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  • LOS ANGELES-- California gas prices will increase for several more days before leveling off after a temporary reduction in supply triggered a price spike that saw fuming motorists paying $5 or more per gallon in some locations and station owners shutting down pumps in others.

  • BEIJING-- Foxconn Technology Group said Saturday that production at its central Chinese factory that makes Apple's iPhones was continuing without interruption, denying a labor watch group's report that thousands of workers at the plant had gone on strike.

  • TAIPEI/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 6- Foxconn, the Taiwanese made-to-order electronics giant that assembles Apple Inc's products, denied reports that a plant in China was crippled by a strike, saying on Saturday that its production is on schedule at an important time for Apple.

  • The staffers who compute the U.S. unemployment rate work in an agency of the Labor Department. Officials who have overseen the work say it's prepared under tight security with no White House input or supervision. The only BLS employee appointed by the White House is the commissioner, who operates independently of the White House.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 6- Zynga Inc's inexorable decline over the past six months, capped by a sharp reduction in its 2012 outlook on Thursday, has sharpened interest in what Chief Executive Mark Pincus will do next. Zynga did launch several such games this year, including "The Ville" and "ChefVille," and is working on several more.

  • Thousands of miners have been laid off this year across Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, many with little hope of getting their jobs back as power plants and the coal mines that once fed them shut down.

  • WICHITA, Kan.-- The machinists union at Bombardier Learjet is recommending workers to reject a contract offer Saturday and vote to strike. Machinists union spokesman Bob Wood told The Wichita Eagle that a main sticking point is health insurance. The machinists union represents 825 hourly workers in Wichita.

  • NEW YORK-- What do such disparate cultural icons as the Chrysler Building, the Dunkin' Donuts logo and Big Bird have in common? The private Brooklyn institution is kicking off the celebration with a gala Oct. 15 at the Waldorf- Astoria hotel, designed in 1929 by _ who else _ another Pratt alumnus.

  • BEIJING-- A labor watch group says thousands of workers at a Chinese factory that makes Apple's iPhones have gone on strike over increased quality control demands and having to work during an extended national holiday.

  • *Long-sought agreement to be announced Sunday in Seoul. WASHINGTON, Oct 5- The United States and South Korea are set to announce this weekend a joint response to the perceived threat from North Korea's growing ballistic missile force, according to a State Department notice to U.S. lawmakers on Friday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 5- Thousands of workers went on strike Friday at a Foxconn plant in central China that makes Apple Inc's iPhone 5, paralyzing production of the smartphone, the rights advocate group China Labor Watch reported. Apple is already struggling with supply constraints, analysts say.

  • QUITO, Ecuador-- An international arbitration body has ruled Ecuador should pay $1.769 billion to Occidental Petroleum Corp. for revoking the U.S. company's operating concession in 2006..

  • ALBANY, N.Y., Oct 5- A Buffalo man who was shot nearly a decade ago can sue the manufacturer, the distributor and the dealer of the semi-automatic pistol used to shoot him, a New York state appeals court ruled on Friday.

  • SALMON, Idaho, Oct 5- Smoke from a wildfire in Idaho that burned mining sites with traces of uranium and thorium contained elevated levels of radiation, but none that posed a risk to human health, state officials said on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will lead a review of Bangladesh's investigation of alleged corruption tied to a major bridge project, the World Bank said late on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 5- Senators from the U.S. Gulf Coast urged President Barack Obama on Friday to ensure that any legal settlement for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill does not undermine a recently passed law that would funnel billions of dollars worth of fines to their states.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- Boeing Co said on Friday that Qatar Airways had taken delivery of a 787 Dreamliner plane. Qatar Airways was not immediately available for comment on Friday evening. Boeing spokesman Doug Alder said on Friday that the plane would "now head to Victorville, Calif., to install Qatar Airways' connectivity modifications."

  • TULSA, Okla.-- About 450 mechanics and fleet service workers at American Airlines' Tulsa maintenance base will be laid off by February, the company and union officials announced Friday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- Nasdaq has told Diamond Foods Inc. that its failure to file its latest annual report on time is another factor that could lead to the delisting of the snack maker's shares from the Nasdaq Stock Market. The payments _ an estimated $20 million in 2010 and $60 million in 2011 _ skewed Diamond's financial results.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 5- The unprecedented surge in California's wholesale gasoline market this week has many hallmarks of a classic short squeeze, traders said on Friday, evoking a once common ploy in unregulated oil markets.