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  • ZaZa Energy in talks to sell French assets Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:19 AM ET

    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.

  • Brent, U.S. crude extend gains, up more than $2 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:18 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 4- Brent and U.S. crude futures rose more than $2 on Thursday as the turmoil in Syria reinforced fears about supply disruptions, and with the dollar weakening and Wall Street higher after European Central Bank's chief remarks encouraged hopes the euro zone debt crisis is being addressed.

  • BioSante will merge with ANI Pharma in stock deal Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- BioSante Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Thursday it will merge with ANI Pharmaceuticals in an all-stock deal worth about $94 million. BioSante valued the deal at $93 million to $95 million based on its current share price, according to a company spokesman.

  • 'Frankenweenie' joins reanimation of stop-motion Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:17 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- As far as Tim Burton's concerned, you can't keep a good dog down. And you can't keep a good, old-fashioned form of animation down, either.

  • *Barclays investment bank boss Ricci unveils management shake-up- memo. LONDON, Oct 4- Barclays announced a shake up at its investment bank on Thursday as the group tries to cut costs in a tough market and reduce risks to its reputation following the Libor scandal.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- Republican hopeful Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama praised the deficit-cutting plan known as Simpson-Bowles at their debate on Wednesday, but neither has made the politically painful choices put forward by that scheme.

  • *Coming up: Baker Hughes rig data, CFTC trade data Friday. NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. natural gas futures traded slightly lower on Thursday, pressured by milder mid-month weather forecasts and a government report showing a weekly inventory build well above market expectations.

  • Krispy Kreme signs franchise agreement in Asia Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:12 AM ET

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. said Thursday that it has reached an agreement with an Asian retail operator to develop 15 franchised stores in Singapore over the next five years. The doughnut chain is working with Star360 Group to develop the stores.

  • Romney, Obama both like Simpson-Bowles plan, to a point Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 4- Republican hopeful Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama praised the deficit-cutting plan known as Simpson-Bowles at their debate on Wednesday, but neither has made the politically painful choices put forward by that scheme.

  • 2 NYC auction houses to sell Warhol works in Nov. Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:07 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Christie's will inaugurate its long-term partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation to sell its collection with a daylong sale next month. It includes a Polacolor print of Liza Minelli estimated to sell for $15,000- $20,000. There's also a screenprint of Vladimir Lenin with a pre-sale estimate of $40,000- $60,000.

  • More Ala. counties eligible for hurricane aid Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:06 AM ET

    Robert Bentley said in a statement Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved the request. Bentley had sent a letter to FEMA saying the five counties-- Covington, Dallas, Geneva, Monroe and Perry-- suffered $2.5 million in damage. Baldwin, Mobile and Pickens counties had previously been approved for aid.

  • Shell begins drilling well at Beaufort Sea prospect Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:04 AM ET

    has started drilling a well in the Beaufort Sea off northern Alaska, making good on exploration plans that had been stalled by floating ice, technical delays and problems with meeting oil spill-preparation requirements.

  • Judge moves federal cruise case to SC Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:04 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, S.C.-- A federal judge has transferred a court challenge to South Carolina's planned $35 million cruise terminal to Charleston from Washington, D.C., ruling the controversy is largely a local issue.

  • U.S. strip mall recovery stalls in the third quarter Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    *Demand for strip mall space drops in third quarter. NEW YORK, Oct 4- The nascent recovery at U.S. strip malls stalled in the third quarter as retail sales struggled. But large regional malls continued to rebound, driven by top-quality malls with high-end department and specialty stores, real estate research firm Reis Inc said Thursday.

  • Race to cut ETF costs may leave investors in the dark Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 4- Exchange-traded funds are waging a price war that may save investors money on fees, but cheaper fund choices pose a greater risk because they may rely on new, more-opaque indexes.

  • Italy - Factors to watch on Oct. 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    The euro zone's economic woes accelerated last month and China's slowdown looked likely to extend to a seventh quarter, surveys on Wednesday showed, while the United States proved the bright spot with better-than-expected news on services and jobs.

  • DUBAI, Oct 4- An Islamic trade association in Iran strongly condemned the protests that flared in Tehran's main bazaar as an enemy conspiracy and said traders had dealt with the "treacherous" acts, Iran's state news agency reported late on Wednesday.

  • TOKYO, Oct 4- Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, a fiery nationalist whose failed bid to buy a group of disputed islands ignited a crisis with China, is pushing ahead with a plan to build structures there to hammer home Japan's claim, officials involved told Reuters.

  • Oct 3- American Airlines and its pilots union resumed contract talks Wednesday, but other problems continued to beset the bankrupt carrier. "I will never ride on American Airlines ever again," said Tony Palm, who was stranded when a connecting flight on American from Chicago to New York's LaGuardia airport was canceled last month.

  • Trading house Marubeni Corp gained 1.4 percent to 498 yen after Barclays Securities lifted its price target on the stock to 700 yen from 650, saying the company had lower exposure to resources businesses than its peers. to 1,860 yen from 2,000, Mitsui& Co to 1,320 yen from 1,350, Sumitomo Corp to 1,190 yen from 1,230, and Itochu Corp to 1,070 yen from 1,100..