*Battery-swap system to require $50- $100 mln investment. SAN FRANCISCO, June 18- Tesla Motor Inc is marshalling lawyers across the country to prepare for a "multi-front war" against local laws that risk stalling the electric vehicle maker's plan to bypass dealerships and sell directly to consumers.» Read More
*Higher global supply, soft China demand to keep copper in ranges. SINGAPORE, Jan 14- London copper futures edged higher on Monday, bouncing back from losses in the previous session amid a softer dollar, but a shaky demand outlook from the world's top copper consumer China capped gains.
*Xstrata opts not to buy 51 pct stake in Roseby project. MELBOURNE, Jan 14- Australia's Altona Mining may sell its Roseby copper project or seek to merge itself with another firm after global miner Xstrata decided not to buy into the copper project in Queensland state, Altona's managing director said on Monday.
*Hosts Tina Fey, Amy Poehler tease A-list stars. BEVERLY HILLS, Jan 13- Austrian actor Christoph Waltz and Adele notched early wins at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, while "Lincoln" and Iran hostage thriller "Argo" were in a close race for the top honor, best movie drama.
SINGAPORE, Jan 14- London copper futures edged higher on Monday, bouncing back after losses in the previous session, although a shaky outlook for demand from the world's top copper consumer China could limit gains.
MELBOURNE, Jan 14- Australia's Altona Mining is considering selling its Roseby copper project or seeking a merger among a range of options after Xstrata decided not to buy into the copper project in Queensland state, its chief said on Monday.
LOS ANGELES, Jan 13- California's lucrative citrus harvest has dodged significant damage so far despite the latest round of plunging temperatures on Sunday brought on by an Arctic air mass, farmers said.
HONG KONG, Jan 14- Hong Kong shares are set to start higher on Monday, although global exporter Li& Fung Ltd fell 15.3 percent after it issued a profit warning, triggering concern over earnings prospects for corporates with high exposure to foreign markets.
U.S. housing and retail data is likely to show resilience and China's economic growth probably quickened in the last quarter of 2012, underpinning sentiment in industrial metals like plantinum.
HONG KONG, Jan 14- Hong Kong shares may start slightly softer on Monday on concern over corporate earnings after companies including global exporter Li& Fung Ltd warned of lower profits in a challenging operating environment.
SEOUL, Jan 14- U.S. crude futures rose to almost $94 a barrel on Monday, leaving less than a $17- a-barrel gap from London- traded Brent crude, after the start-up of the expanded Seaway Pipeline late last week, a major project that could ease distortions in global oil markets.
NOVI, Michigan, Jan 13- Guangzhou Automobile Group Co, one of China's big state-owned auto enterprises, will look overseas more and more for growth, a senior company executive said here on Sunday.
LONDON, Jan 14- Users of Apple's iPhone 5, launched in September 2012, have the most voracious appetite for data in Europe, consuming on average more than four times the amount of a typical person still using a iPhone 3 G, according to a study. "One iPhone 5 user is effectively worth about 4 iPhone 3 G users," report author Michael Flanagan said in an interview.
WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey, Jan 13- BMW has a message for the incorrigible speed freaks looking for a more politically correct set of wheels in this era of energy efficiency: switch to a diesel.
BOSTON, Jan 13- Oracle Corp released an emergency update to its widely used Java software for surfing the Web on Sunday, days after the U.S government urged PC users to disable the program because of a bug it said made computers vulnerable to attack by hackers.
BAMAKO/ PARIS, Jan 13- French fighter jets pounded Islamist rebel strongholds deep in northern Mali on Sunday as Paris poured more troops into the capital Bamako, awaiting a West African force to dislodge al Qaeda- linked insurgents from the country's north.
Bills approved last year by the Senate and by the House Agriculture Committee proposed an end to the subsidy with some of the savings put into a new insurance-like farm program that shields growers from low prices and poor yields.
YANGON, Jan 14- Peter Chou, CEO of Taiwan smartphone company HTC Corp, will on Monday launch what he hopes will be a major boost to both a backward tech sector in Myanmar, his country of birth, and to his company's share of one of the few untapped mobile markets: a phone that locals can use out of the box.
MUMBAI, Jan 14- India's headline inflation is likely to have risen in December by less than the central bank projected, and should reinforce hopes for a cut in interest rates this month to boost an economy that is set to post its slowest growth in a decade.
SINGAPORE, Jan 14- Indonesia's rupiah spent the latter half of 2012 shielded from speculative strikes and volatility by the country's central bank. Traders in Jakarta say exporters have started hoarding dollars in expectation of a drop in the currency.
NEW DELHI/ SINGAPORE, Jan 14- India is poised to triple wheat exports this year to a higher-than-expected, record 6 million tonnes, helping plug a shortfall in lower-quality grain supplies and keep a lid on global prices.