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  • Wanna sell a cookbook? Become a popular QVC host Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:34 PM ET

    WEST CHESTER, Pa.-- It's a Sunday afternoon, and David Venable is in his element: on the air, in one of the kitchens at the QVC home shopping network, chatting a mile a minute about bakeware on his popular show, "In the Kitchen with David."

  • "Girls" creator Lena Dunham signs advice book deal Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:31 PM ET

    Oct 8- Lena Dunham, creator of HBO comedy "Girls", has signed a deal for a debut book giving advice to young women on sex and work, a publishing contract reported to be worth several million dollars. The New York Times, citing unnamed publishing sources, said Random House paid more than $3.5 million for the 26- year-old's first book after a fierce bidding war.

  • Ads preaching tolerance going up in NYC subway Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Advertisements preaching religious tolerance and an end to bigotry are going up in Manhattan subway stations. A court decision forced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to accept ads implying that enemies of Israel are "savages" and urging subway riders to "support the civilized man" and "Defeat Jihad."

  • BRIEF-Intel'S McAfee security group plans layoffs Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:29 PM ET

    *Spokesman for Intel Corp's McAfee security division says it plans to.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 8- U.S. hedge funds and other clients of Wall Street investment firms raised their level of borrowed money in August, a sign they may be more confident in the markets, data published Monday showed. Leverage rose to $286.6 billion last month, according to New York Stock Exchange margin debt data, up 5.4 percent since August last year.

  • Pilots approve contract with American Eagle Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:25 PM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas-- Pilots for American Eagle have approved a new labor contract with the company, which provides regional flights for American Airlines. Eagle and American Airlines are owned by AMR Corp. All three filed for bankruptcy protection in November.

  • Special master: Mortgage crisis a 'Gordian knot' Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:24 PM ET

    PPROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A former bank executive working to hasten a resolution to hundreds of foreclosure disputes in Rhode Island's federal courts calls the mortgage crisis a "Gordian knot" and says debt forgiveness needs to be part of the solution.

  • No quick end to Alaska Airlines flight delays Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:22 PM ET

    The failure has caused delays at the Seattle- based airline's entire network of 64 destinations, which also includes airports in Alaska, Mexico and Canada. Alaska Airlines has an average of 436 flights a day.

  • *World Bank warns on slowing Chinese economic growth. NEW YORK, Oct 8- Cotton prices were flat to slightly higher on Monday as speculative short covering and a buoyant grains market offset concerns about slowing growth in China, the world's largest textile market.

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 8- Germany's markets regulator signalled support on Monday for the proposals of an EU advisory group that last week called for banks' deposit-taking business to be legally separated from higher-risk activities.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 8- Brent crude futures slipped on Monday on concerns that slower economic growth in China and the debt crisis in Europe will curb demand for petroleum, while the potential for Middle East turmoil to disrupt supplies limited losses. Brent November crude fell 20 cents, or 0.18 percent, to settle at $111.82 a barrel, having moved from $110.54 to $112.24.

  • Eli Lilly stock rises after release of study data Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:08 PM ET

    Shares of Eli Lilly and Co. topped $50 for the first time in more than four years Monday after the drugmaker released more details behind late-stage studies of its potential Alzheimer's disease treatment.

  • 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.

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.