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  • *Tells court he had no direct accomplices but influenced by others, malaise in Vatican. VATICAN CITY, Oct 2- Pope Benedict's former butler, facing trial for stealing papal documents, told a Vatican court on Tuesday that he was held in a tiny room with the light on constantly and put under pyschological pressure in the first few weeks of his detention.

  • By Robin Paxton and Mariya Gordeyeva ASTANA, Oct 2- U.S. oil major ConocoPhillips. Asked on Tuesday whether ConocoPhillips would sell its stake in the consortium, Kazakh Oil and Gas Minister Sauat Mynbayev told reporters: "They have informed that they have the intention of selling."

  • Md. panel recommends raising debt limit $150M Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    ANNAPOLIS, Md.-- A Maryland panel on Monday recommended raising the state's debt limit by $150 million in the next fiscal year. For example, the state's Board of Revenue Estimates recently increased revenue projections for the current fiscal year by $181 million. It also raised ongoing revenue estimates by $120 million to $185 million per year.

  • Settlement cuts utility's pollution plan by $225M Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:28 AM ET

    FRANKFORT, Ky.-- A settlement prompted by a federal court ruling on power plant emissions has cut the cost of a western Kentucky utility's pollution control plan by $225 million. The Kentucky Public Service Commission announced the settlement Monday.

  • OIR receives more than 100 filings on PIP changes Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida insurance regulators have announced they've received more than 100 filings from auto insurers doing business in the state and are expecting more by the close of business.

  • 6 NH companies get job training grants Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:26 AM ET

    John Lynch says six New Hampshire companies have received job training grants this month that will help train 350 workers.

  • GM sales rise 1.5 pct. on strong car performance Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:26 AM ET

    DETROIT-- General Motors says its U.S. sales rose 1.5 percent last month as a big jump in car sales was offset by falling truck sales. The company says new models boosted car sales by 29 percent. But sales of the Chevrolet Silverado, GM's top-selling vehicle, fell almost 17 percent from a year ago.

  • BOSTON, Oct 2- The $50 billion Massachusetts state pension fund returned 1.27 percent in August, narrowly beating its benchmark on strong performance from global stock funds, according to a monthly report released on Tuesday. His base annual pay will be increased to $295,000 from $245,000.

  • Minn. farmers make quick progress on harvest Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:25 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Minnesota farmers continue to make rapid progress on corn and soybean harvests, thanks to dry weather. According to the USDA's Minnesota crop-weather report, corn was 53 percent harvested as of Sunday. That's way ahead of last year's 5 percent, which is also the five-year average.

  • Oct 2- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Navy Mutual Aid Association's Insurer Financial Strength rating at' A+'. The Rating Outlook is Stable. NMAA's IFS rating and Stable Outlook reflect the association's strong capital levels, high-quality and liquid investment portfolio, conservative financial profile, and moderate top-line growth.

  • By Deepa Seetharaman and Bernie Woodall. Oct 2- General Motors Co, the largest U.S. automaker, reported a 1.5 percent increase in September auto sales on the strength of its passenger car sales, while Ford Motor Co posted sales that were on par with its results from a year earlier.

  • Oct 2- The following are the U.S. auto sales results for September reported by top-selling automakers so far on Tuesday. Auto Sales For September 2012. SOURCE: Autodata Corp and Reuters calculations.

  • Ohio gambling survey gives pre-casino picture Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio-- As casinos begin to open around Ohio, Tom Leksan provides a cautionary tale.

  • Utah taking public comment on clean-air plans Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY-- Utah regulators called Monday for stricter controls on industrial emissions to reduce sooty pollution that typically settles in the heavily populated Wasatch Front for weeks in bowl-shaped valleys that trap smog. Regulators opened a month-long public comment period Monday on three sets of comprehensive clean-air plans for northern Utah.

  • NJ Senate advances bill on unemployment backlog Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:18 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- New Jersey would have to start paying unemployment to people who appeal denials but cannot get answers on them within eight weeks under a bill advanced Monday by a state Senate committee.

  • US STOCKS-Bets on Spanish bailout lift Wall Street Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:18 AM ET

    *New York sues JPMorgan over Bear Stearns mortgage products. *PetSmart to replace Sunoco in the S&P 500 index. If Madrid were to seek a rescue, it would trigger European Central Bank buying of its bonds and help to ease U.S. investors' nervousness about the euro zone's impact on the U.S. economy.

  • Md. LNG terminal fight heads to court Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    PRINCE FREDERICK, Md.-- Both sides asked a judge Monday to rule in their favor without trial in a fight over a proposal to build a multi-billion-dollar terminal in southern Maryland to export liquefied natural gas.

  • AIG: Gov't may subject firm to greater oversight Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The government is considering whether American International Group is large enough to threaten the broader financial system, a designation that would subject the bailed-out insurance giant to greater federal oversight.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- Bill Gross, founder and co-chief investment officer of bond giant PIMCO, said he sees the U.S. going the way of Greece if it does not get its fiscal house in order.

  • Obama to designate Chavez home as nat'l monument Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama is designating the California home of labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument, a move likely to shore up support from Hispanic and progressive voters just five weeks before the election.