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  • ATHENS, Nov 2- The Greek journalist put on trial for publishing a list of Swiss bank account holders accused Greece's political and business elite on Friday of trying to muzzle the press to cover up chronic corruption.

  • Nov 2- More than 1.2 million homes and businesses in New York and 1.5 million in New Jersey were still without power on Friday, four days after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the U.S. East Coast, the states' power companies said.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Nov 2- Cocoa futures climbed on Friday, passing above technical support levels and bucking weakness in other commodities, as some exports were blocked and purchases in the main West African growing region were slow.

  • Hedge fund masters flunk money-making test Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 4:39 PM ET

    Pierre Henri-Flamand, the ex- Goldman Sachs trader turned founder, blamed ``unprecedented market conditions''. Greg Coffey, one of the industry's best known figures, decided to retire early and liquidate one of his funds at Moore Capital, sources said earlier this month.

  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT, Nov 2- European banks will dominate the group of lenders required to hold extra capital to protect the global financial system, despite moves to shrink their businesses in response to the region's debt crisis. Eight are from the United States, and four are from Asia.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Gold prices fell to their lowest level since late August on Friday, sliding more than 1 percent as the dollar jumped after better-than-expected U.S. jobs data in the last major signal on the state of the economy before elections next Tuesday. Spot gold was down 1.8 percent at $1,684.36 at 1509 GMT, having earlier hit an eight-week low of $1,682.89.

  • *Global drugmakers worried by India's tough stance. MUMBAI/ LONDON, Nov 2- India dealt a fresh blow to the international pharmaceutical industry on Friday as its patents appeal board revoked a patent granted six years ago on Roche's hepatitis C drug Pegasys.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Robusta coffee futures on Liffe eased on Friday but prices held above a six-month low set earlier this week as the focus remained on Vietnam's crop which is expected to be large but slightly below last season. January robusta coffee futures fell $5 or 0.3 percent to $1,979 a tonne at 1510 GMT.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Overseas investors, many of whom are creditors to the highly-indebted U.S. government, reckon a re-election of President Barack Obama would be best for world markets even if U.S. counterparts say otherwise.

  • *North Sea supply expected to return, Angolan force majeure. LONDON, Nov 2- Brent oil headed for its lowest close in three months on Friday, down for a fifth day, as firm U.S. jobs data helped push the dollar higher but failed to ease fears about the outlook for global demand.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1430 GMT / 10.30 AM ET Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 2:49 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October and the jobless rate ticked higher as more workers restarted job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lacklustre economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's re-election chances. ( USA- ECONOMY/JOBS, moving shortly, by Jason Lange, 830 words).

  • UPDATE 2-Penske profit beats but stock falls Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 2:40 PM ET

    Nov 2- Penske Automotive Group Inc, the No. 2 U.S. car dealership group, posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, but shares fell more than 2 percent as gross margins and vehicle pricing disappointed.

  • JAKARTA/ LONDON, Nov 2- Financier Nat Rothschild is in talks with Indonesian investors, including a contender for the country's presidency, on a plan to counter a $1.4 billion proposal by the influential Bakrie family to dismantle coal mining group Bumi Plc, sources said.

  • *Profit of $2.55/ share before items miss analysts' view of $2.83. Nov 2- Chevron Corp posted much lower-than-expected quarterly earnings on Friday as maintenance exacerbated a steady decline in oil and natural gas production and as a huge fire at one of the company's California plants hit the refining business.

  • *Pressure rising for projects to revive UK economy. LONDON, Nov 2- London's mayor accused the British government on Friday of ``utter inertia'' on airport expansion policy with pressure growing for a launch of major infrastructure projects to help shore up the floundering economy.

  • DUBLIN, Nov 2- Ireland jailed former billionaire Sean Quinn on Friday for failing to disclose assets he was hiding abroad, completing the fall from grace of the richest man in Ireland's ``Celtic Tiger'' boom.

  • UPDATE 4-RBS braced for fines to settle Libor probe Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 1:48 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 2- Royal Bank of Scotland faces fines for its part in a global interest rate rigging scandal and wants to reach a settlement as soon as possible.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- The reluctance of utilities and makers of appliances and intelligent meters to develop demand response systems undermines a core motive in a massive smart meter rollout in Europe.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Gold slid to an eight-week low on Friday as the dollar jumped after data showing higher-than-expected U.S. job creation, the last major signal on the state of the world's largest economy before elections next Tuesday. Spot gold was at $1,695.65 at 1325 GMT, down 1.42 percent, having touched an eight-week low of $1,692.19 after the data.

  • Nov 2- More than 1.3 million homes and businesses in New York and 1.4 million in New Jersey were still without power on Friday, four days after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the U.S. East Coast, the states' power companies said.