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  • Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy has already knocked out power to more than 1.5 million homes and businesses along the U.S. East Coast. The following power holding companies have utility units that reported outages on Monday.

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Britain's Pearson and Germany's Bertelsmann plan to merge their publishers Penguin and Random House, aiming to gain the upper hand in their relationship with Amazon and Apple, the leaders in the ebook revolution.

  • NEW YORK Oct 29- Consolidated Edison Inc, the New York City power provider, warned customers in lower Manhattan it may shut down power on Monday evening as Hurricane Sandy barrels toward the East Coast.

  • Canada, Japan to start trade talks next month Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 9:29 PM ET

    *Canada already engaged in other major trade talks. OTTAWA, Oct 29- Canada and Japan will launch their first full round of bilateral trade negotiations next month, Trade Minister Ed Fast said on Monday, the latest in a series of bilateral talks Canada has begun with trade partners with multilateral efforts stalled.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has awarded $38 million to a whistleblower for information about a tax dodge involving a large corporation, according to the informant's lawyers. The IRS sent the check last week, Knott said. It is unknown how much money the IRS collected in additional taxes.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Apple Inc said on Monday its head of iPhone software and its head of retail would leave, the biggest shake-up in the technology company's executive ranks since Tim Cook became chief executive last year.

  • Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy is ``moving quickly'' toward New Jersey and Delaware is expected to make landfall along or just south of the southern New Jersey coast within the next few hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday.

  • Throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, few store owners had even bothered to board up their buildings. ''said Chris Conway, a 41- year-old who lives in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, not far from the Hudson River. ``Four different kinds of Tabasco and one jar of A-1 steak sauce.''. Further south on Manhattan, though, the mood was more serious.

  • Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy has already knocked out power to more than 1.3 million homes and businesses along the U.S. East Coast. The following power holding companies have utility units that reported outages on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- Several justices on the U.S. Supreme Court voiced concern on Monday about letting U.S. copyright holders block the resale inside the country of products they make elsewhere, in one of the court's biggest copyright cases in years.

  • Asia's souring debt a threat to StanChart magic Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 9:03 PM ET

    HONG KONG, Oct 30- Rising bad loans in some of Asia- focused Standard Chartered's main markets such as India could take some of the shine off an otherwise strong quarterly trading update on Tuesday- which is likely to say the bank is on track for a 10th straight year of record profits.

  • Lessons from Irene help retailers cope with Sandy Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 9:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. retailers preparing for the worst of Hurricane Sandy as it hit the East Coast on Monday looked back to only a year ago to Hurricane Irene for a blueprint. We learned a number of things from that,'' Terry Johnson, Lowe's senior vice president of store operations, told Reuters.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has awarded $38 million to a whistleblower for information about a tax dodge involving a large corporation, according to the informant's lawyers. The IRS sent the check last week, Knott said. It is unknown how much money the IRS collected in additional taxes.

  • MUMBAI, Oct 30- India's central bank faces growing pressure to cut interest rates later on Tuesday for the first time since April after the finance minister pledged to rein in the country's fiscal deficit.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the U.S. East Coast little more than a week before the presidential election, President Barack Obama's fortunes may in part depend on how well a former volunteer firefighter from Florida does his job.

  • The nuclear reactors in Sandy's current path include units at Public Service Enterprise Group Inc's 2,332- megawatt Salem and 1,161- MW Hope Creek plants in New Jersey, which were likely to bear the brunt of the storm before it moves inland.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- A handful of individual super-donors, business groups and unions have poured more than $350 million into California ballot initiatives ahead of the Nov. 6 election, underscoring the extent to which the state's system of ``direct democracy'' has morphed into a big-money battleground.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- The supply of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel into the U.S. East Coast ground almost to a halt on Monday as Hurricane Sandy forced the closure of two-thirds of the region's refineries, its biggest pipeline, and most major ports.

  • LANCASTER, England, Oct 29- Britain's construction sector, the main drag on the economy so far this year, should improve soon, Bank of England policymaker Ben Broadbent said on Monday. According to official data, Britain endured its second recession in four years between October 2011 and June 2012, when construction output slumped.

  • Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy brought wind and rain to the streets of New York City on Monday, but on Wall Street, it also brought a day of eerie, almost unsettling calm. Steve Gerbel, who runs hedge fund Chicago Capital Management, said that, when he called a Goldman trading desk on Monday, he got to talk to employees from its Salt Lake City office for the first time.