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  • Aussie & kiwi dlrs pinned down, sentiment bearish Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 9:28 PM ET

    WELLINGTON/ SYDNEY, Oct 8- The Australian and New Zealand dollars held near multi-week lows on Monday, as investors remained cautious about the outlook for the global economy despite better-than-expected U.S. jobs numbers at the end of last week. *Kiwi crawls back to around $0.8193, having hit a one-month low of $0.8151 early, from New York's close of $0.8185.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares slipped 0.1 percent in early trade on Monday, with mining stocks losing ground while banks gained, and traders were looking for new momentum drivers as the market consolidated last week's rise to 14- month highs.

  • 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.

  • Australia shares ease as Wall St dips Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 7:25 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares slipped 0.1 percent in early trade on Monday, in line with a dip on Wall Street where a surprise drop in the U.S. unemployment rate was overshadowed by investor concern about the coming earnings season.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 7- Executives are more downbeat than they have been in years about the prospects for corporate dealmaking, citing worries about the euro zone and softening in emerging markets, according to an Ernst& Young survey released on Sunday.

  • *Most news cases in Michigan. The widening outbreak has alarmed U.S. health officials and focused attention on regulations of pharmaceutical compounding companies like the one that produced the drugs, the New England Compounding Center Inc in Framingham, Massachusetts.

  • Australia shares seen steady around 14-month high Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 5:58 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, Oct 8- Australian shares are expected to open roughly unchanged on Monday, buoyed by a surprise drop in the U.S. unemployment rate, with the market set to consolidate gains that took the benchmark index to a 14- month high last week.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 7- Wal-Mart and American Express will hold a conference call for media analysts and investors on Monday at 8:30 a.m. EST to make a financial services announcement, the companies said in a joint press statement on Sunday.

  • Rothko painting defaced at Tate Modern in London Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 4:14 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 7- A painting by Russian-American artist Mark Rothko was defaced by a visitor to London's Tate Modern museum on Sunday and a spokeswoman said police were investigating.

  • *Most news cases in Michigan. The widening outbreak has alarmed U.S. health officials and focused attention on regulations of pharmaceutical compounding companies like the one that produced the drugs, the New England Compounding Center Inc in Framingham, Massachusetts.

  • Some in Vt. not sweet on standard syrup grading Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 11:39 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- In a state that has a long history of maple syrup production and fiercely protects the purity of its brand, Vermont producers are proud of their "fancy," "grade A dark amber" and "grade B" syrup.

  • INSIGHT-The Lex Factor roils Dow Jones Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 9:00 AM ET

    *DJ profits key as News Corp splits publishing from entertainment. Lex Fenwick, a long-time Bloomberg LP executive, is making his mark on Dow Jones, the News Corp. He works from a desk in a corner of the seventh floor of News Corp's headquarters in midtown Manhattan, and his conversations- often expletive-laced- can be widely heard.

  • 10 states where the public pension fight is fierce Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 5:01 AM ET

    Jerry Brown last month signed legislation expected to save billions of dollars in coming years by increasing the retirement age for new employees, limiting annual pension payouts to $132,120 and requiring workers who are not contributing half of their retirement costs to pay more.

  • CAIRO, Oct 6- Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi said on Saturday he had fallen short of goals he promised to fulfill in his first 100 days in office, but aimed to assuage critics by highlighting his most prominent achievements.

  • *Ohio and Minnesota latest to report cases. The latest two deaths were reported on Saturday in Michigan, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other states with reported cases of people who fell ill after receiving the injections- primarily for back pain- are Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 6- A widening outbreak of fungal meningitis has spread to Minnesota, which reported two cases to become the eighth U.S. state affected, officials said on Saturday.

  • OMAHA, Neb., Oct 6- Steve Martin has released an off-beat ad endorsing Bob Kerrey's candidacy in Nebraska's U.S. Senate race, in which the actor and comedian demonstrates how to build a wad of paper while cue cards offering praise for Kerrey are displayed on the screen.

  • Foxconn denies worker unrest slows iPhone assembly Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    BEIJING-- Foxconn Technology Group denied on Saturday that production was affected at a Chinese factory that makes Apple's iPhones, although both state media and an overseas labor watch group said some workers halted production lines on Friday, apparently over higher quality control standards.

  • TAIPEI/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 6- Foxconn, the Taiwanese made-to-order electronics giant that assembles Apple Inc's products, denied reports that a plant in China was crippled by a strike, saying on Saturday that its production is on schedule at an important time for Apple.

  • Foxconn workers halt production at iPhone plant Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | 7:21 AM ET

    BEIJING-- Foxconn Technology Group denied on Saturday that production was affected at a Chinese factory that makes Apple's iPhones, although both state media and an overseas labor watch group said some workers halted production lines on Friday, apparently over higher quality control standards.