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  • NEW YORK, Oct 8- At 68, Barbara Miller Elegbede is living proof that flower children need not grow up. A self-described hippie, she attended a San Francisco college at psychedelia's height and remembers friends constantly crashing on the couch of her apartment, just a block away from Janis Joplin's pad in the hip Castro neighborhood.

  • *DJ profits key as News Corp splits publishing from entertainment. Lex Fenwick, a long-time Bloomberg LP executive, is making his mark on Dow Jones, the News Corp. He works from a desk in a corner of the seventh floor of News Corp's headquarters in midtown Manhattan, and his conversations- often expletive-laced- can be widely heard.

  • PARIS-- Europe's stock markets fell Monday on concern about the global economy ahead of a two-day meeting of its finance ministers and a cut in the World Bank's growth forecasts for Asia. Investors continue to worry over protests in Spain and IMF concerns over Greece.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown could get worse. LONDON, Oct 8- Brent crude oil fell below $111 per barrel on Monday on concerns slower economic growth would curb oil demand, but supply worries stemming from tension in the Middle East helped check losses.

  • Benchmark crude for November delivery tumbled $1.51, or 1.7 percent, to $88.37 per barrel by late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract closed down $1.83 to $89.88 per barrel.

  • BANGKOK-- World stocks fell Monday as Europe's debt crisis continued to roil markets and the World Bank cut its growth forecasts for Asia. "That worried investors that we might have hit the top of the recent rally and we might see some correction in the short term," said Jackson Wong, vice president of Tanrich Securities in Hong Kong.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares fell 0.3 percent, ending seven straight sessions of gains, dragged down by resource sectors as investors worried that the coming U.S. earnings season will feature weaker results.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares fell 0.3 percent on Monday, ending seven straight sessions of gains, dragged down by commodities and mining sectors as investors' attention turned to the coming U.S. earnings season amid concerns of weaker results. 3.2 percent, while Woodside Petroleum. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index.

  • Benchmark crude for November delivery was down fell 37 cents to $89.51 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract closed down $1.83 to $89.88 per barrel.

  • NEW YORK-- PARTNERSHIP: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and American Express Co. are rolling out a prepaid card that they say offers checking and debit services designed to help customers manage and control their everyday finances. BEHIND THE NEWS: The move comes as American Express is looking for new ways to expand its customer base beyond its wealthy clientele.

  • SUSSEX, Wis.-- Quad/Graphics says it has agreed to a new deal worth more than $900 million to print the majority of publisher Time Inc.' s magazines. Time Inc. is a division of Time Warner Inc., based in New York. Shares of Quad/Graphics added 45 cents, or 2.4 percent, to $18.95 in afternoon trading.

  • *Marathon to purchase refinery for $598 million. HOUSTON, Oct 8- Marathon Petroleum Corp struck a deal to buy BP Plc's Texas City refinery and related infrastructure for up to $2.5 billion, a purchase that will make Marathon the fourth-largest U.S. refiner and give it a bigger potential slice of the market for refined product exports.

  • Oct 8- Two veteran broker teams from Bank of America's Merrill Lynch have departed for rival firms Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Wells Fargo Advisors, according to sources with knowledge of the moves.

  • BANGKOK-- Asian stocks fell Monday as Europe's debt crisis continued to roil markets and the World Bank cut its growth forecasts for Asia. Benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan and mainland China also fell. Andrew Sullivan, principal sales trader at Piper Jaffray in Hong Kong, said protests in Spain and IMF concerns over Greece continue to worry investors.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 8- These are some of the leading stories in Hong Kong newspapers on Monday. --A four-year-old boy visiting Hong Kong from Saudi Arabia is sick in Queen Mary Hospital with a Sars-like virus suspected to be the same one that emerged in the Middle East last month.

  • WELLINGTON/ SYDNEY, Oct 8- The Australian and New Zealand dollars held near multi-week lows on Monday, as investors remained cautious about the outlook for the global economy despite better-than-expected U.S. jobs numbers at the end of last week. *Kiwi crawls back to around $0.8193, having hit a one-month low of $0.8151 early, from New York's close of $0.8185.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares slipped 0.1 percent in early trade on Monday, with mining stocks losing ground while banks gained, and traders were looking for new momentum drivers as the market consolidated last week's rise to 14- month highs.

  • 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.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares slipped 0.1 percent in early trade on Monday, in line with a dip on Wall Street where a surprise drop in the U.S. unemployment rate was overshadowed by investor concern about the coming earnings season.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 7- Executives are more downbeat than they have been in years about the prospects for corporate dealmaking, citing worries about the euro zone and softening in emerging markets, according to an Ernst& Young survey released on Sunday.