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  • 'Taken 2' takes down 'Argo' in close weekend Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:58 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Liam Neeson's "Taken 2" has defended its box-office title with a narrow win over Ben Affleck's "Argo." Sony's "Here Comes the Boom," with Kevin James as a teacher who becomes a mixed martial arts sensation, started weakly at No. 5 with $12 million.

  • Women artists take over Seattle Art Museum Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:58 AM ET

    SEATTLE-- Inspired by the Pompidou Center in Paris, which for nearly two years removed all the men's art from their modern galleries, the Seattle Art Museum is letting women take over its downtown building this fall.

  • Profits slide 5.7 percent at India's Reliance Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:55 AM ET

    MUMBAI, India-- India's Reliance Industries on Monday reported a 5.7 percent slide in September quarter profits from a year ago, as the company scales back investment in India's largest oil and gas fields.

  • For dollars' worth of copper farmers out thousands Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:35 AM ET

    DOS PALOS, Calif.-- Cannon Michael is a folk hero across California's agriculture heartland, where these days the price of scrap metal influences a farmer's bottom line as much that of the fine pima cotton he grows.

  • 2 Americans win Nobel econ prize for match-making Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:32 AM ET

    Lloyd Shapley of UCLA and Alvin Roth, a Harvard University professor currently visiting at Stanford University, found ways to make markets work when traditional economic tools fail. Unlike some recent Nobel prizes _ such as the Peace Prize that went to the embattled European Union last week _ this year's economics award did not seem to send a political message.

  • 2 Americans win Nobel economics prize Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 7:09 AM ET

    STOCKHOLM-- Americans Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley were awarded the Nobel economics prize on Monday for research that helps explain the market processes at work when doctors are assigned to hospitals, students to schools and human organs for transplant to recipients. Roth, 60, is a professor at Harvard University in Boston.

  • Corrosion linked to 2011 Chevron refinery fire Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 5:58 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Corrosion that went unchecked _ the suspected cause of a fire at Chevron Corp.' s Richmond refinery in August _ has been linked to a fire at the plant in October 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.

  • Before Facebook, there was Manet, painting friends Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 11:35 AM ET

    TOLEDO, Ohio-- Long before smartphones turned so many of us into amateur photographers and revolutionized how we depict each other through social media, there were the works of French Impressionist Edouard Manet.

  • AP Impact: Feds muff kid jewelry cadmium crackdown Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 11:07 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Federal regulators failed to pursue recalls after they found cadmium-tainted jewelry on store shelves, despite their vow to keep the toxic trinkets out of children's hands, an Associated Press investigation shows.

  • Taping of NBC's 'Fashion Star' halted by picketers Saturday, 13 Oct 2012 | 11:42 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Union picketing has brought a temporary halt to second-season production of the NBC reality show " Fashion Star." About 70 members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees picketed the show Saturday at Hollywood Center Studios, prompting producers to cancel a taping and dismiss a studio audience.

  • Oct 12- Bankrupt solar firm Solyndra has filed a lawsuit against three U.S.-listed Chinese solar players, including Suntech Power Holdings Co, seeking $1.5 billion in compensation due to monopolization by these firms, according to court documents filed on Thursday.

  • Worker cooked to death at California tuna plant Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 9:59 PM ET

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif.-- Authorities say a 62- year-old employee was cooked to death at a Southern California seafood plant for tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods. The Whittier Daily News reports Jose Melena was found shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday at the plant in Santa Fe Springs.

  • Oct 12- Bankrupt solar firm Solyndra has filed a lawsuit against three U.S.-listed Chinese solar players, including Suntech Power Holdings Co, seeking $1.5 billion in compensation due to monopolization by these firms, according to court documents filed on Thursday.

  • CPUC gives initial nod to $2.2B gas safety plan Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:39 PM ET

    The money is aimed at improving record-keeping and safety testing of PG&E's gas transmission lines after the Sept. 9, 2010, blast that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in the bedroom community.

  • James Bond soars in early "Skyfall" reviews Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:23 PM ET

    Oct 12- James Bond is back and better than ever, according to early reviews on Friday, as the latest movie featuring Britain's smooth-talking, martini-drinking super-spy soared with critics and audiences after an advance screening in London.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 12- PayPal is planning to cut as much as 3 percent of its workforce as the payments division of eBay Inc looks to streamline its operations under new President David Marcus, a person familiar with the situation said on Friday. Marcus became president of PayPal earlier this year after eBay acquired Zong, the mobile payments start-up he ran.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 12- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Like its larger rival Intel, AMD was caught flat-footed in recent years with the emergence and fast growth of mobile devices like Apple's iPad.

  • 2 law students accused of beheading bird at casino Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:07 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS-- Two men who say they're Berkeley, Calif., law school students have been arrested after police say they killed and decapitated an exotic bird that was part of a Las Vegas resort attraction.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 12- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said its latest analysis of seismic faults near PG&E Corp's Diablo Canyon nuclear station in California showed the coastal plant could withstand an earthquake generated by an offshore fault identified in 2008, according to a statement on Friday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 12- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is planning significant layoffs, after the chipmaker warned this week its quarterly revenue would fall due to a weak global economy, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday. The source, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters the layoffs would be close to a range of 10 percent to 20 percent.