

  • Oct 12- Toronto's main stock index looked set to open higher on Friday, taking cues from its largest trading partner, after robust earnings from JPMorgan marked a strong start for the U.S. banks earnings season.

  • *Turkey- Syria tensions, lower N.Sea output support. LONDON, Oct 12- Oil fell towards $115 a barrel on Friday, as a prediction of a further decline in oil consumption and higher supplies offset concerns about potential output disruptions in the Middle East.

  • *Turkey- Syria tensions, lower N.Sea output support. LONDON, Oct 12- Oil fell below $115 a barrel on Friday, as a prediction of a further decline in oil consumption and higher supplies offset concerns about potential output disruptions in the Middle East.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US budget deficit Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The end of the 2012 federal budget year is expected to produce the fourth straight annual deficit above $1 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the deficit totaled $1.1 trillion for the 12 months that ended Sept. 30.

  • *Turkey- Syria tensions, lower N.Sea output support. LONDON, Oct 12- Oil fell below $115 a barrel on Friday, as a prediction of a further decline in oil consumption and higher supplies offset concerns about potential output disruptions in the Middle East.

  • *Pressure on OPEC to produce more easing. *Iraq, North America to increase oil production steeply. LONDON, Oct 12- The world could see a gradual easing of oil prices over the next five years due to sluggish economic growth and rising energy efficiency and as production increases steeply in Iraq and North America, the West's energy watchdog said on Friday.

  • OSLO, Oct 12- Stronger winds and lower consumption will drag down Nordic spot power prices for the weekend, analysts at Point Carbon said on Friday. Saturday delivery was expected to ease to 32.5 euros per MWh and to 32.4 euros on Sunday, compared with 36.6 euros on Friday.

  • *Pressure on OPEC to produce more easing. *Iraq, North America to increase oil production steeply. LONDON, Oct 12- The world could see a gradual easing of oil prices over the next five years due to sluggish economic growth and rising energy efficiency and as production increases steeply in Iraq and North America, the West's energy watchdog said on Friday.

  • *IEA cuts demand growth outlook due to sluggish economy* Pressure on OPEC to produce more easing* Iraq, North America to increase oil production steeply By Dmitry Zhdannikov and Christopher Johnson.

  • Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican rival, Paul Ryan, faced off on Thursday in their only debate before the Nov. 6 presidential election. Here is some fact-checking of claims made by the candidates. RYAN: ECONOMIC GROWTH IS SLOWER NOW.

  • No foreign army bases in Egypt, army spokesman Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 1:38 AM ET

    CAIRO, Oct 12- Egypt has no foreign military bases on its soil and has no plans to downsize its armed forces, said the military spokesman, rejecting media reports claiming so.