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  • LOS ANGELES-- A divided appellate court on Monday upheld Don Johnson's multimillion jury award over profits from the series "Nash Bridges" but significantly reduced the amount the actor is eligible to receive.

  • Oct 1- U.S. power producer Dynegy Inc, which counts billionaire financier Carl Icahn among its shareholders, said on Monday it has emerged from Chapter 11, less than a month after winning court approval for its bankruptcy plan.

  • Genetically engineered crops have led to an increase in overall pesticide use, by 404 million pounds from the time they were introduced in 1996 through 2011, according to the report by Charles Benbrook, a research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 2- U.S. crude eased closer to $92 a barrel on Tuesday, as concerns over the pace of economic recovery in the United States and the possibility of a recession in Europe weighed on investors. was down 14 cents at $92.34 a barrel by 2338 GMT, after settling up 29 cents at $92.48 on Monday.

  • DETROIT-- Interest rates are low, trade-in values are high, and carmakers are rolling out attractive new models in key areas. All of these factors combined to keep auto sales strong in September.

  • Volcker, architect of the "Volcker Rule" governing so-called proprietary trading by U.S. investment banks, will appear before the commission on Oct. 17 to compare and contrast banking behaviour and practices between Britain and the United States.

  • *MSCI Asia ex- Japan steady, Nikkei opens up 0.3 pct. Markets in China, Hong Kong and India are closed for holidays on Tuesday. The MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan.

  • CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct 1- Boeing Co. Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney said on Monday he expects contract talks with the company's 23,000 unionized engineers to result in a "successful resolution over the next few weeks."

  • DENVER, Oct 1- Relatives of victims of a Colorado movie theater shooting rampage demanded on Monday that President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney address gun violence in their first presidential debate this week in Denver.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a civil fraud lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase& Co on Monday over mortgage-backed securities packaged and sold by the former Bear Stearns. JPMorgan, which bought Bear Stearns for $10 a share in March 2008, said in a statement it would contest the allegations.

  • PARIS-- Everyone loves a high-profile rivalry, but perhaps the fashion world more than most. In the Christian Dior ring, Raf Simons _ the house designer appointed in April whose Friday collection wowed journalists _ and in Yves Saint Laurent's, Hedi Slimane, the 44- year-old appointed in March, who himself used to work at Dior menswear.

  • NEW YORK-- Toys R Us will offer a price matching guarantee on all of its toys and products in stores this holiday season, the toy seller said Monday. Toy analysts say retailers are being tight with inventory this year, so those wanting in-demand toys like Monster High dolls and the LeapPad2 tablet should buy early.

  • NEW YORK-- New York prosecutors say the multibillion-dollar fraud carried out by Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff began as far back as the early 1970 s. The revelation comes in a rewritten indictment boosting charges against four long-time employees of the investment firm Madoff ran from his Manhattan offices.

  • NEW YORK-- The New York attorney general's office has hit JPMorgan Chase& Co. with a civil lawsuit, alleging that investment bank Bear Stearns _ prior to its collapse and subsequent sale to JPMorgan in 2008 _ perpetrated massive fraud in deals involving billions in residential mortgage-backed securities.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- The White House got some good news on Monday when Lockheed Martin said it would not issue notices of possible job reductions before the Nov. 6 election.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- Hedge fund manager William Ackman is blaming Procter& Gamble's top management for the consumer products company's problems, but said he understands the board wants to give the CEO more time to repair years of damage.

  • *European Commission to receive recommendations on Tuesday By John O'Donnell. Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen, who led the group of academics and experts set up by the European Commission, will announce their verdict on how best to reform bank structures in the wake of the crisis that began five years ago.

  • Oct 1- U.S. prosecutors on Monday announced expanded charges against five former employees of Bernard Madoff's firm, in an indictment that dates the conspiracy to defraud clients to roughly two decades earlier than previously alleged.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 1- Miasole, which raised hundreds of millions of dollars as one of Silicon Valley's hottest cleantech startups, has agreed to be sold to China's Hanergy Holding Group for $30 million, according to a source familiar with the matter.

  • TORONTO, Oct 1- Toronto's theater district and the skyline of Canada's biggest city will be transformed by star architect Frank Gehry as a tribute to the city in which he spent his childhood under an ambitious plan unveiled on Monday. "These towers can become a symbol of what Toronto can be," Mirvish told a news conference. "