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  • Sprint outages ground Alaska Airlines flights Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:08 PM ET

    Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.

  • 2 Sprint fiber optic cuts grounded Alaska Airlines Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- The computer problem that has cut off Alaska Airlines' ability to put passengers on planes was caused by a combination of two fiber optic cuts in the Sprint system.

  • "Girls" creator Lena Dunham signs advice book deal Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:31 PM ET

    Oct 8- Lena Dunham, creator of HBO comedy "Girls", has signed a deal for a debut book giving advice to young women on sex and work, a publishing contract reported to be worth several million dollars. The New York Times, citing unnamed publishing sources, said Random House paid more than $3.5 million for the 26- year-old's first book after a fierce bidding war.

  • If voters OK hemp, unclear farmers would grow it Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:54 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Residents of Washington, Oregon and Colorado won't just be considering whether to let adults buy pot at state-sanctioned shops when they vote next month on legalizing and taxing marijuana. "Farmers are already engaged in a high-risk endeavor," said Roy Kaufmann, a spokesman for Oregon's pot initiative. "

  • Leclerc role as deaf teen gives her career boost Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Playing a deaf teen on the ABC Family drama "Switched at Birth" has put Katie Leclerc on Hollywood's radar. "I was acting for about 10 years before I got `Switched,' the 25- year-old actress said in a recent interview." Leclerc plays Daphne Vasquez, a teen who lost her hearing as a child after a bout with meningitis.

  • Release of 'winter-blend' gas could reduce prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:43 PM ET

    Jerry Brown ordered them to allow so-called "winter-blend" gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to increase supply. AAA said the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in California hit $4.668 Monday _ the highest price in the nation and an all-time high for the Golden State. California usually converts to the gas on Oct. 31.

  • California gas price surge really adds up Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:36 PM ET

    Someone in California who drives 300 miles per week and gets 20 miles per gallon spends nearly $18 more than a South Carolina motorist. The pocketbook punch is far greater when comparing the most expensive station in California with the cheapest in South Carolina.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 8- U.S. health authorities scrambled on Monday to identify more cases of a rare form of meningitis, including enlisting local police to find people who might be infected by tainted steroid injections that have so far killed eight people.

  • Analyst expects strong demand for Cerus systems Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- A Cowen and Co. analyst said Monday that Cerus Corp., which makes devices that are used to clean donated blood, should report strong revenue growth as sales of its Intercept system increase.

  • Supermarkets to be hurt by Wal-Mart's small stores Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Supermarket chains like Safeway and Roundy's could have even more reason to fear Wal-Mart. As of the end of July, Wal-Mart had 10 "Express" stores and had ramped up its "Neighborhood Market" concept to 217 locations, said Citi Investment Research analyst Deborah Weinswig.

  • Oil Prices vs. Gas Prices: Who Profits?     Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:02 PM ET

    Why does it take so long for gas prices to lower even after oil falls? Chris Faulkner, Breitling Oil and Gas CEO; John Kilduff, Again Capital founding partner; and CNBC's Jane Wells, offer insight.

  • With Wal-Mart overhang, other prepaid cards worry Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:55 PM ET

    NetSpend and Green Dot, which sells many of its cards at Walmart stores, tumbled Monday after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced it would offer its own prepaid card with credit card issuer American Express Co. With its shares falling, Green Dot replied with a statement saying it supported Wal-Mart's efforts to offer more financial products to more customers.

  • Elie Wiesel survives Madoff wipeout, heart bypass Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- When Elie Wiesel emerged from quintuple heart bypass surgery, still wired to monitors, he immediately started writing a book about the ordeal _ "in my head."

  • At a Glance: Weekly change in state gas prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:14 PM ET
  • Brown Acts to Stop Soaring Gas Prices     Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:12 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports California's Governor Jerry Brown has ordered refiners to start selling California's winter gasoline early to boost supplies as much as 10 percent.

  • The widening outbreak has alarmed federal and state health officials and focused attention on regulation of pharmaceutical compounding companies like the one that produced the drugs, the New England Compounding Center Inc in Framingham, Massachusetts.

  • A worker pumps gasoline into a car.

    With the recent spike in gasoline prices bringing that commodity to the forefront of the news again, you might wonder why gasoline is priced so different in different parts of the country.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms UnitedHealth Group ratings Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 11:52 AM ET

    Oct 8- Fitch Ratings announced today that it is affirming UnitedHealth Group Inc.' s. The rating action follows today's announcement by UNH that it will acquire Amil Participacoes S.A., a Brazil- based managed care company in a predominately debt-financed transaction expected to be valued at approximately $4.9 billion.

  • Oct 8- Two private equity firms agreed to a $166 million settlement of a lawsuit that accused them of stripping assets from the Mervyn's retail chain and pushing the former unit of Target Corp into bankruptcy, according to court documents.

  • Optimer selling stake in Taiwan affiliate for $60M Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 11:29 AM ET

    SAN DIEGO-- Optimer Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday it is selling its remaining stake in its Taiwanese affiliate Optimer Biotechnology for $60 million. Optimer Pharmaceuticals plans to use the proceeds from the sale to fund marketing of its drug Dificid and for other general corporate purposes.