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  • Calif. gas prices spike 8 cents a gallon overnight Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:16 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Landscaping business owner Sebastian Figueredo stood Thursday at a Union 76 gas station near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, holding his phone up high so he could get a photo of the price sign.

  • Oct 4- Tessera Technologies Inc said it will reward Chief Executive Robert Young with stock options that vest only if he completes the spin-off of one of the chip technology developer's business segments by March 31, 2015.

  • Final Nielsen data on Thursday showed that 67.2 million people across 11 TV networks watched Obama and Romney go head to head on the economy- a 28 percent increase on the 52.4 million who saw the first 2008 debate between Obama and Republican John McCain.

  • Starbucks testing new baked goods in Bay Area Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 6:12 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Starbucks Corp. is testing a variety of toasty croissants and baked goods in nine San Francisco stores, with plans to eventually expand distribution nationally. Lisa Passe, a spokeswoman for Starbucks, noted that this was an operational test to see how stores would handle deliveries and warming up the items.

  • Warner Bros. to handle older Paramount disc sales Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 6:11 PM ET

    to Warner Bros. in a three-year deal that puts digital copies of its newer titles for sale on Warner's Flixster online movie service.

  • Wash. Supreme Court: Pollution tax constitutional Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 5:37 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.-- The state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that the state's hazardous substances tax is constitutional.

  • Sprint, Bebe Stores, NuVasive are market movers Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 5:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market:. Thor Industries Inc., up $1.39 at $36.95. Bloomberg reported that the wireless company might consider a counterbid to T-Mobile USA's proposed acquisition of MetroPCS.

  • *Facebook confirms billion user mark, growth slows. NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Facebook Inc.

  • UPDATE 1-Walmart says union's LA protest has no impact Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 5:15 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES/ CHICAGO, Oct 4- Walmart employees affiliated with a union-backed group walked off the job in Los Angeles on Thursday, protesting conditions at the world's largest retailer, which promptly defended itself, saying the "publicity stunt" was not having an impact on its business. unfair labor practices by Wal-Mart Stores Inc, sponsors of the action said.

  • The company appointed Anne Donahue to New York market leader for the private client reserve of US Bank. The bank also appointed Lynn Maaske as vice president and wealth management adviser for the private client reserve in St. Paul. The firm added Al Weaver and John Worcester to its advisor force in Massachusetts.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 4- The Warner Bros. home video unit reached a deal to distribute more than 600 films including " Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" from Paramount Pictures' film catalog, the companies said on Thursday. Paramount also will support the Warner Bros.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- Ninety-one people including doctors, nurses and other medical professionals were charged criminally in a new sweep of Medicare fraud involving seven U.S. cities and $430 million in alleged false billing, officials said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 4- Ninety-one people including doctors, nurses and other medical professionals were charged criminally in a new sweep of Medicare fraud involving seven U.S. cities and $430 million in alleged false billing, officials said on Thursday.

  • WA Supreme Court says pollution tax constitutional Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:48 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.-- Washington state's Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that the state's hazardous substances tax is constitutional.

  • SpaceX encore: 2nd private space station shipment Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:47 PM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-- A private company is headed back to the International Space Station. Forecasters said Thursday there's a 60 percent chance of favorable conditions for the 8:35 p.m. launch from Cape Canaveral. This is the California company's first official launch under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.

  • Calif gas prices spike 8 cents a gallon overnight Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:43 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Landscaping business owner Sebastian Figueredo stood Thursday at a Union 76 gas station near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, holding his phone up high so he could get a photo of the price sign.

  • Oct 4- A plan laid out by Southern California Edison on Thursday to restart one of two damaged nuclear reactors faces months of regulatory review plus skepticism from industry critics. SCE, a unit of power company Edison International.

  • Most Expensive Colleges: 2012-2013 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:41 PM ET
    Total Cost: $57,580Tuition: $44,176Room & Board: $12,782Fees: $622Bard College is a liberal arts institution in Duchess County, New York.  it ranked no. 8 on Campus Grotto’s list, but this year Bard has fallen two spots to no. 10, despite increasing its asking price by almost $2,000.The  for 2012-2013 is $57,580 for a returning student. First-year students are subject to an additional $1,490 in fees, including meal charges, security deposit and ID card.

    According to Campus Grotto's just-released report on the 2012-2013 year, the top 10 colleges all have an average total cost of more than $55,000 per year.

  • Walmart says union's LA protest has no impact Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:28 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES/ CHICAGO, Oct 4- Walmart employees affiliated with a union-backed group walked off the job in Los Angeles on Thursday, protesting working conditions at the world's largest retailer, which promptly defended itself, saying the "publicity stunt" was not having an impact on its business.

  • *ISS recommends shareholders vote to re-elect all News Corp directors. Oct 4- News Corp's controlling Murdoch family received a major endorsement, and won a symbolic victory, with proxy advisory group Institutional Shareholder Services' recommendation that shareholders vote to re-elect the company's board of directors at its annual shareholder meeting.