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  • SINGAPORE, Oct 1- The Asian naphtha price was at a two-session low of $973 a tonne on Monday but margins were up for the fourth session to reach a three-week high of $134.43 a tonne as strong gasoline demand in the West continued to support the market. The strong gasoline demand in the U.S. and West Africa have likely caused Europe to cut back on its naphtha exports.

  • UPDATE 1-Nokia, Oracle to announce mapping deal Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:29 AM ET

    HELSINKI, Sept 30- Phone maker Nokia Oyj. will announce on Monday a deal that will give Oracle Corp's customers access to its mapping services, Nokia said on Monday. In stark contrast with Nokia's troubled phone business, sales at Nokia's location business grew last quarter, although it still generates only 4 percent of group revenue.

  • Oct 1- General Motors Co is recalling about 41,000 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn cars in the United States because of concerns that a defective plastic part might cause a fuel leak, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • Chamber launches voter mobilization effort Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has spent tens of millions of dollars on television ads to help boost Republican congressional candidates, launched an extensive effort on Monday to mobilize voters. It also will include information on House and Senate races and a comparison of the candidates on the issues.

  • Human rights in focus at U.S. Supreme Court Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 1:00 AM ET

    Oct 1- The U.S. Supreme Court, back in session today after its summer recess, is expected to take up a closely watched case that could help it decide whether American judges are empowered to hear lawsuits over human rights atrocities abroad.

  • SAP closes $4.51 billion Ariba acquisition Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 12:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- German business software maker SAP AG said Monday that it has closed its $4.51 billion acquisition of Ariba Inc., a maker of Web-based software that connects suppliers and buyers online.

  • --We expect U.S. analog semiconductor manufacturer Intersil's revenues to be flat to modestly lower, on a sequential basis, over the next two quarters, as a result of continued difficult global macroeconomic environment in the second half of 2012..

  • Brown vetoes Calif. domestic workers rights bill Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 12:11 AM ET

    Jerry Brown on Sunday announced that he had vetoed legislation that would have provided overtime pay, meal breaks and other labor protections to an estimated 200,000 caregivers, nannies and house cleaners in California.

  • High court begins new term with human rights case Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 12:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Supreme Court opened its new term Monday with a high-stakes dispute between businesses and human rights groups over accountability for foreign atrocities.

  • Obsession Homes Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | 4:21 PM ET
    Location: Falmouth, Upper Cape Cod, Mass. Price: $2.995 millionBedrooms: 5Bathrooms: 4 full, 1 halfSquare footage: 3,934The original Grey Gardens [pictured at center], a shingle-style home in East Hampton, on Long Island, N.Y., was the home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis’s aunt Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter “Little Edie.” The house first drew notoriety with the 1975 documentary of the same name, which revealed that the two ladies were living in squalor in the once-grand home. With new owner

    For a special few, a house is a blank canvas on which to paint their personality, a stage for their creativity including tributes to television shows, movies, superheroes and sports.

  • States With the Most Federal Funding Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | 11:18 AM ET
    Federal spending per capita: $30,318Total federal spending: $577.80 billionNumber of state residents: 19.1 millionThe state of Florida was the recipient of the most federal spending in the nation, both in total and on a per capita basis. It’s similar to second-place Louisiana in that one of the 10 prime awards it received went to the Department of Health and Human Services, and all the others went to the Department of Homeland Security.Other than the Harris Corporation, a telecommunications comp

    Using data from USASpending.gov,an OMB website, CNBC.com presents the 10 states that received the most federal dollars per capita in fiscal year 2011.

  • Stockton, California

    Gov. Jerry Brown of California announced when he came into office last year that he had found an alarming $28 billion “wall of debt” looming over the state, which had to be dismantled. Since then, he has slowed the issuance of municipal bonds, called for spending cuts and tried to persuade the state’s famously antitax voters to approve a tax increase this fall the New York Times reports.

  • The California Man Behind the Anti-Islam Film Thursday, 13 Sep 2012 | 8:50 AM ET
    An Egyptian protester runs toward riot police holding a live tear gas canister during clashes near the United States Embassy and Cairo's Tahrir Square on September 13, 2012.

    The search for those behind the provocative, anti-Muslim film implicated in violent protests in Egypt and Libya led to a California Coptic Christian convicted of financial crimes who acknowledged his role in managing and providing logistics for the production.

  • A Job Opening in California—Chief Economist Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 | 3:55 PM ET
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    California continues to have the third highest unemployment rate in the nation, at 10.7 percent. But there is one job opening, and it's paying six figures—chief economist.

  • According to the most recent annual report from the USDA, it now costs $234,900 to provide a child with 17 years of food, shelter, and other necessities. For 2011, that broke down to an annual cost for two-parent, middle-income families of $12,290 to $14,320 –depending on the child’s age. The USDA has a “Cost of Raising a Child”  on their website, which shows that the category taking up the largest chunk out of parental pockets is housing. The second- largest expense category is childcare. Those

    According to the most recent annual report from the USDA, it now costs $234,900 to provide a child with 17 years of food, shelter, and other necessities. Click to learn more.

  • NBC News' Miguel Almaguer reports on wildfire problems in Northern California, and CNBC's Jane Wells says the state has consistently underestimated how much money it will need to fight wildfires.

  • West Coast Oil Price Quake     Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | 2:44 PM ET

    An oil analyst says California is one more shutdown away from a serious energy crisis, which could bring $5 or $6 gas, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Ten Unique Multimillion Dollar Homes Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 | 5:18 PM ET
    The specialty features of luxury homes are pretty commonplace: wine cellar, home gym, swimming pool, and perhaps an equestrian stable.  Yet for some of the most exclusive addresses, there are distinctive features that set them apart from the rest. TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reached out to their network of real estate professionals throughout the country to find some of the most compelling homes on the market listed for upwards of a million dollars— in many of the following cases,  north of a mill

    For some of the most exclusive addresses, there are distinctive features that set them apart from the rest. Check out this list of multimillion dollar homes with big surprises, courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

  • Migrant workers weed lettuce seed plants at an organic produce farm near Fresno, California.

    There's a different sort of drought plaguing California, the nation's largest farm state. It's $38 billion agricultural sector is facing a scarcity of labor.

  • Journalist Fareed Zakaria attends the TIME 100 Gala, TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2011 in New York City.

    When Lynda and Stewart Resnick, the Beverly Hills entrepreneurs who founded POM Wonderful, wanted to host a dinner at their Aspen home in 2006 to talk about the Iraq war, they assembled a list of 22 A-list guests, including Queen Noor of Jordan, George Soros, the financier, and Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California. Leading the list of journalists was one of their favorite guests: Fareed Zakaria, the Indian-born Harvard Ph.D and foreign-policy specialist who had turned himself into an unlikely media star, the New York Times reports.