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  • China uses Bo case as triumph against corruption Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:38 AM ET

    BEIJING-- China is using the case of ousted politician Bo Xilai as a triumphant example of the Communist Party's effort to rein in rampant corruption that threatens its hold on power. Bo was dismissed as party chief of the megacity of Chongqing and his wife was given a suspended death sentence after confessing to the murder.

  • UK business secretary applauds Nigeria oil bill Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:34 AM ET

    LAGOS, Nigeria-- The United Kingdom's business secretary said Monday that a bill to overhaul Nigeria's oil industry should be focused on what helps the West African nation, rather than what benefits the foreign oil companies working there.

  • Decade after Bali, Indonesian terror aims at gov't Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:33 AM ET

    BALI, Indonesia-- Ten years after terrorist attacks at two Bali nightclubs killed more than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists, Indonesia has won international praise for its counterterrorism efforts. "It turns out that the terrorism problem in Indonesia is not finished yet," said Maj.

  • BP sells Texas City refinery to Marathon Petroleum Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:31 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- BP has finally found a buyer for its Texas City refinery, one of the largest and most complex in the U.S. Marathon Petroleum Corp. will pay only $598 million for the refinery itself and other nearby pipelines and fuel terminals. The Texas City refinery has a troubled history.

  • Soda industry: New vending machines show calories Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- As criticism over sugary sodas intensifies, the beverage industry is rolling new vending machines that display just how many calories are in its drinks. The vending machines will launch in Chicago and San Antonio municipal buildings in 2013 before rolling out nationally.

  • *Greek-managed tanker missing off west Africa Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:27 AM ET
  • *Judy Garland's 'Wizard of Oz' dress up for auction Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:26 AM ET
  • *Nobel literature award to be announced Thursday Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:24 AM ET
  • 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.