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  • PRESCOTT, Ark.-- A roofing products company in Prescott, Ark. is marking the completion of a $36 million expansion and the addition of 100 new jobs. In 2011, the company announced it would close a factory in Kingtree, S.C., and move those jobs to the expanded Prescott plant.

  • Oct 8- Facebook Inc has proposed a revised $20 million settlement in a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating the rights of users through its "Sponsored Stories" advertising feature after a U.S. judge rejected an earlier accord.

  • AUSTIN, Texas-- Education leaders in the Texas Senate are holding a hearing on the growing demand for virtual learning statewide. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio will serve as acting chairwoman for Monday's hearing, which will include testimony on successful virtual learning programs and analyzing what hinders those not working so well.

  • 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- Eli Lilly and Co said its experimental Alzheimer's drug led to a 34 percent reduction in memory decline for patients with mild symptoms over a period of 18 months, giving it potential ammunition to seek approval for the medicine that showed no benefit in more advanced stages of the disease.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 8- Wal-Mart and American Express have teamed up for a useful kind of financial innovation. It's a smooth move by Wal-Mart. The partners aren't disclosing financial terms, but it seems unlikely Wal-Mart would pay as much as it does to other card issuers.

  • WEIRD WEATHER: Spring freezes and a historic drought have stripped some charm from rustic fall destinations, especially in the Midwest, leaving some corn too short to create mazes, orchards with few apples and fall colors muted.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 8- U.S. stocks slipped in light trading on Monday, pulling back from recent five-year highs ahead of an earnings season expected to be weak. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 26.50 points, or 0.19 percent, to end unofficially at 13,583.65. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 23.83 points, or 0.76 percent, to close unofficially at 3,112.35.

  • *No agreement yet by Britain, France, Germany on stakes. LONDON/ PARIS, Oct 8- Britain turned up the volume in a dispute over French state involvement in any tie-up of aerospace groups EADS and BAE Systems on Monday, leaving the European mega-merger on a knife-edge less than 48 hours before a deadline for the deal.

  • CANTON, Miss.-- A health care company has donated $30,000 to help children in Mississippi stay healthy. The money was donated over the weekend to the Mississippi 4- H club's Eat4-Health campaign. United Healthcare is sponsoring four community events in Jackson, Canton, Belzoni and Clarksdale to promote fitness, nutrition and healthy living.

  • NEW YORK-- Red Bull is rolling out three fruity flavors this spring, as the company looks to boost its stake in the rapidly growing market for energy drinks. The fruity flavors were first sold in Europe, but a representative for Red Bull didn't know how long they had been on sale there.

  • LAS VEGAS-- The owners of a business featured in the cable television show "Pawn Stars" and the network that handles the show are being sued in Nevada state court by a Las Vegas promoter who claims he was wrongly fired in January and denied a share of profits.

  • 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.

  • SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines computer connection restored, airport operations slowly returning to normal.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 8- U.S. natural gas futures ended higher on Monday, backed by forecasts for mostly chilly U.S. weather this week that should stir more heating demand despite concerns about record high supplies and an outlook for milder mid-month forecasts.

  • *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.

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  • WASHINGTON, Oct 8- Wal-Mart and American Express have teamed up for a useful kind of financial innovation. It's a smooth move by Wal-Mart. The partners aren't disclosing financial terms, but it seems unlikely Wal-Mart would pay as much as it does to other card issuers.

  • Raytheon Co. said Monday that it has won a $349 million five-year contract to provide anti-tank missiles for the U.S. government. Under the contract, Raytheon will deliver 6,676 of the new wireless missiles for the U.S. Army. The defense contractor is based in Waltham, Mass. Its shares fell 14 cents to $55.34 by late afternoon.

  • 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.