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  • SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines has fixed the computer problem that delayed flights Monday across its 64- airport network on the West Coast and in Mexico and Canada, and operations slowly were returning to normal. Alaska Airlines said the data connection was restored before 1 p.m. but passengers could still expect some delays as the system adjusted.

  • SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines says its computer connections have been restored, and operations are returning to normal at its airport gates. The problem started just before 8 a.m. Monday when the airline lost its connection to the Sabre reservation system because of two cut Sprint fiber optic lines.

  • Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown may worsen. *Turkey retaliates again after mortar fire from Syria. NEW YORK, Oct 8- Oil prices eased on Monday in choppy trading on concerns that slower economic growth in China and the debt crisis in Europe will curb demand for petroleum, while the potential for Middle East turmoil to disrupt supplies limited losses.

  • SEATTLE-- The computer problem that has cut off Alaska Airlines' ability to put passengers on planes was caused by a combination of two fiber optic cuts in the Sprint system.

  • *Kirk also seeks to blacklist entire energy sector of Iran By Roberta Rampton. WASHINGTON, Oct 8- Republican Senator Mark Kirk, who last year co-authored a package of U.S. sanctions on Iran's banking and oil sectors, is working on new legislation that would further tighten the economic noose on Tehran, an aide to the lawmaker said Monday.

  • SUGAR SHOCK: Coco-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. say they'll start posting calorie counts on vending machines starting next year. A LITTLE CONTEXT: The move comes ahead of a regulation that could require restaurant chains and vending machines to post calorie information.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 8- U.S. health authorities scrambled on Monday to identify more cases of a rare form of meningitis, including enlisting local police to find people who might be infected by tainted steroid injections that have so far killed eight people.

  • PORTLAND, Maine-- Maine has always been proud of the commodities it claims as homegrown, among them Stephen King, L.L. Bean, lobster, and a host of political icons including Edmund Muskie, George Mitchell and Olympia Snowe. Independent Angus King hails from Alexandria, Va., attended Dartmouth College and moved to Maine, where he has settled in Brunswick.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown may worsen. *Turkey retaliates again after mortar fire from Syria.

  • The widening outbreak has alarmed federal and state health officials and focused attention on regulation of pharmaceutical compounding companies like the one that produced the drugs, the New England Compounding Center Inc in Framingham, Massachusetts.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown may worsen. NEW YORK, Oct 8- Oil prices eased on Monday on concerns that slower economic growth in China and the debt crisis in Europe will curb demand for petroleum, while the potential for Middle East turmoil to disrupt supplies limited losses.

  • CHICAGO-- The city of Chicago has big plans for the walkway along the Chicago River. Emanuel calls the Chicago River the city's second shoreline. Emanuel says he's charged the Chicago Department of Transportation with finding creative ways to finance construction of the last six blocks of the walkway.

  • "They're seeing the writing on the wall and want to say that it's corporate responsibility," said Mike Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which advocates for food safety and nutrition.

  • LISLE, Ill.-- Heading off a proxy war, heavy truck and engine company Navistar is adding a colleague of activist investor Carl Icahn and a former protege of his to its board. Shares of Navistar added $1.60, or 7.5 percent, to close at $22.81 Monday. Navistar International Corp. said Monday that Mark Rachesky and Vincent Intrieri are now board members.

  • 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.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 8- Exchange-traded index funds are a bit like mobile phones-- models offer an increasing array of features over time, while prices on even the plain-vanilla models keep falling.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 8- Hong Kong shares are set to extend a five-session gaining streak on Monday helped by a higher open in Chinese markets that resume trading after a week-long holiday.

  • *Most news cases in Michigan. The widening outbreak has alarmed U.S. health officials and focused attention on regulations of pharmaceutical compounding companies like the one that produced the drugs, the New England Compounding Center Inc in Framingham, Massachusetts.