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  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- At 68, Barbara Miller Elegbede is living proof that flower children need not grow up. A self-described hippie, she attended a San Francisco college at psychedelia's height and remembers friends constantly crashing on the couch of her apartment, just a block away from Janis Joplin's pad in the hip Castro neighborhood.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 5- Consumer Reports, the influential reviewers' group that blasted the iPhone 4 for a faulty antenna, on Friday gave Apple Inc's latest smartphone a thumbs-up despite echoing widespread complaints about its patchy mapping service.

  • Giants, 49ers, yachts, fests: SF braces for crowds Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:59 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- An unusual convergence of sporting and entertainment events in San Francisco this weekend promises to bring up to a million extra people into the densely populated bayside city.

  • By Braden Reddall and Nichola Groom. SAN FRANCISCO/ LOS ANGELES, Oct 5- Californians awoke on Friday to yet another unprecedented spike in the price of gasoline that brought the one-week increase in the Golden State to a whopping 36 cents a gallon. "It's insane," said Matt Hurd, 35, as he filled up at a San Francisco gas station near the Bay Bridge. "

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 5- California gas prices rose 17 cents a gallon overnight due to supply disruptions at some refineries and seasonally low inventories, bringing the one-week increase in the Golden State to nearly 36 cents. The average retail price of gasoline was $4.486 on Friday morning, up from $4.315 on Thursday and $4.131 a week ago, according to AAA data.

  • Higher-end retailers like Bloomingdales's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom are also dangling bonus dollars in front of their customers and tying them to store credit cards, according to Mary Delk, director in the retail practice of the consultancy Deloitte LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Design and engineering firm WS Atkins could be next in the firing line for its part in a flawed $9 billion dollar rail deal torn up by Britain's government this week, sending its shares down 4 percent.

  • Calif. gas prices jump by up to 20 cents overnight Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:19 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in some areas, ending a week of soaring costs that saw some stations close and others charge record prices. In Southern California, the price jumped 20 cents a gallon overnight to $4.53 in Ventura.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Zynga Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 6:50 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Zynga tumbled in premarket trading on Friday as the online game maker said that it expects a third-quarter loss due to weak demand for some of its titles. Zynga Inc. anticipates a third-quarter loss of 12 to 14 cents per share. Brian Pitz of Jefferies lowered Zynga's price target to $2.50 from $3 and maintained a "Hold" rating.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Higher-end retailers like Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom are also dangling bonus dollars in front of their customers and tying them to store credit cards, says Mary Delk, director in the retail practice of the consultancy Deloitte LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • California pump prices poised to break record Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:58 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Oct 4- Pump prices in California have soared this week and are poised to break a record set in the summer of 2008 due to low inventories and disruptions at key Golden State refineries. The state average for a gallon of regular gasoline jumped to $4.315 on Thursday, 18.2 cents higher than last week and 49 cents higher than a year ago, according to AAA data.

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