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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 8- Two San Francisco-based car-sharing services, including one founded by Zynga Inc. director Sunil Paul, are operating in defiance of California authorities, highlighting how regulators are struggling with a wave of start-ups that encourage people to share everything from cars to their homes.

  • Alaska Airlines computer connection restored Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:25 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines has fixed the computer problem that delayed flights Monday across its 64- airport network on the West Coast and in Mexico and Canada, and operations slowly were returning to normal. Alaska Airlines said the data connection was restored before 1 p.m. but passengers could still expect some delays as the system adjusted.

  • Alaska Airlines recovering from computer glitch Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:19 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines says its computer connections have been restored, and operations are returning to normal at its airport gates. The problem started just before 8 a.m. Monday when the airline lost its connection to the Sabre reservation system because of two cut Sprint fiber optic lines.

  • 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.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown may worsen. *Turkey retaliates again after mortar fire from Syria. NEW YORK, Oct 8- Oil prices eased on Monday in choppy trading on concerns that slower economic growth in China and the debt crisis in Europe will curb demand for petroleum, while the potential for Middle East turmoil to disrupt supplies limited losses.

  • 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.

  • News Summary: Soda machines to post calories Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:31 PM ET

    SUGAR SHOCK: Coco-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. say they'll start posting calorie counts on vending machines starting next year. A LITTLE CONTEXT: The move comes ahead of a regulation that could require restaurant chains and vending machines to post calorie information.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown may worsen. *Turkey retaliates again after mortar fire from Syria.

  • Top Cities for Financial Adviser Startups Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:13 PM ET
    As financial services companies trim payrolls, more industry veterans are opening their own investment firms.According to , which tracks the, there are now 28,574 resident investment adviser, RIA, firms, usually with offices of two to eight employees and an average of $25 million to $50 million in client assets under management, AUM. Others, such as spinoffs from the financial giants, can manage mutual funds and other big accounts, boosting the AUM.In the most recent full year of year of data, 2011, 1,108 RIA firms were formed with $561.38 billion worth of assets under management.We thought it would be interesting to see what cities had the most activity in creating new RIA firms in 2011 and how much money (measured in assets) was under management. (Note that there is a wide range of assets, depending on the individual starting the firm and the number and size of clients.)Here are the top ten cities based on a customized search of AdviceIQ/Meridian-IQ data bases.

    New financial advisory firms are popping up around the U.S., as veteran brokers leave big firms to build their own. These 10 are startup hotbeds.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown may worsen. NEW YORK, Oct 8- Oil prices eased on Monday on concerns that slower economic growth in China and the debt crisis in Europe will curb demand for petroleum, while the potential for Middle East turmoil to disrupt supplies limited losses.

  • Emanuel plans to extend Chicago Riverwalk Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- The city of Chicago has big plans for the walkway along the Chicago River. Emanuel calls the Chicago River the city's second shoreline. Emanuel says he's charged the Chicago Department of Transportation with finding creative ways to finance construction of the last six blocks of the walkway.

  • Chicago's Tech Awakening     Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    Groupon co-founders Eric Lefkosky and Brad Keywell, offer insight on "Chicago Ideas Week."

  • Soda industry: Vending machines will show calories Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 10:08 AM ET

    "They're seeing the writing on the wall and want to say that it's corporate responsibility," said Mike Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which advocates for food safety and nutrition.

  • Soda industry: New vending machines show calories Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- As criticism over sugary sodas intensifies, the beverage industry is rolling new vending machines that display just how many calories are in its drinks. The vending machines will launch in Chicago and San Antonio municipal buildings in 2013 before rolling out nationally.

  • COLUMN-How to get the best prices on ETFs Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:23 AM ET

    CHICAGO, Oct 8- Exchange-traded index funds are a bit like mobile phones-- models offer an increasing array of features over time, while prices on even the plain-vanilla models keep falling.

  • 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.

  • Officials reject conspiracies on unemployment rate Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | 3:01 AM ET

    The staffers who compute the U.S. unemployment rate work in an agency of the Labor Department. Officials who have overseen the work say it's prepared under tight security with no White House input or supervision. The only BLS employee appointed by the White House is the commissioner, who operates independently of the White House.

  • *White House slams Welch tweet as "ludicrous". BOSTON/ WASHINGTON, Oct 5- BOSTON/ WASHINGTON, Oct 5- Jack Welch, the former chairman of General Electric Co, provoked cries of outrage in Washington on Friday when he suggested that the White House manipulated September job figures for political gains.

  • Steep drop in unemployment rate spawns conspiracy Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 6:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Sasquatch might as well have traipsed across the White House lawn Friday with a lost Warren Commission file on his way to the studio where NASA staged the moon landing. Officials at the Labor Department said the jobs figures are calculated by highly trained government employees without any political interference.

  • What unemployment-rate conspiracists were saying Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:55 PM ET

    Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch set off a wave of conspiracy theories Friday by tweeting, "Unbelievable jobs numbers.. these Chicago guys will do anything.. can't debate so change numbers." "Chicago" refers to President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters. " _ "If there's anyone who knows about slashing American jobs, it's Jack Welsh.