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  • Oct 8- Wal-Mart Stores Inc and American Express Co have teamed up to provide financial services to customers who often do not have traditional bank accounts by offering a prepaid Bluebird card.

  • *Oil dips below $112 as World Bank cuts Asian growth outlook. LONDON, Oct 8- Stocks and oil prices fell on Monday after the World Bank cut its growth forecast for China, adding to concerns about the outlook for the global economy and corporate earnings.

  • **GREEN DOT CORP, Friday close $12.85, down 23 pct premarket. **NETSPEND HOLDINGS INC, Friday close $10.75, down 12 pct premarket. Shares of Prepaid card companies Green Dot and NetSpend fell after Wal-Mart and American Express announced a partnership to offer customers an alternative to debit and checking accounts.

  • UnitedHealth plans overseas growth with $4.9B deal Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. will spend about $4.9 billion to buy a majority stake in Brazilian health benefits and care provider Amil Participacoes SA, as the largest U.S. health insurer leaps into an international market it says is primed for growth.

  • GM to add 1,500 information tech jobs in Michigan Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:07 AM ET

    Oct 8- General Motors Co said on Monday it will create 1,500 jobs at a new software development center in Michigan as part of the U.S. automaker's previously announced plan to shift information technology work back into the company.

  • NBT Bancorp to buy Alliance Financial for $233 mln Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:05 AM ET

    Oct 8- NBT Bancorp Inc said it agreed to buy Alliance Financial Corporation in a deal valued at about $233.4 million to expand its footprint in New York. NBT, which had assets of $6 billion as of June 30, will get an additional $1.4 billion in assets through the deal. This includes $890 million in net loans held for investment, and $1.1 billion in deposits.

  • LONDON, Oct 8- Britain is in danger of suffering a long-term loss of liquefied natural gas supply as top exporter Qatar sends only left-over short-term deliveries to the UK while more and more of its LNG goes to higher paying Asian customers. Analysts and British energy companies say the strategy rewards Qatar but puts Britain at a significant disadvantage.

  • DUBAI, Oct 8- Iran derided Israel's air defences as feeble on Monday, citing a drone incursion into its arch-foe's airspace, but did not say it had sent the aircraft shot down by the Israelis at the weekend.

  • BOSTON, Oct 8- There are distinctive ways that you can boost what you bring to your organization- and they don't involve the usual kissing up to your boss, says Harvard Business Review. The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org. Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 8- Renewable Energy Group Inc:.

  • BRIEF-Green Dot shares drop in premarket trade Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:53 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 8- Green Dot Corp:.

  • Oct 8- Chemicals maker TPC Group Inc on Monday said it received a buyout proposal from Innospec Inc. Private equity firms First Reserve Corp and SK Capital Partners in August had offered $627.2 million to acquire TPC. Innospec, a specialty chemical maker, could offer $44 to $46 per share in cash, TPC said in a statement on Monday.

  • Skydiver eyes record-breaking jump over NM Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:44 AM ET

    ROSWELL, N.M.-- Experienced skydiver and extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to take the leap of his life on Tuesday, attempting the highest, fastest free fall in history. Rigged with cameras, the 43- year-old former military parachutist from Austria is scheduled to jump from a balloon-hoisted capsule 23 miles near Roswell on Tuesday morning.

  • A month before vote, 'eclectic' county deliberates Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:42 AM ET

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa.-- When the recession cost Jerry Krone his longtime accounting job several year ago, he turned to his hobby _ making gourmet jam in his Fountainville kitchen. Now he's a fixture at Doylestown's weekly farmers market, selling his lilac jelly and rose petal jam for $4 and $8 a jar.

  • Advocates: Cities passing rules targeting homeless Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:40 AM ET

    COSTA MESA, Calif.-- Army veteran Don Matyja was getting by alright on the streets of this city tucked in Southern California suburbia until he got ticketed for smoking in the park. Matyja, who has been homeless since he was evicted nearly two years ago, had trouble paying the fine and getting to court _ and now a $25 penalty has ballooned to $600.

  • Living room built around NYC Columbus statue a hit Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:39 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Anyone hoping to commune with Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day will be disappointed: He's booked solid. The exhibit, "Discovering Columbus" by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, has become a must-see cultural attraction in New York since it opened Sept. 20.

  • Red Bull venturing into fruity flavors Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:38 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Red Bull is rolling out its energy drink in three fruity flavors this spring, as the company looks to boost its stake in the rapidly growing market. Last year, sales volume for energy drinks rose by nearly 17 percent, with the top three players _ Monster, Red Bull and Rockstar _ all logging double-digit gains, according to Beverage Digest.

  • Nobel prize to Briton, Japanese for stem cell work Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:37 AM ET

    STOCKHOLM-- British researcher John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan won this year's Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday for discovering that mature, specialized cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells _ a discovery that scientists hope to turn into new treatments.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown could get worse. The World Bank on Monday cut its economic growth forecasts for East Asia and the Pacific region, home to two of the world's largest oil consumers, and said there was a risk the slowdown in China could be deeper and more prolonged than expected.

  • *Ge technology to power Cheniere energy's lng export facility in Louisiana. *Says will supply 12 pgt25+ g4 aeroderivative gas turbines. *Says each train will have the capacity to produce approximately 4.5 million.