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  • Facebook's head of communications to leave company Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:36 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 5- Joe Lockhart, Facebook Inc's head of global communications and a former press secretary for President Bill Clinton, is leaving the social networking company, Facebook said.

  • Jobs report gives Obama much-needed boost Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:29 AM ET

    FAIRFAX, Va.-- President Barack Obama celebrated much-needed good economic news Friday as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. " Republican rival Mitt Romney retorted the president still hasn't done enough to help millions of people who are out of work.

  • Peyton Manning's wife joining Grizzlies' group Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:05 AM ET

    Manning and Hardaway join a minority group that includes singer and actor Justin Timberlake and a couple of Memphis businessmen, the person told The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because Pera's purchase of the Grizzlies is pending approval by the NBA.

  • BRIEF-3M says sues RMO for patent infringement Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:33 PM ET

    Oct 4- 3 M Co:. *Says 3 M unitek and 3 M innovative properties have filed a lawsuit against rmo. orthodontic braces in Los Angeles.

  • Oct 4- Dish Network Corp said the broadcasting arm of newspaper publisher Gannett Co Inc has threatened to withdraw broadcasting on the satellite TV provider if it does not block the commercial-skipping feature on its digital video recorders or agree to pay massive penalties.

  • Tax group sues to block Calif. firefighting fee Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:41 PM ET

    The lawsuit, filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, claims that the $150 annual fee being assessed on 825,000 rural properties is actually an illegal tax that required a two-thirds vote of the Legislature rather than the simple majority vote it received in 2011. Targeted property owners began receiving the tax bills in August.

  • Jay-Z to stream concert on his new YouTube channel Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:31 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Jay-Z is live-streaming the last of his eight concerts at New York City's Barclays Center for the launch of his new YouTube channel. The rapper announced Thursday his performance at the new Brooklyn sports arena will be live-streamed on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.

  • The outbreak was first reported in Tennessee, where three people have died and 25 of the cases have been reported. "We do know there were over 700 patients in Tennessee who were exposed," said Dr.

  • Correction: Bond at 50-Franchise story Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:24 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- In an Oct. 3 story about the James Bond franchise, The Associated Press erroneously reported that all of MGM's owners booked a loss on $5 billion in loans to the studio backing the franchise. In fact, whether the owners gain or lose in the deal will depend on how much they can reap from their ownership stakes and for how much they obtain the bonds.

  • UPDATE 1-Facebook IPO lawsuits to be heard in New York Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:08 PM ET

    Oct 4- Dozens of lawsuits against Facebook Inc, the NASDAQ exchange and various underwriters will be centralized before a federal judge in New York, who must sort through the legal aftermath of Facebook's botched initial public offering. Facebook had requested the transfer, while some investors sought to keep their cases in California.

  • Facebook IPO lawsuits to be heard in New York Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:20 PM ET

    Oct 4- Dozens of lawsuits against Facebook Inc, the NASDAQ exchange and various underwriters will be consolidated before a federal judge in New York, who must sort through the legal aftermath of Facebook's botched initial public offering. Facebook had requested the consolidation, while some investors sought to keep their cases in California.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 4- A steroid medication linked to the death of at least five people from rare fungal meningitis may have been administered to patients in 23 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said on Thursday, raising fears the rare outbreak could spread.

  • 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.