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  • Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy is expected to come ashore at about 8:00 P.M. EDT on the storm-battered northeast U.S. coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday. Sandy was centered about 20 miles south of Atlantic City, New Jersey, the center said.

  • *Singapore Airlines seen gaining exposure with 10 pct Virgin stake. MELBOURNE, Oct 30- Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd said alliance partner Singapore Airlines will buy a 10 percent stake for A $105 million, helping it compete with Qantas Airways in the lucrative Australian market.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Stanford University alumni with entrepreneurial streaks may be particularly well placed to pay off their $41,250 tuition bills, according to a new report on venture funding. That compares to $3.8 billion by Harvard alumni, whose rank was boosted by former student Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook, CB Insights said.

  • UBS set to exit fixed income, fire 10,000 bankers Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 11:01 PM ET

    ZURICH, Oct 30- UBS is expected to reveal plans on Tuesday to wind down its fixed income business and fire 10,000 bankers, with shareholders cheering one of the biggest bonfires of finance jobs since the implosion of Lehman Brothers in 2008..

  • Stanford alumni raise the most venture-capital cash Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 11:00 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Stanford University alumni with entrepreneurial streaks may be particularly well placed to pay off their $41,250 tuition bills, according to a new report on venture funding. That compares to $3.8 billion by Harvard alumni, whose rank was boosted by former student Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook, CB Insights said.

  • U.S. economy may skirt direct hit from Hurricane Sandy Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 10:59 PM ET

    WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy is shaping up to be one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States but even with the severe damage that is expected, the blow to the economy is seen as short-term.

  • *Comments from governor's briefing seen after 0715 GMT. TOKYO, Oct 30- The Bank of Japan is expected to ease monetary policy on Tuesday for the second straight month by increasing asset purchases, as slumping exports heighten pressure for bolder action to beat deflation and support an economy on the cusp of recession.

  • TOKYO, Oct 30- The Bank of Japan is expected to ease monetary policy on Tuesday by expanding asset purchases as slumping exports heighten pressure for bolder action to support an economy on the verge of recession. The BOJ doubled the size of its asset purchases by 10 trillion yen just after last year's devastating earthquake.

  • Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy will close U.S. stock markets for a second day on Tuesday, as Wall Street turned its attention to whether markets would be able to resume functioning on the month's final trading day on Wednesday. NYSE Euronext and Nasdaq OMX Group, the largest two U.S. exchange operators, said they intend to reopen Wednesday, conditions permitting.

  • 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.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook on Monday replaced the heads of its software and retail units in the company's most sweeping executive shake-up in a decade following embarrassing problems with its new mapping program and unpopular store-related decisions.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 30- The yen held near four-month lows versus the dollar on Tuesday as markets counted down to a certain policy easing by the Bank of Japan, though investors fear it will again stop short of the bold action the economy needs.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 2200 GMT Oct 29 Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 10:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK/ REHOBOTH BEACH- Hurricane Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the densely populated East Coast on Monday, shutting down transportation, forcing evacuations in flood-prone areas and interrupting the presidential election campaign.

  • *Equity markets execs, regulators agree to close on Tuesday. Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy will close U.S. stock markets for a second straight day on Tuesday, as Wall Street turned its attention to whether markets would be able to resume functioning on the month's final trading day.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- New York City evacuated neighbors of a partially built, 90- story apartment building after the top of a construction crane collapsed in high winds, prompting fears the entire rig could crash to the ground.

  • *Seven major New York bridges closing; two tunnels closed. *Rail, container ports closed in New York, New Jersey. New York said it would close seven major bridges at 7 p.m. EDT on Monday, including the George Washington Bridge and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

  • 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. Supreme Court refused on Monday to consider two appeals in a case weighing the ability of tens of millions of Americans to bring lawsuits over their retirement plans.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Apple Inc said on Monday its iPhone software chief and its head of retail would leave, a major executive shake-up that follows embarrassing problems with the company's new mapping software and disappointing quarterly results.

  • FACTBOX-Wall Street staff stay home as Sandy nears Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 9:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 28- Wall Street firms were set to open with limited staffing in New York City on Tuesday as stock markets remained closed due to Hurricane Sandy's approach and many New York- based bank employees worked from home.