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  • SpaceX rocket blasts off for space station Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 9:33 PM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Oct. 7- An unmanned, privately owned Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral on Sunday on a mission to restore a U.S. supply line to the International Space Station after the retirement of the space shuttle.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 8- Hong Kong shares are set to extend a five-session gaining streak on Monday helped by a higher open in Chinese markets that resume trading after a week-long holiday.

  • PRESS DIGEST - British business - Oct 8 Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 8:42 PM ET

    Seven global electricity and nuclear technology companies are threatening on Monday to withdraw plans for hundreds of millions of pounds of future investment in Britain because of attempts by George Osborne to water down the government's green commitments.

  • *Most news cases in Michigan. The widening outbreak has alarmed U.S. health officials and focused attention on regulations of pharmaceutical compounding companies like the one that produced the drugs, the New England Compounding Center Inc in Framingham, Massachusetts.

  • *Only 2 points behind in Reuters/ Ipsos poll. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., Oct 7- Mitt Romney appeared on Sunday to have halted his perilous slide in the polls and is back to running a close race with President Barack Obama as he prepares a new assault on the Democrat over foreign policy.

  • BANGALORE, Oct 8- Shopping in a U.S. department store? It's called Big Data, and although much of the work is done in the United States, India is getting an increasing slice of the action, re-energising an IT sector whose growth has begun to falter. "There are hundreds of boutiques in India right now.

  • Calif. gas prices hit record high 2nd straight day Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 4:32 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- California motorists faced another day of record-breaking gasoline prices Sunday, though relief appeared to be on the way. Jerry Brown ordered state smog regulators Sunday to allow winter-blend gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to help drive prices down.

  • Oct 7- The average price for a gallon of gasoline in the United States rose less than half a cent over the past two weeks, masking a decline in most regions and a sharp spike in California prices, according to a widely followed survey. Gasoline prices averaged $3.8375 on Oct. 5, up from $3.8338 on Sept. 21, Trilby Lundberg, editor of the Lundberg Survey, said on Sunday.

  • *Most news cases in Michigan. The widening outbreak has alarmed U.S. health officials and focused attention on regulations of pharmaceutical compounding companies like the one that produced the drugs, the New England Compounding Center Inc in Framingham, Massachusetts.

  • Neeson doubles the take with $50M 'Taken 2' debut Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 3:07 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Critics don't like "Taken 2," but Liam Neeson's action sequel has proved twice the hit among fans as the original movie was. "Taken" went on to become a $145 million smash for Neeson, the Academy Award-nominated star of " Schindler's List" who has become an unlikely action hero in his 50 s.

  • California motorists faced another day of record-breaking gasoline prices Sunday, though relief appeared to be on the way.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 7- Liam Neeson thriller "Taken 2" captured the No. 1 spot on movie box office charts over the weekend with a brawny $50 million take from theaters in the United States and Canada.

  • The sequel starring Liam Neeson as a former CIA agent who gets captured in Istanbul pushed last weekend's winner, family flick " Hotel Transylvania," to second place. "Taken 2" was released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp. Sony Corp's movie studio distributed " Hotel Transylvania."

  • $1.4T in states' pension fights foreshadowed in RI Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • Calif. gasoline prices hit all-time high - twice Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 7:03 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- California motorists faced another day of record-breaking gasoline prices Sunday, though relief appeared to be on the way. A station in Long Beach had California's priciest gas at $6.65 for a gallon of regular, according to GasBuddy.com.

  • 10 states where the public pension fight is fierce Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 5:01 AM ET

    Jerry Brown last month signed legislation expected to save billions of dollars in coming years by increasing the retirement age for new employees, limiting annual pension payouts to $132,120 and requiring workers who are not contributing half of their retirement costs to pay more.

  • $1.4 trillion in pension fights foreshadowed in RI Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 5:01 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • Man behind anti-Islam film due in L.A. court next week Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | 11:30 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Oct 6- A California man behind an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests in the Muslim world is due to appear in a federal court in Los Angeles next week for a preliminary hearing on whether he violated the terms of his probation over a 2010 bank fraud conviction, court papers show.

  • California gasoline prices hit record amid supply woes Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | 7:37 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Oct 6- Gasoline prices in California hit record levels on Saturday, after an unprecedented surge in pump prices propelled by a perfect storm of factors that drove inventories in the region down to near-historic lows. On Saturday, a local NBC station showed one downtown Los Angeles gas station selling regular grade at $5.49 a gallon.

  • *Ohio and Minnesota latest to report cases. The latest two deaths were reported on Saturday in Michigan, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other states with reported cases of people who fell ill after receiving the injections- primarily for back pain- are Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana.