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  • NJ Transit to vote on ending workers' free rides Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:06 PM ET

    NEWARK, N.J.-- Free rides on New Jersey Transit trains and buses may be coming to an end for some of the agency's employees. Chris Christie's emphasis on accountability to taxpayers. Similar measures have been approved by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Delaware River Port Authority and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

  • DETROIT, Oct 8- Chrysler will introduce on Friday a new set of television commercials to promote the rollout of its redesigned primary pickup truck, the Ram Truck 1500, which appears at U.S. dealerships this month.

  • Global Economy 'On the Ropes': Report   Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:00 PM ET
    Global Economy 'On the Ropes': Report

    Discussing a new report that the global economy may soon be "down for the count," with Eswar Prasad, Brookings Institution, who authored the study; Savita Subramanian, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and David Kelly, J.P. Morgan Funds. A key point: the U.S. looks better than the rest of the world.

  • If voters OK hemp, unclear farmers would grow it Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:54 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Residents of Washington, Oregon and Colorado won't just be considering whether to let adults buy pot at state-sanctioned shops when they vote next month on legalizing and taxing marijuana. "Farmers are already engaged in a high-risk endeavor," said Roy Kaufmann, a spokesman for Oregon's pot initiative. "

  • Heat arrive in China for preseason games Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:52 PM ET

    MIAMI-- LeBron James is visiting China for the ninth time, which makes him one of the resident Miami Heat experts about the world's most populous nation. So maybe it's fortunate that the coming week won't exactly include a ton of free time for the Heat, who arrived in Beijing on Monday night for a weeklong trip.

  • *Kirk also seeks to blacklist entire energy sector of Iran By Roberta Rampton. WASHINGTON, Oct 8- Republican Senator Mark Kirk, who last year co-authored a package of U.S. sanctions on Iran's banking and oil sectors, is working on new legislation that would further tighten the economic noose on Tehran, an aide to the lawmaker said Monday.

  • Leclerc role as deaf teen gives her career boost Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Playing a deaf teen on the ABC Family drama "Switched at Birth" has put Katie Leclerc on Hollywood's radar. "I was acting for about 10 years before I got `Switched,' the 25- year-old actress said in a recent interview." Leclerc plays Daphne Vasquez, a teen who lost her hearing as a child after a bout with meningitis.

  • Release of 'winter-blend' gas could reduce prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:43 PM ET

    Jerry Brown ordered them to allow so-called "winter-blend" gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to increase supply. AAA said the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in California hit $4.668 Monday _ the highest price in the nation and an all-time high for the Golden State. California usually converts to the gas on Oct. 31.

  • By Ransdell Pierson and Bill Berkrot. Oct 8- Eli Lilly and Co said its experimental Alzheimer's drug led to a 34 percent reduction in memory decline for patients with mild symptoms over a period of 18 months, giving it potential ammunition to seek approval of the medicine that failed to benefit more advanced stages of the disease.

  • 'Girls' star Lena Dunham gets 7-figure book deal Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:42 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- "Girls" creator Lena Dunham has a seven-figure book deal with Random House. "In the tradition of Helen Gurley Brown, David Sedaris and Nora Ephron, Dunham's book will offer frank and funny advice on everything from sex to eating to traveling to work," Random House said in an announcement Monday. Random House is owned by Bertelsmann AG.

  • November crude dropped 55 cents, or 0.61 percent, to settle at $89.33 a barrel, ending below the $89.88 100- day moving average and having swung from $88.21 to $89.89.

  • California gas price surge really adds up Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:36 PM ET

    Someone in California who drives 300 miles per week and gets 20 miles per gallon spends nearly $18 more than a South Carolina motorist. The pocketbook punch is far greater when comparing the most expensive station in California with the cheapest in South Carolina.

  • Qatar Airways joins airlines alliance Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:36 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Qatar Airways is joining an alliance of airlines including American Airlines, British Airways and nine other carriers that coordinate routes and allow passengers to earn frequent flier miles on each other's flights.

  • Pepco, union agree to terms; strike likely averted Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Pepco and its union say they have reached a tentative contract agreement that will likely avert a strike. The utility that covers the nation's capital says the preliminary agreement is subject to a vote by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1900.

  • Iowa: Linn County leaders support casino Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:33 PM ET

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-- Linn County supervisors are on board with a plan that could bring a casino to Cedar Rapids, Iowa _ as long as backers meet several conditions.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 8- U.S. telecommunications operators should not do business with China's top network equipment makers because potential Chinese state influence on the companies poses a security threat, the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said in a report on Monday.

  • Spectrum Pharm says Folotyn patent extended Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:32 PM ET

    HENDERSON, Nev.-- Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday that the U.S. government extended the patent on its lymphoma drug Folotyn by five years. It said sales of Folotyn totaled about $50 million in 2011.. Shares of Spectrum rose 26 cents, or 2.2 percent, to $12.24 in afternoon trading.

  • News Summary: Soda machines to post calories Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:31 PM ET

    SUGAR SHOCK: Coco-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. say they'll start posting calorie counts on vending machines starting next year. A LITTLE CONTEXT: The move comes ahead of a regulation that could require restaurant chains and vending machines to post calorie information.

  • Miss. AG opposes payday ending bill Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:31 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.-- Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has joined at least 40 other states' legal officers in opposing legislation in Congress that could pre-empt states' authority in governing payday lending businesses.

  • Tulsa commission takes no action against jazz hall Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:25 PM ET

    TULSA, Okla.-- Tulsa County commissioners took no action Monday against the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame after the nonprofit announced it had raised enough money to pay off its long-overdue bills.