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  • GM hiring 1,500 for computer center near Detroit Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:24 AM ET

    DETROIT-- General Motors plans to hire up to 1,500 workers to staff a new computer technology center outside Detroit. Last month the company announced it would hire 500 people for a center in Austin, Texas. But spokeswoman Julie Huston-Rough said most carmakers strike a balance between doing computer work in the company and hiring outside firms.

  • UnitedHealth plans overseas growth with $4.9B deal Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. will spend about $4.9 billion to buy a majority stake in Brazilian health benefits and care provider Amil Participacoes SA, as the largest U.S. health insurer leaps into an international market it says is primed for growth.

  • *TPC Group gets rival buyout offer from Innospec Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:11 AM ET
  • Skydiver eyes record-breaking jump over NM Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:44 AM ET

    ROSWELL, N.M.-- Experienced skydiver and extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to take the leap of his life on Tuesday, attempting the highest, fastest free fall in history. Rigged with cameras, the 43- year-old former military parachutist from Austria is scheduled to jump from a balloon-hoisted capsule 23 miles near Roswell on Tuesday morning.

  • A month before vote, 'eclectic' county deliberates Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:42 AM ET

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa.-- When the recession cost Jerry Krone his longtime accounting job several year ago, he turned to his hobby _ making gourmet jam in his Fountainville kitchen. Now he's a fixture at Doylestown's weekly farmers market, selling his lilac jelly and rose petal jam for $4 and $8 a jar.

  • Advocates: Cities passing rules targeting homeless Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:40 AM ET

    COSTA MESA, Calif.-- Army veteran Don Matyja was getting by alright on the streets of this city tucked in Southern California suburbia until he got ticketed for smoking in the park. Matyja, who has been homeless since he was evicted nearly two years ago, had trouble paying the fine and getting to court _ and now a $25 penalty has ballooned to $600.

  • Living room built around NYC Columbus statue a hit Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:39 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Anyone hoping to commune with Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day will be disappointed: He's booked solid. The exhibit, "Discovering Columbus" by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, has become a must-see cultural attraction in New York since it opened Sept. 20.

  • Red Bull venturing into fruity flavors Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:38 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Red Bull is rolling out its energy drink in three fruity flavors this spring, as the company looks to boost its stake in the rapidly growing market. Last year, sales volume for energy drinks rose by nearly 17 percent, with the top three players _ Monster, Red Bull and Rockstar _ all logging double-digit gains, according to Beverage Digest.

  • Nobel prize to Briton, Japanese for stem cell work Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:37 AM ET

    STOCKHOLM-- British researcher John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan won this year's Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday for discovering that mature, specialized cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells _ a discovery that scientists hope to turn into new treatments.

  • Presidential race rumbles into final 4 weeks Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Rumbling into its final four weeks, the presidential campaign is playing out on both coasts and multiple fronts, with Republican Mitt Romney seeking stature on foreign affairs and President Barack Obama raising political cash by the millions.

  • Applications closed for top Bank of England post Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:32 AM ET

    LONDON-- The deadline for applications to be the next head of the Bank of England, the U.K.' s top monetary authority, closed Monday with one of the leading contenders announcing he had decided not to pursue the position.

  • Welcome to Wellington, NZ _ make that Middle-earth Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:31 AM ET

    New Zealand's capital is preparing for the world premiere of the opening film in "The Hobbit" trilogy by showcasing an artisan festival selling all manner of small-folk paraphernalia, laying a red carpet that will extend 500 yards through central Wellington and even renaming the city itself after the trilogy's fictional setting of Middle-earth.

  • US futures heading lower on dour forecast for Asia Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- U.S. stock futures dipped Monday as economists grow increasingly pessimistic about the outlook for Asia, as well as expectations for a leaden performance from major U.S. corporations as the earnings season kicks off.

  • Ahead of the Bell: UPS Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Citi cut its earnings forecast for UPS, citing weakening speedy package volumes and rising fuel costs.

  • Egypt's new president gives himself high grades Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:29 AM ET

    But the speech in many ways was also as much about style as it was about substance, and the 61- year-old Morsi, the first freely elected president in Egypt's history, used his address to project the image of an energetic leader in touch with the needs of the people.

  • Moscow rally held to remember reporter's murder Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:28 AM ET

    MOSCOW-- Around 200 people held a rally Sunday in Moscow to mark the sixth anniversary of the unsolved murder of crusading reporter Anna Politkovskaya. Participants held up candles and pictures of the journalist and spoke in remembrance of Politkovskaya, a sharp critic of Kremlin policies in Chechnya, who was shot inside her Moscow apartment building in 2006..

  • Rothko mural defaced at London's Tate Modern Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:27 AM ET

    LONDON-- A vandal scrawled graffiti on a mural by modern American master Mark Rothko at London's Tate Modern on Sunday. According to an online manifesto, Yellowism is an artistic movement run by two people named Vladimir Umanets and Marcin Lodyga. In 2000, two Chinese performance artists attempted to urinate on Marcel Duchamp's urinal sculpture "Fountain."

  • *Federal investigators probe NJ bus accident Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:24 AM ET
  • Chavez wins 6 more years in tightest race yet Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:23 AM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela-- President Hugo Chavez put to rest any doubts about his masterful political touch in winning a third consecutive six-year term after a bitterly fought race against a youthful rival who has galvanized Venezuela's opposition.

  • Wal-Mart, American Express team on prepaid card Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:20 AM ET

    BENTONVILLE, Ark.-- Wal-Mart Stores and American Express are teaming up on a reloadable prepaid card for shoppers. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and American Express Co. view the card as an alternative to debit and checking accounts that will help consumers better manage and control their finances. Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., is the world's biggest retailer.