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  • Judge Chaing Sinat of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court said 71- year-old Mam Sonando was convicted and sentenced on four counts related to an alleged secessionist movement in eastern Cambodia. "There is no real democracy in Cambodia. Mam Sonando also was fined 10 million riel.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Activist investor Knight Vinke Asset Management, a top 20 investor in Xstrata, has criticised the miner's non-executive directors for failing to demonstrate sufficient independence in its protracted merger talks with trader Glencore.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. PETER JANKOVSKIS, CO-CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER AT OAKBROOK INVESTMENTS LLC IN LISLE, ILLINOIS. DAVID SLOAN, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. STORY: TABLE COMMENTS: DAVID SLOAN, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK. JOSEPH TREVISANI, CHIEF MARKET STRATEGIST, WORLDWIDE MARKETS, WOODCLIFF LAKE, NEW JERSEY.

  • Oct 1- Private solar power company BrightSource Energy's proposed 500- megawatt Rio Mesa solar power plant in southeast California has won a preliminary recommendation from the staff of the state's energy regulator.

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  • The bank named Tom Willett as head of mergers and acquisitions, Europe. He will be based in London. Willett joins from Royal Bank of Scotland, where most recently he was chairman of corporate finance for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. JOSEPH TREVISANI, CHIEF MARKET STRATEGIST, WORLDWIDE MARKETS, WOODCLIFF LAKE, NEW JERSEY. CRAIG DISMUKE, CHIEF ECONOMIC STRATEGIST, VINING SPARKS, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York regulators expect to reopen their rulemaking process for natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing, casting doubt on whether a 4- year-old moratorium on development will be lifted before next year.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. Treasuries prices turned lower on Monday after the Institute for Supply Management reported U.S. manufacturing grew in September, contrary to market expectations. The benchmark 10- year Treasury note, up 2/ 32 before the report, was down 2/ 32 afterwards, allowing its yield to rise to 1.65 percent from 1.63 percent earlier.

  • NEW YORK-- A New York auto dealer must pay almost $300,000 in restitution to customers for fraudulent sales practices _ including adding unwanted options and pressuring customers into signing blank contracts.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. stocks added to gains, with the Dow and S&P 500 climbing more than 1 percent after data from the Institute of Supply Management showed the manufacturing sector grew for the first time since May. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 139.50 points, or 1.04 percent, to 13,576.63.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. CRAIG DISMUKE, CHIEF ECONOMIC STRATEGIST, VINING SPARKS, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. ADAM SARHAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF SARHAN CAPITAL IN NEW YORK.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. STORY: TABLE COMMENTS: ADAM SARHAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF SARHAN CAPITAL IN NEW YORK.

  • *Front month at highest mark since December 2011. NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. natural gas futures rose more than 3 percent early on Monday, lifted to their highest mark this year amid forecasts for cooler weather in the coming days and strong nuclear power plant outages. As of 9: 4 6 a.m. EDT, front-month November natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity rose to 51.5 from 49.6 in August, topping expectations for 49.7, according to a Reuters poll.

  • NEW YORK-- Macy's Inc. plans to hire about 80,000 seasonal workers this holiday season, a 2.5 percent increase from last year when the Cincinnati- based operator of Macy's and upscale Bloomingdale's hired 78,000 workers.

  • Charles Schumer says milk prices in stores across New York could double if the Farm Bill isn't renewed. The National Milk Producers Federation says government purchases of dairy products under the outdated law could cause milk prices to rise above $6 per gallon.

  • *Front month at highest mark since December 2011. NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. natural gas futures rose more than 3 percent early on Monday, lifted to their highest mark this year amid forecasts for cooler weather in the coming days and strong nuclear power plant outages. As of 9:26 a.m. EDT, front-month November natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday, starting the last quarter of the year with gains despite data that continued to point to a slowdown in global manufacturing. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 50.99 points, or 0.38 percent, at 13,488.12. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 13.76 points, or 0.44 percent, at 3,129.99.