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*Dish says Gannett wants it to shut down Hopper DVR. *Gannett source says it never asked Dish to disable Hopper. Oct 5- Gannett Co Inc and the Dish Network Corp are sparring over fees that could leave Dish customers blacked out from major networks on Sunday in a fight the No. 2 satellite TV provider said involves its controversial DVR, the Hopper.
DENVER-- A subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. will open a research and development center in suburban Denver in a move expected to create hundreds of new jobs during the next five years, it was announced Friday.
SAN JOSE, Calif.-- Tessera Technologies Inc., which licenses miniaturization technology for electronic devices, says that it will give its CEO options to buy 550,000 shares of its stock if the company successfully spins off one of its business segments.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 5- California gas prices rose 17 cents a gallon overnight due to supply disruptions at some refineries and seasonally low inventories, bringing the one-week increase in the Golden State to nearly 36 cents. The average retail price of gasoline was $4.486 on Friday morning, up from $4.315 on Thursday and $4.131 a week ago, according to AAA data.
WASHINGTON-- Salmonella has been found in a New Mexico plant that produces nut butters for retailer Trader Joe's and several other large national grocery chains, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.
CHICAGO, Oct 5- Ed Zwirner and his wife, Alison Loeppert, recently bought an historic house in the Chicago suburbs without brokers' fees, tight moving deadlines, undetected defects or other stresses that accompany one of life's biggest purchases. "It was the perfect solution for them and us," said Loeppert's mother, Alice Loeppert. "
SAN DIEGO-- PriceSmart Inc. said Monday that a key revenue measurement grew 10 percent in September. The company has five warehouse clubs in Costa Rica, four in Panama, four in Trinidad, and others in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Aruba, Barbados, Colombia, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Car-loving Californians might soon find out the state is running a little short on gas due to refinery issues throughout the state, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.
NEW YORK, Oct 5- As the calendar page flips to October, we are fully and unquestionably into autumn.
PHOENIX-- Arizona motorists are paying less at the pump again this week. Tucson has the lowest average gasoline price in Arizona at $3.52 a gallon while Flagstaff has the highest at $3.88. South Carolina has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. at $3.49 a gallon with California having the highest at $4.31 a gallon.
LOS ANGELES-- A film dramatizing the death of Osama bin Laden is set to debut next month on the National Geographic Channel, two days before the presidential election. "Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden," from The Weinstein Co. and Voltage Pictures, will air Sunday, Nov. 4, the channel said Thursday.
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Century Aluminum Co.' s shuttered West Virginia plant would pay a special electricity rate for up to 10 years if it reopens, but ultimately must cover its entire energy costs from that time, the state's utility regulator ruled Thursday.
Higher-end retailers like Bloomingdales's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom are also dangling bonus dollars in front of their customers and tying them to store credit cards, according to Mary Delk, director in the retail practice of the consultancy Deloitte LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina.
LONDON, Oct 5- Design and engineering firm WS Atkins could be next in the firing line for its part in a flawed $9 billion dollar rail deal torn up by Britain's government this week, sending its shares down 4 percent.
HOUSTON-- Actress Daryl Hannah of "Splash" fame was arrested in northeast Texas on Thursday, along with a 78- year-old landowner as the pair protested an oil pipeline designed to bring crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
SAN FRANCISCO-- Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in some areas, ending a week of soaring costs that saw some stations close and others charge record prices. In Southern California, the price jumped 20 cents a gallon overnight to $4.53 in Ventura.
The steroid medication suspected in an outbreak of a rare kind of meningitis was shipped to 23 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The specialty pharmacy that made the steroid, New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., recalled three lots of the drug last week and has shut down operations.
*Report is second last before Nov. 6 elections. WASHINGTON, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid.
FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif.-- In a win for The Clinton Group, the chairman of Wet Seal and three other directors have stepped down from its board, replaced by four nominees of the activist investor group unhappy with the struggling teen retailer's performance. Wet Seal Inc., based in Foothill Ranch, Calif., and The Clinton Group have been in a proxy fight.
Oct 5- Clothing retailer Wet Seal Inc replaced four of its board members with Clinton Group nominees, ending months of attempts by the activist investor to take control of the board. Under the new team, Wet Seal has been trying to return to a fast-fashion model by maintaining light inventories to respond faster to new styles and trends.