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  • PORTLAND, Ore.-- The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Oregon is $3.99. That's up 2 cents in a week and down 3 cents from a month ago. Portland $3.96, Salem $3.97, Eugene- Springfield $4, and Medford- Ashland $4.03.

  • BELLEVUE, Wash.-- The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington remains above $4 a gallon. The AAA auto club reports the average price in the state Monday is $4.03.

  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- West Virginia University School of Dentistry students are being offered a financial incentive to stay in the state after they graduate. David Felton says 35 percent of West Virginia's dental workforce will retire in the next decade. The loan reimbursement program will help WVU graduates fill that void.

  • DEARBORN, Mich.-- AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have fallen 2.2 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.88 per gallon. Of the Michigan cities it surveys, AAA Michigan said the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel is in the Lansing/ E. Lansing areas, where it's about $3.83 a gallon.

  • Peer Steinbrueck has long been critical of a proposed treaty that would see Germany receive billions of euros from Switzerland in return for dropping a demand to get the names of suspected tax cheats.

  • SAN DIEGO-- Apricus Biosciences Inc. said Monday it will ask Canadian regulators to approve its antifungal drug MycoVa in late 2013, and the company's shares rose in morning trading. Apricus said Health Canada feels that a new analysis of the company's clinical trials of MycoVa is sufficient to support its request for marketing approval.

  • This is the face of new, high-end hotels in Africa. International hotel developers are planning nearly 40,000 new rooms across Africa in the coming years. Travel and tourism in Africa generates about $164 billion a year, 9 percent of the continent's total GDP, said David Scowsill, president and chief executive of World Travel& Tourism Council.

  • SEATAC, Wash.-- All Nippon Airways puts a Boeing 787 into daily service Monday on the Tokyo- Seattle route. The flight from Tokyo is scheduled to arrive just before 11 a.m. at Sea-Tac Airport. The airline started the Seattle- Tokyo route in July, using a Boeing 777..

  • New Mexico- based Sunland Inc. has expanded its recall of peanut butter and almond butter to include cashew butters, tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products.

  • MOSCOW-- A Russian official says Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg is being encouraged to expand its operation in Russia. Russia's communications minister tweeted that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev persuaded the social media giant's founder Monday to abandon plans to lure away Russian programmers and instead open a research center in Moscow.

  • MADRID-- Europe's commissioner for monetary affairs, Olli Rehn, said Monday that Spain had as not yet asked for a bailout package and added that he was confident the recession-strapped country would meet its stated deficit reduction goals.

  • NEW YORK-- Business is looking a little brighter at smaller companies. A survey released Monday shows that they borrowed more money during August _ a sign that business owners are becoming more confident about the economy.

  • BURLINGTON, Vt.-- The mayor of Vermont's largest city says a $1 million grant will help the Burlington Electric Department provide financing to customers for energy efficiency projects.

  • INDIANAPOLIS-- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is visiting Indianapolis to speak before the Economic Club of Indiana. A crowd of about 2,000 people is expected at Monday's luncheon at the Indiana Convention Center for Bernanke's speech, which is being watched as it comes in the midst of the presidential campaign.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine-- After a big drop last week, gas prices in Maine are back on the rise. Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reports Monday that the average retail price of gasoline in Maine has risen just over a penny in the past week to an average of $3.95.

  • CONCORD, N.H.-- The average price of gas in New Hampshire has gone up a penny a gallon in the last week, averaging $3.86. The national price, meanwhile, has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon to $3.79. The website Newhampshiregasprices.com says prices in the state were 39.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day a year ago and 11.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Ohio motorists will see gas prices holding steady as they begin a new work week. A month ago, the average gas price in Ohio was $3.89. This time last year, the Ohio average was $3.22.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.-- A lawmaker says he's expecting the North Dakota Legislature to take up the issue of whether workers who are locked out of their jobs should get unemployment benefits. The North Dakota Supreme Court is considering whether state law provides jobless benefits for about 400 locked-out workers at American Crystal Sugar Co..

  • The Lobster Academy runs from Monday through Thursday in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. The dean of the school is Bob Bayer, the head of the University of Maine's Lobster Institute. The academy evolved from the Lobster Institute's Lobster College, which was held in Boothbay Harbor and Winter Harbor for several years.

  • WICHITA, Kan.-- Seven men accused of cheating investors out of $132 million with false promises about companies that leased oil rigs are due in federal court in Wichita, Kan.. Six of the defendants are from Kansas; the other is from Oklahoma. Magistrate Judge Karen Humphreys in Wichita.