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  • Oil rises to near $92 as US retail sales improve Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 4:48 AM ET

    By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for November delivery was up 12 cents at $91.97 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract finished Monday down 1 cent at $91.85 in New York. In London, Brent crude slipped 47 cents to $115.33 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.

  • Oil prices slip on mixed economic data Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 12:11 AM ET

    Benchmark U.S. crude fell 13 cents to $91.72 in New York. Brent crude, used to price many foreign varieties of oil, was down 68 cents at $113.72 in London. The Labor Department said the consumer price index rose 0.6 percent last month, the same as in August, with inflation still in check.

  • Former Sen. Mitchell to lead PG&E pipeline talks Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 7:52 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- A former U.S. senator who helped negotiate a peace treaty in Northern Ireland has been appointed to help California energy regulators and Pacific Gas& Electric reach a settlement over a pipeline explosion that killed eight people, the two sides announced Monday.

  • At a glance: Oil finishes unchanged Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:49 PM ET

    On the New York Mercantile Exchange:. _ Natural gas fell 12.5 cents to $3.486 per 1,000 cubic feet. On the ICE Futures Exchange in London:.

  • World matched record for hottest September _ again Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 1:24 PM ET

    Last month's average temperature was 60.2 degrees Fahrenheit worldwide, which is 1.2 degrees above normal, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. NOAA climate monitoring chief Deke Arndt said it may be worth studying why September, more than other months, keeps setting world records.

  • Scots move closer to vote on independence from UK Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 11:29 AM ET

    EDINBURGH, Scotland-- Scotland moved a step closer Monday to a vote on independence after Scottish and British leaders signed a deal laying the groundwork for a popular referendum that could radically alter the shape of the United Kingdom.

  • UK fraud office drops Kaupthing probe Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 11:06 AM ET

    LONDON-- Britain's Serious Fraud Office has ended an investigation of Iceland's Kaupthing bank after concluding there was insufficient evidence to justify extending the three-year probe.

  • US, China economic figures shore up markets Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 11:03 AM ET

    LONDON-- Upbeat signs from the world's two largest economies propped up markets Monday, at the start of a week that could offer greater clarity on the economic fates of Greece and Spain.

  • UK's Cameron signs Scotland referendum deal Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    EDINBURGH-- Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron signed a deal Monday with the leader of Scotland's separatist administration on a referendum that could break up the United Kingdom. Officials from London and Edinburgh have been meeting for weeks to hammer out details of a vote on Scottish independence.

  • Rocking at 50: Rolling Stones to tour again Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    The shows will take place on Nov. 25 and 29 at London's O2 Arena, followed by gigs on Dec. 13 and 15 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, just outside of New York. The shows mark the first time in five years that the Stones have performed live, with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood all coming together once more.

  • Germans face hefty bill to end nuclear power Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    BERLIN-- There were cheers around Germany when Chancellor Angela Merkel announced last year, in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan, a swift end to nuclear power in favor of renewable energy sources like wind and solar.

  • Liverpool plans to stay at Anfield, expand stadium Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:08 AM ET

    LIVERPOOL, England-- Liverpool announced plans Monday to expand the capacity of Anfield, the club's home for 120 years, rather than building a new stadium. The 18- time English champions started working on a new $800- million venue in nearby Stanley Park before owner John Henry's takeover two years ago, but it was abandoned due to financial problems.

  • Recent winners of Nobel economics prize Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 7:25 AM ET

    _ 2010: Americans Peter Diamond and Dale Mortensen and Christopher Pissarides, of Britain and Cyprus, for their analysis of markets with search frictions. _ 2005: Robert J. Aumann, of Israel and the United States, and American Thomas C. Schelling, for their work in game-theory analysis.

  • China economic figures shore up global markets Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 6:34 AM ET

    LONDON-- A round of figures showing China's economy is in relatively good health helped buoy markets Monday, at the start of a week that could offer greater clarity on the economic fates of Greece and Spain. After a lackluster trading session in Asia, the news on China encouraged investors in Europe.

  • World stocks rise, Softbank pounces on Sprint Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 5:33 AM ET

    BANGKOK-- European stocks rose and some Asian markets staged a comeback Monday as investors looked ahead to the release of U.S. earnings reports and Softbank's $20 billion deal for Sprint showed optimism amid economic turbulence.

  • Oil falls further amid global growth concerns Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 1:36 AM ET

    By afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for November delivery was down 11 cents to $91.75 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Benchmark oil fell 21 cents Friday to settle at $91.86 per barrel on the Nymex. Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, added 57 cents to $115.19 per barrel in London.

  • Big separatist gains in local Belgian elections Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 2:18 PM ET

    BRUSSELS-- The leader of a separatist party won the race to become mayor of Antwerp, Europe's second biggest port city, and vowed Sunday to use the power base to seek wider autonomy for Belgium's wealthy Dutch-speaking region of Flanders.

  • Amphibious vehicle to go on sale soon in US Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 1:47 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Amphibious vehicles could soon be zooming out of James Bond's garage _ or pond _ and into yours. Michigan- based Gibbs Sports Amphibians Inc. hopes to sell the vehicle worldwide by 2014.. It's sort of magic, "the founder of Gibbs Sports Amphibians, Alan Gibbs, told The Associated Press in a recent interview.

  • Occupy London activists stage St Paul's protest Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 11:54 AM ET

    LONDON-- Several supporters of the anti-corporate Occupy movement chained themselves to the pulpit of St. Paul's Cathedral during a service Sunday in an action marking the anniversary of its now-dismantled protest camp outside the London landmark.

  • Before Facebook, there was Manet, painting friends Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 11:35 AM ET

    TOLEDO, Ohio-- Long before smartphones turned so many of us into amateur photographers and revolutionized how we depict each other through social media, there were the works of French Impressionist Edouard Manet.