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  • *New Jersey Senators asked for more federal money. NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Oct 31- New York state on Wednesday asked the U.S. federal government to pay all the costs of cleaning up and repairing damage from massive storm Sandy that tore through the Northeast this week and crippled New York City.

  • Oct 31- U.S. federal energy regulators threatened to fine Barclays roughly $470 million to settle allegations that the bank and four traders manipulated California energy markets from November 2006 to December 2008.

  • PREVIEW-U.S. auto sales seen up 11 pct in October Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 10:38 PM ET

    *Storm Sandy may cost industry 100,000 vehicle sales. DETROIT, Oct 31- U.S. auto sales are set to rise 11 percent in October, led by Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co which benefited from increased demand for compact cars as gasoline prices remained high across the country.

  • Companies such as environmental cleanup specialist Clean Harbors Inc, building supply chains Home Depot Inc and Lowe's Cos Inc, building products makers Owens Corning and Beacon Roofing Supply Inc, and generator manufacturer Generac Holdings Inc surged in early trading on the assumption that the recovery from Sandy will take years and boost sales.

  • TORONTO, Oct 31- Research In Motion said on Wednesday it has begun carrier testing of its new line of BlackBerry 10 devices, a crucial step ahead of next year's launch of the make-or-break line of smartphones.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 31- The euro drifted higher against the dollar and yen on Wednesday and posted its third straight month of gains, but uncertainty about the heavily indebted euro-zone economies could limit further strength.

  • *New York, New Jersey each have more than 2 million out. At the storm's peak, 8.48 million customers were without power after Sandy came ashore with hurricane-force winds in New Jersey on Monday, according to Department of Energy data.

  • UPDATE 3-Phillips 66 quarterly profit up on good margins Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 6:35 PM ET

    HOUSTON, Oct 31- Increased access to cheaper crude oil from the United States and Canada boosted Phillips 66' s quarterly profits above analyst expectations after the U.S. refining company spun off from ConocoPhillips earlier this year, the company reported on Wednesday.

  • Companies like environmental cleanup specialist Clean Harbors, building supply chains Home Depot and Lowe's, building products makers Owens Corning and Beacon Roofing and generator manufacturer Generac Holdings surged in early trading on the assumption that the recovery from Sandy will take years and boost sales.

  • *New York, New Jersey each have more than 2 million out. At the storm's peak, 8.48 million customers were without power after Sandy came ashore with hurricane-force winds in New Jersey on Monday, according to a Department of Energy collection of data.

  • Oct 31- New York power company Consolidated Edison Inc said Wednesday about 786,000 homes and businesses in New York City and Westchester County were still without power due to the devastation wrought by the massive storm, Sandy.

  • Most Expensive NBA Tickets Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 4:37 PM ET
    Most Expensive NBA Tickets

    Fans want to see certain NBA matchups very badly, and in some of these cases this has driven up prices for those games by 400 percent or more. Read ahead to see the 10 most expensive NBA tickets of the 2012-2013 season.

  • *First-quarter profit $1.01/ share tops Street view $0.95. *Still expects FY 2013 profit $4.20- $4.35/ share. Oct 31- Clorox Co posted a higher quarterly profit and maintained its forecast for the fiscal year, buoyed by price increases, cost cuts and a lower-than-anticipated tax rate, which helped mitigate the impact of a drop in volume.

  • *Home Depot reopens 33 stores. At Home Depot, one of the biggest challenges during the height of the storm was constantly rerouting trucks filled with supplies as local officials ordered roads closed, said Doug Spiron, Emergency Response Captain at the No. 1 home improvement chain's command center. At the peak on Monday, 44 Home Depot stores were closed.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 1400 GMT, Oct 31 Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

    KETTERING, Ohio- President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney briefly put aside their fierce battle for the White House on Tuesday, avoiding politics to focus on relief efforts after mammoth storm Sandy left millions of Americans struggling to recover.

  • Thousands of fans line up for SF Giants parade Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 1:26 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Orange- and-black clad hordes flooded the streets of San Francisco on Wednesday for a Halloween Day ticker-tape parade celebrating the 2012 World Series champion Giants. More than an hour before the start of the parade, thousands of people decked out in Giants gear or Halloween costumes stood 20 deep behind barriers along Market Street.

  • UPDATE 1-Clorox posts higher profit, stands by 2013 view Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 1:26 PM ET

    *First-quarter profit $1.01/ share tops Street view $0.95. Oct 31- Clorox Co posted a higher quarterly profit and maintained its forecast for the fiscal year on Wednesday, buoyed by price increases, cost cuts and a lower-than-anticipated tax rate.

  • Few housing solutions offered in presidential race Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 1:22 PM ET

    HENDERSON, Nev.-- This suburb in a battleground state is pockmarked with half-built subdivisions, foreclosed homes and voters like Leslie Levin. But here and in hotly contested Florida, the damage to the housing market is still painfully visible.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 1000 GMT, Oct 31 Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    KETTERING, Ohio- President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney briefly put aside their fierce battle for the White House on Tuesday, avoiding politics to focus on relief efforts after mammoth storm Sandy left millions of Americans struggling to recover.

  • Macerich 3Q results improve Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 8:43 AM ET

    SANTA MONICA, Calif.-- The Macerich Co. said conditions improved during the third quarter with better revenue from rent and higher occupancy rates at malls. The real estate investment trust said Wednesday that funds from operations, totaled $145.1 million, or 33 cents per share.